Enjoy a weekend exploring the science behind beer

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Discover the connections between beer and botany during a weekend of live blues and bluegrass, craft beer tastings, and talks by expert brewers and Garden scientists. Grab a souvenir Tasting Tumbler included with your ticket to enjoy a flight of flavorful brews from New York State and beyond.

Advanced ticket purchases are strongly recommended; Tasting Tumblers are limited.


Live Music
Sets at 12, 1, 2, 3, & 4 p.m.
Conservatory Lawn

As you sample your brews, chill out to some blues and bluegrass with Moonshine Falls on Saturday, and The Paul Josephs Blues Band on Sunday. They will have you swinging as you sip! Moonshine Falls subscribes to the New Blue movement—a re-blending of newgrass from the late '70s and early '80s with traditional bluegrass from the '40s and '50s. The Paul Josephs Blues Band is an homage to the music of the founding fathers and mothers of American music, and you will recognize the classic but upbeat sound.

About the Artists
Moonshine Falls
What can you say about a band that has it all? Superb playing, gorgeous harmonies, a fine-honed polish that comes with years of playing, and a youthful exuberance that comes from a love of the music? Moonshine Falls balances tradition with the New Blue movement.

The Paul Josephs Blues Band
The Paul Josephs Blues Band is an homage to the music that is the soul of American popular music and to the founding fathers and mothers of the blues. Josephs, a native New Yorker, guitarist and vocalist, and unlikely griot of the blues, has been channeling BB King, Muddy Waters, and their esteemed colleagues since the age of 16 when he began his professional career playing with some of the leading lights of the New York blues scene. He now tours the world with his original music and continues to keep the blues alive, leaving a trail of raised spirits in his wake.



Beer Garden
In the Conservatory Plaza Terrace

Pick up a souvenir tasting tumbler and sample an array of craft brews and ciders. STARR Events provides light refreshments for purchase to help you enjoy your afternoon at the Garden.

Sponsored by Manhattan Beer Distributors

Participating breweries:

  • Empire Brewing Company

  • Casa Modelo

  • Pacifico

  • Blue Moon Brewing Company

  • Heineken Light

  • Strongbow Cider

  • Samuel Adams

  • Angry Orchard/Curious Traveler

  • Coney Island

  • Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

  • 21st Amendment

  • Ithaca Beer Company

  • Leinenkugel

Lawn Games
On the Conservatory Lawn

Get moving with some lawn game classics like bean-bag toss, lawn darts, and ladder toss!



The Botany of Beer Talks

In the Perennial Garden
Brewing experts & Garden scientists pair up to talk about the botanical side of beer.

The Botany of Beer

1:30 p.m.
Scientists from the NYBG Herbarium display specimens of economically important and useful plants, including beer ingredients like hops, barley, and millet, and show how pressed plant specimens are made for future research purposes.

Growing Hops and Other Beer Ingredients

2:30 p.m.
An expert grower talks you through the techniques and challenges of growing hops and barley for use in beer, and the flavors they contribute to the brewing process. Also learn about the plants' various roles and impacts in food systems and how farm brewery legislation has evolved to make craft brews more prevalent today.

The Flavors and Fermentation of Bubbly Beverages

3:30 p.m.
Industry experts from Empire Brewing Company talk about the beer making process, the ingredients that determine the various colors, aromas, and flavors of beer and the difference between brewing ales, lagers, and ciders. Learn about their new endeavor of growing ingredients on site at the newly opened Farm Brewery.

Plant Collecting Demonstrations

12–5 p.m.
At Conservatory Plaza

See critical components of a scientist's tool kit used on expeditions around the world and learn how biodiversity is expertly documented in the field and preserved as museum collections for later study.