The new fun event last summer was the first annual Brew Fest, a celebration in Stewart Park of premium beers and local music.
With only a modicum of publicity, the Brew Fest drew about 2,000 people. Despite the size of the crowd, it was orderly and well-run.
Brew Fest features tastings of beers from dozens of regional microbreweries. The atmosphere, though unpretentious and rollicking, emphasizes the stature of beer as a sophisticated drink. We're used to that perspective with wine, especially here among the many fine wineries of the Finger Lakes. The breweries at Brewfest give the wineries a run for the sophisticate buck.
Advance tickets are $30. The four-hour event (from 3 - 7 pm) also presents some premium local music: Kevin Kinsella, the Sim Redmond Band, and newcomers New York Rock.
A portion of the proceeds go to renovation projects for Stewart Park.
For more details, see http://www.ithacabrewfest.com/.
for Ithaca Blog