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The suds are just the start

The second Night at the Brewseum will take place at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs on Friday, March 22.

The second Night at the Brewseum will take place at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs on Friday, March 22.

These days, beer is a big deal.

There is no shortage of beer fests celebrating hops. From Glens Falls to Albany, towns and cities all over are giving beer connoisseurs the chance to taste craft beers from area brewers. Two groups from Saratoga Springs have put their own spin on the typical beer fest and are finding it to be pretty successful.

The event is called The Night at the Brewseum. Organized by the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Springs Lion’s Club, the night is not just an evening of beer tasting – but also wine sampling, good food and military history.

The idea came about after a brainstorming session between the folks at the museum and the Lion’s Club.

“We were thinking about potential fundraisers. The Galway Lions Club has always had an Oktoberfest that has been positively received in their community, so we thought we would give it a shot,” said John McDonald of the Lion’s Club.

By putting their own spin on the event, Night at the Brewseum, now in its second year, has people returning for more than just a taste of local craft beer.

Jim Gaffney of Glens Falls said he tends to be a regular at area beer fests, and said it’s the little things that set the Brewseum apart from the rest that make the event a must-do this year for him and his wife.

“It’s almost like beer is secondary these days. Whatever beer fest you go to, you can find those craft beers in almost any store, certainly a beer wholesaler – so it’s not so much the beer anymore that brings people in. You need to give them something else,” Gaffney said.

The fact that the Brewseum offers wine, Gaffney said, opens it up to a wider range of people.

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