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Largest Collection of Brewmasters Ever to Gather on LI

JAMESPORT, NY. July 24, 2008 – Andy Calimano, co-owner of Starfish Junction Productions, announced today that the 2nd Annual North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival being held on August 9, 2008 at Martha Clara Vineyards in Jamesport, NY would assemble the largest number of brewmasters ever to gather for a single event on Long Island.

Carol Stoudt, the first female brewmaster in the US and owner of Stoudt Brewing Company (Adamstown, PA), Scott Vaccaro, a 2007 Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner and brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. (Pleasantville, NY) and Brian O’Reilly the decorated brewmaster representing Sly Fox Brewing Co. (Royersford, PA) will be among more than a dozen brewmasters to gather at the North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine event. “Never before has a beer event on Long Island attracted such beer royalty. Having the brewmasters at this year’s event gives the attendees an opportunity to meet the people who make their favorite beers and gives the brewmasters an opportunity to talk to their biggest fans and customers,” said event producer, Andy Calimano. Award-winning brewmasters from Black Forest Brew Haus, Blue Point Brewing Co., BrickHouse Brewing Co., Butternuts Beer & Ale, Cape Ann Brewing Co., Crop Circle, Harlem Brewing Company, John Harvard's Brew House, Keegan Ales, High Point Brewing Co., Legacy Brewing Co., and Southampton Ales & Lagers will also be participating in the event.

More than fifty craft brewers, an extraordinary showcase of national breweries and local favorites, 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.

New this year, the festival will include cooking demos by Chris Palmer, Executive Chef at Maxwell & Dunne’s natural steakhouse located in Plainview, NY. Chef Palmer will be preparing a variety of dishes incorporating beer from four exhibiting breweries: Black Forest, Southampton, Peak Organic, and Blue Point.

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. Attendees who bring a non-perishable food donation will receive a free raffle ticket giving them a chance to win one of many great prizes.

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.

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