Long Island’s craft brewing community is robust. New craft beer companies appear every year. What better way to meet all the Long Island brewers and sample their offerings than at a craft beer festival?
The North Fork Craft Beer Festival did just that for 9 years in a row, gaining such prominence that this year, it was time to expand. The first annual Long Island Craft Classic, held in East Islip, allows for an expanded festival that includes more local craft breweries and established, regional and national brands.
More than 50 breweries, cideries are expected to be on hand, offering well over 100 different beers and ciders for the sampling. Brewmasters from various companies will also be offering seminars and demonstrations for the curious and the up-and-coming brewer.
Food this year will be catered by Patchogue’s Bobbique. Bobbique is known for its delectable selection of barbecued food, including ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and “the best chicken on Long Island.” Your Long Island Craft Classic ticket purchase will entitle you to a BBQ sandwich and a side, with additional items available for purchase. While the event menu is still being worked out, vegetarian and other dietary options will be made available.
General admission tickets to the Long Island Craft Classic include a souvenir tasting cup, admission to the seminars, and unlimited samples of beer and cider. VIP Session tickets are also available and include an opportunity to talk to brewers and taste special beers reserved for VIP Session ticket holders.
Tickets for the Long Island Craft Classic can be purchased online here. Very few of the VIP Session tickets are being made available. If you hope to get one, time is of the essence!
All the breweries for the Long Island Craft Classic have yet to be announced but will be, soon. Here are those that are listed on the Long Island Craft Classic website, so far.
Long Island Craft Classic Craft Brewers
Blue Point Brewing Company
Long Ireland Beer Company
Montauk Brewing Company
Crooked Ladder Brewing Company
Oyster Bay Brewing Co.
Angry Orchard Hard Cider
Fire Island Beer Co.
Two Roads Brewing Company
Barrage Brewing Company
Spider Bite Beer Company
Sand City Brewing Co.
Garvies Point Craft Brewery
Live music is planned for the event, as well but the bands have yet to be announced. Updates to the schedule for entertainment, attending breweries and more can be found at the event website as well as Facebook.
Long Island Craft Classic
August 6th, 2016
Heckscher State Park
1 Heckscher State Pkwy, East Islip, NY 11730
Stay on top of developments as the date approaches: www.licraftclassic.com
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