The Hudson Valley Shakesbeer Festival returns to Poughkeepsie on April 19 (read more about it here), and we couldn’t be more excited: Where else can one catch a live performance of Macbeth AND sip some of the region’s tastiest craft brews? So we asked our readers to sharpen their quill pens and send us their best rhyming couplets — bonus points for those written iambic pentameter — declaring their love for local beer and the Bard for a chance to win a pair of passes to the Shakesbeer Festival.
Of course, we couldn’t choose just one. Congratulations to our two Shakesbeer Contest winners and honorable mentions, below:
Our 2015 Shakesbeer Contest winners: Sean (left) and Erin (right, with family)
Sean D., New Paltz:
Please my lady, let me drinketh at least one more beer,
For I am not quite drunk yet and you look like a steer!
Erin O., Yorktown Heights:
What liquid gold through yonder taps flows to my tongue?
It is the yeast, with hops and malt, the best bar(d) none.
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Bill S., New Paltz:
Stout, damned hops! I commend thee, noble brewer,
For never was a grain fermented truer.
Charlie D., Middle Village, Queens:
But if the while I think on thee, dear beer,
All losses end and sorrows disappear.
Gene O., Yorktown Heights:
Bard is Bitter English, buys into Newburgh Conspiracy,
Dreams of witches, ghosts and murder, and writes brilliant lunacy.
Karen K., Orangeburg:
I shared a Hudson Valley brew with my friend Bill a time or two,
And toasted we with foamy breath to the success of HVSF’s MacBeth!
Michael F., Lagrangeville:
As brews doth goest, please maketh mine a honey,
Here’s hoping I winneth ye contest fore I haven’t any money!
Nicole O., Hewitt, New Jersey:
UFO is the one she’s the one,
She has me at hello, oh hello.
Patricia R., Poughkeepsie:
Ye men be warned, many a lady will profess her love of stout to you,
Alas, she means not you, but her beloved brew.
Rich E., New Paltz:
Shakespeare’s tragedy that is King Lear,
Is as dark as a porter, a lovely robust beer.
Sari G., Saugerties:
No taming of the brew here, unfeathered and untarred,
We raise our frosty mugs — no holds Bard!
For information and tickets to this weekend’s Hudson Valley Shakesbeer Festival, click here.