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Brewing Competition "Mystery Ingredient" Announced
Local Breweries Prepare for Event at Heckscher State Park, 8/11

July 16, 2018 -- East Islip, NY. The Long Island Craft Classic will return to Heckscher State Park on Saturday, August 11, 2018 for what promises to be summer’s best beer fest. This tasting event will feature craft beers from local and national breweries and a selection of wine and hard cider for sampling as well.

Back by popular demand is the BREW’D Competition where breweries will once again be competing for the coveted “golden keg”. The competition rules require a brewery to create a beer using a fan-curated “mystery ingredient” that was selected through an online public vote. This year’s mystery ingredient was recently announced and brewers are currently hard at work to create what they hope to be this year’s winning brew with PINEAPPLE.

“Last year’s competition required breweries to use peach as the ingredient,” said Kristyn Dolan, competition organizer and marketing director at event producer Starfish Junction. “This year the most popular item in the write-in online survey was pineapple. People really like fruit forward beers in the
summer time, the top contenders were almost all fruits, including strawberry, mango, and watermelon.” Hesitant to call them “weird,” Dolan said she did receive some “interesting” nominations, everything from pickles and pepperoni pizza to hemp and horseradish. “Pineapple is the international symbol for hospitality and I think it is a great choice for this year’s competition. It will make for a great seasonal brew,” added Dolan.

Last year’s winner was Fuzzy Flamingo; a fruited Berliner Weisse brewed with fresh raspberry, peach and milk sugar as a collaboration brew by two popular Long Island breweries, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company (Greenport) and Destination Unknown Beer Company (Bay Shore). After the competition, the beer was put on-tap at select locations for a limited time.

Featured among the 2018 competitors: 1940’s Brewing Company (Holbrook), Barnshed Brewing (Hicksville), Blue Point Brewing Company (Patchogue), Brickhouse Brewery (Patchogue), Garvies Point Brewing (Glen Cove), Lithology Brewing Co. (Farmingdale), Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. (Greenport), Great South Bay Brewery (Bay Shore), Long Ireland Beer Company (Riverhead), Six Harbors Brewing Company (Huntington), and others.

Ticket holders will have the chance to taste these specially brewed pineapple beers and vote on-site at the Long Island Craft Classic for their favorite. The winner will be announced at the end of the day and crowned the 2018 BREW’D champion.

The event offers both VIP (1:00-5:30 pm; $75pp) and General Admission (2:00-5:30pm; $55pp) ticket options; each includes unlimited beer, wine, and cider tastings. VIP tickets include additional perks like VIP tent, restrooms, parking, expedited processing, a commemorative Belgian-style glass taster, and more. Designated driver tickets are also available ($12pp). All tickets include a choice of a delicious food item from official event caterer, Bobbique . This is a 21+ event. Valid photo identification is required by all attendees for admission. Live music performances from Mystery Play, one of Long Island’s best cover bands, will add to the day’s festivities. Tickets are on sale now. Another sell-out is expected. Tickets and information are available at

This event will help raise money and awareness for two incredible local charities including Kids Need More ( and Natural Heritage Trust (

The event is produced by local event company, Starfish Junction. Featured event sponsors include: WBAB (Music Sponsor), Essentia (Water Sponsor), and Media Sponsors, News12 Long Island and .

To purchase tickets or for additional information, visit Heckscher State Park is located at 1 Heckscher State Pkwy, East Islip, NY 11730. The Park will collect $10 per vehicle for parking. Parking is free for vehicles with a valid NYS Empire Pass .

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