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Belmont Park Racetrack Becomes New Home for Beer Expo
75+ International Breweries to Gather on Nov. 10

ELMONT, NY. September 11, 2012 – Award-winning event producer Starfish Junction, confirmed today that the Long Island 2012 International Great Beer Expo will move to a new venue for fall, the indoor concourse at Belmont Park Racetrack in Elmont, NY—home of the third and final leg of the triple crown of horse racing. The 5th annual International Great Beer Expo will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 and will once again offer over 100 beers for sampling. The racetrack at Belmont Park is located at 2150 Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, NY 11003. Tickets will go on sale on Monday September 17, 2012.

“This move from Nassau Coliseum to the racetrack at Belmont Park offers many advantages,” said Andy Calimano, owner of Starfish Junction. “The new venue offers mass transit options that were not available for the Uniondale facility and free parking for attendees, two things that will make the festival-goers very happy,” added Calimano.

The biggest names in international brewing are embracing the change of venue and are excited to be joining in on the festivities. This year’s international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase breweries from more than twenty countries, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievements. Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries—including many Long Island favorites—will be amazing beer from Scotland, England, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Czech Republic, China, Japan, Mexico, and others.

While the U.S. beer industry continues to battle for highly coveted market share with the wines and spirits category, the range of styles offered by the imports are attracting many new fans and enthusiasts. “We want to help introduce Long Islanders to some great imports and with the new location, this will be our best Expo yet,” said Calimano. “Long Island has really grown as a craft beer destination. Our local breweries will be joined by some of the best breweries from around the globe. Attendees at this year’s Expo are in for an amazing experience,” he added.

In addition to the beer tastings, attendees are invited to participate in some entertaining and educational programming held during the event.

The International Great Beer Expo ( will have two sessions: 12:30-4:00pm and 5:30-9:00pm. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be available for purchase. Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased staring on September 17, 2012 at the event website General Admission tickets include admission to the Expo, participation in special programming, a souvenir tasting glass, the freedom to enjoy a 2 oz. sample of any of the beers present at the Expo, and free parking. Designated driver tickets are also available for $12 each. No one under 21, including designated drivers, will be admitted and photo ID is required for entry. Belmont Park is located at 2150 Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, NY 11003.

The event is sponsored in part by This event is proud to support two very worthwhile charities, The Beer for Brains Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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