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New York City celebrates its beer scene

From left, Juan Cruz (Sunswick), Bobby Gagnon (The Gate), Jimmy Carbone (Jimmy’s No. 43), Sam Barbieri (Waterfront Ale House), Dennis Zentek (dba) and Paul Kermizian (Barcade) at New York City Hall, where Mayor Mike Bloomberg presented them with a proclamation taking notice of the celebration

It’s July Good Beer Month in New York City, a celebration of the city’s breweries and drinking establishments, sponsored by the Good Beer Seal group of craft beer bars.

The celebration includes special beer-related events throughout the city.

Among the feature events is Hopfest: Backyard Hops on July 16 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Brewery. Hopfest will feature a walk-around food and beer tasting with local “backyard” hop growers from throughout New York City. Participants include the Bronx Brewery, which in collaboration with the New York Botanical Gardens and the Cornell Cooperative Extension is growing hops in community gardens throughout the Bronx; Jeff O’Neill of the Peekskill Brewery; John Segal of Segal Ranch Hops; Ben Granger of Bierkraft and John Liegey of Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. Tickets are $35.

Another featured event is the Beer Book, Blog & Video Fest on July 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the South Street Seaport Museum, described as a one-of-a-kind event featuring more than 20 of the country’s best writers and filmmakers, who will showcase their work, sign books, and sample beer with the public. Tickets are $15,

Other events include:

· July 12 – Craft/Beer/Jam – Live webcast with a studio audience and beer! At WNYC’s Greene Space.

· July 21 – Kelso of Brooklyn’s Great Hot Dog Cook-Off, now in its seventh year.

· July 31st – Edible’s Good Beer at 82 Mercer, billed as New York’s ultimate beer and food pairing event.

The Good Beer Seal, an association of independently owned bars dedicated to the promotion of craft beer, identifies bars that offer an intriguing selection of craft beer in a unique atmosphere created by owner/operators who exhibit a deep commitment not only to the promotion of craft beer but to the community in which they do business. The Good Beer Seal Committee includes Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43; Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger Ale House; Bree O’Connor of Beer Sessions Radio; Sam Barbieri of the Waterfront Ale House; Ed Berestecki of Mugs Ale House; Juan Cruz of Sunswick 35/35, and Drew Bushong of Burp Castle.

A full list of member bars and information on upcoming events are available at goodbeerseal.com

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