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Beer and Wine Festival Returns to Brooklyn With Free Parties

By Camille Bautista | July 8, 2016 2:51pm | Updated on July 11, 2016 8:31am
 Dozens of vendors will be at Restoration Plaza on Aug. 6 for the Tap+Cork Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest.
Dozens of vendors will be at Restoration Plaza on Aug. 6 for the Tap+Cork Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Fill your glasses and celebrate the summer with a drink or two at Brooklyn’s beer and wine festival.

The Tap+Cork Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest returns to Bedford-Stuyvesant in August with expanded space at Restoration Plaza and two new, free parties leading up to the event.

At least 30 brews will be on tap along with 25 wines, according to Tap+Cork creative director, Tai Allen, and snacks will be available from local eateries.

“The most important thing for us, while it’s a beverage event, is driving traffic to the neighborhood,” Allen said.

“It shows that there’s a hospitality industry inside central Brooklyn and we try to highlight that.”

In its fourth year, the festival will take over more of Restoration Plaza with additional space in the West Plaza filled with added vendors, freebies, board games and non-alcoholic activities.

While the Aug. 6 event itself is ticketed, the celebration kicks off with two free neighborhood #TapNightOut parties on Aug. 4 and 5.

Visitors can indulge at food trucks stationed outside Bed-Stuy’s Casablanca Cocktail Lounge on Aug. 4 and festivities will take place at the Malcolm X Boulevard bar.

The following day, a special Bed-Stuy Social Latin-themed party will be held, Allen said, with games, food and more. For details on the Aug. 5 site, visit the Tap+Cork website.

DJs will spin tunes at the festival and attendees can watch live performances from emerging artists, according to organizers.

Last year’s event drew more than 2,000 visitors, Allen added.

Tickets start at $25 and include admission, a sampling cup and 15 vouchers for 2 oz. and 3 oz. tastings of wine and beer.