Long Island's Hops and Props Beer Festival is an AvGeek Must-Do
The weekend after the Super Bowl is usually a little bit of a let down. There’s no parties, nothing on television, and you realize that it’s going to be a good chunk of time before the sun returns to welcome spring. That’s why we suggest drinking away the blues, and there’s no better way to do that than during the Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival on Long Island. They bring a great beer festival right into the Cradle of Aviation Museum, and what you get combines our love for a good beverage with our fascination of flying things.
The museum—and festival—does its thing in Garden City, and the fun is scheduled to start on February 8. There’s just one session on Saturday, and things will run between 7pm and 10pm. However, if you’re looking for a little more time with the planes and pilsners there’s a VIP session that will get you access to everything beginning at 6pm. Tickets are a little more than most beer festivals, as regular admission will set you back $65 if ordered ahead of time online—and $75 if obtained at the door. Just be assured that your admission does included unlimited samples in a two-ounce sampling glass, and of course you can bring home the glass as a souvenir.
Chatham Brewing, Green Port Harbor Brewery, Keegan Ales, and Montauk Brewing Company are just a few of the breweries that will be rolling out their kegs to join in during the festival. There’s even a cigar bar to check out as well if that’s your thing.
Of course there’s the chance to check out some of the museum’s exhibits as well. They have over 75 different aircraft including planes from both World Wars, and plenty of options from the jet age. Just be sure to look and not touch—no matter what the beer is telling you to do.