Beer Fest to Raise Money for Cancer Research

On June 20 and 21, The Hand Crafted Tasting Company is back with its next NYC Craft Beer Festival, the Summer International. This time around, the production company has partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise funds for cancer research.

“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is excited to be a part of this fun and unique event. For every ticket sold one dollar will go directly towards LLS’ mission of fighting blood cancers,” said Amanda Bullock, LLS public relations manager, in a press release. “Having our amazing staff and volunteers on hand to pour some of the best beer and talk about all the amazing work LLS is doing – it is a win-win for us!”

Bullock told BeerUnion that the LLS is looking for volunteers to distribute tasting glasses, pour beers, and assist with ticket scanning. More details here.

The Summer International festival will feature beers from 75 American and international breweries, chosen by the team here at BeerUnion. Beers on hand include Reissdorf Kolsch, Fuller’s London Pride, Victory Dirt Wolf, Wandering Star Zingari Wit, Perrenial Brewing Hommelbier, O’Hara’s Irish Stout, and Hobgoblin from Wynchwood Brewing, among others.

Food will be available for purchase from Jesse’s Empanadas, Morris Grilled Cheese and Rosamunde Sausage Grill. Also for sale at the event will be beer-infused ice cream made with Brooklyn Brewery’s Chocolate stout.

Seminars will take place during both days of the festival, “Why You Don’t Drink Mead,” given by winemaker Raphael Lyon; and “Little Beers, Big Flavors,” with 509 GastroBrewery brewer Chris Cuzme. For the first time, the festival will also feature a new “Craft Concierge Center” as a source for questions attendees may have about the beer.

The Craft Concierge Center will be in the center of the room, staffed by Allen Arthur, a Certified Cicerone who works at The Cannibal; Anne Becerra, a beer writer and the first woman in the City to become a Certified Cicerone;  Joe Callender, the Craft Beer Coach; and Ethan Fixell, a writer and comedian.

The NYC Craft Beer Festival be held over three sessions. An evening session on Friday, June 20, will last from 7 to 10:30 p.m., and two sessions on Saturday, June 21, will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m. The first hour of each of the three sessions will be exclusive to VIP and Connoisseur ticket holders. Purchase tickets here 

This post is sponsored by the Hand Crafted Tasting Company.

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