HUNTER, N.Y.—Now in its 19th year, TAP New York 2016 expects to welcome 120+ NYS craft breweries bringing 350+ of their finest New York State craft brews to Hunter Mountain April 23-24. Aside from being the largest and longest-running single-state brew fest in the country, TAP New York is also one of the most unique in that the brewers themselves attend the festival and pour the beer rather than volunteers, thereby giving guests the opportunity to speak with brewers of their favorite beers.
As the craft brewing industry continues to boom, especially in New York State, TAP New York helps to increase the exposure of new breweries, nearly 25 of which will be attending. On the other end of the spectrum, many of the attending breweries have participated in the festival every year, which further exemplifies the credibility and popularity of the festival for not only guests but brewers as well.
In addition to hundreds of locally and artfully crafted beer, TAP® New York dishes out a themed cuisine each year; this year’s cuisine is The All-American Burger, featuring over 20 different mouth-watering burger toppings. Passed hors d’oeuvres, including the extremely popular corndogs, are also included in the ticket price. Live music from local bands and artists accompanies attendees as they peruse the craft beer selection and indulge in delicious bites.
New to the festival this year is the VIP Experience, which includes an exclusive seating area, exclusive food service exclusive bathrooms, 4 beers on tap that are NOT available elsewhere on the festival grounds, a commemorative TAP VIP pint glass, VIP parking, and one hour early admission to the VIP area. VIP tickets are limited to 100 per day- Saturday VIP tickets are sold out. Interested craft beer lovers should get their VIP tickets ASAP! While GA tickets are more bountiful, prices increase at the door – attendees are encouraged to buy their tickets online in advance at tapnewyork.com for the lowest rates.
Another addition to the festival this year – the TAP APP! The TAP APP will replace the printed program this year and includes a map of the festival grounds with a list of the attending breweries, information and history about the festival, opportunities to win prizes (including All the Beer You Can Carry), and up-to-the-minute announcements about the festival, such as the Brewers’ Cups ceremonies.
Speaking of the Brewers’ Cups, this year’s TAP New York beer judging competition will have nearly 30 additional breweries to judge with new awards. Award ceremonies take place on both days of the festival outside on the Main Stage. The most coveted awards include the Governor’s Cup for the Best Craft Beer in New York State, the F.X. Matt Memorial Cup for the Best Craft Brewery in New York State, and the Matthew Vassar Brewers’ Cup for the Best Craft Brewery in the Hudson Valley.
About TAP New York
TAP® New York is truly a one-of-a-kind beer festival that cannot be missed. Whether attendees come up with a group of friends on a bus or with their best friends who they paid to be their DD, their experiences will be unforgettable. For more information and photo requests, please contact Katie O’Connor at [email protected] For a list of attending brewers, past cup winners, ticket purchase, food menu, and more, please visit tap-ny.com.