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Over the weekend, the Harbor Island International Beer Festival brought thousands of beer enthusiasts and over 350 beer varieties to the town of Mamaroneck, despite a looming storm. The second annual Harbor Island International Beer Festival, at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck, New York, was sponsored by the “beer geeks” (beer distributors) of Half Time Beverage in Mamaroneck and Poughkeepsie, New York, homes to the world’s largest selections of beer.
This year’s festival promised to be even larger than the first. More breweries, more food, more music, more fun and games. The festival delivered on all accounts, despite a possible run in with Hurricane Joaquin. The Harbor Island International Beer Festival planned for rain or shine with over 40,000 square feet of tenting, so guests and attendees needn’t worry about staying dry. All tastings were set up inside the large tents so guests could happily avoid the windy conditions and enjoy a glass (or more) of beer.
Tickets to the event included a free tasting glass, which allowed guests to wander from vendor to vendor and sample as many beers as they wanted. Breweries from around the world converged on Harbor Island Park, located at the intersection of Mamaroneck Ave and Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck, offering over 350 varieties of beer and cider. With many types of citrus flavors or seasonal ales like pumpkin and Oktoberfest, to hard ciders, whiskey brews and even a Nitro IPA, just released from Guinness, there was truly something for everyone.
The festival also offered a delicious selection of food and non-alcoholic drinks, available for purchase from a variety of vendors. There was even a craft soda and non-alcoholic beverage tastings as well as free water stations throughout the festival. Artisinal food vendors featured local and regional establishments, such as Wafles & Dinges, Dub Pies, Walter’s Hot Dogs, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Dough Nation, Smokehouse Tailgate Grill, Hapa Food Truck, Penny Lick, The Dessertist, Salsa Fresca, Cosmo & Alex Pisano Bros and Anthony’s Deli.
Raffles, games of corn hole, free koozies and live music from KB Jones & The Kontraband’s, an emerging pop-music fusion band, the Harbor Island International Beer Festival was nothing short of fun for guests of all drinking preferences. If you were lucky enough to snag a VIP ticket, you had the option to enjoy complimentary small bites, as well as have access to ten draft beers not available to the general admission crowd.
If you missed this year’s event, or couldn’t make it because of the weather, keep your eyes and ears (and maybe taste buds) open for information on the next Harbor Island International Beer Festival presented by Half Time. If you’re thirsty for a good time in the Metro New York area, look no further than the Harbor Island International Beer Festival. This premier beer festival is the perfect blend of international beers, brews and fall fun. It’s guaranteed you can find a beer you’ve never tasted before but are sure to love. More info about this year’s event can be found on the event’s website.