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Chris Biancone and Aaron Zeltmann of Long Ireland Beer.
Chris Biancone and Aaron Zeltmann of Long Ireland Beer. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

The first annual River Craft Beverage Festival was held on the grounds of East End Arts in Riverhead Saturday.

The event was made possible by a NYS Craft Beverage Grant through Empire State Development and I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism.

The festival showcased craft beer, wine, and hard cider from over 20 New York craft beverage makers and offered beer sampling, live music, and food & craft vendors.

Participating vendors include Spiked Seltzer, Po’Boy Brewery, Bellport Brewery, Crooked Ladder Brewing Co.Moustache Brewing Co., Long Island Pickle Co., Woodside Orchards, Whole Le Crepe, and Holy Schmitts.

The event will took place directly after the third annual Paddle Battle, a stand up paddle board, kayak and canoe race on the Peconic River that raised money for three non for profit organizations: United Way Vet’s Build Program, Riverhead Foundation and the East End Tourism Alliance.

See more photos below.

A group of friends from Riverhead enjoy the festival.
A group of friends from Riverhead enjoy the festival.
The festival grounds.
The festival grounds.
Self-proclaimed local craft beer enthusiasts Mike Byrne and B.J. Gamboa.
Self-proclaimed local craft beer enthusiasts Mike Byrne and B.J. Gamboa.
Live music from the band Elan.
Live music from the band Elan.
Ella Zwang, 22 months, offers a bite of her pickle to Steven Casey.
Ella Zwang, 22 months, offers a bite of her pickle to Steven Casey.
A sample glass.
A sample glass.
Ken and Lynne Zimlinghaus of Farmingville sample Frosae.
Ken and Lynne Zimlinghaus of Farmingville sample Frosae.
Nate Payne of Crooked Ladder pours a sample.
Nate Payne of Crooked Ladder pours a sample.
The Crooked Ladder beer truck.
The Crooked Ladder beer truck.
Matthew Spitz of Moustache Brewing Company.
Matthew Spitz of Moustache Brewing Company.
Tina Passolo of Center Moriches and Jen Sauter of Massapequa sample Woodside Hard Cider.
Tina Passolo of Center Moriches and Jen Sauter of Massapequa sample Woodside Hard Cider.
Will Vigliotta and Eamon Leonard offer pickles from the Long Island Pickle Company.
Will Vigliotta and Eamon Leonard offer pickles from the Long Island Pickle Company.
Neil Grundfest and Donna Wroski from Dix Hills.
Neil Grundfest and Donna Wroski from Dix Hills.
Kelly and Chuck Azzara of Shoreham.
Kelly and Chuck Azzara of Shoreham.
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