Coliseum fills with ‘great beer,’ weekend fun

The fourth Long Island International Great Beer Festival comes to the Nassau Coliseum Nov. 12

Craftsman and connoisseurs alike will convene at the Nassau Coliseum Saturday, Nov. 12, to sample beer from over 80 breweries on Long Island and around the world at the fourth annual Long Island International Great Beer Expo.

The festival is the largest international beer expo on Long Island. There are two sessions scheduled for Saturday, both showcasing multiple beers from each brewery.

The fourth Long Island International Great Beer Festival comes to the Nassau Coliseum Nov. 12

The fourth Long Island International Great Beer Festival comes to the Nassau Coliseum Nov. 12

“Typically the brewery will bring two or three brews,” said Andy Calimano, co-founder of Starfish Junction, the company that organized the event. “We don’t dictate what they can bring, but generally the breweries showcase their fall or winter beer.”

According to Calimano, the event brings together international brewers and local restaurant and bar owners in one location so that they can network.

“Long Island is a pretty big place, and if you can get your brews into local establishments, it can really help your brewery,” Calimano said.

But the event isn’t just for business owners. The Expo also sells tickets to the general public who can sample any of the beers.

“It’s a good experience for everyone involved,” says Curt Potter of Blue Point Brewery, a long Island brewery commonly found at the expo. “It’s a good chance to get your brand out there, and it’s a good chance to get your beer to people who may not know about it.”

Potter also said the expo has done “a lot of good for the craft beer industry.”

Nassau County resident Scott Ceballos has attended the Expo the past two years.

“It’s a great a place to go to try out beers that you wouldn’t buy at a store because they are too expensive or they aren’t in your area,” he said. “The only problem is you try all these great beers, and you can’t remember all of the dozens of beers you’ve tried once you get out.”

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