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Strawberry Fields Wheat home brew contest winner

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 14, 2017
During the ninth annual Brews on the Beach festival at Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City last Saturday, home brewers gather for a photo, from left, Herb Haugh, Jaesun Riley, Justin Babcock and Nate Wroblewski, gather for a picture. Strawberry Fields Wheat home brew, created by Nate and Nick Wroblewski, of Greenbackville, Virginia, received the most votes by VIP attendees.

(Sept. 15, 2017) During the ninth annual Brews on the Beach festival at Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City last Saturday, a Strawberry Fields Wheat home brew, created by Nate and Nick Wroblewski, of Greenbackville, Virginia, received the most votes by VIP attendees.

The People’s Choice winning recipe will be brewed by Fin City, located at Hooper’s Crab House, and make its debut during the Shore Craft Beer Fest at Sunset Park in Ocean City on Oct. 28.

“He took my wheat beer recipe and added strawberries,” Nate Wroblewski said. “My brother couldn’t be here today because he is at a friend’s wedding, where another batch of this beer is being served.”

Nick Wroblewski, 34, was asked to make a batch of strawberry wheat beer for his friend’s wedding in North Carolina this past weekend.

His brother, Nate, 31, had spent two years perfecting his wheat beer recipe and it was easy to add strawberries to the already award-winning wheat beer, which takes four hours to brew and two weeks to ferment.

Wroblewski said the recipe went through eight to 10 modifications before he was satisfied with the result.

“My wheat beer recipe won the home brew contest at the Good Beer Fest in Salisbury last year,” Wroblewski said. “The local craft brew community has been spectacular and supportive of home brewers. They love collaborating and sharing knowledge. It is fantastic they are willing to support us so much so they are willing to brew our beers.”

A local home-brewing club based out of Wallops Island, B.I.E.R (Brewers In the Eastern Shore Region), had 12 different beers for VIP ticket holders to sample and vote for during Brews on the Beach last Saturday.

The Haughty Cream Ale, which was made with honey malt, biscuit malt, cluster and hops, came in second by two votes.

Herb Haugh, 56, of Wattsville, Virginia, created the “basic cream ale recipe” on his first try.

“The goal is to create good-tasting, inexpensive beer,” Haugh said. “I have been brewing since 2014 because my kids thought I needed another hobby.”

Fin City will brew Strawberry Fields Wheat within the next couple of weeks and it will be available at the Shore Craft Beer Fest in October.

“I thought the Strawberry Fields Wheat beer that won was a great tasting wheat,” said brewer Vince Wright, owner of Fin City Brewing Company. “It was balanced and had a nice, subtle strawberry aroma and flavor.

“This is a beer that I could sit on the porch with friends and throw back a few – easy drinking with great flavor,” he added. “The winning home brewers did a great job.”

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