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ALE YEAH! Summer’s Best Fest Returns to Heckscher State Park, 8/10

100+ Beers, Wines, Ciders, BBQ, Live Music & Axe Throwing

July 11, 2019 -- East Islip, NY. The Long Island Craft Classic will return to Heckscher State Park on Saturday, August 10, 2019 for what promises to be summer’s best beer fest. This tasting event will feature craft beers from local and national breweries plus a selection of wine and hard cider for sampling as well.  The event offers both VIP and General Admission ticket options, each with their own advantages.  All tickets include a barbeque sandwich from official event caterer, Bobbique. Adding to the day’s festivities will be live music performances by Albums We Love; a variety of backyard games like cornhole and giant Jenga; and new this year, axe throwing!  Tickets are on sale now, limited tickets remain.  Another sell-out is expected.  Tickets and information are available at
“The ability to sample craft beers, a variety of wines and artisanal hard ciders in a beautiful setting like this state park is one of the reasons this show is so popular,” said Andy Calimano, owner of event producer, Starfish Junction.  “The Long Island Craft Classic is an amazing showcase for local breweries and wineries.  We’ve pulled together a great lineup and some fun activities, like axe throwing, to make sure this event continues to keep its reputation as summer’s best fest,” added Calimano.

Back by popular demand, the 3rd annual Brew’d Competition where local breweries will be going head-to-head battling to be named this year’s winner.   Each competing brewery must use the fan-curated ingredient and brew a beer (style of their choice) for an on-site attendee fan-favorite vote. This year’s ingredient is mango. 

The event offers two ticket options: VIP (1:00-5:30 pm; $75pp) and General Admission (2:00-5:30pm; $55pp).   All ticketholders will receive a barbeque sandwich prepared by Bobbique, and unlimited beer, wine, and cider tastings.  Designated driver tickets are also available ($12pp), and includes the barbeque sandwich but no alcohol sampling.                                                                

VIP ticket highlights include an additional bonus preview hour (from 1:00 - 2:00pm) to meet the brewers and taste special, sought-after, limited-release beers reserved for this hour and served during the event in the special VIP tented area, express admission processing, VIP seating area, access to VIP-only bathrooms, and a collectible tasting glass.  This is a 21+ event.  Valid photo identification is required by all attendees for admission.
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, New12 Long Island and

To purchase tickets or for additional information, 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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