By JOHN PURCELL
Recorder News Staff

Beer connoisseurs and more casual drinkers will likely find a few brews pleasing to their palate at an Amsterdam event highlighting craft breweries.

The inaugural Amsterdam Craft Beer Festival will be held Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. near the South Side entrance to the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge. Approximately 36 breweries are expected to be featured at the event, which will include more than 70 samples for attendees. The event will also include live music from Acoustik at 5 p.m. and Hrithik and Brooks at 7 p.m.

Danielle Whelly, assistant director of the Amsterdam Recreation Department, estimated around 75 tickets have been sold to date. Whelly said purchasing a ticket is not required to attend the event, but a wristband is required to sample any beers or hard ciders from breweries.

“You’ll pay to get a wristband, but it’s free to come down and hang out, listen to the music and enjoy the waterfront,” Whelly said. “I know a lot of people who are planning on purchasing tickets the day of, so we’re expecting at least a couple hundred people to come.”

Many South Side establishments will offer some local flavor and sell food at the beer festival.

The Amsterdam Recreation Department is hosting the festival in partnership with Edible Roots Food Co. and the Amsterdam Mohawks. Whelly said Paul Parillo, executive chef at Edible Roots Food Co., had originally approached the city about hosting a craft beer festival.

“We started from the ground up and started building a festival around the craft beer sampling idea,” she said. “We’ve worked with some of the beer distributors on how we can estimate the amount of beer to purchase and have there without spending too much while not running out, too. We should be able to accommodate anybody who wants to show up that day.”

Whelly said prior events and activities the city has hosted at the pedestrian bridge were geared toward children and families, so the department wanted to host an event geared toward a more adult crowd.

Everyone who purchases a sampling wristband will receive a commemorative sampling glass featuring the logo for the “1st Annual Amsterdam Craft Beer Festival.” There will also be a commemorative t-shirt on sale.

“We’re really trying to make this an experience for everybody,” Whelly said. “People can go home with their memorabilia and hopefully come back year after year for it.”

A ticket for a sampling wristband is $35 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 through visiting the city Recreation Department’s website, or at select South Side businesses including L’ultimo Osteria, Mary Jane’s Market, ​Herk’s Tavern​, Parillo’s Armory Grill, and Shorty’s South Tavern.

Amsterdam Craft Beer Festival featured breweries:

  • Wolf Hollow Brewing Co.
  • Crossroads Brewing Co.
  • Artisanal Brew Works
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • Dogfish Head Brewery
  • Southern Tier Brewing Co.
  • Allagash Brewing Co.
  • Bell’s Brewery
  • Sloop Brewing Co.
  • Tröegs Brewing Co.
  •  Founders Brewing Co.
  • Goose Island Beer Co.
  • Uinta Brewing Co.
  • 21st Amendment Brewery
  • Kona Brewing Co.
  • Redhook Brewery
  • Cisco Brewers
  • 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Peak Organic Brewing Co.
  • Shipyard Brewing Co.
  • Sea Dog Brewing Co.
  • Half Full Brewery
  • Wyndridge Farm Brewing
  • Shmaltz Brewing Co.
  • Common Roots Brewing Co.
  • Paradox Brewery
  • Millhouse Brewing Co.
  • Owl’s Brew
  • Empire Brewing Co.
  • Davidson Brothers Brewing Co.
  • Cooperstown Brewing Co.
  • Big Tupper Brewing
  • Citizen Cider
  • 1911 Hard Cider
  • Awestruck Premium Hard Cider