DC State Fair and Local Brewpub to Co-Host Homebrew Contest

The DC State Fair is proud to announce that our Homebrew Contest has returned with a new grand prize: Blue Ribbon recipes in each of five flavor categories will be brewed and served on tap at local brewpub The Public Option.

The Homebrew Contest has long been integral to our line-up, but this is the first time we have partnered with a brewpub to bring homebrewed batches of beer to life for the wider District of Columbia community.

DC State Fair Contests- Best Homebrew
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Contest entries will be judged by local brewers and beer experts in five flavor profile categories, including: Hop; Malt; Roast, Smoke and Wood; Yeast; and Fruit and Spice.

First, second and third place winners will be chosen from each category. Best in Show will be selected from the pool of Blue Ribbon (first place) winners. Special recognition will also be given to beers brewed with homegrown ingredients.

A preliminary round of judging will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 6 p.m. at The Public Option (1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE), and is open to the public. Final judging will take place at the Fair on August 28. A judging schedule will be posted on our website.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the DC State Fair,” said Bill Perry, founder of The Public Option. “I’m a product of the local home-brewing community myself, and am looking forward to bringing the winners’ beers to District residents.”

“The Fair’s mission is to help build connections among District residents by promoting their shared interests in local, do-it-yourself hobbies and activities,” said Jenn Nichols, President of the DC State Fair Board of Directors. “This year’s Homebrew Contest is a great example of how homegrown businesses can nurture DC residents’ creativity and foster community across the District.”

Questions about the Homebrew Contest? Read the registration form or contact Jenn Nichols at jenn@thedcstatefair.org.

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