Today we’d like to congratulate the winners of the 2011 Puyallup Fair Amateur Beer Competition. Each year home brewers submit samples of their product to a panel of judges in hopes of taking home a rosette and maybe even some cash.
Most of us take it for granted but the Puyallup Fair is kind of a big deal. It is one of the largest fairs in the country. It is also one of the oldest fairs in the western United States: Western Washingtonians have been doing the Puyallup since 1900. It is impossible to say exactly how many pigs, chickens, breeding bulls, and other livestock have done their business on the floors of the fair’s barns over the years. Likewise, it is hard to fathom the number of peonies, roses and dahlias judged by squint-eyed flower aficionados.
We know this for sure, the venerable Fisher Scone Wagon sold it’s 100 millionth scone at the fair this year. We also know that 71,581 kids went down the Giant Slide in 2011. A remarkable 6,876,000 feet of toilet paper was flushed away at this year’s fair: enough TP to stretch from Puyallup to Denver. Yep, the Puyallup Fair is a big deal. Taking home a ribbon from any event that consumes so much toilet paper is truly an honor.
The Puyallup Fair recently announced the winners of the Amateur Beer Competition. The first and second place winners received a cash premium and rosette; third place winners were awarded a rosette. Best in Show winners received a large rosette as a prize.
2011 Beer Winners
Best of Show:
Brewed by Richard Cockrell of Sumner, WA.
Best of Category – Ale
War Dog Pale Ale
Brewed by Seth Warness of Yelm, WA
Best of Category – Mixed
Oak Aged Imperial Stout
Brewed by Rick Davidson of Spanaway, WA
Best of Category – Lager
Brewed by Traci Lienhard of Castle Rock, WA