New York State Brewers Association Sponsors Craft New York Beer Fest at the Historic Landmark Theatre in Syracuse

The New York State Brewers Association is proud to announce the first in a series of yearly beer festivals to take place on Nov. 16, 2013, at the historic Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, N.Y. The Craft New York Beer Fest will bring together 24 New York Breweries from across the state featuring up to 48 hard to find and award winning beers. To make this very special event more exclusive, Syracuse First, a local not-for-profit that involves a network of locally owned businesses, has come together to supply food sampling and pairing to go along with each brewery attending.

“As the craft beer industry around the state of New York adds more breweries each week, combined with the continued interest in beer festivals, we felt there was a great opportunity to close out Syracuse Beer Week with an exclusive beer and food pairing event that was both educational and unique”, said Paul Leone, executive director of the New York State Brewers Association. “When choosing a craft beer, it’s always important to think local first, so to add to that theme, we added food pairing to this event which will be put together by Syracuse First, whose mission is to bring together local businesses to support awareness and education in our community.”

With more than 140 craft breweries in New York state, the 24 that will be pouring samples will come from every corner of the state. The Craft New York Beer Fest will also feature all 7 medal-winning breweries at this year’s Great American Beer Festival which was held last month in Denver Colorado.

“We brewers have a sort of bond; a brotherhood.  There are so many other beer festivals that focus more on quantity then quality.  This festival focuses on the CRAFT of hand making beer and the NYS brewers will be here to support the NYSBA’s efforts” said Tim Butler, Brewmaster of Syracuse’s own Empire Brewing Co.  “It’s one thing to simply have a festival and pour samples, but the NYSBA decided to raise the bar and hold an event that brings together unique hand crafted NYS made beers that are more rare and hard to find in Central NY” says Paul Leone. “We really want to make this Craft New York Beer Fest more than a drinking event, we want to make it a pure New York State craft beer experience.”

The event will take place 5 to 8 p.m. at the Landmark Theatre located at 362 South Salina St. in Syracuse. Tickets are $40 if purchased in advance and $50 (if available) the door. Tickets can be purchased in Syracuse at the Empire Brewing Co., Middle Ages Brewing Co., The Blue Tusk, and the Landmark Theatre, or they can be purchased online.

For more information on this very special event including breweries attending, please go to www.craftnewyorkbeerfest.com.