Olde Bedford Brewing Co. of Bedford has earned two awards in the Pennsylvania Farm Show’s craft beer competition.
Olde Bedford took second and third place in the Barrel-Aged competition for commercial breweries.
Second place went to Spring House Saison Vermouth, while third went to Bedford Butcher Brew.
“I think it’s fantastic,” said Dave Heller, who co-owns Olde Bedford with his wife, Mary. “We’re competing with some of the best breweries in the United States. … It’s a lot of fun bringing this notoriety back to our hometown.”
This is the third year that the Farm Show has offered competition for commercial breweries, and the third year that Olde Bedford has brought home at least two awards.
Heller noted that the third-place winner, Bedford Butcher Brew, is prepared exclusively for Omni Bedford Springs Resort. It is considered a PA Preferred brewery, since it is made with most or all of its ingredients coming from Pennsylvania.
The corn comes from Dancing Star Farms in Bedford County and is malted at CNC Malting of Butler. The barrels come from Wigle Whiskey of Pittsburgh.
The brewing competition, as with all Farm Show events, was held virtually. A total of 22 brews from 10 counties were judged.
First place in the Barrel-Aged competition went to Rum Stout from Warwick Farm Brewing of Jamison, Bucks County.