The forgotten Borough is no longer forgotten by beer aficionados.
That’s right, Staten Island will host not one, but two beer festivals this October. The Richmond County Beer Festival on Sunday October 7th will take place at Killmeyer’s Old Bavarian Inn, located on the Island’s south shore, while the north shore will host the Staten Island Yankees Brewfest two weeks later at the Richmond County Ballpark, home of the SI Yankees.
Eat that, Brooklyn!
Ok, I still love you Brooklyn, but it’s time for another borough to shine.
What’s even better is that “Two Girls, One Pint” will be hanging out at the Yankees Brewfest, offering up some swag and drinking along with the locals at the Saturday October 20th event.
Don’t let the location deter you—Richmond County Ballpark is conveniently located mere steps from the St. George ferry terminal, where a big orange boat will offer you a free ride to and from the Island’s north shore and lower Manhattan. If you needed a reason to come to Staten Island, well now you have several.
This thoughtfully planned fall beer festival will feature a homebrewing competition, tasty bites from local restaurants, music by Island bands, artisanal vendors, raffles, a VIP ticket option, a Sam Adams stein-hoisting competition (it’s harder than it looks, kids) a corn hole tournament (get your mind out of the gutter) and of course, beer.
Tickets are $30 for advance purchase and $40 for the day of. The General Admission session will run from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
There is also a $60 VIP ticket option which will include an extra hour of imbibing (from noon-1:00), access to a special section where wine and spirits can be sampled, a Staten Island Yankees cinch bag, souvenir pint glass, an event T-shirt, and a selection of unique and specialty beers that will not be available to the general admission ticket holders.
Around 20 breweries will be represented, offering pours for all ticket holders, including Empire, Ithaca, Stone, Harpoon, and Founders, giving beer-drinkers a chance to revisit favorites as well as maybe try a few unfamiliar ones.
“We want this to be a festival for everyone. We want everyone to enjoy the homebrews, enjoy the craft beer, and get a great view of the New York City skyline,” says Kerry Haley, manager of sponsor services for the team.
I was able to sit down at the scenic stadium with both Haley and Jillian Wright and discuss the upcoming Brewfest. Both are managers of sponsor services for the SI Yankees who have been working hard to organize this event.
“We want to involve the community,” Haley added.
And they’re doing so by reaching out to local restaurants and inviting them to set up a table with tastings for the Brewfest guests. Forget footlongs and Cracker Jacks–Island restaurants such as Pier 76, Jimmy Max, Daddy O’s BBQ and about a dozen others will provide samples of their food to hungry beer-drinkers and represent the best the borough has to offer.
“The food is an additive and I hope that people take advantage of it,” Wright told me. The samples offered to festival-goers are included in the price of the ticket.
In addition to local eats, homebrewers will be offering their unique brews for both festival attendees and a judging panel to sample, all while competing for a first and second place cash prize. This component makes the festival different from other fall beer fests, in that it is both a craft beer festival and homebrewing competition. I can’t wait to taste what my neighbors have brewed up for us!
The soundtrack to your afternoon beer drinking will be provided by The Bandulos and Man Down, two local bands I am genuinely fond of and who always provide some sweet tunes.
The ladies also emphasized that a portion of all the revenue generated from the Brewfest will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, so you will be drinking for a cause.
If you like music, food, fun, and of course, beer, come hang out with us on October 20th at the Staten Island Yankees Brewfest. And if you don’t like any of these things, than I am not sure we can be friends. Would “Two Girls, One Pint” ever steer you wrong?