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76 breweries, cideries confirmed for TAP New York

A scene from the 2013 TAP New York event.
A scene from the 2013 TAP New York event.
TAP New York

TAP New York, arguably the state's largest craft beer festival, is fast approaching.

The event that began 17 years ago as a small one at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park promises to have at least 76 breweries and cideries represented on the weekend of April 26-27 at Hunter Mountain in Greene County.

Say the organizers, "Craft brewing is alive and growing bigger than ever in New York State. The popularity of craft brewing has led to fuller bodied, flavorful brews featuring rich colors, bold flavors, and imaginative ingredients. People ask for it, and the brewers are answering. Many new craft breweries are opening every year, and we're both happy and proud to welcome them aboard."

Literally hundreds of New York State beers will be available for sampling, with daily cooking demonstrations and various entertainments. Admission is restricted to people 21 and over. Awards will be made by a panel of judges on Sunday -- the Governors' Cup (best craft beer in the state), the F.X. Matt Memorial Cup (best brewery in the state) and the Matthew Vassar Brewers' Cup (best brewery in the Hudson Valley).

Tickets are limited both days, and Saturday usually is a sellout. Two-day tickets go for $105 plus tax. Saturday-only tickets go for $68 plus tax in advance, $72 plus tax at the gate. Sunday-only tickets go for $56 plus tax in advance, $62 plus tax at the gate. All designated driver admissions are $20. Group rates are available for Sunday. Tickets are available online.

Here is a rundown of confirmed breweries, with first-time participants indicated, as of today:

Adirondack Pub & Brewery
Andean Brewing Co.
Bacchus Brewing Co.
Bandwagon Brew Pub
Barrier Brewing Co.
The Beer Diviner
Birdland Brewing
The Brewery at Bacchus
Brewery Ommegang
Broken Bow Brewery (new)
The Bronx Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery
Brown's Brewing Co.
Captain Lawrence Brewing
Cave Mountain Brewing
Chatham Brewing Co.
Community Beer Works
Cortland Beer Co.
Crooked Ladder Brewing Co. (new)
Crossroads Brewing Co.
CB Craft Brewers
Defiant Brewing Co.
Doc's Draft Hard Ciders
Druthers Brewing Co.
Dundee Ales & Lagers
Empire Brewing Co.
C.H. Evans/Albany Pump Station
Finger Lakes Beer Co.
Galaxy Brewing Co. (new)
508 Gastrobrewery
Gilded Otter
Good Nature Brewing Co.
Gordon Biersch
Great Adirondack Brewing
Great South Bay Brewery
Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.
Gun Hill Brewing Co. (new)
Hamburg Brewing Co. (new)
John Harvard's Brew House
High Point Brewing Co.
Hopshire Farm & Brewery (new)
Horseheads Brewing Co.
Hyde Park Brewing Co.
Ithaca Beer Co.
Keegan Ales
Keuka Brewing Co.
Kelso of Brooklyn
Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
Last Stop Brewing Co. (new)
Long Ireland Brewing
Mad Jack Brewing Co. (new)
F.X. Matt Brewing Co.
Mill House Brewing Co. (new)
Montauk Brewing Co.
Naked Flock Hard Cider
Newburgh Brewing Co.
Nine Pin Cider
The North Brewery (new)
Olde Saratoga Brewing Co.
Paradox Brewery (new)
The Peekskill Brewery
Port Jeff Brewing Co.
Rohrbach Brewing Co.
Rooster Fish Brewing Co.
Roscoe Beer Co.
Rushing Duck Brewing
St. Lawrence Brewing Co. (new)
Shmaltz Brewing Co.
Sixpoint Craft Ales
Sloop Brewing Co.
Spider Bite Beer Co.
Three Heads Brewing
Upstate Brewing Co.
Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
Wolf Hollow Brewing Co. (new)
Yonkers Brewing Co.

Hunter Mountain is about an hour's drive from Albany. Take Thruway Exit 21 (Catskill), turn left after the exit and go about two miles to Route 9W. Take 9W South to Route 23A, then 23A West to Hunter Mountain.