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Lumpy Gravy at Long Island Beer Festival

JAMESPORT, NY. August 5, 2008 - Long Islanders who are looking for an Old Brown Dog, feeling like a Lucky Kat, or have a hankering for some Lumpy Gravy will be first in line at the North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival-selected as the 2007 North Fork Event of the Year-being held on August 9th at Martha Clara Vineyards in Jamesport, NY.

More than fifty craft brewers will gather on the picturesque North Fork of Long Island to participate in the 2nd annual North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival. "Long Island wine country has led the way in developing awareness for locally made high quality wine. This beer festival will highlight Long Island's locally made beer," said Mark Burford, Brewmaster, Blue Point Brewing Company.

Craft brewers produce flavorful beers that combine classic European recipes with bold American innovation. "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 festival will include a broad range of national craft beer industry leaders including Stone Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, Dogfish Head, Sly Fox, Hook & Ladder Brewing Co., and Sam Adams, plus international craft brewer, Unibroue. Shoulder to shoulder with these breweries will be Long Island's award-winning hometown favorites including Blue Point Brewing Co., John Harvard's Brew House, Black Forest Brew Haus, Crop Circle, and Southampton Ales & Lagers. The event will feature wines for sampling from Martha Clara Vineyards, gourmet barbeque from Maple Tree BBQ, and live music from the band Energy Express.

New this year, the festival will include cooking with beer demos by Chris Palmer, Executive Chef from Maxwell & Dunne's all natural steakhouse. Scheduled demos include: Double White Coriander Glazed Sea Scallops, Pork Slap Beer Can Chicken, Nut Brown Braised Short Ribs, Chocolate Boch Rotisserie Short Loin, and Sour Cherry Imperial Stout Campfire Cobbler. Attendance at the cooking demos is free with paid admission to the festival.

The event will help to raise funds for the Peconic Bay Medical Center as well as the New York State Brewers Association. A food drive will be conducted to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Long Island Cares.

The 2nd annual North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival has two ticket options: VIP (1-6pm, $75) and General Admission (2-6pm, $50). The event will not be oversold. Tickets can be purchased at . Tickets include a 6 oz. souvenir tasting glass with the freedom to enjoy 2 oz. samples from any exhibiting brewery. It also includes wine sampling from the venue host, Martha Clara Vineyards. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each. All attendees get a free barbeque sandwich and side order prepared by local caterer Maple Tree BBQ. Live music will be provided by one of Long Island's hottest cover bands, Energy Express. No one under 21 is permitted and photo ID is required for entry. The event will take place rain or shine. The North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival is a Starfish Junction production.

Note: Old Brown Dog is produced by Smuttynose Brewing Co. (NH), Lucky Kat is produced by Magic Hat Brewing Co. (VT), and Lumpy Gravy is produced by Lagunitas Brewing Co. (CA).

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