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A mega-immersion in microbrews

A mega-immersion in microbrews

For breweries, the season launches at Hunter Mountain at the end of April with the TAP New York Craft Beer & Food Festival. The 2018 gathering that I attended last weekend was the 21st year running, making TAP NY itself old enough, technically speaking, to drink legally.

TAP New York Craft Beer & Food Festival at Hunter

TAP New York Craft Beer & Food Festival at Hunter

Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29: This weekend, 126 New York-based craft breweries will be on hand, pouring more than 400 varieties of local beer. We’re not talking about big-corporation beer that comes out of huge vats. We’re talking about handmade beer with personality and genuine taste, made with pride by people who truly enjoy a quality, flavorful beer.

Operation BBQ Relief benefit at Emerson Resort

Operation BBQ Relief benefit at Emerson Resort

Friday-Saturday, April 13-14: Mount Tremper will play host to Grill’n and Chill’n in the Catskills, at which top pitmasters, celebrity chefs, distillers and outdoor guides will display their skills. Cast-iron and Dutch-oven demos with sampling, jerky-making, open-pit cooking and bourbon-tasting are just a few of the culinary experiences that attendees will be able to enjoy, while contributing to a great cause.

Keegan Ales to host Brewmates mail-order beer kit launch party

Keegan Ales to host Brewmates mail-order beer kit launch party

Saturday, March 24: Each kit will feature a unique recipe, easy-to-follow instructions, the ingredients needed to brew five gallons of beer and a promotional item from a different independent craft brewery. To celebrate the launch of the Keegan Ales homebrew kit, which will feature Keegan’s limited-edition California Common beer, Brewmates will be hosting a party. Admission is free, and guests aged 21+ can sample a free pint of California Common. There will also be drawings to win Brewmates recipe kits, tickets to the Tap NY Festival and other prizes.