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Long Island’s Best Beer Fest Returns to Nassau Coliseum on March 27

UNIONDALE, NY, March 19, 2010 — Award-winning event producer Starfish Junction is putting the finishing touches on the 2010 Spring Craft Beer Festival being held on March 27, 2010 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. More than 50 craft brewers from around the country will be in attendance, pouring samples of over 100 of their finest brews.

The brewer lineup includes many of Long Island’s favorites—Blue Point Brewing Co., Southampton Ales & Lagers, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Fire Island Beer Company, and Long Ireland Beer Company.

Making their debut at the Spring Craft Beer Festival is Eel River Brewing Company (CA), America’s first certified organic brewery. Other notable national breweries exhibiting at the festival include Dogfish Head Brewery (DE), Stone Brewery (CA), Thomas Hooker (CT), Goose Island Beer Company (IL), Erie Brewing Company (PA), Brooklyn Brewery (NY), Tröegs Brewing Company (PA), Sam Adams (MA), and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers (CA).

New to the festival this year will be the Blue Point Brewing Company Beer Garden—featuring their award-winning beers, food prepared with select Blue Point beers, giveaways, and more. An entertaining and informative lineup of speakers and special programming will be presented at the festival and will include two interactive lectures led by Samuel Merritt, one of 150 Certified Cicerone™ Beer Sommeliers in the US and the first in New York City. He will cover topics appropriate for the those new to the world of craft beer with a seminar entitled BEER 101: Basic Ingredients and Tasting, and another for those with a more sophisticated beer palate, BEER STYLES: Their Origins and Their Differences.

The 4th 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: 12:30-4pm and 5:30-9:00pm. 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. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is located at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553.

The event is produced by Starfish Junction Productions and sponsored by WBAB 102.3 FM, Long Island Press, and www.LIBeerEvents.com, Long Island’s online local beer calendar. This event will help raise funds for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund. www.SpringCraftBeerFestival.com

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