Plattsburgh Brewfest barreling along

ROB FOUNTAIN/STAFF PHOTOTom Frey, (middle-left) of Elfs Farm Winery and Adirondack Cider Company, poses with his family (from left) Brian, Erin and Sean.

PLATTSBURGH — On tap for Aug. 1, the inaugural Plattsburgh Brewfest continues to gain momentum.

So far, more than 500 of a proposed 1,000 tickets have been sold, and 24 brewers have signed up for the event, to be held at Plattsburgh City Beach.

Tom Frey of Elfs Farm Winery and Adirondack Cider Company said 32 members of various committees are organizing Brewfest.

"It's phenomenal the way they have come together for this community to put Plattsburgh on the brewing map," he said.


The event includes a Home Brewers Contest, sponsored by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with participants brewing up entries in time for judging on Saturday, July 11, during the Tap Takeover event at Elfs Farm Winery. 

There is no charge to participate, with each entrant provided a home brewing kit and the same ingredients. entrants must register by June 4 and pick up their kits and ingredients at Elfs Farm by June 6.

The winners will be announced at Brewfest and given the opportunity to have their recipe brewed by Livingoods Restaurant and Brewery in Peru.

"They will be able to say, 'Let's go down to the brew pub and have my beer,'" Frey said.


Food vendors include Blue Collar Bistro, Conroy's Organics, Smooth Moves, Texas Roadhouse and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Brewfest T-shirts, created by Loremans Embroidery, Engraving and Screenprinting, are available for preorder.

Thom Loreman has agreed to provide a mobile screen-printing unit to create and sell T-shirts on the day of the event as well.


Proceeds from Brewfest will go to two nonprofits: the Adirondack Garde, in support of Tour de Force; and the Adirondack Coast Craft Beverage Trail Alliance, which aims to keep the Plattsburgh Brewfest and Adirondack Coast Wine Trail sustainable.

The local brewing scene continues to grow, Frey said, much like it has in Vermont in the last 20 years.

"It's starting to happen over here," he said.

Frey said Adirondack Bank has really stepped up to support Brewfest. Hall Media Group has provided advertising, while Ground Force1 has offered discount rates for shuttles from Durkee Street, the Cumberland Head ferry dock and the hotels on Route 3.

Brewcraft USA is sponsoring the VIP tent, which will feature a meet and greet with brewers. The tickets for that part of the event have already sold out.


The concert stage is sponsored by the Beer Cabin at Good Guys Shell in Plattsburgh.

Tap Takeover events to meet some of the local brewers have been a success at Olive Ridley's, Plattsburgh Brewing Company and the Fuzzy Duck. Those have helped spread the word about the event.

The final two Tap Takeovers are scheduled for Livingoods on Saturday, June 27, and Elfs Farm Winery/Adirondack Cider Company on July 11.

The next Plattsburgh Brewfest Committee meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 11, at Elfs Farm Winery.

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Tickets to Plattsburgh Brewfest, priced at $35, provide for 15 beverage tastings, three food tickets and a concert by the popular Plattsburgh-based band Lucid.

There are also $10 designated driver tickets that include three food tickets and the concert.

Both are available at, as are details about the event.


Participating brewers are: Adirondack Cider Company, Plattsburgh; Ausable Brewery, Keeseville; Blueline Brewery, Saranac Lake; Elfs Farm Winery, Plattsburgh; Plattsburgh Brewing Company, Plattsburgh; Valcour Brewing Co., Plattsburgh; 14th Star Brewing Co., St. Albans, Vt.; Switchback Brewing Co., Burlington; Livingoods Restaurant & Brewpub, Peru; the Great Adirondack Brewing Co., Lake Placid; Nine Pin Cider Co., Albany; Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Lake Placid; Angry Orchard, Cincinatti; Long Trail Brewing Co., Bridgewater, Vt.; Saranac beer, Utica; Harpoon Brewery, Windsor, Vt.; Woodchuck Cider, Middlebury, Vt.; Southern Tier Brewing, Lakewood; 1911 Cider, Lafayette; Adirondack Brewery, Lake George; Browns Brewing Co., Troy; Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap Room, Hamilton; and Ithaca Beer Co., Ithaca. 

More may be added as the event nears.

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