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Our plans are to reschedule this event for summer 2020 in the Capitol area and we hope that you will consider attending the festival when we do. Stay safe and thank you for supporting NYS craft beer. 

 

3/12 COVID-19 Event Update

**Due to the governor's cautionary Coronavirus (COVID-19) ban on events of more than 500 people, and more importantly, the health and safety of our community, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you that the New York State Craft Brewers Festival is cancelled. This was NOT an easy decision to make, but we believe that the health and safety of our attendees is the most important thing in these uncertain days.

With that said those who purchased tickets will be receiving a full refund on your purchases, please allow a few days for the funds to be applied to your account.

 

THE 7TH ANNUAL NEW YORK STATE CRAFT BREWERS FESTIVAL - ALBANY

The New York State Brewers Association is proud to announce the seventh annual New York Craft Brewers Festival taking place on Saturday April 4, 2020 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York. The New York Craft Brewers Festival brings together Over 70 New York Breweries (and brewers) from every region of the state featuring up to 200+ hard to find and award winning beers. 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.

VIP tickets allow access to the festival one hour earlier and access to enjoy specially selected beer not available to the general public throughout the event.

Festival Details:

  • Saturday, April 4, 2020
  • VIP 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • GA 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Desmond Hotel, Albany

Ticket Prices: (sold on-line only)

  • General Admission: $40 advance (plus fee) | $50 at the door (if available)
  • VIP Admission: $60 advance (plus fee) | $70 at the door
  • Designated Drivers: $15

Tickets Include:

  • Event admission
  • A 7-ounce souvenir tasting glass (yes glass)
  • Freedom to enjoy unlimited 3-ounce beer samples
  • Limited food sampling from local restaurants and NYS food vendors (included in ticket price)
  • The opportunity to meet the brewers making your favorite beers

VIP Tickets Include:  

  • Early entrance one hour access (4pm)
  • Opportunity to meet and talk with brewers from around the state enjoying VIP only beers
  • Exclusive VIP beers – breweries bringing special and one off beers including (list TBD)

VIP Beer Includes:  - Thin Man Brewing - Peanutbutter Jenkins, CBW - Electronic Dream Works, Crossroads Brewing - Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Wagner Brewing - Fassenbock, Talking Cursive - Baracus Imperial Stout, Sager Beer Works - Moo Hoo Porter, Mill House Brewing - Cucumber Blessing, Pantomine Mixtures - Tucker's Pucker, Galaxy Brewing - Catcus Kicked Prickley Pear Catcus Pale Ale, Hudson Brewing - Shady Sadie NE IPA, Rip Van Winkle - Oro Gold Porter, Pressure Drop - Blackallicious, Randolph Beer - Anniversary 2, Browns Brewing - Intonation DIPA, SingleCut - Polemically Imperial Stout, West Kill Brewing - Black Dome Imperial Stout, Buried Acorn - The Hitman, and more to come...

 

Local Resturants:  - Nothing Bunt Cakes, The Mohawk Taproom, The Hallow Bar and Kitchen, City Beer Hall, Albany Pump Station, Brown's Brewing, 20 North Broadway, The Ruck, Muddy Trail Beef Jerkey, The Desmond Hotel, Honest Weight, The Excelsior Pub, Phygit Foods, and more to come... 

  • Special food sampling designed for food pairing from local Albany restaurants including:

 

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!

 

 

Festival Details:

  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (VIP admission)
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (General admission)
  • Desmond Hotel 660 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211

Ticket Prices:

  • General Admission: $40 advance (plus fee) | $50 at the door (if available)
  • VIP Admission: $60 advance (plus fee) | $70 at the door
  • Designated Drivers: $15

Tickets Include:

  • Event admission
  • A 7-ounce souvenir tasting glass (yes glass)
  • Freedom to enjoy unlimited 3-ounce beer samples
  • Food sampling from local restaurants and food trucks
  • The opportunity to meet the brewers making your favorite beers
  • DD tickets include free bottles of water and food sampling *(if you wish to have a glass, you can pick one at the end of the festival)

VIP Tickets include:

  • Early entrance one hour access (4PM)
  • Exclusive VIP beers - breweries bringing special and one off beers include
Is there an age limit to this event?

Since this is a beer festival, you must be 21 years of age to be allowed entrance into the festival. Designated drivers must also be at least 21. You must show photo ID to be admitted (no exceptions). Sorry, but NO children, toddlers, infants or strollers are permitted.

Is the event indoors or outdoors?

The event is outdoors but there will plenty of tents.

Where can I buy tickets for this event?

Online only through the ticket link on this page.

Am I allowed to leave and re-enter the festival?

Yes, since this is a public space, you can come and go as you please. Every ticketed person will have a wristband, if you do not have a wristband, then you cannot sample beer.

What does admission include?

Admission includes unlimited 3 oz beer samples, as well as well as the opportunity to bet on the racing taking place throughout the day. VIP admission will allow you entry one hour earlier, a special VIP glass as well as access to rare and special beers all day long. Also remember that the brewers will be pouring your beer, NOT volunteers.

What is the entrance fee for Designated Drivers?

The fee is $10.

Do Designated Drivers need to be 21?

Yes, this is a 21 and over event.

Are children and pets allowed?

We love pets and kids, but they will not be allowed since this is a 21 and over event.

Will there be a designated smoking area?

There is a place outside of the festival where smoking is permitted.

Fine Print:

  • 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!
  • NYSBA and participating breweries have the right to refuse service to any attendee to demonstrates signs of inebriation.
  • Designated drivers are entitled to a complimentary tasting glass which they can pick upon exiting the festival.
  • Service fees apply to online ticket orders.
  • No Refunds or Exchanges