At The Expo

Take a look at what will be going on during the expo! Check back often, more to come!

Color Guard presentation by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Nassau County, Ch. 82 

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the only congressionally chartered national veterans’ service organization dedicated to serving veterans of the Vietnam War and their families. Festival attendees are invited to witness a special salute to our heroes as local VVA chapter leads a presentation of colors to open the event. 

Sign the Giant Thank You Card for our Veterans

Leave a kind word of appreciation on the giant thank you card. We hope to gather enough thoughtful sentiments to make any veteran who sees it feel the love and appreciation for their service to our country. The giant card will stay on display at the venue for a limited time.

Timed Releases

Special beers, available in limited quantities, offered at specific times until they run out.  Check back for the schedule of the releases then set your phones for alerts so you don’t miss the mini special events on site.

Write A Holiday Card to Send to the Troops

Visit the "Holiday Table" and write a card that we'll collect and send to active duty soldiers who won't be home this holiday with their family. The holiday cards were designed by the Project Nine Line Veteran artists.

Play Some Backyard Games

Who doesn't love giant jenga and playing cornhole?  Challenge your friends to a game and see who has the mad balance skills to excel and jenga or the precision to score some points at the most popular backyard game of them all, cornhole.

Silent Auction

Bid on music and sports memorabilia, extraordinary travel experiences, and more.  From Patrick Stewart to Danica Patrick… You’re invited to bid on several great collectibles (great for gift giving) and travel experiences (how about a California winery tour?).   

Pick Up Some Event Merch

If you love beer (or know someone who does), you’ll want the check out the offerings at the official event merch tent.  There you’ll be able to pick up an official event tee or sweatshirt for yourself or as a holiday gift.  There’s a great assortment of items for men and women!

Now Collecting - Care Package Items!

As you print out your tickets and organize your rides to/from the expo, please also pick-up some items for the Care Package Drive.  

While deployed something as simple as a bag of popcorn, goldfish, hand lotion, baby wipes or protein bars can brighten the day for a member of the armed forces, especially during the holiday season.  

Many of the major bases have a USO Center or a Base Exchange, however smaller and more desolate bases do not have access to these facilities. All items collected during the Great Beer Expo will be sent to Forward Operating Bases where these facilities are not available.  

Your contribution to this care package drive will most definitely be appreciated by a member of the armed forces who is spending this holiday season far away from their home and families.

We will be collecting the items listed below upon entry into the event:
• Snacks (non-perishable ones) – granola bars, protein bars, microwave popcorn, fruit snacks, nuts, jerky
• Toiletries – items like lip balm, hand sanitizer, soap, sunscreen, shampoo, feminine products, shaving cream, body wash, moisturizing lotion for extra dry skin.
• “Fun” Items – think magazines, games, cards, bandanas, blank greeting cards, fun things to pass the time.

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! Help us make this year’s care package the biggest and best yet!!