'Tangled Up In Brew 2' coming Oct. 13 at Yough Park in Connellsville

| Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, 1:21 a.m.

Sustainable Connellsville is excited to be sponsoring “Tangled Up In Brew 2.”

“Tangled Up In Brew 2” is a homemade brewers competition featuring local brewers. Those in attendance can sample and evaluate local brewers. There will be aspiring brewers and those who have brewed for years. Also, a workshop on home brew will be part of the event. Sustainable Connellsville will have educational displays set up.

The event will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Yough Park in Connellsville.

“I'm putting it on with the help of Sustainable Connellsville and it will benefit Sustainable Connellsville and the Yough River Trail Council,” organizer Jonathan Baeckel said. “There will be brewers from the local area vying to win prizes and honors for categories voted on by popular vote such as ‘Best Beer,' ‘Best Beer and Food Pairing,' ‘Most Unique Brew' and ‘Best Name.' There will also be a special award, the ‘Judges Choice' award, decided on by a panel of judges.”

Baeckel added that there would be two bands playing at the event — Dogtown, featuring members of the Grinning Mob, and Jaguar Mountain Rundown.

“They are two fantastic bands who are sure to be crowd pleasers. Local businesses and breweries such as Lynn's, Hutch's, El Canelo and Helltown Brewing are donating some food and prizes to the competition. You can also pick tickets up at all of those locations,” he said.

Tickets for entry to the event are $15 in advance and include a full color pint glass with poster art provided by Joe Mruk of RedBuffaloIllustration@gmail.com, two bands and home brew. There will also be a live demonstration of the brewing process at the event. Tickets are $20 at the door.

“We already have sold tickets to people in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio and we even sold tickets as far away as Chicago,” Baeckel said. “The event will be held outdoors. We will be fine in the event of wet weather since the band and brewers will both be under pavilions and we also will be bringing in a large tent for festival attendees. As of right now we are intending to have the concession stand open and selling food to compliment the donated food.”

“I would mainly like to note that Sustainable Connellsville is excited to host this event for the community. We are especially excited about the educational and home-brewing component added to the festival this year,” said Geno Gallo, Connellsville's sustainability coordinator.

Last year, the first “Tangled Up In Brew” was successful and requires a bigger venue, therefore, Yough Park was the committee's choice.

“For your ticket you get a souvenir glass that allows you to sample local brews from over 20 local brewers. Free food and music will be available. You must be 21 years of age or older to participate,” Gallo said.

Local home brewers wishing to compete can download an application at www.sustainableconnellsville.org, where others can also look for more information. Sustainable Connellsville is on Facebook.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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