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North Fork LI Hop Farm Hosts Hop Fest 9/22
Features Locally Made Beer with Locally Grown Hops
Plus Preview of Local Pumpkin Beer, Limited-Release Seasonals & Ciders

RIVERHEAD, NY.  August 16, 2018 – LI Hops, a 43-acre farm located in the North Fork wine region of Long Island will once again host the Long Island Fresh Hop Fest—the largest fresh hop fest on the east coast—on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  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, as an added bonus, attendees will also be able to enjoy locally crafted pumpkin beers and limited-release seasonal brews from local breweries.  The event will be held at the LI Hops farm located at Plant Connection 5873 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901 from 12:30pm-4:00pm on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  Tickets are on sale now at www.LIFreshHopFestival.com

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. 

Back for its third year on the North Fork, the Long Island 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. Due to the finite availability of these beers, tickets are limited, and being sold on a first come first served basis. 

There will be live music, food for purchase prepared by local Jamesport-based caterer Christopher Michael Catering, educational seminars, and the return of the wildly popular giant pumpkin chucker (a giant sling shot using small pumpkins, balance, strength and skill to hit point-valued targets). A few select hard ciders will also be offered, rounding out the offerings of fall’s best fest.

The attendees will enjoy an afternoon of beer and cider sampling, hop farming education, and live music performed by local favorite, multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Dan Donnelly.   Tickets include all beer and cider 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. 

The Long Island Fresh Hop Festival will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 12:30pm – 4:00pm at LI Hops farm located at Plant Connection 5873 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901.  Tickets ($45) are limited and on sale now at www.LIFreshHopFestival.com.  Designated Driver tickets are available ($12) 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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