The largest and longest-running single-state brewfest in the country, TAP New York, returns to Hunter Mountain this weekend for its 19th year, with suds flowing from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 and from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. Brewers themselves actually attend the festival and pour the beer, rather than volunteers, so you can get your most burning questions about their process and products quenched along with your mighty thirst.
This year, a brand-new TAP APP will replace the printed program. It includes a map of the festival grounds with a list of attending breweries, information and history about the festival, opportunities to win prizes (including All the Beer You Can Carry) and up-to-the-minute event announcements, such as the Brewers’ Cups ceremonies. 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 are awarded annually at TAP New York.
Besides the 350+ different beers, ales, porters and stouts on tap from 120 or more New York State craft breweries, the festival offers plenty of food that pairs well with the brews, with this year’s culinary theme being the All-American Burger. Passed hors d’oeuvres and live music from local bands are included in the ticket price, which ranges from $30 for one-day Designated Driver admission to $253 for a two-day VIP pass. Prices are higher at the door, so check out your options in advance at www.tap-ny.com.