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2010 Spring Craft Beer Festival

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Over 100 different craft brews from around the country were served at the 2010 Spring Craft Beer Festival at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum March 27.

Local breweries like Southampton Ales & Lagers, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, and Long Ireland Beer Company were among some of the returning breweries that were included in the lineup. Making their first appearance at the Spring Craft Beer fest was Eel River Brewing Company, America’s first certified organic brewery.

With two sessions, four hours each, Nassau Coliseum stayed steadily packed until the very end. Even though the lines were long, no one seemed to mind as each participant had their two ounce cup filled with the beer of their choice.

Blue Point Brewing Company’s Sales Manager Gary Rosen said that their most popular beer during the event was their flagship beer, Toasted Lager. “But then again, I don’t think of these events as competition,” Rosen said. “To me, this is like one big fraternity.”

In addition to the usual beer tasting, the festival offered two interactive lectures presented by Samuel Merritt, one of 150 Certified Cicerone Beer Sommeliers in the U.S. and the first in New York City. Beer 101, the first lecture, taught the basics of beer including the different styles of beers.

“Each year gets better and better,” said Merritt as he anticipates his fifth Beer 101 seminar. Being the first year held in the small, welcoming café, Merritt described the environment as comfortable. “That’s the key in holding a lecture,” said Merritt. “Keep it approachable. Make sure that the public feels at ease to ask questions.”

Merritt opened the seminar by explaining the three-tier system of alcohol distribution. While serving some Coney Island Lager, Merritt briefly touched on the history of beer stating that “women invented beer and it was the third trading job after prostitution and motherhood.” He also shared the IICCY Concept (Instinct, Intensity, Compliment, Contrast, and Yummy), which is his acronym for how to pair beer with food.

Long Islanders at the festival like Eric Galgan, a Yoga Instructor from Great Neck, say they enjoyed learning about food and beer pairing. “I like to pair the intensity of my yoga class with the intensity of beer,” said Galgan. “If the class is really intense, we’ll end it with a round of intense beer.”

Alan Levin of New Hyde Park, who attended the Spring Craft Beer Fest for the first time, said also enjoyed the seminar as well as tasting new beers.“The lecture was extremely informative, and I am very impressed with Long Island’s micro-breweries,” he said.

photos by Gabby Pretto