New York is chock-full of independent breweries, and some of the best will once again make an appearance at this year's Hudson River Craft Beer Festival in Beacon. The event's mission is to connect local residents and enthusiasts with regional microbrewers, and this year's lineup includes nearly 40 operations from up and down the state. Taste ales, lagers, and porters from Brooklyn Brewery, Upstate Brewing Company, and more, plus award-winning Original Sin hard ciders. No need to worry about an empty stomach—enjoy casual fare from Black Forest Flammkuchen Co., Elias Texas BBQ, and Ku Yah Caribbean cuisine. And between live music acts, browse products of local vendors like LCG Cigars, a peaceful stance, and Dark Side Records. General admission is $45 online and $55 at the gate on Saturday, September 20, from 1pm to 5pm at Riverfront Park. Hudsonrivercraftbeerfestival.com.