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Long Island Farm Hosts
Fresh Hop Fest - Fall 2016

RIVERHEAD, NY. August 25, 2016 - LI Hops, a 43-acre farm located in the North Fork wine region of Long Island will, this fall, host their first-ever Fresh Hop Fest. The event will offer sampling of special locally brewed beers made with locally grown and harvested hops, many brewed in small batches for this event only. The attendees will enjoy an afternoon of beer sampling, hop farming education, and live music. The event will be held on Saturday, September 24 at the LI Hops farm located at 5873 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901 from 12:30pm-4:00pm. Tickets are on sale now at www.LIFreshHopFestival.com. A very limited number of tickets will be sold for this special event. Attendees must be 21+ to attend. Live music performed by local favorite, multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Dan Donnelly.

Much like the way winemakers celebrated the good fortune of the harvest and created the world famous Beaujolais Nouveau, American brewers have put a twist on that age old tradition creating a new craze in the beer world, Wet Hop/Fresh Hop ales. “What a unique experience for local beer lovers to come to an event and see how local breweries like mine are using local hops in production and to have the ability to taste the unique flavors offered by a fresh hopped beer,” said Greg Martin, co-owner of Long Ireland Beer Company (Riverhead). “There will be beers created just for this event, not available in stores. It will be a great showcase of the farming and brewing
culture on Long Island,” he added.

L I Hops (www.LIHops.net) owners Thor Kampher, Tony Caggiano and Melissa Daniels began growing hops four years ago on their Jamesport farm, popular now for their hop crop offering five different varieties--including Willamette, Columbus, Nugget, Centennial, and Magnum. Thanks to recent legislation that is encouraging small scale breweries to source from within New York State, the number of acres in the state producing hops jumped from approximately five a decade ago to nearly 300 in 2015, according to Cornell University’s cooperative-extension division.

Planned to be an annual event, the Fresh Hop Festival will introduce attendees to local and regional brewers taking advantage of the homegrown hops and offer attendees the rare opportunity to taste versions of fresh hop beers alongside the traditional version of the same beer. These fresh hop-infused beers will be special limited-edition versions of favorite local beers--many of which are not available to the general public. Brewers will be there to explain how their creations came to life and how they chose what beers to fresh hop. There will be live music, food for purchase prepared by local Jamesport-based caterer Christopher Michael Catering, and educational seminars for all attendees to enjoy. Due to the finite availability of these beers, tickets are limited, and being sold on a first come first served basis.

The Fresh Hop Festival will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 12:30pm - 4:00pm at LI Hops farm located at 5873 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901. Tickets ($40) are limited and on sale now at www.LIFreshHopFestival.com. Designated Driver tickets are available ($10) and do not include any sampling. No one under 21 is permitted and valid photo ID is required for entry. No children or pets permitted. The event will take place rain or shine. All ticket sales are final. The event is produced by Starfish Junction, an award-winning Long Island-based event production and marketing company.

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