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Beer-Lovers, Rejoice! BrewFest at the Farm and Tap and Pour Celebration Hit the Valley in May

Check out a pair of beer-inspired events



The fourth annual BrewFest on the Farm, held at Penning’s Farm in Warwick on May 30, will feature a four-hour tasting session of products from more than 30 craft breweries, as well as food and live music. Rushing Duck, Peekskill Brewery, and Keegan Ales are just a few of the local breweries that will be represented.

A beer fest on a farm is not that odd, particularly when you consider that owners Steve and Jill Pennings, who have owned the farm since 2000, started growing hops on one acre of their property several years back. Today, they produce five different varieties; some of them are bought my local brewers like Chester-based Rushing Duck. But hops is just one part of a broad range of activities offered on site. In the last 15 years, the husband and wife duo has spruced up the 100-acre land by including an apple orchard, an ice cream stand, a beer garden, and the Pennings Pub & Grill, which is open seven days a week in the summer. Steve says it is important to him that there would always be something for people of all ages to enjoy. “Our goal is to be family oriented,” he says. “We want older families with adult children or multi-generations to be able to come here and have a good time.” The next big thing to hit the farm? Pennings’ own hard cider, made from the orchard’s apples, should be available in April or May of 2016.

If you go...

BrewFest at the Farm
When: Saturday, May 30, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Pennings Farm. 161 Rte. 94, Warwick
Cost: $60 in advance, $70 at the door
Details: 845-986-1059; www.penningsfarmmarket.com
 

On May 16, Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford will hold its first annual Tap and Pour Celebration. Beers will be accompanied by food from local vendors Restaurant North, Taiim Falafel Shack, and Gleason’s, while entertainment will come from local music acts Space Bacon, Mark Sinnis, Phineas and the lonely leaves, and Jane Lee Hooker. Purchase a VIP ticket to taste special release beers and enjoy a solo performance from Evan Watson.

If you go...

Tap and Pour Celebration
When: Saturday, May 16, 1-2 p.m. (VIP), 2-6 p.m. (general admission)
Where: Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. 444 Saw Mill River Rd., Elmsford
​Cost: $60-$80
Details: 914-741-2337; www.captainlawrencebrewing.com

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