Spring’s Best Beer Fest: April 27th, 2019- Elmont, NY

SPRING’S BEST BEER FESTAPRIL 27, 2019

VIP: 12:30pm-5:00pm | GA: 1:30pm-5:00pm

This year’s  SPRING CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL will be held at BELMONT RACETRACK ON OPENING WEEKEND, Saturday, April 27.  Attendees can now WATCH & BET ON LIVE RACING as they enjoy SPECTACULAR VIEWS of thoroughbred racing from the NEW TRACKSIDE LOCATION — right at the final turn of the homestretch. Come SAMPLE LOCAL & NATIONAL CRAFT BEERS, more than 100 BEERS in all, with a pay-one-price ticket.  Tickets to this SPECIAL EVENT are very limited.  GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY.


Tickets On Sale Now!

VIP Admission (12:30pm – 5pm)

The VIP ticket experience includes a souvenir glass taster, a bonus hour early admission to meet and greet brewers, specialty beers served only during this session and in the reserved VIP area, all beer tastings, VIP-only tented area, private bathrooms. A limited number of tickets will be sold. All must be 21+. $75 + tax/fees in advance. Price increases to $90 +tax/fees on event day.

General Admission (1:30pm – 5pm)

The GA ticket includes a souvenir cup and all beer tastings. All must be 21+. $50 + tax/fees in advance. Price increases to $60 on event day.

Designated Driver

A DD ticket holder will get a bottle of water. Designated drivers do NOT receive a wristband or a tasting glass and are NOT permitted to sample any beer. Any designated driver seen drinking will be removed from the festival immediately. Designated drivers must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for entry. $12 + tax/fees

Additional Info:

All Attendees must show valid photo I.D at the door to be admitted. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. No Exceptions! No children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted. All ticket purchases are final sale, no refunds or exchanges.

Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.

For customer service help with your on-line ticket purchasing, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/support/contact-us

PROTECT YOURSELF:
Tickets purchased from an unauthorized source may be lost, stolen, counterfeit or in violation of resale policies and if so, are VOID, and you will be denied entry. We strongly discourage you from purchasing tickets from an unauthorized source. Tickets purchased from sources other than this website may not be valid and may result in attendee being refused admission to the event. Purchasing a ticket from an unauthorized seller is not advised. The event producers are not responsible for honoring invalid tickets nor issuing any refunds for invalid tickets.

Starfish Junction Productions forbids ticket holders from soliciting goods and/or services to fellow attendees.  Any ticket holder seen distributing promotional material at the event will be asked to leave the event immediately.  If you are interested in exhibiting at the event, please click here for more information.


FAQ

WHEN IS THE EVENT?

April 27, 2019

WHAT TIME IS THE EVENT?

VIP Session: 12:30pm – 5:00pm

GA: 1:30pm – 5:00pm

HOW DO I BUY TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT?

Click here to purchase tickets.

HOW CAN I REACH EVENTBRITE CUSTOMER SERVICE?

For customer service help with your on-line ticket purchasing, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/support/contact-us

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO GET INTO THE SHOW?

No one under the age of 21 will be allowed entrance in the festival! This includes designated drivers who must also be at least 21 years of age. NO children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted. No one will be admitted without a valid photo ID (no exceptions). Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.

WHERE IS BELMONT RACETRACK LOCATED?

2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY Click here for directions

IS THERE HORSERACING ON EVENT DAY?

Yes! It’s opening weekend for the racetrack. Races will be held all day.

ARE ATTENDEES ABLE TO BET ON HORSES DURING THE EVENT?

Yes! Betting windows will be open!

IS THERE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DIRECTLY TO BELMONT PARK RACETRACK?

The LIRR will be servicing Belmont Park Racetrack. Check LIRR for schedules and fares.

