400 turn out for homebrew festival

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BENNINGTON — More than 400 patrons turned out for the fifth annual Southern Vermont Summer Homebrew Festival, enjoying unlimited samples of home-brewed beer, wine, mead, cider and more, plus entertainment and eats from Hound Dogs food truck. This year's festival, held Aug. 3, featured 19 brewers, who offered up more than 100 different brews.

"Once again the home brewers brought some incredible home brewed beverages and were able to talk to the attendees about them," Will Gardner, producer of the event with Hopridge Farms, said in a release. "The feedback from the crowd was overwhelmingly positive and they enjoyed the new venue, free shuttle, and VIP hour.

"It's a tremendous amount of work to ensure these festivals are fun, safe, and organized. We couldn't do that without the help of our volunteers and supporters."

The attendees were treated to some unique and delicious offerings from the Home Brewers. The Battenkill Brewhouse brought several styles to include their Mexican Coffee Stout and Thai Mule ginger beer with Galangal and Kaffir limes. Texermont Brewery poured Evermore Berry Cider and Amarillo by Morning IPA. A crowd favorite, Wicked Ways Brewing brought five different offerings to include, "I Must Beer You a Russian Imperial Stout" and "Cool Hand Cuke," a pale ale with cucumber.

The festival has several awards all of which are voted on by the crowd. This year they announced the top 3 in each category:

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Best VIP Beverage: First place, Three Teachers Brewing, Pink Lemonade Wheat; second place, Smooth Liquidation Brewing, Lullaby (Bourbon barrel-aged stout); third place, Shield Maiden Brewery, Frokost (maple mead).

Best Overall Beverage: First place, Battenkill Brewhouse, Thai Mule (ginger beer with Kaffir limes); second place, Lamson Brewing, New England IPA; third place: Texermont Brewhouse, Evermore Berry Cider.

Best Overall Brewery: First place, Three Teachers Brewing; second place, Lamson Brewing; third place, Battenkill Brewery.

Vendors at the Summer Homebrew Festival also presented and sold hand crafted local art, chocolates, hot sauces, kimchi and more. Those vendors include Audreys Art, Hoppy Valley, Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped Hot Sauces, That's Different Chocolates, and Rooted In Vermont: Vermont Farm to Plate Network. Plus the festival had Hound Dogs food truck, voted to have the Best Philly Cheese Steak, serving up the area's finest made to order food for the crowd.

"As with all our events, we simply could not do it without our community of sponsors," said Matt Harrington, executive director of the chamber. "They include our presenting sponsor Greater Heights Tree and Land Management, our host and porta-potty sponsor 802 Restrooms, our media sponsors The Bennington Banner and CAT-TV, and our food sponsor Heritage Family Credit Union. We thank them very much for their encouragement and generosity."


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