New York Brewfest

by Naomi Young

For beer lovers, nothing quite beats the New York Brewfest, now being offered as an annual event for the second year running in the city. Heartland Brewery will present this year’s event on September 14th at Pier 16 and 17 at South Street’s Seaport. Sanctioned by the New York State’s Brewers Association, the festival showcases the wares of some of the area’s most successful craft breweries. This year’s event will also honor the beers of companies beyond the state line, with special focus on America’s Northeast region. The Brewfest opens its doors at 5 pm. on Friday afternoon and runs for five hours until 10 pm. Click for hotels located near the South Street Seaport.

At the entrance to the New York Brewfest, visitors receive a 4-ounce sampling glass upon payment. In keeping with state legalities, only visitors over the age of 21 will be served alcohol and personal identification may be required before a glass and wristband is issued. Ticket prices cost around $49 and allow patrons to taste over 300 beers on offer. A large number of company representatives and beer experts will be mingling with the crowds for visitors to ask questions about specific products or beer-making methods.

A number of food vendors will also be on hand at the New York Brewfest to ensure that beer is not the only thing that patrons enjoy consuming at this festival. Visitors can soak in the atmosphere of this event to the background sounds of no less than five bands who will perform this year, namely: Bernie Clark and the Rhythm Sharks, the Bag Pipe Dudes, the Blue Method, Josh Dion Band and Shelly King, the First Lady of Texas music. All proceeds from this year’s New York Brewfest will benefit the not-for-profit NYS Brewer’s Association.

Click for the official site of New York Brewfest.

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