Craft New York Beer Fest at The Desmond

ny craft brewers association logoThe New York State Brewers Association has lined up the Craft New York Beer Fest at The Desmond in Colonie March 22 from 5-8 pm. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $40 ahead / $50 at the door / $15 designated drivers. The event is 21 and over.

Event blurbage:

The Craft New York Beer Fest will bring together 30+ New York Breweries from across the state featuring up to 60+ hard to find and award winning beers. To make this very special event more exclusive, the NYSBA has partnered with Taste NY to bring together a network of locally owned businesses to supply food sampling and pairing to go along with each brewery attending.

This Desmond event is the second in a series of beer festivals organized by the brewers association. The first was in Syracuse last November. Here's a recap. [Syracuse Guru]

It seems likes there's a beer festival every month now. The thing that caught our eye about this one is that it's focused on New York State craft breweries and maybe offers the opportunity to check out some breweries that might worth a visit or side trip sometime.


$40 tickets? That's couple of six-packs of good beer per person.
Awfully expensive.

Value propositions are different for everyone, but for this one, you will have access to breweries that aren't distributed around here. I noticed a number of them on the list on their site, one of which is Empire Brewing from Syracuse.

Which is certainly worth the stop if you are in/near Downtown Syracuse.

$40/50 per person and then charge non drinkers ? And what size is the sample? How much is a beer? There's another 5 dollar charge for 8 Oz. Who cares if they're out of the area. What a joke.

This festival is different then any other beer festival around, how? Unlimited 3oz samples for 3 hours, all NYS breweries, and food sampling from area restaurants...all included in that $40 ticket. Even better, no volunteers pouring the beer, you'll have the opportunity to actually meet and talk with the brewers. No joke!

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