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Buffalo Resident Wins Taste of Buffalo Homebrew Competition

German Kellerbier to be Brewed by 12 Gates and Sold at 2018 Food Festival

Wed, Mar 14th 2018 04:00 pm
March 14, 2018, BUFFALO, N.Y.The Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS today announced that an amber kellerbier brewed by Adam Akers of Buffalo won best of show in the 2018 Taste of Buffalo Homebrew Competition. Cheers to 35 Years Kellerbier will be recreated on a larger scale by 12 Gates Brewing Company and available for purchase at the Taste on July 7 and 8.
Designed to celebrate the Taste’s 35th birthday, this marks the first time that a homebrew recipe will be served at the annual festival. Cheers to 35 Years Kellerbier is a refreshing, crisp lager with a toasty malt backbone. It is amber in color and similar to an Oktoberfest brew.
“One of the best parts of brewing beer is sharing and enjoying it with others,” said Akers. “I'm looking forward to being able to have a beer of mine brewed in such a quantity that it can be served to the masses at the Taste of Buffalo.”
Akers grew up in Williamsville and learned the basics of fermenting while living in Vermont. He began homebrewing beer when he moved back to Buffalo in 2012. He works as a Registered Nurse at a local hospital and resides in the Parkside neighborhood of North Buffalo with his wife, Holly, and their 15 month-old daughter.
Kellerbier or "cellar beer" is an unfiltered version of a German lager that dates to the Middle Ages when it was traditionally served straight from the barrel in which it was brewed. Akers’ homebrewed version earned top honors out of 56 entries judged by local members of the Beer Judge Certification Program, a national standards-based organization whose mission is to promote the appreciation of beer styles and their accurate production by brewers. Akers said that Cheers to 35 Years Kellerbier pairs well with pizza, wings, and bleu cheese.
The Taste of Buffalo Homebrew Competition is supported by 12 Gates Brewing Company, the Niagara Association of Homebrewers, Niagara Tradition Homebrewing Supplies, and Hamm & Fattey's Beer Company.
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is the nation's largest two-day food festival, attracting more than 450,000 visitors each year.  The 35th annual Taste will take place on July 7 and 8, 2018, along Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.  The Taste is a not-for-profit organization with more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. Approximately $390,000 has been raised at the festival for local charities in addition to five $1,000 scholarships awarded annually to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree.  For more information, visit tasteofbuffalo.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.