Corning Craft Beverage Expo Offers Unique Chance to Taste, Learn About Brewing, Hops and History
CORNING, NY – Now here’s an event that mixes the past, present and future together in one delicious and educational way. We’re talking about the Heritage Village Craft Beverage Expo, of course. Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes is a complex of historic buildings including a one-room school house, and the oldest building in Corning’s, The Benjamin Patterson Inn and Tavern, which makes it the perfect location for a Craft Beverage Celebration of historic proportion. On Saturday, July 29th, Heritage Village will host the 2nd Annual Heritage Village Craft Beverage Expo.
The Expo is your chance to explore historic buildings, watch live demonstrations of hearth cooking and blacksmithing, listen to experts talk about brewing, malting, making sours, as well as the state of hops farming in NY. Plus there’s a special presentation by Tina Weymann, NYS Beer Governor at Great Lakes Brewing News, who will discuss the important roles of inns and taverns in American culture from colonial times present-day, as well as how beer has made it’s contribution. The event culminates with a home Brew Competition (a wonderful chance for local brewers to show off their creations and possibly win some recognition).
Of course, the popular event is also a chance to taste delicious brews from 10 local craft beverage producers. Abandon Brewing Brewery of Broken Dreams Farmhouse Brewery Four Fights Distilling Galaxy Brewing Iron Flamingo FINGER LAKES C RNING and ≤e sou≤ern The North Brewery Steuben Brewing Railhead Brewing Wild Brute Winery *food will be available for purchase from Global Taco food truck and from Sarah’s Sweet Kitchen catering.
This year’s event also offers a VIP ticket for those crazy for craft beverages.
VIP ticket-holders can enter the expo an hour early (noon) to chat with brewers and try the first tastings of the day. Special hor d’ouevres will be available, cooked on site in the hearth oven. Head over to the Cooley Blacksmith Shop for a hand-forged bottle opener (an exclusive commemorative gift for VIP ticket-holders, though some will be available for purchase in the museum shop). VIP members can also take home the photo book, Camera on Corning, filled with locally-shot photos of the Corning area and Gaffer District. All regular admission and VIP ticket-holders receive a unique commemorative pottery tasting vessel made by Rocky Hill Pottery in Bath, a gift from the historical community at Heritage Village.
Anyone 21 and over is welcome to enter the Home Brew Contest. The blind judging for the competition will commence at 4pm and winners will be announced within the hour. Awards will be granted for Best in Show, as well as for 2nd and 3rd place and honorable mention. Come see if your brew can beat the competition.
Attendees can purchase tickets on the Heritage Village’s website. VIP tickets cost $40 online, or $50 at the gate. General admission tickets cost $25 online or $30 at the gate. Proceeds will support the Corning-Painted Post Historical Society.
Special Designated Drive tickets are also available.
For more information on the Heritage Village Craft Beverage Expo, to register up for the Home Brew Competition, or get your tickets, visit the Heritage Village website.