Ithaca Brew Fest a big summer-ender

23 Aug

ITHACA, NY — Beer is such a seasonal thing that the best beer-centric events tend to be in early summer and early fall. The 4th annual Ithaca Brew Fest lies somewhere in there, with its Saturday, September 4, date coming just after the dog days of summer and only two weeks or so before the official start of autumn.

Sample brews from 45 or so regional, national and international breweries will be poured for event-goers 21 or older from 3 to 7 p.m. at Stewart Park, located at the base of Cayuga Lake. The doings also will include food from local establishments and live music from several acts.

General admission tickets are $35, available online or in person at The Ithaca Beer Company, Wegmans supermarkets, and the State Theater box office. A VIP ticket also is available at $75, which includes access an hour before gates open to the great unwashed, giving ticketholders a chance to meet the brewers, sample beers not readily available in the market, and snack on high-end foods. Plus, the VIP tent will remain open during the entire event.

New York State breweries confirmed for the festival, in alphabetical order:

Bellwether Cider, Trumansburg
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn
Butternuts, Garrattsville
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Pleasantville
Custom Brewcrafters, Honeoye Falls
Dundee Ales & Lagers, Rochester
Ellicotville Brewing Company, Ellicotville
Empire Brewing, Syracuse
Ithaca Beer Company, Ithaca
Lake Placid, Plattsburgh
McSorley’s, New York
Middle Ages, Syracuse
Ommegang, Cooperstown
Rohrbach, Rochester
Roosterfish, Watkins Glen
Saranac/Matt Brewing Company, Utica
Southern Tier Brewing, Lakewood
Wagner, Lodi

Other breweries confirmed for the festival, in alphabetical order:

Abita Bee, Covington, LA
Anchor Brewing, San Francisco
Bandwagon Brew Pub, Ithaca
Bluemoon, Denver
Flying Dog Brewery, Aspen, CO
Goose Island, Chicago
Great Lakes Brewing, Cleveland
Guinness, Dublin Ireland
Harpoon, Boston
Hoegaarden, Hoegaarden, Belgium
Kona, Honolulu
Leffe, Dinant, Belgium
Leinenkugel’s – Chippewa Falls, WI
Long Trail, Bridgewater Corners, VT
Magic Hat, South Burlington, VT
Michelob, St. Louis
Newcastle, Gateshead, UK
Otter Creek, Middlebury, VT
Redhook, Woodinville, WA
Rogue Beer, Newport, OR
Sam Adams, Boston
Sierra Nevada, Chico, CA
Spaten, Munich, Germany
Stella Artois, Leuven, Belgium
Victory, Downington, PA
Warsteiner, Wartsein, Germany
Weihenstephan, Freising, Germany
Widmer, Portland, OR
Woodchuck, Middlebury, VT
Yuengling, Pottsville, PA

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Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Beer, Festival, Tasting Event, Upstate


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