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Brewers competition added to State Fair

Posted June 5, 2012

For the first time, the N.C. State Fair will feature a beer competition.

The North Carolina Brewers' Cup will feature categories for home and professional brewers. 

Professional and amateur brewers can submit their beers to the North Carolina Brewers Cup by Sept. 7. Eight to 12 professional beer judges will decide who wins in each category. 

Find out how to enter

Home brewer winners will receive $10 for first place, $7 for second and $5 for third.

Wineries and wine makers have competed at the State Fair for several years. You cannot buy or sell alcohol at the fair, but the winners in the wine and beer categories will be on display.

The N.C. State Fair runs Oct. 11-21. The theme this year is Bumper Crop of Fun. 

There will be a launch party for the NC Brewers' Cup on June 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at The Standard in Chapel Hill. Expect a panel on craft beer and tasting selections from Bull City Burger, Foothills, Mystery Brewery and Olde Hickory. 

Tickets are $15 and buy early because space is limited. 

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  • forautumn Jun 6, 2012

    "In an era with rising DWI arrests and problems with underage binge drinking, it disturbs me that what is supposed to be a family venue is hosting this event. Have the event at a brewery, not the State Fair."

    I was thinking the same thing about obesity issues and the Cake Contest.

    But I got over it...you can too.

  • richard20 Jun 6, 2012

    Hi! I'm the Superintendent of the NC State Fair beer competition. We hope you will come to the Fair and visit the beer display! A few clarifications: We aren't serving beer at the NC State Fair (the competition is being conducted at Harris in Durham a few weeks before). If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to visit http://www.ncbrewerscup.org. Cheers! - Richard

  • richarddphillips Jun 6, 2012

    Wine don't get ya drunk, only beer does! RABBLE RABBLE!

  • harrisjl Jun 6, 2012

    Come on Big Boss Brewery; Bad Penny is my favorite local microbrew....

  • charlesboyer Jun 6, 2012

    "In an era with rising DWI arrests and problems with underage binge drinking, it disturbs me that what is supposed to be a family venue is hosting this event. Have the event at a brewery, not the State Fair."

    Funny thing: I went out to dinner at a "family" restaurant the other night. Oddly, on the menu was a selection of beer and wines.

    Like that restaurant, the State Fair recognizes that some things are for adults and not for kids. That does not encourage to break any laws, instead it gives a nod to a growing craft in our state and a venue for the most talented of us involved in it to achieve some recognition. What it does not do is create any environment to encourage binge drinking or drunk driving.

  • m0nky Jun 6, 2012

    ncpilot2: they aren't selling it or distributing it according to the article. the winners will just be on display. so you're telling me kids shouldn't even see alcohol? Seems a bit...over the top there, guy. Chill out. Have fun. Enjoy the show.

  • charlesboyer Jun 6, 2012

    "I'm glad we are making strides getting rid of the puritanical overtones here in NC."

    You must have missed the May 8 election.

  • chriscreech10 Jun 5, 2012

    This is great to see! The craft beer and homebrew scene in NC is fantastic, and deserves to be recognized just as much as the NC wine industry does. I'm looking forward to seeing what brews take home a ribbon!

  • mjjunk Jun 5, 2012

    I'm glad we are making strides getting rid of the puritanical overtones here in NC.

  • ncpilot2 Jun 5, 2012

    In an era with rising DWI arrests and problems with underage binge drinking, it disturbs me that what is supposed to be a family venue is hosting this event. Have the event at a brewery, not the State Fair.