For Our NW Pa. Readers and Beer Judges

From and AP. Picture from fair website.

MEADVILLE, Pa. — The largest agricultural county fair in Pennsylvania will judge home-brewed beer for the first time in its 66-year history.

The Crawford County Fair Board voted 7-2 on Thursday to add beer to the roster of food and beverages judged at the fair. The fair began judging homemade wines in the mid-1990s.

Fair board member John Lasko opposed the move telling the Meadville Tribune it sets a bad precedent for a “family fair.”

Alcohol can’t be sold or consumed on the fairgrounds, so the beer will be judged off-site and only displayed at the fair. The wine judging is handled the same way.

Six categories will be judged: light ale, amber ale, dark ale, light lager, dark lager, and specialty brews.

This year’s fair runs Aug. 20 to 27.

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