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Battle of the Brews Kicks off Fourth Competition

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HARRINGTON, Del.- In day three of the Delaware State Fair, the Delaware Department of Agriculture kicked off the fourth annual Battle of the Brews competition.

Tripp Shenton of Newark, Del., has always loved beer. So one day he decided to make some of his own.

"I like craft beer,” said Shenton. “I learned that it's not all that difficult or expensive to get into the hobby so I decided just to just give it a try."

He started making beer at home four years ago. He admits the beginning stages were pretty rocky.

"Usually when you're first starting you're learning so honestly your first beers probably aren't going to be all that good,” said Shenton. “Then hopefully you improve over the time, and you really get to fine tune and hone your skills."

And that’s exactly what he did. Now he’s a judge at the Battle of the Brews competition. The event invites local home brewers to showcase their work.

"These are all beers that people have made at their homes either in their kitchens or sometimes in their garages using some specialized equipment,” said competition coordinator, Jimmy Kroon. “But it's all made at home. None of its on professional brewing equipment."

Judges were busy at work trying to critique the homegrown beers. Competition officials say they had 241 entries this year.

"It’s exciting because this is the fourth year we've been doing this here at the state fair,” said Kroon. “And it's grown."

For home brewers like Tripp Shenton, the experience has been great.

"The best part about it is that you get feedback,” said Shenton. “The judges, they're giving you critical feedback. They're giving you advice on maybe what you should do to improve your beer, what you can do to make it better.”

Competition officials say this event sometimes sparks business for the home brewers, helping to turn their passion into profit.

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