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NCF Homebrew Competition

Enter the Niagara County Fair Home Brew Competition!

Amateur home brewers 21 years or older, who are residents of New York State or Southern Ontario are encouraged to apply.

Our 2017 Home Brew Competition includes 5 categories:

1. IPA*

2. Pale American Ale + Amber and Brown American Beers

3. Dark British Beer + American Porter and Stout

4. Belgian, Strong Belgian and Trappist Ales

5. Fruit and Spiced Beers

*IPA Category is sponsored by 12 Gates Brewing Company
Winner of the American IPA category will have the opportunity to brew their winning IPA recipe at 12 Gates Brewing Company with head brewer Scott Shuler on their big system, which will be served at the 12 Gates taproom and be distributed on draft around Erie and Niagara Counties.

Judging and Awards Ceremony

Entries must include an entry form and a $7 entry fee, with additional entries costing $5. To enter the competition, download an entry for, or pick one up at CCE-Niagara County, located at 4487 Lake Avenue, in Lockport NY. Entries for the homebrew competition can be dropped off July 17th through July 25th, from 8:00am-4:00pm.

Private judging will take place on Saturday, July 29th. The winners of the Niagara County Fair Homebrew Competition will be announced and receive their prizes at the Niagara County Fair on Saturday, August 5th at 4:00pm in the food tent by the small stage. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded per category, and for Best of Show.


Marc Ducharme
PR & Marketing Coordinator
(716) 433-8839 ext. 229

Last updated February 14, 2019