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Here is your chance to get brewed....

Homebrewers from across New York State may submit their brews in the Erie County Fair’s Homebrew Competition. The annual summer release of the limited run, craft beer is based on the winning brew has become an anticipated tradition at the Erie County Fair for beer lovers!

The deadline to enter in April 28th. In addition to the opportunity to win a gold medal for excellence, the Erie County Fair Homebrew Competition’s Best of Show** entry will be professionally brewed and named the 2023 “Erie County Fair Best of Show Beer.” It will be on tap at the Erie County Fair for all to enjoy!!!

**For the 2023 Erie County Fair Homebrew Competition, we have decided to spice things up. While we all love classic styles, we know the fair is about having some fun. This year the judging for the competition will be based on creativity and not necessarily by style. All BJCP styles can be entered and will be judged, but the “Best of Show” beer main criteria will be “creative relevancy” or the most fun beer to enjoy while being at the fair. The winning beer for this contest will be commercially brewed and available at the fair AND will be canned for the masses. More to come!

Online Entry Registration Starts: Wednesday, March 1st

Entry Deadline: Friday, April 28th

Home Brew Judging: Sunday, May 21st


People "cheering" their beer

It is necessary that you view all the important information listed below in order to enter correctly.

You may enter competitions by clicking the "Enter Online" link. All competitions will be entered online.

  • You will be directed to another web page where you will be instructed to create an account.

Contact the Competitive Exhibits office at ceoffice@ecfair.org or by phone at 716-649-3900 ext. 6407


April 28th


Three ways to drop off your entries....

Entries must be dropped off before April 29th at either of the following locations:

Hamburg Brewing Company during business hours (Please check availability ahead of time) at 6553 Boston State Rd, Hamburg, NY

Erie County Fairgrounds Main Offices (9:30 AM - 4:30 PM) 5600 McKinley Pkwy, Hamburg, NY

The Buffalo Cider Hall during business hours (Please check availability ahead of time) at 155 Chandler St, Buffalo, NY

* Must be 21 years or older. Offer is limited to one per person, some restrictions apply.

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