TAP® New York!

header_2014_2TAP® New York started out 20 years ago with a couple hundred beer fanatics and a handful of craft brewers at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and has grown into the largest craft beer and food event in New York State.

Craft brewing is alive and growing bigger than ever in New York State. The popularity of craft brewing has led to fuller bodied, flavorful brews featuring rich colors, bold flavors, and imaginative ingredients. People ask for it, and the brewers are answering. Many new craft breweries are opening every year, and we’re both happy and proud to welcome them aboard.

TAP® New York has grown over tenfold through the years to now encompass the entire base areas at Hunter Mountain, plus added tent space. Over 180 breweries were invited for 2017, offering everything from IPAs and lagers to weissbiers, doppel and trippel bocks, stouts, ales… pretty much any variety you know of, and probably a few that you don’t. Check out our List of Invited Breweries to see who was invited and who attended in 2017.

TAP® New York is also about food. Each year we offer plenty to eat. Food is INCLUDED with your ticket!

TAP® is also a beer competition. Brewers from across the state enter their finest suds to compete for plaques and trophies. Each year, highly qualified judges choose the best craft brewery in New York State and also the best brewery in the Hudson Valley. The panel of judges also decides on the best individual beers in the state by category.

NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 WILL BE ADMITTED. VALID ID MUST BE CARRIED AT ALL TIMES AND PRODUCED UPON REQUEST.

New Brewery at the CIA

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When Samantha Bernstein, marketing manager for Brooklyn Brewery, asked bachelor’s students in the CIA’s Art and Science of Brewing class to share their thoughts about their brewing education at the college, the responses were as diverse as they were passionate.

“I want to use the knowledge to open my own craft brewery in my hometown”…

“A lot of us are going to be sommeliers, dining room managers, chefs, so we like to learn about beer, about what sells”…

“I like the holistic approach to learning, the history, how we got to where we are today”…

“I feel like beer is less pretentious than wine, open to anyone to drink.”

It was music to the ears of Bernstein, who was on campus for a presentation to students on marketing craft beers. Brooklyn Brewery has partnered with The Culinary Institute of America to open the CIA Brewery at The Egg, the new dining facility on the college’s New York campus. The brewery is yet another valuable addition to the students’ hands-on experience.

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“It’s a really amazing partnership for us,” she says. “We believe education is incredibly important, and bringing beer to the table where food and beverage meet for these students couldn’t be more fulfilling.”

Senior Justin Wallace agrees. “The Brewery at the CIA is a tremendous learning experience for the student body here,” he explains. “If beer is being sold at The Egg, it might as well be made by students in the same way the food is made. Professor Miller and Hutch both have tremendous knowledge about brewing.”

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