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Long Island Selected To Host New York Craft Brewers Festival

Recognized for its continued growth and impressive contributions to the craft brewing industry, Long Island has been selected as the Fall destination for the New York Craft Brewers Festival.  For the first time ever, New York State brewers will gather here on Long Island to celebrate the accomplishments and superior brews coming from breweries all across the state—from Buffalo to Bay Shore.  More than 60 New York State breweries will gather on Saturday, September 7th, at Belmont Park Racetrack for this inaugural beer sampling event.  Tickets for this special event will be very limited, a sell-out is expected.  Tickets for the festival are on sale now at the event website www.ThinkNYDrinkNY.com.  This is a 21+ event.  The New York Craft Brewers Festival is brought to you by the New York State Brewers Association who reminds you to Think New York Drink New York®!

Long Island Craft Beer Scene is One of the Strongest in the State

“With over 440 breweries in New York, the New York Craft Brewers Festivals have been a great way to showcase breweries from every region of the state all in one location with the brewers and owners pouring the beer, not volunteers.  This year we have 60 coming to the Belmont Racetrack in Elmont,” said Paul Leone, executive director of the New York State Brewers Association. “These festivals have been hugely successful upstate and we thought it was time to finally have a presence on Long Island where the craft beer scene is one of the strongest in the state.” 

The event will bring several New York breweries “down state” to Long Island for the first time.  Long Island beer enthusiasts are in for a rare and wonderful treat as they sample beers never before served at a local beer festival, included among them: Prison City Brewery (Auburn, NY); Resurgence Brewing Company (Buffalo, NY);Wagner Valley Brewing Co. (Lodi, NY); Bolton Landing Brewing Company (Bolton Landing, NY); C.H. Evans Brewing Company (Albany, NY); Rushing Duck Brewing Co.(Chester, NY); Binghampton Brewing Co. (Binghampton, NY) and Threes Brewing(Brooklyn, NY). 

With $5.25 million on the line, the best three-year-old turf runners in the world will compete in the Turf Trinity and Turf Tiara as part of New York Racing Association’s inaugural Turf Triple Series, broadcast on NBC and FOX Sports.  Festival attendees can watch the final legs of the Turf Triple Series live, with trackside viewing, while attending the beer festival.   The festival will also include local food trucks offering a variety of street food for sale, live thoroughbred racing, and convenient betting windows for those feeling lucky. 

The New York Craft Brewers Festival will offer two ticket options, VIP ($75): 1:30-6:00pm and GA ($55): 2:30-6:00pm, each includes unlimited 3 oz. beer tastings.  The VIP ticket experience also includes a special-edition souvenir 7oz. glass taster and a bonus hour early admission to meet and greet brewers.  A limited number of tickets will be sold.  Once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be available for purchase.  Food is available for purchase from a variety of local food trucks.  Designated driver tickets are also available for $10 each.  No one under 21, including designated drivers, will be admitted and photo ID is required for entry.  Parking is $3.00 per car.  Belmont Park Racetrack, home of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, is located at 2150 Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, NY  11003.  The LIRR has scheduled stops for Belmont Racetrack.  Tickets and info:  www.ThinkNYDrinkNY.com.  The event is sanctioned by The New York State Brewers Association and produced in conjunction with local, award-winning event marketer, Starfish Junction Productions. 

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