WNY Home Brew Competition

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Enter the Niagara County Fair Home Brew Competition!

On August 5th, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County will be holding their first ever Home Brew Competition at the Niagara County Fair, located at 4487 Lake Ave, in Lockport. Amateur home brewers 21 years or older, who are residents of New York State or Southern Ontario are encouraged to apply.

Our Home Brew Competition will consist of 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 Brewery*
Winner of the IPA category will have the opportunity to brew his/her IPA recipe at 12 Gates Brewery, with their brewer, on their big 30BBL system. Their IPA will then be served in the 12 Gates Brewery taproom and also distributed on draft around Erie and Niagara Counties.

Additionally, entrants can also win a prize for the best beer label design!

This is the first year of the Niagara County Fair Home Brew Competition, which will be held during/at the Niagara County Fair in Lockport, NY. Brewers can print off an entry form, which must be dropped off or mailed to CCE-Niagara County headquarters, starting July 25th to August 4th, 2016. Entries must include an entry form and a $7 entry fee. If you are entering more than one beer, additional entry fees are reduced to $5. No late entries will be accepted.

Judging and Awards Ceremony

Private judging will take place on Friday, Aug. 5th, 2016. Awards and prizes will be given on Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m. on the Small Stage. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded per category, as well as a Best of Show and Label Design winner.

About the Niagara County Fair

The 2016 Niagara County Fair will run Aug. 3rd-7th at 4487 Lake Ave, Lockport, NY. The fair is organized and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County. 2016 Fair sponsors include Niagara’s Choice Credit Union, Lighthouse Wind, WKBW-TV, United Wind and Cornerstone CFCU.

For questions, contact Marc at mdd37@cornell.edu or by phone at 716.433.8839 ext. 229

Download entry form here.

Download beer label design entry form here.

Download BJCP Bottle Labels here.

Our Sponsors

Special note of thanks to all our sponsors who have supported us in our inaugural year of the Niagara County Fair Homebrew Competititon.