Here's a release from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets:
State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine
today announced that the Great New York State Fair is teaming up with
one of the state’s largest breweries to offer one home beer hobbyist
the opportunity of a lifetime.
It all begins with the State Fair’s annual Home Brew
competition, which takes place May 31 and June 1. In 2012, dozens of amateur beer brewers submitted bottles of
their best work for judging. Judges from the Salt City Brew Club
handed out bronze, silver, gold and double gold medals in the American
Homebrewers Association-sanctioned event. This year, there’s an
additional prize for the best beer in the competition.
Utica’s F.X. Matt Brewing Co., brewers of Saranac
beers, will offer the winner the opportunity to have his or her beer
recipe brewed in Saranac’s new pilot brewery, its research and
development facility. The beer that results from the work in the pilot
brewery will be entered in the Pro Am Competition at the Great
American Beer Festival in Colorado.
“This is a great opportunity for us to work more closely
with the homebrewing community,” said F.X. Matt’s Product Development
Manager Rich Michaels, who runs the state-of-the-art pilot brewery. “There’s actually a chance for us and the homebrewer to win a medal.”
Michaels said the winner will provide him with two
bottles of the winning brew. The beer will then be analyzed in the
pilot brewery. The recipe may undergo slight modification, if
necessary, so it can be brewed in a commercial facility. Michaels will
set a date for the beer to be brewed and the winning homebrewer will
be on hand to watch and assist in the production of the final product
to be sent to the competition.
“This competition and our partnership with F.X. Matt
Brewing Co. is one more way that the fair will live up to its theme
of ‘Sharing the Bounty and Pride of NY’ and its mission of showcasing
the state’s agricultural industry,” said New York State Agriculture
Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine. “Our support of amateur brewers in
turn helps them support a growing sector within agriculture,
strengthening farms and local economies.”
Home brewers interested in entering the competition
should be advised that the deadline for entries is May 16. Go to http://www.nysfair.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2013-Home-Brew-rules-classes.pdf or http://www.nysfair.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2013-Home-Brew-entry-form.pdf for more information or for an entry form.
The New York State Fair features competitions in a wide
range of categories, involving animals, crops, cuisine, cars and more.
Any New York State resident can enter any State Fair competition.