Craft New York Rare Beer Festival on June 5


On Thursday, June 5, the Brooklyn Brewery will host The Craft New York Rare Beer Festival, sponsored by the New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA). Twenty-six breweries across the state will pour more than 50 rare beers. Taste NY will be bringing locally sourced food to enjoy with the beers.

“New York has always been a great state for craft beer, so we decided to hold a rare and unique beer tasting event to highlight the incredible creativity that’s going into our beer,” said David Katleski, Empire Brewing Company owner and NYSBA President, in a press release. “All of the beer featured at this tasting has been brewed in limited quantities, many of which have been barrel aged or sourced with all New York State ingredients, and better yet, the brewers and brewery owners themselves will be pouring the beer.”

“We chose the breweries based on the beer they were bringing. The requirement was no core brands and those who were bringing the most rare, unusual, or unique beers, were going to get into this festival,” NYSBA Executive Director Paul Leone told BeerUnion. “We also added a local food element to the festival and we wanted the beer and food to be unique and not typical at what you might see in today’s beer festivals.”

Here’s the list of breweries that will be on hand:

Brooklyn Brewery
Abandon Brewing
Keegan Ales
KelSo of Brooklyn
Olde Saratoga Brewing Company
Big Alice Brewing
Heartland Brewing Company
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
Crossroads Brewing Co.
Great South Bay Brewery
Newburgh Brewing Company
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
Yonkers Brewing Co.
Empire Brewing Company
Good Nature Brewing
Adirondack Pub & Brewery
Brown’s Brewing Co.
Peekskill Brewery
C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Greenport Harbor Brewing
Port Jeff Brewing Company
Crooked Ladder Brewery
Brewery Ommegang

“This festival will have a representation from a great range of breweries throughout the state. We have GABF and World Cup medal winners and we have a few small Farm Breweries from upstate who brew with NYS grown ingredients,” continued Leone. “It really is a showcase of what’s happening in the craft New York beer scene today and a rare opportunity to have over 25 of them in one location with their brewers and staff pouring and answering questions.”

Brewers involved have echoed Leone’s sentiment as well.

“One of the biggest challenges facing the New York State beer scene has been getting its bar scene to catch up with all the great beers that are now being made in the state. The quality and the variety of New York State beer has never been better or more numerous and it’s time that everyone take notice. I would put the best beers and breweries in New York up against the best from any other state in the country,” says Chris Basso, brewmaster at Newburgh Brewing Company. “For us specifically as Newburgh Brewing Company it is really cool to be in a room with people that we count as our friends, colleagues and brewing industry veterans that we have looked up to for a long time. We are just two years old now and I still have to pinch myself sometimes when we are asked to be in such great company.”

“When I heard about The Rare Beer Festival the New York State Brewers Association was planning in Brooklyn, I immediately thought that this might be the most exciting festival we could be a part of,” says Robby Crafton, brewer at Big Alice Brewing. “This will be the first time that we get to pour our beer for an event at the Brooklyn Brewery. They’re absolutely the pioneers of the New York State beer industry and beautifully represent our community across the world. Closer to home, their Ghost Bottle program has inspired us since our days as homebrewers. I can’t wait to see what rarities they break out for the festival! Between Brooklyn, KelSo, Peekskill and all of the breweries from around the state whose beer doesn’t usually make it to the city, it’s sure to be an amazing event.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the NYSBA. Tickets are $100 in advance and $110 at the door. Purchase them here.

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