'Sample NY Beer Festival' in Finger Lakes

If you want an extra excuse to look at autumn foliage in the Finger Lakes, the first-ever "Sample NY Beer Festival" will take place this Friday and Saturday at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua.

The event is intended to highlight craft beers from local breweries and brewpubs.

Visitors will be able to participate in the “Taster’s Choice Award” which will be presented at the end of the evening. Each participant will receive a tasting glass bearing a commemorative logo.

The opening event, "NY On Tap," will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and will include food cooked by the Center's kitchen staff.

The second event, the "Beer Garden," will run from noon to 5 p.m. It will include a variety of beer-themed classes -- seasonal pairings, craft beer pairings, and a classic sausage, cabbage, and beer pairing class.

Tickets to "NY on Tap" are $45 per person or $75 per couple. Class prices range from $20 to $65. Participants who bring their Friday night beer glass to the Saturday event will receive free admission. Pre-registration is required for many of the festival's events, including Friday's "NY on Tap." That can be done online.

The NYWCC facility is located at 800 South Main Street on the lakefront.

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