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Pennings Café to host the Gilded Growler local brewery tournament, beginning March 24


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  • Photo by Roger Gavan The Gilded Growler local craft brewery tournament at The Cafe at Pennings Farm Market will kick off March 24. Pictured with the Gilded Growler are, from left: Pine Island Brewing owner Mike Kraai, Pennings Cidery manager S.J. Pennings, Glenmere Brewing Co. owner Frederick Mehler, Pennings Farm Market owner Steve Pennings, Gilded Growler artist and Pennings Garden Center associate Hilda Luce and Pennings General Manager Brien Milbauer.




  • Nikki Cavanaugh of Chester's Rushing Duck Brewery, which will compete against the Glenmere Brewery on March 24 (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)



Battle of the Brews

Participating breweries are matched up as follows:
March 24: Rushing Duck Brewing Co. vs. Glenmere Brewing Co.
March 31: Pine Island Brewing vs. Newburgh Brewing Co.
April 7: New Paltz Brewing Co. vs. Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
April 14: Keegan Ales vs. Westtown Brew Works
April 21 and April 28: Semi-finals
May 5: Final taste-off and the Gilded Growler Trophy presentation
Performance schedule
All shows from 8 to 11 p.m.
March 24: In Living Cover
March 31: Black Dirt Band Duo
April 7: Nailed Shutt Acoustic
April 14: Hudson Valley Bluegrass Express
April 21: The Choice
April 28: Wood Hippy
May 5: TBA

— The Gilded Growler local craft brewery tournament at The Café at Pennings Farm Market, 161 Route 94 South, will kick off next Friday evening, March 24.

The seven-week bracket-style tournament will feature eight Orange County breweries that will go head-to-head to win accolades and take home the Gilded Growler trophy to proudly display at their establishments.

The wooden base for the Gilded Growler, a jug used to contain draft beer, was made by Chris Pape, a Pennings bartender, who is also a master carpenter by trade.

The artwork was completed by Hilda Luce, a Pennings Garden Center associate.

The tournament will be an annual event to cross-promote and show Pennings' appreciation to the local breweries, which regularly provide the beers on tap.

And each year will find the reigning champ returning the Gilded Growler trophy in "Stanley Cup" fashion, and having to compete again to win the coveted award.

The premiere of the Gilded Growler tournament on March 24 presents a unique way to explore locally crafted beers with friends and vote for your favorite through a multi-week tasting competition.

Hudson Valley breweries will go head to head every Friday night from March 24 through May 5, beginning at 7 p.m.

Guests will be lead through the bracket-style tournament where everyone tastes four beers at a time and then votes for a favorite. At the end of each night, the winner is named to continue on to the semi-finals with hopes of making it to the final taste off on May 5 and taking home the Gilded Growler Trophy.

In addition to the combination of limited edition one-off and flagship beers that will be offered up from each of the participating breweries for taster's choice votes, live music, performed by local bands and musicians, will be featured from 8 - 11 p,m,

Admission is free for The Gilded Growler local brewery tournament.

The Café at Pennings Farm Market is open until 9 p.m. on Friday nights, serving farm-to-table style appetizers, entrees and desserts.

Fish Fry specials will be available every Friday during Lent.

All attendees at the Gilded Growler local brewery tournament must show a valid photo I.D. at the door.

For additional information about Pennings Orchard and Farm Market call 986-1059 or visit www.penningsfarmmarket.com.

- Roger Gavan



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