West Laurel Hill Cemetery Announces Its First Homebrew Competition:

Beer Barons to Homebrewers: Tour the Past. Taste the Present.

In the golden years before Prohibition, names like Bergner & Engel, Betz, Poth, Hohenadel, Bergdoll and Schmidt helped define the beer industry in Philadelphia. To honor their legacy we are inviting the region's homebrewers to help remind us that the classic beers of that era can still excite our palates today.

On October 23rd, West Laurel Hill Cemetery invites you to present your best pre-Prohibition style beer. The entries will be served during a tour of the graves and mausoleums of the great brewing families who are buried here. The tour will be guided by noted Pennsylvania Brewery Historian Richard Wagner.

The Rules

1) This competition is open to all homebrewers and clubs.

2) One entry per individual.

3) Entries must be a style of beer that would have been served in this region before Prohibition.

4) Three prizes will be awarded: 1) Best Beer, Judge's Selection, 2) Best Beer, People's Choice, 3) Most Creative/Best Historic Tie-In.

5) All three winners will receive a custom trophy and be listed in Philly Beer Scene Magazine. The winner of Best Beer, Judge's Selection will also have their recipe published in the same issue.

6) Each entry must be at least one sixtel in volume if you wish to participate in the People's Choice competition.

7) To participate in the Judge's Selection and Most Creative/Best Historic Tie-In Competitions only two bottles must be submitted.

8) All entrants must notify West Laurel Hill of their entry’s name and style no later than October 8th.

9) The competition will be judged by both a professional panel and by the public.

10) All entrants providing a sixtel will receive complimentary admission for themselves and four guests.

The event is open to the public and will take place from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. Included is the tour, a custom pint glass and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or by calling 610-668-4258. Proceeds benefit the preservation of West Laurel Hill Cemetery and the Mission Fund of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Roxborough. Ticket holders 21 and older who wish to sample any of the homebrews may do so at no additional charge. Proper identification is required.

For more information or to enter please contact

Sarah J. Bonnice at 610-668-4258 or

To purchase tickets online, click the link below.

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