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Beautiful evening at State College Brew Expo 2015

State College Brew Expo 2015

40+ breweries pouring
40+ breweries pouring

The annual State College Brew Expo was held for the 17th year from 5-9pm on Saturday August 15, 2015, at Tussey Mountain Ski Resort in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania. This year around 40 breweries from across the nation were featured together with seminars and live music.

The breweries in attendance included a number from across Central PA, the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas, plus the likes of Atwater (Detroit, MI), Deschutes (Bend, OR), Goose Island (Chicago, IL), Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA), Magic Hat (Burlington, VT), Sam Adams (Boston, MA), and Southern Tier (Lakewood, NY) from further afield.

Live music was provided by Royal Benson (Central PA) followed by Anthony D’Amato (New Jersey).

State College Homebrew Club booth
State College Homebrew Club booth

Seminars were given by State College Homebrew Club (SCHC) and the author Ben Novak.

SCHC’s presentation provided an overview of the homebrewing process, different techniques, together with various equipment options. Attendees were encouraged to join the club’s Facebook Group for online discussions and to come along to a monthly meeting to find out more about the club and brewing. Handouts were also provided for the club’s first annual Pennsylvania Homebrew Open Competition that is scheduled for Dec 5, 2015.

author Dr. Ben Novak
author Dr. Ben Novak

Ben Novak is a retired local lawyer turned author who has recently written and published The Birth of the Craft Brew Revolution. In his seminar Dr. Novak discussed the joys and challenges of writing about beer including the process of finding inspiration and confronting misconceptions to the challenge of preaching deeper appreciation in a college town environment, where quantity often wins out over quality.

During the festival we enjoyed a wide range of beers, below are some of the day’s highlights:

Ski lift up to the VIP area
Ski lift up to the VIP area
Brewery booths
Brewery booths
Zzerbert by Happy Valley Brewing
Zzerbert by Happy Valley Brewing
Descutes Pinedrops IPA
Descutes Pinedrops IPA
New Belgium Snapshot
New Belgium Snapshot
The Astounding She-Monster Mango IPA by Spring House Brewing
The Astounding She-Monster Mango IPA by Spring House Brewing
Undercover Investigation Shutdown by Lagunitas Brewing
Undercover Investigation Shutdown by Lagunitas Brewing
Union Barrel Works Hefeweizen
Union Barrel Works Hefeweizen
Trauger Pilsner by Neshaminy Creek Brewing
Trauger Pilsner by Neshaminy Creek Brewing
Aero-Head Bock by Appalachian Brewing
Aero-Head Bock by Appalachian Brewing
Narragansett Lager Beer
Narragansett Lager Beer
Various craft beers
Various craft beers

If you attended this event and have any comments or would like to share your experience we would love to hear from you so please feel free to comment below.

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