Recently, the New York State Fair held its annual "Homebrew Competition", soliciting a number of beers from homebrewers. And the winning brew will be bottled by the F.X. Matt Brewing Company.

Here are the details, according to

"Rochester home brewer Sean Coughlin’s beer rose to the top of a class of 405 entries to be judged Best of Show at the State Fair’s annual Homebrew Competition. His Belgian Dark Strong Ale, called “Abbey Cat”, had won its category and was one of 25 category winners up for the top honor.

Coughlin is more than a beer fan. He works for Genesee Brewing in Rochester managing the company’s online store and providing in-house beer education.

The F.X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica, will bottle and enter the beer in the Great American Beer Festival's national competition in Colorado.

“This competition is exactly the kind of thing that brings emphasis to New York State products,” said Nick Matt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of F.X. Matt Brewing Company.

Robert Sells of Fredonia took both second place and fourth place Best of Show for his Old Ale, named “Old And In The Way,” and his Kolsch, named “Summer Schwill.” Mark Zambron of West Seneca took third place honors for “The Watcher,” a Weizen/Weissbier.

This year, 137 homebrewers entered 405 beers in the competition."

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