Beer brewing competition growing at NC State Fair - WRBL

Fall Fun

Beer brewing competition growing at NC State Fair

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Blue ribbons have been awarded to pies, cakes and even wine at the North Carolina State Fair and for a second year the prize is being award to beer.

Last year there were 180 entries in the beer competition at the fair. This year there were more than 390 entries.

The competition is split between commercial and home brewers.

"We are up against the best beers in the state and North Carolina is one of the biggest beer states in the country," said Jon Connolly, head brewer at Carolina Brewery.

Connolly and the rest of Carolina Brewery won "Best in Show" for its Flagship India Pale Ale.

Chris Creech of Durham took home the "Best is Show" for home brew this year, a Sprechen Deutsch Sour Ale. He's been brewing for five years and continues to brew because he enjoys doing it.

"If you do it because you love cooking, experimenting, its fun, it's easy to do." said Creech.

If you're looking to try brewing beer yourself, Creech says it's easy to get started. It will cost your about $100 to buy the basic equipment and ingredients for your first batch of beer.

"It takes a couple of hours on brew day, to clean everything, mash the grain, make the beer, then a couple of weeks to ferment, a couple of weeks to carbonate," said Creech. "About a month later, you'll have a finished product."

All of the winning beers will be on display in the Education building at the N.C. State Fair.

RELATED LINKS:

Complete List of 2013 Winners

Beer Judge Certification Program

What do you need to start brewing at home

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:07:04 GMT
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
  • Indictment: Prosecutor was target of Wake Forest kidnapping

    Indictment: Prosecutor was target of Wake Forest kidnapping

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:57:33 GMT
    The U.S. Department of Justice said Kevin Melton has been charged with conspiring to kidnap in relation to the abduction of Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest homeThe U.S. Department of Justice said Kevin Melton has been charged with conspiring to kidnap in relation to the abduction of Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home
    Nine people have been indicted in connection with the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man whose daughter prosecuted a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.
    Nine people have been indicted in connection with the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man whose daughter prosecuted a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.