STATEN ISLAND, NY — If you’ve ever wanted to see if all the nasty jokes about Staten Island are deserved (they’re definitely not) or would just like to take a ferry ride over from Manhattan and have some beers with friends (you know you do), the Staten Island Brewfest might be just the ticket.
You save you’ve never heard of the event? That’s because this will be the first time it has ever been held. It is scheduled for Saturday, September 25, at The Wild Goose public house, 530 Forest Avenue. Two separate, limited-size sessions are being planned to keep crowd size manageable.
The event will bring together a major collection of craft brewers and their handiwork, with an emphasis on New York State breweries. It also will offer historical exhibits on loan from the Staten Island Museum detailing the borough’s once-thriving brewing tradition. Food and live music will be provided, and in the Homebrewers Pavilion amateur craftspersons will display their wares, offer samples and earn prizes as decided both by judges and audiences.
The first session will be held from noon to 3 p.m., the second from 4 to 7 p.m. Each is limited to 300 attendees. Tickets are available online.
Confirmed professional breweries so far from New York:
Blue Point, Patchogue, Long Island
Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn
Butternuts Beer & Ale, Garrattsville
Captain Lawrence Brewing, Pleasantville
Coney Island (Shmaltz Brewing Co.), Saratoga Springs
Fire Island Beer Company, Ocean Beach
Ithaca Beer Company, Ithaca
Keegan Ales, Kingston
Kelso of Brooklyn, Brooklyn
Lake Placid Brewery, Lake Placid
Long Island Beer, Port Jefferson
Original Sin Cidery, New York
Saranac Brewing, Utica
Sixpoint Craft Ales, Brooklyn
Southern Tier Brewing, Lakewood
From outside the state:
Bear Republic, Healdsburg, CA
Cascade Brewing, Portland, OR
Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL
Dogfish Head, Milton, DE
Elysian Brewing, Seattle, WA
Founders, Grand Rapids, MI
Harpoon, Boston, MA
Sly Fox, Royersford, PA
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, San Francisco, CA
Stone Brewing, Escondido, CA
Stoudt’s Brewing, Adamstown, PA
Weyerbacher Brewing, Easton, PA
Woodchuck Draft Ciders, Middlebury, VT
The Wild Goose, an Irish-style pub and restaurant, opened just last October. Phone: (718) 720-3800. You can read some details about the establishment here.
By the way, if you’re not familiar with the Staten Island Ferry, that’s how you get here. It’s a five-mile, 25-minute trip that is absolutely free for passengers; no cars, trucks or motorcycles allowed. Go here for the schedule.
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