Tap New York Craft Beer and Food Festival is New York’s largest craft beer festival and the largest single craft beer festival in the nation. Besides being a festival, TAP is also a beer tasting competition. Three cups were presented (The Matthew Vassar Brewers’ Cup, F.X. Matt Memorial Cup and Governors’ Cup) and medals for gold, silver and bronze were awarded for each style of beer.
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Several Long Island craft beer enthusiasts took the Tapped bus from Long Island up to Hunter Mountain. Tapped Enterprises is a fun, safe and easy way to travel to beer festivals and breweries. Bus goers were greeted with a bagel breakfast when they walked onto the bus and were offered a smorgasbord of cheese, nuts and crackers to snack on, on the ride home. Everyone on the bus was lively and friendly and pre-gamed with local beers back and forth to the festival. On the way home, prizes were raffled off including pint glasses from Po’Boy Brewery, gift certificates to beer distributors, and more.
Just like last year, Spider Bite Beer Co. did not come home empty-handed. They won a silver medal in the Old/Strong Ale category for their collaboration with Destination Unknown, for their Ryeno Aged Barleywine. This barley wine packs a punch at 12% abv and is aged in Long Island rye whiskey barrels.
Great South Bay brought home two medals from Tap. They won a bronze in the Light Lager category for their GSB Pilsner and a gold medal in the New England IPA category for their Nauti Girl IPA, bursting with juicy hopped flavor.
Port Jeff Brewing won a silver medal in the Belgian Ales category for their Triple H Strong Ale. Even their men’s league hockey team came down to show their support.
Oyster Bay Brewing poured Thar She Gose, a pineapple gose brewed with salt and coriander. This beer is light, fresh and fruity and only has a 5% abv.
1940’s Brewing Company from Holbrook, NY was named one the fastest growing breweries in the US. Try the Bohemia Blonde with apricot, it’s easy to drink with a 5.8% abv, making it the perfect summer beer.
The Brewers Collective made their 2018 Tap debut pouring Loot, The Duke, Scull it and Kriegerweisse.
Northport granted Sand City Brewing Co. the ability to reopen their tap room. They poured two of their newest IPA’s at Tap: Washed Up IPA and Diamond in the Rough.
Montauk is not just popular destination during the summer on Long Island, it’s also an incredible brewery. Montauk Brewing Company’s Watermelon IPA, is a light and refreshing summer staple you’ll want to stock up on.
Did you know that Blue Point Brewery’s first keg was tapped in a parking lot? It’s hard to believe that Blue Point in now the 34th largest craft brewery in the US. The new Blue Point Brewery facility is even being quoted as “Disneyland for adults.”