Shakesbeer Festival Contest Winner

Find out who won tickets to the Shakesbeer Festival



Shakesbeer Contest winner Diane Fanelli, right, and husband Peter

Last week, we asked you to send us your best rhyming couplets about the Bard or local beer for a chance to win two passes to the Shakesbeer Festival on Sunday, April 6 (get more details about the event here). Well, we certainly got what we asked for! You’re all incredible wordsmiths, but we could only award one with our prize. Congratulations to our winner, Diane Fanelli of Hyde Park, for her two-liner below:

Big Easy Blondes, cool and tasty without falter,
My husband drinks one, but took another to the altar

Congratulations, Diane! Just for fun, see some of our other favorite submissions below:

Lydia O., Poughkeepsie:
It's no easy task to try and grasp Shakespeare’s complicated tales,
And no better way to chase his plays than with a pint of Keegan Ales.

Kathena D., Highland:
A mighty love this young girl had for old Will’s players, especially Portia and Puck,
But this ardor was soundly trumped when she imbibed in sweet nectar from Rushing Duck.

Beverly S., West Nyack:
’Tis Poughkeepsie the city to enjoyeth a draft,
Whilst Shakespearean actors doth hone their craft!

John H., Mount Vernon:
Soaring to heavenly heights, my taste buds would sail,
If though woulds’t just bring me my Captain Lawrence Brown Bird Ale.

Sarah M., New Windsor:
Whither walkest thou far and whence comest?
Knowest thou that Newburgh beer is the yummest.
I hath tasted beers from ’ore the land,
and have thus found all but Newburgh to be bland.

Stacie H., Ellenville:
Though Shakespeare has much and my own surely pales,
We would both give our fame for a pint of ale.

Jean T., Hyde Park:
Experiencing the incomparable works of Shakespeare is something I hold quite dear.
If I win, I hope to discover, this joy is further enhanced by beer!

John H., Irvington:
Lo, to taste just a sip of a cold frothy brew,
To write a bad couplet I can easily do.

Michael M., Poughkeepsie:
To be(er) or not to be(er),
That is not the question, but what type of beer?

Peter F., Hyde Park:
Of Mother's Milk I can’t stop at one draught,
I’ll drain the keg, until I'm daft!

Robin K., Catskill:
What beer from yonder tap is poured,
To cause the patrons’ spirits soar.

Roberto G., Newburgh:
Newburgh Brewery ’tis the place to be,
And so many others agree.

Lizzette Godreau, Newburgh:
Locals abound agree Newburgh Brewery to make the finest brew,
One taste of their Conspiracy Imperial Stout and thou will knowest to be true.

Joe A., Marlboro:
The Bard of Avon was such a great man,
To him I raise this pint of black and tan.

Julie S., Putnam Valley:
Oh, Captain Lawrence, what a drink!
That’s the tastiest beer, I think!


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