Celebrate the First Day of Fall with Music, Beer, and Botanical Fun
Now in its third year, Blues, Brews, and Botany is back! Join us for a flight of beers on the beautiful Conservatory Lawn as we celebrate the first day of fall with music, tastings, and botanical-inspired fun. Purchase a commemorative Sampling Mug to enjoy unlimited tastings of a variety of palate pleasing brews from New York State and beyond, then explore the botanical side of beer with a lineup of activities and games. Plus, catch a viewing of NYBG’s latest exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i in its final weeks.
Advance purchase recommended to guarantee admission; events do sell out.
$48, includes commemorative Sampling Mug ($20) and All-Garden Pass ($28)
$20, commemorative Sampling Mug; All-Garden Pass free for Members
Tickets are for adults 21 and over. Tickets include all special weekend activities plus All-Garden Pass admission, which includes access to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Tram Tour, and more.
Sets at 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
As you sample your brews, chill out to some live blues music.
Our artist lineup features a diverse group of NYC-area blues musicians, including:
The Sarah LeMieux Quintet has performed at a number of festivals—including the National Women in Blues Festival—and won the “Best Jazz” award at the 2014 and 2015 Connecticut Music Awards.
A five-time Blues Music Award nominee, Powers’s original songs and re-shaped classics draw on the raw essence of blues.
One of Spain’s leading blues musicians, Felix Slim is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist that specializes in blues, ragtime, and swing.
Emerging during a new wave of swing jazz, rural folk, and old-time blues in the early 2000’s, the Wiyos have taken their spirited live show on numerous tours, including a stint with Bob Dylan.
Enjoy unlimited samples of more than 40 brews and ciders from more than a dozen purveyors. Full size beer, wine and other refreshments are available for purchase.
Participating breweries to include*:
- Angry Orchard
- Bronx Beer Hall
- Coney Island Brewing Co.
- Dos Equis
- Keegan Ales
- Peak Organic Brewing Company
- Revolution Brewing
- Sam Adams
- Truly Spiked & Sparkling
- Two Roads Brewing Company
- 21st Amendment Brewery
- 1911 Original Hard Cider
And more to come!
*Subject to change
Explore the botanical side of beer with a lineup activities and games.
(Left: A hops specimen from the Steere Herbarium.)
Brews Clues! Garden Scavenger Hunt
Explore the Garden looking for clues as you answer a series of mystery plant questions—all about beer! Complete the challenge to win your very own baby plant to take home.
The Botany of Beer: Beyond the Hops
1, 2, & 3 p.m.
This talk reveals and celebrates the diversity of organisms that have been used in making different beers. Explore the evolution of beer from the meads and gruits of antiquity, to the sacred and medicinal beers of indigenous peoples, to microbrews and more “extreme” beers of today. Learn surprising facts about barley, hops, and some unexpected animals that have found their way into the world’s oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverage.
Take a break from the botanical fun and relax with some classic lawn games like Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four, ladderball, cornhole, giant chess, hula-hoops, and ring toss.