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Written by Jim Banko, U.S. Steinholding Founder

Lehigh Valley SteelStacks Oktoberfest Steinholding Championship Tournament!

U.S. Steinholding Association is Partnering with SteelStacks Oktoberfest, ArtsQuest, Sam Adams, and local breweries and venues for Lehigh Valley Regional Steinholding Competition Series!

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We are very excited to announce our partnership with the ArtsQuest SteelStacks Oktoberfest to bring Steinholding to PA's Lehigh Valley and we're going big with a competition tournament that spans the Valley and culminates with the Championship Round on October 13th at 5pm at SteelStacks! The winner of the men's and women's competitions will be crowned the 2019 SteelStacks Lehigh Valley Steinholding Champions and will each receive a $500 cash-money prize, a $100 gift card to Molly's Irish Grille and Sports Pub, and a sweet day-trip for a private tour of the Boston Sam Adams Brewery (includes one night of lodging nearby; you're responsible for getting yourself to Boston).

There are a limited number of spots available for the finals and you'll need to qualify to be able to get your shot at the big prizes.

How do I qualify for the Finals? Great question! There are two ways:

1. We're partnering with breweries and bars across the Lehigh Valley to host preliminary qualifying rounds at these venues. Each venue will be sending the winner of their men's competition and women's competition to represent them at the SteelStacks Championship Round. The different venues are listed below along with the dates and times for each competition.


2. You can compete every hour, on the hour, at the SteelStacks Oktoberfest during festival hours (aside from the opening and closing hour) on October 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, and 12th. The best times will be recorded on the leaderboard and the competitors with the overall top times will be invited back to compete in the Final Championship Round.

What are the rules?

U.S. Steinholding Association Official Steinholding Rules will be used. There will be a team of judges at the finals, so study up on the rules and spend some time training to make sure your form is clean, or you won't make it far in the Championship Round!

Alright, I'm in. So where can I compete?!

Check out the initial venue list below. We'll be announcing more soon! These venues will have limited amount of spaces available for competitors, so register in advance with the brewery if you can!

VenueAddressEvent Date
Weyerbacher Brewing905 Line Street Easton, PA 18042August 24th, 4:00pm, During End of Summer Bash, Email taproom@weyerbacher.com to sign up.
Funk Brewing19 South 6th Street Emmaus, PA 18049August 31st, details/time TBD, During Funktoberfest Release Party
P.J. Whelihans Bethlehem3395 High Point Blvd, Bethlehem, PA 18017September 8th, 2:30-4:30pm
1760 Pub ~N~ Grille1176 Trexlertown Rd, Trexlertown, PA 18087September 12th, 6:00-7:00pm

Paddock (Allentown)

Hops Paddock1945 W. Columbia St., Allentown, PA 18104September 12th, 7:30-8:30pm

Bethlehem/Center Valley

Copperhead Grille (Bethlehem/Center Valley)5737 Route 378, Bethlehem, PA 18015September 13th, 5:30-7:30pm


Keystone Pub & Grill (Whitehall)1410 Grape St, Whitehall, PA 18052September 14th, 1:00-2:00pm


Keystone Pub & Grill (Bethlehem)3259 Easton Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18020September 14th, 2:30-3:30pm
Hop Hill Brewing1988 Blair Avenue Bethlehem, PA 18015September 14th, 4:00pm, Advance sign-ups: contact info@hophillbeer.com subject line "Steinholding Registration"
Pints and Pies Pub2049 Northampton St, Easton PA 18042September 14th, 4:00-5:00pm
Arooga's Allentown327 Star Road, Allentown, PA 18106September 19th, 5:00-6:00pm


Hops Fogelsville7921 Main St., Fogelsville, PA 18051September 19th, 6:30-7:30pm
MollysMolly's Irish Grille and Sports Pub4 E 4th St, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USASeptember 19th, 9:00-11:00pm.


Copperhead Grille (Allentown)1731 Airport Road, Allentown, PA 18109September 20th, 5:30-7:30pm
Yergey Brewing518 Bank Street Emmaus, PA 18049September 22nd, 2:00pm, During Yergfest 2019
Funk Brewing Elizabethtown28 S Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022September 27th, 8:00pm, Part of the Funktoberfest Weekend celebration
Seven Sirens BrewingEvent will be at Hop Hill Brewing, 1988 Blair Avenue Bethlehem, PA 18015September 28th, 3:00pm. To pre-register, email with your name and number to Marketing@sevensirens.beer
Bonn Place Brewing310-14 Taylor Street Bethlehem, PA 18015September 29th, 3:00pm

Jim banko national steinholding champion Jim Banko is the founder of the U.S. Steinholding Association. He is the 2015 Hofbrau Masskrugstemmen National Champion and previous United States record holder for Steinholding with an official time of 17 minutes and 11 seconds.

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