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Farm Show Beer Contest Highlights Ribbon-Winning Brews
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 01/12/2021

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced the winners of the third annual Pennsylvania Farm Show Beer Competition and a new way to support Pennsylvania's breweries through the inaugural Pennsylvania Farm Show Trail.

"After a year riddled with challenge, we were thrilled to see Pennsylvania breweries thirsty for competition as we launched the third annual Farm Show beer competition," said Redding. "These craft brewers demonstrate passion, creativity, innovation and drive. It's these qualities that have led Pennsylvania to lead the nation in volume of craft beer production."

This year, 22 craft brews from breweries in 10 Pennsylvania counties were judged.

According to 2019 data from the Brewers Association, the economic impact of the craft beer industry in Pennsylvania is $6.3 billion, up from $5.7 billion the previous year. Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation for barrels of craft beer produced at 3.6 million barrels and ranks fifth in the nation for number of craft breweries.

Pennsylvanians interested in sampling these winning brews are encouraged to visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show Trail, an interactive map that features the commercial exhibitors and PA Preferred members who exhibit at the traditional Farm Show. Just search "beer" in the search bar to be directed to Pennsylvania breweries for links to ecommerce websites or physical storefronts where you can purchase their award-winning brews.

"This Farm Show Trail gives Pennsylvanians from all four corners of the commonwealth to support our Farm Show exhibitors and agribusinesses from the comfort of their home," said Redding. "While the map was born out of a need to support our commercial exhibitors for this virtual show, I hope it's here to stay."

The Pennsylvania Virtual Farm Show features hundreds of online educational and entertaining events and resources.

The 2021 virtual show runs January 9-16, 2021 on the Pennsylvania Farm Show Facebook, Instagram, and on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

For more information about the 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show, visit farmshow.pa.gov.


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