Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at
the Spring Craft Beer Festival, May 19th

LINDENHURST, NY. May 9, 2007 — On May 19, 2007 the biggest names in the craft beer industry will gather for a tasting event at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY to celebrate American Craft Beer Week. According to the Brewers Association, “American Craft Beer Week (May 14-20, 2007) is designated as a time for all legal-drinking-age Americans to explore and celebrate the flavorful beverages produced by our small, traditional and independent brewers.”

Craft brewers produce flavorful beers that combine classic European recipes with bold American innovation. More than 50 craft beer industry leaders, including many local favorites, will be on hand for the celebration, among them: Brooklyn Brewery, Blue Point Brewing Company, Southampton, Stone, Dogfish Head, Crop Circle, John Harvard’s Brew House, Kelso of Brooklyn, and Sam Adams.

“America’s small brewers are part of a movement, a shift in consciousness, and the trading up of what beer people drink,” stated Julia Herz, a spokesperson for the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association for America’s small brewers. “American Craft Beer Week will highlight craft brewers and the beer drinkers that support this grassroots effort.”

Over the past three years, craft beer has grown 31.5%, and for 2006 the segment had sales of $4.6 billion. According to scan data from Information Resources Inc. (IRI), the craft beer segment is the fastest growing segment of alcohol surpassing other beer, wine, and spirits with a 17.8% increase in dollar sales from 2005.

The Spring Craft Beer Festival (www.springcraftbeerfestival.com) will have two sessions: 12-4pm and 6-10pm. A limited number of tickets are will be sold (2,500 per session maximum) and can be purchased at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum’s box office or through Ticketmaster for $45 each. Designated driver tickets are also available at the box office on the day of the event for $10 each. No one under 21 will be admitted and photo ID is required for entry.

The event will be produced by Starfish Junction Productions and sponsored by WBAB 102.3 FM. This event will raise funds for The Wounded Warrior Project and a food drive will be conducted for Long Island Cares. This event is sanctioned by the New York State Brewers Association.

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