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3rd Annual Craft New York Brewers Festival – Albany

  • The Desmond Hotel Old Albany Shaker Road Albany, NY, 12211 United States (map)

Albany! We're coming for you! 



The New York State Brewers Association is proud to announce the third annual Craft New York Brewers Festival that will take place on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York. The Craft New York Brewers Festival will bring together 45 New York Breweries (and brewers) from every region of the state featuring up to 100+ hard to find and award winning beers. To make this very special event more exclusive, we will feature food sampling and pairing from local Albany restaurants and food vendors to go along with each brewery attending at no extra cost! This is a great opportunity to meet the NYS brewers that make the beer, and the owners of the local food scene in the Capital District that are such an important part of the community.

Once again we will be featuring a VIP ticket at this years event which will allow access to the festival one hour earlier and allow you access to enjoy specially selected beer not available to the general public for the entire event. This is a great opportunity to get in early and talk with the brewers and enjoy an excelent selecton of local foods.

This event is in support of the New York State Brewers Association to help further their mission of promoting the great craft beer being produced in this state every day.

4:00-8:00PM (VIP admission will be at 4pm, General Admission will begin at 5pm)
Online General Admission Price: $40 | Event Day Price (if available): $50 | VIP Admission $55 | VIP Admission Event Day Price (if available) $65 | Designated Drivers: $15

VIP Tickets are limited and will include the following:

– Access one hour early at 4pm

– VIP  beers only for VIP ticket holders, breweries bringing special and one off beers include: List tbd

– Time to meet and talk with brewers from around the state enjoying VIP only beers for the entire event.

– Special food sampling designed for food pairing from Capital District restaurants, food trucks, and farms including The Desmond HotelBrowns Brewing taproomAdirondack Pub,  Albany Pump Station,  Davidson BrothersDruthersThe RuckThe American Bounty at CIA, Knot of this World Pretzels, Catskill Food CompanyCrossroads BrewingChef’s ConsortiumThe Mohawk TaproomHonest WeightThe RuckThe Hollow Bar + Kitchen, (more to come)

This year we’ve added a new NYS Hops and Malt section to this festival featuring the owners and growers of these new businesses. This is a great opportunity to learn about the NYS ingredients that are being grwon right here and featured in a number of beers that will be sampled at this event.

Tickets include admission, a 5-ounce souvenir tasting glass (yes glass) and the freedom to enjoy unlimited 3-ounce samples of the various beers present at the event.

This is a 21+ event. All attendees must show valid photo ID at the door. All attendees, including designated drivers, must be 21 or over to attend this event. No exceptions!

The Craft New York Brewers Festival will take place between 5–8pm (4pm for VIP) at the Desmond Hotel located at 660 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211

Earlier Event: February 26
Double Beer Release Party!
Later Event: March 9
Tap Takeover at BBDs