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Long Island Beer Fest Is Official Polling Place For Samuel Adams Beer Lover's Choice National Taste Test Brewer to Make Special Appearance

JAMESPORT, NY. July 7, 2010 - The 4th Annual North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival being held at Martha Clara Vineyards in Jamesport, NY on August 14, 2010 will be an official polling place for the 2010 Samuel Adams Beer Lover's Choice national taste test. Bert Boyce, the Brewer for Samuel Adams, will make a special guest appearance at the summer festival to meet and greet attendees and preside over the polling station. www.NorthForkCraftBeerFestival.com.

Since 2005 the brewers of Samuel Adams have been offering drinkers a voice in choosing one of the new beers they will introduce in the coming year. This summer the trend continues as the Boston Beer Company, the makers of Samuel Adams, will take two recipes on the road to be judged in a head-to-head consumer taste test.

This summer the trend continues as the makers of Samuel Adams will take two recipes on the road to be judged in a head-to-head consumer taste test. Long Island's North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival will be among the first stops on the polling tour. With record attendance expected, the 4th Annual Craft Beer Festival being held on August 14th at Martha Clara Vineyards (Jamesport) will be an official polling place for the 2010 Beer Lover's Choice competition. "It may be the largest single event polling place for this year's national competition," said event producer Andy Calimano of Starfish Junction Productions. Attendees at the Craft Beer Festival can vote for one of this year's contestants: (SAMPLE A) Belgian Style IPA or (SAMPLE B) American Rye Ale.

The festival will include a broad range of nationally recognized craft beer industry leaders as well as many of Long Island's award-winning hometown favorites-more than 50 breweries in all. The event will feature wines for sampling from the Martha Clara Vineyards collection and other specially selected Long Island wineries. Gourmet barbeque from Maple Tree BBQ and live music from the band Energy Express will add to the enjoyment of the day. The event will help to raise funds for the Peconic Bay Medical Center as well as the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund.

The 4th Annual North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival has two ticket options: VIP (1:00pm - 6:00pm, $75) and General Admission (2:00pm - 6:00pm, $50). Tickets are limited. The event will not be oversold. Tickets can be purchased at www.NorthForkCraftBeerFestival.com. Tickets include a 6 oz. souvenir tasting glass with the freedom to enjoy 2 oz. samples from any exhibiting brewery. Designated driver tickets are available for $12 each. All paid attendees get a coupon for a barbeque sandwich and side order as part of their admission price. No one under 21 is permitted and valid government issued photo ID is required for entry. No children or pets permitted. The event will take place rain or shine. All ticket sales are final. Martha Clara Vineyards is located at 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901. Advanced purchase of ticket(s) is recommended to guarantee admission. Visit event website for more information, www.NorthForkCraftBeerFestival.com.

Last summer, the Beer Lover's Choice program had the highest number of tasters in its five year history, with more than 68,000 votes cast during more than 1,300 tasting events held across the country. The winner was the Samuel Adams Noble Pils, a pilsner beer that uses five hop varieties from Germany and the Czech Republic. It debuted as the company's new spring seasonal beer earlier this year.

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