Local Bus Service:
N6 (NICE Bus Line): Operates along Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Elmont, Hollis and Jamaica. From Jamaica, the bus starts at Jamaica Bus Terminal (165th Street & 89th Avenue) and runs along Hillside Avenue to Francis Lewis Blvd. to Hempstead Ave. Stops in front of Belmont Park. Connections: Transfer from the F Train at either 169th Street or 179th Street stations. Q110 (MTA Bus): Service provided every 20 minutes to and from Belmont during racing days. Buses are available at Parsons Blvd. and Hillside Avenue and from Parsons Blvd. & Archer Ave., and various locations eastbound on Jamaica Avenue and Hempstead Avenue in Queens. Connections: Transfer from F Train at Parsons & Hillside; Transfer from E Train at Parsons & Archer. Q2 (MTA Bus): Originates at the Jamaica Bus Terminal (165th Street & 89th Ave.) and runs along Hillside Ave. to 187th Place to Hollis Ave. and ends at Hempstead Ave. and 225th Street adjacent to Belmont Park. Connections: Transfer from F Train at 169th Street or 179th Street stations.

By Subway:
Take the F train to 169th street or 179th street then take the N6 or the Q2 bus to Belmont or take the E train to Jamaica Center (Parsons Blvd.) and then take the Q110 bus to Belmont.

IS THE EVENT INDOORS OR OUTDOORS?

The event will be held outdoors, on the final turn of the Belmont Park Racetrack, offering close-up spectacular views of the final turn of the homestretch.

WHAT DOES ADMISSION INCLUDE?

VIP Admission includes a souvenir 5oz tasting glass with a two ounce pour line and an extra hour to enjoy the festival before the General Admission ticketholders enter. VIP attendees will also have access to special VIP beers that are poured only during this additional hour and an area exclusive to VIP’s. General Admission includes a souvenir five oz. taster with a two ounce pour line and beer tastings during the General Admission session.

WILL FOOD BE AVAILABLE?

There will be food trucks selling food at the festival. Food does not come with the price of admission.

HOW DOES THE DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKET WORK?

A designated driver ticket is available for $12. Designated drivers do NOT receive a tasting glass. They are able to enjoy all the activities of the expo except they are not allowed to drink any beer. Any designated driver who is seen drinking will be escorted out immediately.

ARE PRETZEL NECKLACES PERMITTED?

Yes, but no other outside food is permitted.

I HAVE A TICKET FOR THE GA SESSION, CAN I USE IT TO GO TO THE VIP SESSION INSTEAD?

No, you are only permitted to use the ticket for the session you purchased. The scanners are programmed with the ticket number and will reject your ticket.

WILL THERE BE A COAT CHECK?

No, there will not be a coat check since the event is outdoors.

IS THERE A FEE TO PAY FOR PARKING?

The parking fee is $3.

ARE CHILDREN OR PETS PERMITTED TO ATTEND?

For your own safety, NO children, toddlers, infants, strollers or pets, other than service dogs, are permitted. If turned away, the admission ticket for the caregiver will not be refunded.

IS SMOKING PERMITTED AT THE VENUE?

Smoking will not be permitted under any tents. There will be a designated smoking area.

IS THE EVENT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes

IS THERE AN ATM ON SITE?

Yes

ARE PHOTOS TAKEN AT THIS EVENT?

Yes, look out for our event photographer at the event and strike a pose. Check back here, at the event website, and/or on the event’s Facebook page for photos after the event to see if you are included in the event photo album. Some photos of attendees may be used for promotional purposes; as a ticketholder of the event, you grant us permission to do so and for your likeness to be used.

WHAT ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED?

Starfish Junction Productions is dedicated to the safety and security of ALL attendees, exhibitors, staffers, and guests. Please use common sense and remember that what seems harmless to you may appear like a threat to someone else. All attendees must adhere to show rules, are subject to search upon entering the event, and are prohibited from bringing in the following items:

· outside alcohol, glass bottles, cans, outside food/beverages, metal water bottles
· weapons (i.e. knives, pepper spray, stun-guns, any concealed weapons, firearms, etc.), illegal drugs, chemicals, fireworks, smoke bombs
· unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc.

Smoking (including the use of e-cigarettes or vape pens) is prohibited in the venue/under tents. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas.

