About TAP® New York

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TAP® New York is New York's longest-running craft beer festival celebrating the state’s best breweries and their artistry.

We're not talking about big-corporation beer that comes out of huge vats in a 300,000 sq. ft. production plant, rushed through the brewing process to get on the shelf as quickly as possible. We're talking about hand-made beer... beer with enough personality and genuine taste to be called "craft-brewed." This is local product made with pride by people who truly enjoy a quality, flavorful beer.

Many of the invited brewers produce their beer for sale only in their location...whether at a restaurant, a brewpub or a tasting room. Some breweries are large enough to distribute on a broader scale, but still maintain superior quality through their commitment to hands-on, craft-brewing their product. You won't find national brand products here. What you will find are some truly remarkable beers that tantalize your taste buds...beers that offer a variety of color and flavor that the big brewers can't do. You'll find everything from pale ales and pilsners to weisbiers, porters, stouts, and scotch ales; from hearty Bohemian and Bavarian-style lagers to glorious Belgian-style ales, and much more.

But TAP® New York is more than just about the beer. It's about great food—tasty morsels that carefully complement these rich brews—and plenty of it. It's about education...about beer, about home-brewing, and about beer/food pairings. And it's about good friends coming together for great times.

TAP® New York is also a competition. Beer experts and guest connoisseurs judge a competition for the year’s "Best Beer" and "Best Brewery" in New York State. Three cups are awarded on Saturday: the Matthew Vassar Brewers' Cup™, the F. X. Matt Memorial Cup™, and the Governors' Brewers Cup™.

Now in its 23rd year, TAP® New York is unlike any other beer festival!