For the past five years, the Empire State Brewing & Music Festival has enabled beer lovers to meet craft brewers and sample their beers in a relaxed setting where a variety of regional and national musicians also appear. The Sixth Annual Empire State Brewing & Music Festival will be held on Friday, July 11th from 5:00 pm until 11:00 pm (gates open at 4:30) in Clinton Square (downtown Syracuse).

Upon arrival, patrons are given a commemorative 4 3/4 ounce glass for use in tasting among a selection of 300 styles of beer. Six bands will appear on two stages during the evening's festivities.

This year's edition will be held during the New York State Blues Festival, which will take place on the same site on Friday, July 11th and Saturday, July 12th.