Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Third annual home-brew beer competition at Delaware State Fair

DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
EVENT ADVISORY

Third annual home-brew beer competition at Delaware State Fair

What: One hundred bottles of home-brewed beer will compete for top honors Saturday as part of the Third Annual Battle of the Brews at the Delaware State Fair, sponsored by the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Winners will be selected in 10 styles, or categories, with the top beer of each style competing for Best Of Show. The champion will receive a $250 cash prize. Styles include pilsner, ales, Belgians, porter, and stout, among other categories.

Who: There are 100 beer entries this year from 51 competitors. Seventy percent of contestants are from Delaware with the remainder from surrounding states; the farthest is coming from New York. Twenty home-brewing enthusiasts and certified judges will run and judge the competition. Judges are certified by the Beer Judge Certification Program and travel from Delaware and surrounding states to participate.

When: Saturday, July 20, 2013. Judging begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. Results will be announced between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., when the public is invited to taste beers from local breweries. Last year more than 500 people attended the awards ceremony.

Where: Delaware Electric Cooperative Free Entertainment Tent, Delaware State Fairgrounds

Contact: Dan Shortridge, Department of Agriculture, 302-698-4520.

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