Crooked Handle brewery in Springboroo will host a Chili Boss Competition on Oct. 14. FILE

Local brewery to crown ‘Chili Boss’ after taste test — and maybe a pint

The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Crooked Handle Brewing Co., 760 N. Main St. in the Settler’s Walk retail center Springboro.

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There will be 15 chili entries available for sampling. Judges for the “Chili Boss” cookoff will be Jack Gridley and JoAnn Potts from Dorothy Lane Market; Heather Sukola from Heather’s Coffee & Cafe in Springboro; Lisa Grigsby from Dayton Dining and Dayton Most Metro; and Rich Gillette, business editor of the Dayton Daily News.

The Gem City has had a long love affair with beer. The beverage has been part of our history as far back as the early 1800s. Today the area is flush with new breweries - more than a dozen have opened in the last five years.

First place in the Chili Boss “main event” judging will receive $250 cash and their name engraved on the Crooked Handle Chili Boss plaque, according to Jason Moore, Crooked Handle’s co-founder and brewmaster. Second place in the main event will receive a trophy and a $100 gift card, and third place will receive a trophy and a $50 gift card, Moore said.

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There also will be a “People’s Choice” chili winner. Tickets to sample and vote on the “People’s Choice” chili winner are free and are available at this eventbrite.com web link. People’s Choice Award will be decided by ballot and the winner will receive $150 in gift cards. The brewery also will be open to the public with no cover charge for live music.

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“The goal is to really grow this annual event into a huge party, so in this first year, we are just getting our feet wet,” Moore said.

Crooked Handle opened in December 2015 as Springboro’s first craft brewery.

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