11:04 AM - We are here at Hunter Mountain setting up. Check back all day as we are posting throughout the day. I will have the today's schedule posted shortly.
11:42 AM - We are set up at Table #2, next to Horseheads Brewing and a food stand. I have yet to taste anything from Horseheads so I am looking forward to that opportunity.
1:08 PM - Doors Open!
1:30 PM - The beer to taste at Horseheads is the Hot-Jala-Heim. A Jalapenio pepper beer that is really interesting. Nothing overbearing, and would pair great with some food here today.
1:35 - Just tasted Olde Saratoga's Talon Barley Wine and their special Sherry Cask Aged Talon. The sherry version is amazing. Look for their IPA to be released in the next month.
2:05 - Blake from the NY Brew Authority just stopped by the booth. He's enjoying his first TAP-NY.
2:50 - Attempted to find out who is judging the beers this year. There are a lot of people here. A lot.
3:05 - C.H. Evans Kick Ass Brown Ale is one of the best beers here.
3:33 - Butternut's has their four core beers here. Skip em. They are good but you can get them anywhere. Try the Sour ale. Ive been told it will be released later this year. It is one damn good beer.
3:35 - Editor's Note: If the Brown trade Brady Quinn today, I will be finishing people's kegs. I hope Scott from Captain Lawrence brought extras. Seriously, I won't be happy.
3:45 - Get to the Blue Point booth. Taste the Hoptical Illusion.
4:23 - There are a lot of people who are savoring great beer. There are also a few knuckleheads who are intoxicated. The Shmaltz Human Blockhead is really good.
6:49 PM - Back at the Hotel. Keegan Ales took both Cups today! The individual beer awards will be handed out tomorrow!
Saturday, April 25, 2009 TAP Schedule:
1:00pm - Doors open
1:00-2:30pm - Judging - Round #1 The area's finest judges spend quality time with craft brews, determining the best among them.
1:00-4:30pm - Music - The Christine Spero Group Critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Christine Spero will be performing live at TAP New York.
1:30-2:15pm - Cooking Demonstration - Brown's Brewing Co.
2:45-3:30pm - Cooking Demonstration - Skytop Brewing & Steakhouse
3:00-4:00pm - Stamp Collectors Validation If you've collected all the brewery stamps throughout the day, visit the collectors' booth and enter to win all the beer swag you can carry home.
4:00pm - F.X. Matt Memorial Cup & Matthew Vassar Cup Awarded Best brewery in New York & in the Hudson Valley honors awarded.
4:30pm - Drawing for Stamp Collector Winner Winner will be randomly selected.
5:00pm - Doors close - come back tomorrow!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
12:00pm - Doors open
12:00-1:30pm - Judging - Round #2 The area's finest judges spend quality time with craft
brews, determining the best among them.
12:30-3:30pm - Music - Doug Marcus Doug Marcus is an engaging singer/musician playing stand-up bass.
1:45-2:30pm - Cooking Demonstration - Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room
2:00-3:00pm - Stamp Collectors Validation If you've collected all the brewery stamps throughout the day, visit the collectors' booth and enter to win all the beer swag you can carry home.
2:15pm - Judging - Final Round, Best Beer
2:15-2:55pm - Cooking Demonstration - Terrapin Restaurant
3:00pm - Best Beer Awards
3:30pm - Drawing for Stamp Collector Winner If you've collected all the brewery stamps throughout the day, visit the collectors' booth and enter to win all the beer swag you can carry home.
4:00pm - Doors close - see you next year!