In the grand tradition of Brooklyn getting snubbed by activities taking place in Manhattan, but getting deliciously even by not really caring and just doing said activity themselves, NYC's most populous borough is throwing its first beer and wine festival.
The Tap+Cork Beer and Wine Festival is going down at The Lab in Bed-Stuy and will feature over four hours of open beer and wine tastings from local craft brew stalwarts like Captain Lawrence and Kelso Breweries and Fox Run Vineyards, accompanied by sustenance from local eateries. You can also sit in on home brew lessons, so you can keep the goodness going at home. The festival is the brainchild of Bed-Stuy's rouge wine shop Bed-Vyne, which for the past two years has been pouring the good stuff to the neighborhood, and this summer branched out into artisanal beers with Bed-Vyne Brew.
According to Bed-Vyne co-owner Rotimi Akinnuoye, the festival was a no-brainer. "People who live here often have to journey outside of this culturally rich neighborhood to expand their palates," he said. "We want to bring new and unique experiences to our customers, so what better way to do that than with a festival in our own backyard?"
Also sponsored by YRB Magazine, and because most people like their festivals to have tunes, the festival has tapped Fuse TV’s DJ CEO to man the DJ booth all day. Things go down Sunday, August 18, with $15 tickets ($30 VIP) on sale now. Not a bad deal for a day of drankin' local, but if you're still of a mind to not pay anything, hit 'em and volunteer for the day!