Governor’s Island BrewFest

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If you’re a NY area fan of food, beer and cider, you might want to check out an event this Saturday on Governor’s Island. The 4th annual NY Brewfest, presented by Heartland Brewery, will be held on Saturday, June 19th, 2010 from 3:30PM until 8:00PM on New York City’s Governors Island. The festival is a celebration of craft beer and will showcase samplings from New York State’s outstanding breweries as well as craft breweries beyond from throughout the U.S. and the world.

In addition to the many breweries, food offerings and live bands, this year’s Brewfest will offer seminars (featuring tastings of limited edition beers) led by master brewers from New York State. What’s more, Governors Island provides acres of green space, and water taxis will run all day between Governors Island and Manhattan’s Pier 11, Brooklyn and New Jersey, for easy access to the festival.

Here’s some information about Governor’s Island from their website. It sounds like a truly amazing location for the event.

For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base – home to the US Army and Coast Guard. The Coast Guard closed and “mothballed” the Island in 1996. New York’s leaders recognized the Island’s potential, and in 2003 the federal government sold most of the Island to the people of New York for one dollar. Today, the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC) oversees 150 acres of the Island, while the National Park Service manages the balance, the 22-acre Governors Island National Monument which includes two 1812-era forts.

GIPEC is the New York State agency in charge of preserving, maintaining, operating, and redeveloping the Island. Its mission is to bring Governors Island back to life.
The 172-acre Island is about 22 city-blocks long from tip to tip. The northern 92 acres of the Island are the Governors Island Historic District and are open to the public for picnics, tours, concerts, car-free biking, and more. Visitors can also access the entire 2.2 mile promenade that encircles the Island, and the Island’s newest open space, Picnic Point. The 80 acres on the southern end are not historic. This part of the Island is the site of the future park and public spaces, as well as future development.

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