In ancient Babylon, a bride’s father was supposed to give his new son-in-law mead (aka honey beer) for an entire month after his daughter’s marriage. This roughly 4,000-year-old custom is believed to have spawned two common modern-day practices: the honeymoon (from “honey month”) and beer festivals.
This Saturday, the Queens Botanical Garden will keep the suds tradition flowing with its second annual Taste the World: Botanical Brew Fest. More than 20 beverage makers from around the United States — including Austin Eastciders, Greenport Harbor, Merchant du Vin, Sierra Nevada, and Sixpoint — will serve more than 50 selections. Plus, food trucks such as Pete’s Pizza and Wow Empanadas will be on hand.
Last year’s inaugural event commemorated the 50th anniversary of Lowenbrau Gardens, a Bavarian beer tent at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, which took place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The celebration returns this year due to popular demand.
As more than 1,000 attendees are expected, the Brew Fest will have two sessions: noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. The cover band Reprimand will serenade the crowd at the later session. Tickets are $50 at the door, but $30 in advance. Click here for early bird discounts on tickets.