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Hook & Ladder Brewing Company
Makes Long Island Debut at Craft Beer Festival

UNIONDALE, NY, March 16, 2008 — The Hook & Ladder Brewing Company, one of the fastest growing craft brewery companies in the country, will be making their Long Island debut at the Spring Craft Beer Festival on March 29th at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. “Festival attendees are in for a real treat,” said Andy Calimano, Event Producer. “Not only does Hook & Ladder produce some awesome beer, they are also tremendous supporters of the firefighter community. It will be great to see them expand their fan base here on Long Island,” he added.

Awarded a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their Golden Ale, the Hook & Ladder Brewing Company from Silver Spring, Maryland is also praised for the financial support they give back to the local firefighter communities. Brew Master and Founder, Rich Fleischer, is a Maryland firefighter who has combined his two passions to create the Hook & Ladder Brewing Company. Through their donation programs, A Penny in Every Pint® and A Quarter in Every Case™, they give back to support the firefighter community where each beer purchase is made. In the last 18 months alone, they donated $30,000 to burn centers and hospitals helping firefighters recover from injury.

Hook & Ladder brewing company produces three beers: Hook & Ladder Golden Ale®, a premium beer with a light to medium body; the Hook & Ladder Backdraft Brown®, a smooth and refreshing beer loaded with flavor; and the Hook & Ladder LIGHTER™, a flavorful beer with a lighter body. “We are thrilled to introduce our beer, for the first time ever, to Long Islanders at the Spring Craft Beer Festival. We can’t wait to do some sampling at the fest and we look forward to meeting many of the local firefighters who attend,” said Fleischer. “We’ve already met with hospital administrators in both Nassau and Suffolk to ready our give back programs on Long Island,” he added.

The 2nd annual Spring Craft Beer Festival brings together more than 50 of the nation’s top craft breweries for a spectacular tasting event. The event will have two sessions: 12-4pm and 5:30-9:30pm. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased at www.springcraftbeerfestival.com or at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum’s box office during regular business hours for $45 each. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each. 21+ with valid photo ID only.

The event is produced by Starfish Junction Productions and sponsored by WBAB 102.3 FM, Long Island Press, Superstar Beverage, and TJ Finleys. This event will raise funds for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 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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