Hunter Mountain TAP 2015 Festival

Hunter Mountain TAP Festival

Last weekend, I hiked part of the spine of a Catskill mountain range unwinding at the top with bottles of tasteless, lukewarm water. This weekend, I aim not to make the same mistake. I’ll bushwhack Rusk Mountain (Hunter’s neighbor) and then safely descent to quench my thirst with swigs of the best beer in New York State.

Rather than backpack with booze I’m pacing my outdoor fetish to coincide with the 18th annual NYS TAPâ„  Festival at the base of Hunter Mountain ski resort. The simplicity of exploring nature with the joy of kicking back with a beer is an essential pairing.

New York’s largest and long-running craft beer festival takes place both Saturday and Sunday (April 25 & 26, 2015) with over 350 samples poured freely from over 100 New York State breweries.

Exhausted hikers can rehydrate with theme-driven first-timers (many found along the Hudson Valley Beer Trail) like “Devil’s Path” from the Catskill Brewery (Livingston Manor) or “Climb High” from 2 Way Brewing Company (Beacon) or “Higher Standard,” a TAP NY Governor’s Cup Winner from The Peekskill Brewery.

Hikers have appetites too and after a day at 3500 feet, there’s no need to limit yourself to salad. The festival will focus on The History of the Great American Sandwich with signature classics, sumptuous wraps and spicy mouthwatering subs.

Speak with knowledgeable brewers, reflect on your climb and kick back with fabulous drinks and food. To purchase tickets for one or both days visit

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