As much as I love wine- and I do, I also enjoy a cool brew. Especially when the weather warms up! This Festival is huge, and even those that are car-free, can enjoy the weekend with a bus trip from the city to the fest, and back again, via Urban Sherpa and Tapped Enterprises!
For the past 15 years, TapNY has highlighted thousands of craft brews in New York State, and offered up a platform to taste test samples from these breweries as well as local chef’s fare. It all began with a couple hudred beer fanatics and a handful of craft brewers from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. This year, April 28th and 29th- there are over 70 invited breweries and 200+ samples of beer to wet your whistle.
TapNY is a beer competition, and there will be trophies and plaques to the breweries and brews that most impress the qualified panel of judges. This is not a frat packed kegger party with the prime objection of the day to get wasted. (Don’t get me wrong, last year there was a little of this cheese in the festival, but they did not make up the whole pizza) These breweries are professionals, who take their product seriously and many of the attendees do as well. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a good time though- with music, and food demonstations and some tasty treats to keep you from tipping over from the beer, it is a good way to ring in the spring season with friends. This year The Christine Spero Group will be performing their Brazilian Pop music live on stage, and there will be cooking demos from one of my favorite chefs Ric Orlando of New World Home Cooking, Marcus Guiliano of Aroma Thyme Bistro, and Michael Connolly Jr. from Hyde Park Brewing Company.
You can purchase designated driver tickets if you aren’t drinking, and I recommend comfy shoes and layers. It can be a quite a bit cooler up on the Mountain than it is elsewhere. For a full schedule of the two days worth of events click here.
4/28 thru 4/29 at Hunter Mountain
- Saturday: $64
- Sunday: $52
- Two-Day: $105
- Designated Driver (Sat. or Sun.): $20