Craft brews and artisanal wines have slowly gone from hidden attractions to mainstream players in the beverage industry — and, so have the accompanying festivals. When Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest first kicked off in Bed-Stuy neighborhood in 2013, many were not sure whether there would be enough demand for these micro-offerings – especially from Black folks. Five years later, however, the event has become Brooklyn’s premiere beer and wine event, hosting upwards of 1,500 festival-goers each year.
This Saturday, you can whet your tastebuds at the annual event while sampling offerings from a curated selection of more than 60 craft breweries and wineries — including such Black-owned imprints as Indaba Wines, Vyne Yard Wines, Mouton Noir, Harlem Brewing Company and Julian’s Harlem Blue.
More than just a sip-and-sample affair, music masters DJ CEO and DJ Christopher Sealey have been tapped to keep you dancing and nodding — including a special Bad Boy vs Rocafella set. In addition, singers Demi Grace and Orisha Love are both set to take the stage with live performances.
General admission gets you in the door, 15 drink tickets and a commemorative sampling cup while VIP access gets you an upgrade to a 3-hour open bar with limited and acclaimed beverages, food and 10 drink tickets. Pair your drinks with tasty selections (not included in admission) from local vendors and restaurants who will be selling food on site.
The events organizers also use the event as an opportunity to engage and increase traffic to local businesses and restaurants, including the creation of a Tap+Cork beverage and hospitality directory later this year.
For tickets or more information, visit tapcorknyc.com.