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Tangled Up In Brew planned in Connellsville

| Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

The SCA Trail Town Outreach Corps will soon be hosting the first Trail Town brew competition to benefit partnering trail groups along the Great Allegheny Passage.

The event is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Oct. 16. It will follow another event in Connellsville that day — the annual Fall Foliage Ride.

Tangled Up In Brew will be held at the Connellsville Elks on East Crawford Avenue, where the first homemade wine contest was held in the spring.

Categories to enter include best overall beer (the top three will be recognized), best name, and most unique brew. This event will be judged by popular vote. The most unique brew will be judged by the Tangled Up In Brew committee. Prizes will be announced at the competition.

"We ask that each brewer bring enough beer for at least 100 community attendees to taste (a 1-2-ounce pour per taste). Remember, the more beer you submit, the more people will get to enjoy your craft," said Emma Strong of the Trail Town Corps.

Brewers receive free admission for entering their beer. Additionally, brewers will receive one free ticket for a guest, which will include a glass, snacks and, of course, the beer tasting.

"After the success of the homemade wine competition, we are very excited about Tangled Up In Brew. This event will have a trail-wide focus since proceeds will be going to three different trail groups, so we hope to have a good representation of brewers and attendees from all towns along the Great Allegheny Passage," Strong said.

The unique event was named by a Connellsville resident, Jonathan Baeckel, who is also a home brewer.

Most of the SCA Trail Town Outreach Corps members will be involved and are promoting the event.

Will Prince has been working to connect with local home brew groups. Maggie Adams has been working on graphics. Strong has been working on creating the application and connecting with brewers.

"We have all been brainstorming about the event in general. We have approached this in a very team-oriented way," Strong added.

"The SCA Trail Town Outreach Corps is excited for the first annual homemade brew and cider competition," said Elisa Mayes, program coordinator, SCA River and Trail Towns Outreach Corps. "The successful turnout for the homemade wine competition this spring demonstrated the passion for homemaking and local tasting. The fall event occurs after the Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride so that community members can enjoy the trails and fall colors, while working up a thirst to determine the best brew maker in the area."

Tickets are $7 per person, $12 per couple before Oct. 16, and $8 per person and $14 per couple at the door beginning at 4:45 p.m. They can be purchased at the Trail Town office, 100 S. Arch Street, Connellsville; also at SCA Trail Town Outreach Corps tables at the Mum Festival on Oct. 1 in town and the Fall Foliage Ride on Oct. 16 at Yough River Park. Tickets include a pint glass for tasting, snacks, and samples of regional home brew.

Home brewers and hard cider makers who are interested in entering this competition are asked to e-mail Strong at sca.estrong@gmail.com or call 724-603-3151.

The partnering trail groups that will benefit include the Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter, Yough River Trail Council and Somerset County Rails-to-Trails Association.

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