The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops announced that for the first time, a homebrew recipe - by Buffalo resident, Adam Akers, winner of the the Homebrew Compeition - will be served at the festival!

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The amber kellerbier, Cheers to 35 Years Kellerbier, brewed by Akers, won best of show in the 2018 Taste of Buffalo Homebrew Competition. Cheers to 35 Years Kellerbier will be recreated on a larger scale by 12 Gates Brewing Company and available for purchase at the Taste on July 7 and 8. Cheers to 35 Years Kellerbier is a "refreshing, crisp lager with a toasty malt backbone, that is amber in color and similar to an Oktoberfest brew."

“One of the best parts of brewing beer is sharing and enjoying it with others,” said Akers. “I'm looking forward to being able to have a beer of mine brewed in such a quantity that it can be served to the masses at the Taste of Buffalo.” Competition was fierce! Akers' brew earned top honors out of 56 entries judged by local members of the Beer Judge Certification Program

Akers, who grew up in Williamsville, learned the basics of fermenting while living in Vermont. He began homebrewing beer when he moved back to Buffalo in 2012. In case you're wondering what to pair it with, Akers said that Cheers to 35 Years Kellerbier pairs well with pizza, wings, and bleu cheese, easy finds at the Taste!

The Taste of Buffalo Homebrew Competition is supported by 12 Gates Brewing Company, the Niagara Association of Homebrewers, Niagara Tradition Homebrewing Supplies, and Hamm & Fattey's Beer Company. The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is the nation's largest two-day food festival. The 35th annual Taste will take place on July 7 and 8, 2018, along Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. For more information, visit www.tasteofbuffalo.comHere are some other articles you might enjoy!

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