Homebrews featured at 2010 Puyallup Fair
Here in Washington, we pride ourselves on good beer and wine. You can spend a day touring the local craft breweries in and around Seattle and visit vineyards and tasting rooms all over the state. But what about those beer enthusiasts that brew in the comfort of their own home? Homebrewing for many is a hobby, a passion, a life goal and this year, the Puyallup Fair invites homebrewers to compete for a prize (first and second place get cash prizes).
The Puyallup Fair began in 1900 and is currently the 7th largest fair in the USA. Now on top of the whrilwind rides, thrilling rodeo, animal and agricultural exhibits as well as concerts and entertainment, you get to enjoy locally made beer at the fair from September 10-26th. The top three beers will be served throughout the duration of the fair. These are beers that people invested time, money and energy into, beers they are proud to have you drink.
How do you enter your home brews? Here is a statement from the Puyallup Fair Homebrew and Winemakers Competition Press Release:
Annual Amateur Beer and Wine Making contest at the Puyallup Fair, Sept. 10-26. Entries are due Saturday, August 21, 2010 only.
All beer and wine hobbyists can drop off their entries between 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. inside the Restaurant Building entering through the Red Gate on 9th Ave. SW between 3rd St. SW and 4th St. SW.
All entries in both beer and wine will be judged on a variety of factors, including methods used, body, flavor, color, and how well it fits in its given category. All participants must have no affiliation, past or present, with a commercial winery or brewery.
All entries will be charged a fee of $3.00. A wine entry must consist of two standard 750 ml cylindrical wine bottles, fitted with a suitable closure. A beer entry will require three 11-12 oz. brown glass bottles. All entries must be properly closed and labeled. Wine entries must include the specific gravity on the label, and beer entries must be in the correct class to be judged.
For more information, including entry and contest rules, visit http://www.thefair.com. Click on Exhibit Entries followed by Amateur Wine and Beer for the complete premium list. For further questions, contact the Puyallup Fair Entry Office at (253) 841-5017 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
As mentioned above, beers will be judged on how well they fit into the category you choose-take a look at the list of styles here (Scroll down to page 5 for information on beer entries).
I plan on going to the fair this year and am so excited to try these homebrews. Good luck to all contestants and happy brewing!