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Martha Clara going German for a weekend

RIVERHEAD, Long Island — Martha Clara Vineyards, never a snob about beverages, will host its 11th annual Oktoberfest the weekend of September 8-9.

German beers, food music — and wine, of course — will be available at the North Fork facility from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

This is a rain-or-shine event. Admission is $10 for each day. Click here for Saturday tickets, or here for Sunday tickets.

Martha Clara is located at 6025 Sound Avenue. However, the Herricks Lane entrance will be used for Oktoberfest visitors. Phone: (631) 298-0075.

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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Beer Event, Wineries


Craft beer fest Saturday at Troy college field

TROY — Beer and baseball are an all-American combo. But even when the team is on the road, there’s no reason the beer can’t flow at their home stadium.

This Saturday, the 3rd annual Capital Region Craft Brewers Fest will be held from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on the Hudson Valley Community College campus.

Tickets, available online, start at $25 — covering 10 tasting tickets, a souvenir glass and a ticket to a Tri-City ValleyCats home game.

Brews from about two dozen or so brewers, food and live music also will be the order of the day. The event is a fundraiser the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation.

Participating brewers include:

  • Brown’s Brewing
  • Cape Ann
  • Crossroads
  • Smuttynose
  • Switchback
  • La Brasserie Unibroue
  • Blue Point Brewing
  • Adirondack Pub & Brewery
  • Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
  • Roc Brewing Co.
  • Saranac
  • Wandering Star Brewing Co.
  • Long Trail Brewing Co.
  • Otter Creek Brewing
  • Wolaver’s Organic Ale
  • Olde Saratoga Brewing Company
  • Brewery Ommegang
  • Cottrell Brewing Company
  • Ithaca Beer Company
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Chatham Brewing
  • C.H. Evans Albany Pump Station
  • Madison Brewing Co.
  • Keegan Ales
  • Davidson Brothers
  • Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Beer Event, Capital Region


Proctors On Tap bringing back brews, blues

SCHENECTADY — The 2nd annual Proctors On Tap Brews and Blues is getting close.

The event, which will offer visitors the chance to try samples from among 75 different beers as well as food from local kitchens, is set for Saturday, July 14.

The tasting areas and live entertainment by Folding Sky and Bobby Vanness will be spread over indoor and outdoor spaces at the downtown Proctors complex.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $10 for designated driver admission. No one under 21 will be admitted. All proceeds will go directly to Proctors.

Tickets may be ordered by calling (518) 346-6204 or online.

Brewers scheduled to participate:

  • Sam Adams
  • Saranac
  • Magic Hat
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Long Trail
  • Otter Creek
  • Adirondack
  • Brooklyn
  • Olde Saratoga
  • Switchback
  • Ithaca
  • Peak
  • Ommegang
  • Steadfast
  • Founders
  • Palm
  • Narragansett
  • Lake Placid
  • Harpoon
  • Woodchuck Ciders

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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Beer Event, Capital Region


B.A.M. beerfest and competition set in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS — “B.A.M.” has nothing to do with chef Emeril Lagasse.

It’s the B.A.M. Fest, the initials standing for beer and music.

The beer portion includes beer sampling and a homebrew competition. The music portion includes New Regime and Will Severin.

The inaugural event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Saratoga Polo complex, 2 Bloomfield Road. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate, and are available online. Tickets include five beer samples, although extras can be purchased at the event.

The deadline for entering the homebrew competition is May 25. Brewers can get full details by calling 669-4396. The overall event is a fundraiser for The Creative Place International, a non-profit organization that provides arts-in-education resources to young people and their families.

Speaking of Saratoga Polo, the 2012 season is set for July 6 through September 2, with matches scheduled for Fridays and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

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New NYC Brewers Guild takes over craft week

NEW YORK — The New York Craft Beer Week will have something different when the fifth annual event kicks off next month.

Founder Josh Schaffner has passed the baton to the newly-formed New York City Brewers Guild (NYCBG) which will announce the festival’s schedule on May 22 when it holds a debut event at the Brooklyn Brewery in the Williamsburg section.

Tickets for the May 22 event are $75, which covers a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited samples of each brewery’s offerings. Food will be provided by Guild members Eataly Birreria and 508 GastroBrewery. An additional $50 will result in a discounted year-long individual Guild membership to the NYCBG. Regular membership after the festival will be $75. You can get tickets online.

Other members of the NYCBG are the Bronx Brewery, Chelsea Brewing Co., Harlem Brewing Co., Heartland Brewing Co., KelSo Beer Co., Shmaltz Brewing Co. and the Sixpoint Brewery.

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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in Beer Event, Festival, NYC


‘Maifest’ in the works at NYC’s Pier 81

NEW YORK — It’s nearly “Maifest” time, when each year World Yacht turns Pier 81 into an outdoor beer garden for the afternoon.

The event is scheduled for noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, rain or shine, and will include beer, food and live music.

But, what good is being on the water without being … well, on the water? So, an optional hour-long cruise on the Hudson River from 2 to 3 p.m. will be available.

“Maifest” is a German festival marking the celebration of spring. German beers such as Paulaner and Hacker-Pschoor, including Mai Bock, will be available along with German-inspired foods such as sausages, classic and chicken bratwursts, hot dogs, hamburgers and uber pretzels.

Music will be provided by Die Spitzbaum, and the professional German dance troupe Schlierachtler Stamm will perform.

Tickets for pier admission only are $15, tickets for pier admission and the cruise are $20. They can be purchased online. Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

Pier 81 is located on West 41st Street on the river.

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Beer Event, Manhattan, NYC


TAP craft brew fest set for Hunter Mountain

HUNTER — Tickets have gone on sale for the 15th annual TAP New York Craft Beer Festival, scheduled for April 28-29 at the Hunter Mountain ski and events resort.

The event features hand-made craft beers rather than brews from large commercial vendors. Many of the invited brewers produce their beer for sale only in their location, be it a restaurant, brewpub or small brewery. Others are breweries large enough to distribute on a slightly larger scale.

It also is a competition with brewers vying for the Matthew Vassar Cup for “Best Beer” and the F.C. Matt Memorial Cup for “Best Brewery” in New York State.

Festivities will be held in the Hunter Mountain base lodge in this Greene County community. Admission is available only to persons 21 and older. You can access a list of invited and registered breweries here and order tickets here.

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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Beer Event, Brewery