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Expect Some Hard ‘Core’ Drinking at Brooklyn Expo’s Cider Affair

BY Tanay Warerkar

Over 70 different kinds of hard apple ciders will be available to sample at a festival being headed to the Brooklyn Expo Center on June 13.

Pour the Core: Brooklyn is being organized by Starfish Junction, the event production company that recently produced the Coffee and Tea Festival at the same location.

“We noticed that there is a growing trend of cider specific bars cropping up in Brooklyn, which is why decided to host the event in the borough for the first time,” said Kristyn Dolan, the marketing manager at Starfish Junction. “The Brooklyn Expo Center was the biggest location we could find in this area and we want to host this event to able to showcase a variety of styles and brands that will appeal to every customer.”

The hard cider focused event was first organized by the company in 2012 and was held on Long Island, after the founder Andy Calimano noticed its growing popularity and a switch towards the gluten-free lifestyle. The event has been held continuously on Long Island since and is at present also held in Philadelphia.

Some of the featured vendors include Big Apple Hard Cider and Original Sin, both from New York; Woodchuk and Angry Orchard, the bestselling ciders in the country; as well as ciders from Sweden, England, and Ireland.

A $40 general admission ticket allows you get 2oz samples of each of the ciders provided by the vendors at the event. There will also be “cider garden,” in the outdoor area of the Expo Center, weather permitting. And the event will also feature seminars educating people on the different types of apples used in making cider, and event a demonstration on how cider can be made at home.

The events organized in the past attract anywhere between 2,500-3,000, and the organizers said they are expecting similar numbers at the Expo Center as well.

Pour the Core: Brooklyn, June 13, 2:30-6 p.m., Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, to purchase tickets visit


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