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Beer Tasting Event July 23 To Raise Funds for Rock Hill Fire Dept.

Rock Hill, NY. July 5, 2011 - Some of the biggest names in international brewing will gather in Sullivan County at the Rock Hill Fire Department in Rock Hill, NY from 2-6pm on July 23, 2011 for a beer tasting and fundraising event. The event will feature more than 25 international breweries from across the globe presenting more than 50 of their finest brews for sampling. A pay-one-price ticket allows adults 21+ to enjoy a fun day of beer sampling, beer education, and live entertainment. The event will help raise funds for the Rock Hill Fire Department.

This international beer tasting event will showcase breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country's proudest brewing achievement. Shoulder to shoulder with some of America's best breweries, including regional favorites represented by Keegan Ales, Peekskill Brewery, and the Gilded Otter Brewing Company will be amazing international beer from Scotland, Canada, Thailand, Germany, Czech Republic, and others.

As the U.S. beer industry continues to battle for highly coveted market share with the wines and spirits category, the range of styles and flavors offered by the imports are attracting new fans and enthusiasts. "We want to help introduce festival attendees to some great imports, beers they may never have tried before," said event producer Andy Calimano of Starfish Junction. "Most beer enthusiasts are educated about beer and have sophisticated tastes. I think this fundraiser offers local beer enthusiasts an opportunity to do some global exploring while at the same time helping the Rock Hill Fire Department," said Calimano.

The International Great Beer Expo ( will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2011 from 2:00pm-6:00pm at the Rock Hill Fire Department located at 61 Glen Wild Road, Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be available for purchase. Tickets are $40 each when purchased in advance at the event website or $55 at the door, if available. Tickets include admission to the event, participation in special programming, a souvenir tasting glass, and the freedom to enjoy a 2 oz. sample of any of the beers present at the Expo. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10 each. No one under 21 will be admitted and photo ID is required for entry. Designated drivers must also be 21+. Food will be available for sale, it is not included in the price of the ticket.

The Rock Hill Fire Department has been serving the local community since 1956 and today has over 55 active members.

The event is produced by Starfish Junction, winner of three prestigious awards honoring events produced for the beer industry: The 2008 Philly Craft Beer Fest ( was named one of the "Top 10 Beer Festivals in America" by Forbes Traveler, The 2007 North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival ( was awarded the North Fork "Event of the Year" honor from Dan's Papers, and most recently, the 2011 Philly Craft Beer Festival was selected as "Best Beer Festival" by Philly Beer Scene magazine.

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