Infants/Children/Strollers…No one under 21 will be admitted. Valid photo ID is required for entry.
No pets are permitted at the event (unless they are service dogs with accredited tags/paperwork)

Event management reserves the right to handle each occurrence on a case by case basis. Depending on the item, the guest may either be asked to remove the item from the facility or dispose of the item, or may be ejected from the facility.

Please drink responsibly.
Gambling Problems? Responsible wagering is encouraged. If gambling is a problem for you or someone you care about, help is available 24 hours a day. Call toll-free 1-877-8-HOPE-NY.


Great Beer? You Bet! And So Much More…

Watch the Ponies…Bet on Your Favorites!

For more than a century, Belmont has been the stage for many of racing’s greatest legends, from Man o’ War to Curlin, Beldame to Rachel Alexandra, and Seabiscuit to Justify. It plays host to the finest thoroughbred racing in the country… …Now, the Spring Craft Beer Festival attendees can enjoy world-class beer and world-class racing trackside!

The event will be held outdoors, on the final turn of the Belmont Park Racetrack, offering close-up spectacular views of the final turn of the homestretch.


Directions

Address:

Belmont Park Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003

Getting to the Festival:

By Car

From Manhattan: Queens Midtown Tunnel to Long Island Expressway, East to Cross Island Parkway, South to Exit 26-B Hempstead Turnpike. Enter through Gate 5.

From Brooklyn: Belt Parkway, East to Cross Island Parkway, North to Exit 26-B Hempstead Turnpike. Enter through Gate 5, or Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to Long Island Expressway, East to Cross Island Parkway, South to Exit 26-B Hempstead Turnpike. Enter through Gate 5.

From Queens: Grand Central Parkway, East to Cross Island Parkway, South to Exit 26-B Hempstead Turnpike. Enter through Gate 5, or Belt Parkway, East to Cross Island Parkway, North to Exit 26-B Hempstead Turnpike. Enter through Gate 5.

From Staten Island: Verrazano Bridge to Belt Parkway, East to Cross Island Parkway, North to Exit 26-B Hempstead Turnpike. Enter through Gate 5.

From Long Island: Northern State Parkway or Long Island Expressway, West to Cross Island Parkway, South to exit 26-B Hempstead Turnpike. Enter through Gate 5, or Southern State Parkway, West to Cross Island Parkway, North to Exit 26-B Hempstead Turnpike. Enter through Gate 5.

From New Jersey: (North): George Washington Bridge to Cross Bronx Expressway, to Throgs Neck Bridge to Cross Island Parkway, South to Exit 26-B Hempstead Turnpike. Enter through Gate 5. (South): Any Interstate bridge to Staten Island Expressway to Verrazano Bridge to Belt Parkway, East to Cross Island Parkway, North to Exit 26-B Hempstead Turnpike. Enter through Gate 5.

From Connecticut and Westchester: Any route to Throgs Neck Bridge to Cross Island Parkway, South to Exit 26-B Hempstead Turnpike. Enter through Gate 5.

Local Bus Service

N6 (NICE Bus Line): Operates along Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Elmont, Hollis and Jamaica. From Jamaica, the bus starts at Jamaica Bus Terminal (165th Street & 89th Avenue) and runs along Hillside Avenue to Francis Lewis Blvd. to Hempstead Ave. Stops in front of Belmont Park. Connections: Transfer from the F Train at either 169th Street or 179th Street stations.

Q110 (MTA Bus): Service provided every 20 minutes to and from Belmont during racing days. Buses are available at Parsons Blvd. and Hillside Avenue and from Parsons Blvd. & Archer Ave., and various locations eastbound on Jamaica Avenue and Hempstead Avenue in Queens. Connections: Transfer from F Train at Parsons & Hillside; Transfer from E Train at Parsons & Archer.

Q2 (MTA Bus): Originates at the Jamaica Bus Terminal (165th Street & 89th Ave.) and runs along Hillside Ave. to 187th Place to Hollis Ave. and ends at Hempstead Ave. and 225th Street adjacent to Belmont Park. Connections: Transfer from F Train at 169th Street or 179th Street stations.

