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LI Hop Farm Hosts Hop Fest 9/23
Features Locally Made Beer with Locally Grown Hops
Plus Preview of Local Pumpkin Beers, Limited-Release Seasonals & Cider

RIVERHEAD, NY. September 8, 2017 - LI Hops, a 43-acre farm located in the North Fork wine region of Long Island will again host the Long Island Fresh Hop Fest—the largest fresh hop fest on the east coast—on Saturday, September 23, 2017. 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. Plus this year, attendees will also be able to enjoy locally crafted pumpkin beers like the Pumpkin Spice ale from Long Island’s newest brewery, Jamesport Farm Brewery; limited-release seasonal brews like Long Ireland Brewing Company’s Octoberfest, a Märzen-style lager; or hopped cider from Stowe, Urban Farm Fermentory, Cidergeist, or Indian Ladder Farm Cidery and Brewery, visiting from the Hudson Valley.

The attendees will enjoy an afternoon of beer and cider sampling, hop farming education, and live music. The event will be held at the LI Hops farm located at 5873 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901 from 12:30pm-4:00pm on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Tickets are on sale now at Tickets include all sampling and a special glass taster to take home as a souvenir. 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 everyday 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). “It will be a great showcase of the farming and brewing culture on Long Island,” he added. Included in this year’s impressive lineup:

• Jamesport Farm Brewery, Fresh Hop Winedout, made with their home grown LI hops
• Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., a Pale Ale made with local grain and Chinook hops from NOFO Hops
• Long Ireland Brewing Company, Fresh Hop Co-Op Session IPA, featuring hops from LI HOPS, Wesnofske Farms, and NOFO Hops
• BrickHouse Brewery, Single Malt Single Hop Ale, Cascade hops from Long Island’s Condzella Farms
• Lithology Brewing Co., an all NY ingredient pale ale fermented on a strain of wild yeast they harvested, isolated, and propagated themselves
• Port Jeff Brewing Company, a Fresh Hop Pale Ale, brewed with Cascade hops from Condzella Farms
• Blue Point Brewing Company will be pouring several wet hop beers, also serving a Wet Hop Pils Cask

Back for its second year, 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 23, 2017 from 12:30pm – 4:00pm at LI Hops farm located at 5873 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901. Tickets ($45) are limited and on sale now at 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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