Dozens of homebrewers compete at Bloatarian Brewing League's Beer & Sweat keg-only contest

Contest drew 330 entries; Chris Meta won top award

ERLANGER, Ky. - The Tri-State has one of the largest and most involved homebrew communities in the nation and this weekend all their hard work and sweat was put to the test.

On Saturday, the Bloatarian Brewing League -- known as BBL to members and fans -- held its 25th annual Beer and Sweat keg-only competition. The event was held at the Holiday Inn in Erlanger.

Organizers said it’s the world’s largest keg-only homebrew competition by volume.

The competition drew homebrewers from five states, and as far aways as cities such as Nashville, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.

BBL members said this year there was a total of 330 entries, far surpassing previous records. Organizers said they estimate that more than 450 people took part in the event.

The event featured all different types of beers and beverages including: meads, sodas, ales, lagers, Bock beers, fruit beers; if you could name it they likely had it.

The Best in Show award this year went to Chris Meta of the Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Home Brewers (TRASH) for his American Wild Ale.

The runner-up was Andy Weigel of TRASH with a Belgian Specialty Ale.

The winner of the homebrewers choice award was John Zeller of BBL with his American IPA. Keith Kost of TRASH took home the award for most individual points.

TRASH won for the "King Swanky" award for being the club with the most points.

A complete list of all the winners is available BBL’s website at:

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