By Train

The LIRR will be servicing Belmont Park Racetrack. Check LIRR for schedules and fares.

By Subway

Take the F train to 169th street or 179th street then take the N6 or the Q2 bus to Belmont or take the E train to Jamaica Center (Parsons Blvd.) and then take the Q110 bus to Belmont.


Beer Festival Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Get your tickets in advance to guarantee admission. 

No one likes to pay the higher price when they wait to buy their tickets on event day.  AND, if the event is sold out, you won’t be able to buy tickets at all.  Plan accordingly.

DO: Have a hearty lunch/dinner.

In the ninety minutes leading up to the festival’s first pour have a meal with a rich mixture of carb-, cheese-, and grease-laden food.  These will form a strong barrier between the high gravity beers you are about to ingest and your bloodstream.

DON’T: Drink before the festival.

It may seem like a good idea at the time, but having an early beer or two will negatively impact your festival experience.  If you arrive intoxicated, you don’t get in.  Plus, there will be some awesome beers at the festival, you’ll want to enjoy them.

DO: Plan your transportation in advance.

It’s opening day at Belmont and the LIRR will be stopping on-site.

Maybe you have a friend who will be the designated driver that night? Or you can get dropped off by a friend or family member? Or hire a taxi, Uber, Lyft. Whichever you choose, be prepared, there is no excuse to drink and drive.

DON’T: Forget to hydrate.

This should be a no-brainer! Water, water, and more water. Make sure you hydrate before and during the show.

DON’T: Forget to bring your photo ID.

All attendees (even designated drivers who must also be 21+) are required to show valid photo ID for entry.

DO: Download your ticket to your phone/print it out.

Sometimes the venue’s internet is spotty or non-existent. If you have a hard copy of your ticket or a copy downloaded onto your phone, entering the event will be a speedy and pleasant experience.

DON’T: Forget to eat at the event.

Even if you had a big breakfast, you’ll want to take a break, even for just a few moments, to grab a delicious bite from some of Long Island’s best food trucks vending at the festival. Brickoven pizza, empanadas, gourmet grilled cheese, burgers, and more!

DO: Download the event map.

So you can find your favorite breweries, locate restrooms, find smoking areas, and identify entrance/exits.

DON’T: Forget to wear your pretzel necklaces!

Oh so fashionable and satisfying, it wouldn’t be a beer fest if at least 50% of the attendees weren’t wearing pretzels on a string!

DO: Be social with us! 

Post picts and make posts using the event hashtag #SPRINGCRAFTBEERFEST. We’re on Instagram, Facebook.

DON’T: Forget to take the online survey.

You will receive an email a day or two after the event. It is an anonymous and important way for you to share information with the event producers about your experience.


Festival Rules

  • 21+ Only. Must show valid photo I.D. for admission. Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.
  • Don’t drink and drive! Take mass transit or designate a driver. You can also make a reservation with Late Night Chauffeurs by clicking here
  • Promotional photos and video will be taken at the event and you grant permission for your likeness to be used.
  • Drink responsibly, Know your limits!
  • This is a sampling event, 2oz. pours only!
  • All attendees must be properly attired.
  • We reserve the right to check all bags
  • No pets or children allowed.
  • No outside glassware or food permitted.
  • You get one souvenir glass for this event. Replacements $5.00 ea.
  • We reserve the right, at our discretion, to remove any individual(s) from the festival for behaving inappropriately. You will be escorted out by security and not allowed back in!
  • All exits are final. No alcohol permitted outside the event.
  • Starfish Junction Productions forbids ticket holders from soliciting goods and/or services to fellow attendees.  Any ticket holder seen distributing promotional material at the event will be asked to leave the event immediately.  If you are interested in exhibiting at the event, please click here for more information.
  • Thank you for your cooperation.

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If you enjoyed this, check out more posts from the Just Grubbin team here! Also make sure to listen to The Just Grubbin podcast to hear us go into further detail about this and to hear all of our random irreverent takes on food, drink and whatever else.

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