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The brewers bring it on

Annual Battle of the Brews benefits the Red Cross

On Saturday, Aug. 23, from noon to 4 p.m., the yearly event will feature more than 30 New York and national brewers brought by DeCrescente Distributing Co. right inside of the Saratoga Race Course next to the carousel. All of the proceeds go directly to the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

On Saturday, Aug. 23, from noon to 4 p.m., the yearly event will feature more than 30 New York and national brewers brought by DeCrescente Distributing Co. right inside of the Saratoga Race Course next to the carousel. All of the proceeds go directly to the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Submitted photo

— This year, brewers include Long Trail, Blue Moon, Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada and Ommegang. Brewers often bring specialty beers specifically for the battle. This year, Adirondack Brewery will be featuring their Dirty Blonde Pale Ale straight through a firkin, an English-styled small barrel.

“A lot of people coming already know what Dirty Blonde is because it’s one of our more popular beers, but this gives it a huge grapefruit aroma and flavor. It’s really good,” said Laura Stevens, of Adirondack Brewery.

Melissa Hildreth, branch coordinator at DeCrescente Distributing based in Mechanicville, said the event is always fun and filled with a wide variety of different flavors. There are even some gluten-free beers, including those from New York brewery Steadfast. Brewers will also offer their seasonal beers, including summer choices and the start of the fall selections.

“There’s something for everyone’s taste. We have some beers that are a little more out there in the taste profile, and some that are little more common,” Hildreth said. “Craft beer drinkers just starting out, (it) won’t be too aggressive but won’t be bored. No one will have to be worried either way.”

The battle will occur throughout the day, as the “Thoroughbrews,” all homebrew enthusiasts, judge the brews. Ticketholders can also vote for the people’s choice. By the end of the event, three awards for win, place and show will be given out.

“It’s Travers week, so it’s very crowded. There’s a lot of people there excited about the weekend in general. It’s just a nice, relaxing, lazy afternoon for people that go,” Livingston said.

For more information, visit http://www.redcross.org/news/event/Battle-of-the-Brews-2013.

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