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New York State Craft Brewers Festival returns to Canalside

The festival was canceled last year because of the pandemic.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A celebration of New York State brewers is coming to Buffalo for a day filled with drinking, food and music.

The New York State Craft Brewers Festival returned to Canalside on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. New York State Brewers Association and Western New York Brewers Guild hosted the event following a one-year hiatus because of the COVID pandemic. 

"Western New York has become such an important part of the entire New York State craft beer scene. We are so excited to be working with the Western New York Brewers Guild to showcase the incredible beer being produced from every region in the state at our first craft brewers festival in two years," said Paul Leone, executive director of New York State Brewers Association.

The festival featured 45 craft breweries from around the state, with more than 20 from the Western New York region being represented. This is the only local brewery festival hosted by the brewers, which gives attendees the opportunity to meet the people behind the beer. 

Live music was performed by Gravy, and food was available from food trucks and artisan vendors. A Farm-to-Pint tent showcased local farmers, hop producers, and maltsters. Organizers also planned on adding an exhibit on Buffalo's brewing history pre-prohibition. 

Tickets could be purchased at Think NY Drink NY website. Pre-sale tickets were $55, which include admission, a 7-ounce commemorative tasting glass, and unlimited 3-ounce samples. Tickets sold at the door cost $65. Designated Driver tickets were available for $15.