Vienna Lager Takes Top Home Brew Honors
A Vienna Lager brewed by Kevin DiTondo of Cheektowaga, New
York was named “Best of Show” during the Erie County Fair’s 2018 Home Brew
Competition. Judging for the Fair’s competition, now in its fifth year, took
place on Thursday, April 19th and Saturday, April 21st at the Fairgrounds. A
panel of 23 judges and master judges evaluated the submissions according to
nationally recognized Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) protocols.
According to BJCP’s published style guidelines, Vienna
Lagers are an amber colored brew with a rich toasty character. The Fair’s
winning entry had an attractive light brown copper appearance filled with bread
and raisin aroma with a slight hops taste. Judges noted that the brew has “just
enough sweetness to keep it from bring crisp.” Vienna lagers were first
introduced in the Austrian capital in the mid-19th century. The beer style is
known for pairing well with chicken, pizza, barbeques and spicy dishes…a good
match for all Fair foods!