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Philly Craft Beer Festival Debuts On
Top 10 List of America's Best Beer Fests

BAY SHORE, NY. September 15, 2008 - Forbes Traveler, the premier online source for inspiring, planning, and booking distinctive travel experiences, gave the Philly Craft Beer Festival top honors when they placed it on their top ten list of America's Best Beer Festivals. The Philly Craft Beer Festival ( is produced by Starfish Junction Productions and TotalBru Marketing. The next Philly Craft Beer Festival will be held on March 7, 2009 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

"We are thrilled that our Philly Craft Beer Festival has been honored with top ten placement among other respected, long-standing, and well-known beer festivals taking place across the country," said Andy Calimano, co-owner of Starfish Junction Productions. "We knew Philly was a great beer town for two very obvious reasons, the amazing beer produced there and the sophistication of its resident beer enthusiasts. It's the perfect city to host a craft beer tasting event."

The 3rd annual Philly Craft Beer Festival will be held on March 7, 2009 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. "Our 2009 show will be better, not bigger," said Chris DePeppe, co-producer of the event and owner of TotalBru Marketing . "The 2008 festival sold out two weeks prior to the event. We're not looking to pack more people into the venue, but to deliver a greater experience to both the brewers and the attendees," he added.

The 2009 Philly Craft Beer Fest will showcase more than 60 local and international breweries that will offer more than 120 beers for sampling. It will include highly acclaimed local beers from Yards, Nodding Head, Yeungling, Victory, and Dogfish Head as well as great brews from award-winning breweries including Unibroue (CANADA), Blue Point (NY), Stone (CA), Rock Art (VT), Sam Adams (MA), Thomas Hooker (CT), Southampton (NY), Boulder Beer (CO), He'Brew (NY), and Rogue (OR).

"For each beer festival we produce, we partner with a local charity," said Edward Duhon, co-owner of Starfish Junction. The 2009 Philly Craft Beer Festival will, once again, help to raise funds for the Committee to Benefit the Children (C.B.C.). The C.B.C. provides resources for treatment, care and family support to benefit area children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. To date, "the Philly Craft Beer Fest has helped raise over $20,000 for this local Philadelphia charity," said Duhon.

The 3rd annual Philly Craft Beer Festival will be held on March 7, 2009 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Two ticket options are available: Session 1: 12:30-4:30PM or Session 2: 6:00-10:00PM. Tickets are $45 per person and include a 6 oz. souvenir tasting glass with the freedom to enjoy 2 oz. samples from any exhibiting brewery. Designated driver tickets are available ($10). Everyone, including designated drivers, must be 21+ and present valid ID for admission. Tickets will go on sale this week at The event is likely to sell out again, advance purchase is strongly suggested. To see Forbes Traveler's top 10 list ofAmerica's Best Beer Festivals, visit

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