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TAP New York next weekend at Hunter Mountain

16 Apr

HUNTER, NY — Two major craft brewing awards are up for grabs next weekend when the annual TAP New York event takes place at Hunter Mountain.

At least 36 breweries are signed up for the event (confirmed list here), with beer experts and non-experts ready to pick the Matthew Vassar Cup and F.X. Matt Memorial Cup award winners on Saturday. The Vassar Cup recognizes the best craft beer brewery in the Hudson Valley. The Matt Cup recognizes the best craft beer brewery in the state.

The two-day event is held in the Catskills at the base lodge at Hunter Mountain in Greene County, running from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday (April 24) and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday (April 25). Attendance is restricted to people 21 or older. No children will be permitted to enter the event, including infants in strollers or carried by an adult.

TAP New York began in 1997 as the Hudson Valley Beer and Food Festival. Originally, it was held at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, but moved in 1999 to accommodate the ever-growing attendance. In 2001, its concentration broadened from the Hudson Valley to the entire state and the name was changed.

The current event includes food, demonstrations and live entertainment as well as beer tastings.

Cooking demonstrations will be conducted by Paul Minbiole of Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy, Ian Gunderud of Skytop Steakhouse & Brewing Co. in Kingston, Marcus Guiliano of Aromathyme Bistro in Ellenville, and Joe Messina of Amici Vineyard Winery in Washington County and founder of Adventure in Food Trading Co.

Ticket prices vary widely. Full details can be found here.

Past winners of the Vassar Cup:

2009: Keegan Ales, Kingston
2008: Brown’s Brewing, Troy
2007: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
2006: Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Pleasantville
2005: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
2004: Original Saratoga Springs Brewpub
2003: Lake Placid Pub and Brewery
2002: Great Adirondack Brewing, Lake Placid
2001: Gilded Otter, New Paltz
2000: Woodstock Brewing Co., Kingston
1999: Big House Brewing Co., Albany
1998: Troy Pub & Brewery (Brown’s), Troy

Past winners of the F.X Matt Cup:

2009: Keegan Ales, Kingston
2008: Ithaca Beer Co.
2007: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
2006: Black Forest Brew Haus, Farmingdale, Long Island
2005: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
2004: Chelsea Brewing, New York City
2003: Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown
2002: John Harvard’s Brew House, Lake Grove, Long Island
2001: Brooklyn Brewery

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Posted by on April 16, 2010 in Beer, Tasting Event

 

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