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Two home brewers getting beer sold at Erie County Fair

Two home brewers from Niagara County have had their recipe produced by Flying Bison Brewery as the official craft beer of the 2015 Erie County Fair.

John Crossett of North Tonawanda and Brian Milleville of Niagara Falls beat out 111 other homebrew entries to win “Best in Show” in the Fair’s second annual Home Brew Competition. The drink was chosen by 16 professional beer judges, one of whom described it as “a well-made American pale ale without any major flaws, very drinkable.”

The pale ale is made with four types of hops, and features a “toasty and slightly caramel malt backbone accompanied by moderate hop bitterness.”

The beer is available at on-premise locations at the fair, as well as at Mr. Goodbar on Elmwood Avenue; Colter Bay on Delaware Avenue; Public House of Beer on Hertel Avenue; Public House on the Lake and JP Fitzgerald’s in Hamburg; and Tavern at Windsor Park in Williamsville. It is distributed by the keg through Try-It Distributing. It is expected to be available during the fair’s run, which ends Aug. 23.

Fair officials are in talks about how to extend the market run of next year’s craft winner, perhaps bottling or canning the product.

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