The official press release is out!
NEW YORK, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Get Real NY today announced that it will hold its 1st Annual Belgian Beer Festival at the historic Altman Building on Friday, July 8, 2011 and Saturday, July 9, 2011. As attendees have come to expect of a Get Real NY beer fest, the Belgian Beer Festival will include two days of all-you-care-to-consume Belgian-style brews and homebrews, live music, interactive tasting panels and plenty of good Belgian eats. The event serves as a celebration of Belgian brewing and an introduction to some popular beer styles that are taking the craft beer world by storm.
This granddaddy of Belgian beer festivals will feature 100+ of the most diverse, unique and hard-to-find Belgian and Belgian-inspired brews around from craft breweries at home and abroad. We’re talking Sours, we’re talking Trappists, we’re talking Dubbels, Tripels and Quads, we’re talking Gueuze, we’re talking Lambics and Flanders-style, basically we’re talking about one of the largest collection of Belgian-style beers ever assembled under one roof. Attendees can expect rare finds from breweries like Cantillon, De Ranke, Hitachino, Rodenbach, Jolly Pumpkin, Lagunitas, Cigar City, Allagash and tons more!
To help wash down all the amazing beer, there will be plenty of tasty Belgian bites on hand from local NYC restaurants and artisanal food shops, including mussels, oysters, artisanal cheeses and meats, chocolates, Belgian waffles, pommes frites, bratwurst and more.
The two-day event kicks off on Friday, July 8th with the “Sour Sessions” (3-6 P.M. and 8-11 P.M.) featuring a special section with dozens of sour brews including plenty of gueuze and lambics. The all-you-can-taste fest continues Saturday, July 9th with the “Extreme Belgian Sessions” featuring an epic selection of rarefied, funky beers that push the boundaries of brewing. There will also be three VIP sessions (Friday 7-11 P.M.; Saturday 2-6 P.M. & 7-11 P.M.) with exclusive and limited quantity beers, special foods and tasting panels. New at this festival will be the Belgian Beer Hall with communal tables reminiscent of a European beer garden where attendees can unwind with some good beers, good food, good music and good company.
Each $85 general admission ticket comes with a souvenir glass, unlimited tasting pours, a fest beer guide, unlimited food sampling, live music, tasting panels and all the beer education you can handle. The $115 VIP tickets will include everything above in addition to one-hour early access to the festival, admission to a special VIP tasting room featuring several rare and hard-to-find beers and access to brewery tasting panels and discussions. The beer and food lineup will be continuously updated on the festival website at http://www.grbfny.com.
Get Real NY does not oversell its festivals! As such, tickets are extremely limited and both sessions will SELL OUT. General Admission tickets are $85 and must be purchased in advance. VIP tickets are $115 and also must be purchased in advance.
For three days only, beginning Friday, May 27, 2011, General Admission tickets will be offered for $75 and VIP tickets will be offered for $100, and only through BeerMenus.com and Yelp. After this initial offer period expires, there will be no further price reductions through online coupon sites and all General Admission tickets will be $85 and VIP tickets will be $115 until sold out.
So come discover why we personally think Belgian brews are some of the most intriguing styles of beer on the planet during two glorious days of tasting, fun and beer education.
This is a 21+ only event. For more information on purchasing tickets for the Get Real NY Belgian Beer Festival, please visit www.grbfny.com. Members of the local media and bloggers may arrange for credentials by contacting Andy Freedman at 917-892-9328. Companies interested in exhibiting or sponsoring, please call Andy Freedman at 917-892-9328. Breweries interested in participating, please call Patrick Donagher at 917-238-2449
About Get Real NY
Get Real NY is a NYC-based festival production company focusing on the celebration of the best craft beer and local, artisanal food available. In addition to the Get Real NY Craft Beer & Food Experience, Get Real NY has plans for a Get Real Cask Ale Festival and an All-American Craft Beer Festival later this year.
Disclaimer: I am extremely proud to be a part of the Get Real NY company – financially & otherwise.