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Beer lovers compete in Craft Brew Races

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STOWE, Vt. -

More than a thousand beer lovers came out to the Stoweflake Resort and Spa in Stowe Saturday for the Craft Brewers Race.

Alex Wonnell has a method all planned out when it comes to beer tasting.

"I'm gonna start out with the lighter beers first. Get a little feel good going on, and then I'm gonna move into the sweeter stuff, like cider, and then I've been on a stout kick, and so that's just like dessert," said Wonnell.

On Saturday, he got to take his strategy out for a spin at the Craft Brewers Race and Festival in Stowe. The afternoon started out with a crowded 5k as runners and walkers trekked through town before heading to try the many beers.

"I think I was actually the last one to sign up. Got lucky number 1,255. Did not prepare as much as I wanted, but ran. Finished hard," said Wonnell.

Over 1,000 people signed up for the race, and each earned a souvenir pint glass and a finishers medal. At the finish, participants and festival attendees could sample beers from more than 20 breweries across the region – from new, start-up brewers to old favorites.

"Unified Press, which is our flagship cider, we also have Dirty Mayor, which is pretty popular as well, so that's fermented with ginger and lemon peel. Then we have our Northeast Cascade which is dry hopped with local cascade hops. We're also offering our new, non-alcoholic sparkling sweet cider," said Tyler Frandsen, Citizen Cider.

Designated drivers were given a discounted ticket to enjoy a variety of food and non-alcoholic drinks available. Wonnell says he was hoping try something new.

"Farnham beer. Yeah we have a friend who just started that. That's a new brewery in Winooski, so I ran into a buddy last night who said to try it out," said Wonnell.

A race to support craft brewers and their many Vermont fans.

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