North Fork Panel Moderator

I’m excited to announce that I will be moderating a panel at this year’s North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival, which, if you’ve been living a large rock formation, is only a few weeks away (Saturday, 8/14 – twenty-four days, to be exact).

The panel will be the first of three held, and will start roughly at 3:00PM.

Here is the entire program schedule, courtesy of

Cross-Drinking: Pairing Wine and Beer with Food
Presented by Spencer Niebuhr, Brand Specialist, Southampton Ales & Lagers and
Juan Micieli-Martinez, Winemaker, Martha Clara Vineyards
Moderated by Niko Krommydas, Food & Drink Blogger, Long Island Pulse Magazine
Beer with brisket? Pinot with pasta? As consumers are becoming more educated
about beer and wine, they are becoming more experimental, even promiscuous, when
pairing food and drink. Using expert advice and personal preference, find out
how to break “the rules” and achieve the ultimate gastronomic experience.

Samuel Adams: The Craft Beer Pioneer
Special Guest & Presenter: Bert Boyce, Brewer, Samuel Adams
The Boston Beer Company, the proud producer of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, is
celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Hear firsthand how a recipe found in
a family attic changed the beer scene in America and how today, 25 years later,
new recipes are being developed to meet the needs of loyal craft beer drinkers.
Learn about he Beer Lover’s Choice competition and how you can make your vote
count right here at the festival!

Grand Brewmaster Panel: Seasonal Beers
Presented by Keith Villa, Brewmaster, Blue Moon, Mark Burford, Brewmaster, Blue
Point Brewing Co. and DJ Swanson, Brewer, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.
Moderated by Richard Thatcher, President, Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts
What is a seasonal beer? Why are seasonal beers so popular? Join Blue Moon’s
Brewmaster, Keith Villa and Blue Point Brewing Company’s Brewmaster Mark Buford
for a lively and entertaining discussion about seasonal beers. Go behind the
scenes with skilled brewmasters as they discuss examples of small-batch American
ingenuity and the beers that go beyond the range of familiar flavors to
celebrate local offerings and the flavors of the season.

There are still some tickets available for the festival, but I wouldn’t wait any
longer. Pick up yours today, so you can secure your opportunity to launch blunt
objects at my head while I try to moderate an informative session about beer and
wine pairing.

I’m kidding. Please don’t. That would hurt.

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niko krommydas

Niko Krommydas has written for Tasting Table, BeerAdvocate, Munchies, and First We Feast. He is editor of Craft Beer New York, an app for the iPhone, and a columnist for Yankee Brew News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.