Finger Lakes Beer Festival returning to Watkins Glen International

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WETM) – It’s time to dust off your steins! After a year off, The Finger Lakes Beer Festival is returning to Watkins Glen International.

The festival on Oct. 29-30 is WGI’s first major festival to return since the pandemic began last March. Last year’s Beer Fest and the last two Wine Fests have been canceled due to COVID.

“This is really our first festival because we’ve had to postpone the last two wine festivals and the last beer festival last year so we’re really excited this year,” said WGI President Michael Printup.

The festival features 40 New York State breweries, distilleries, and cideries. There will also be a 32-team cornhole tournament and stein holding competition.

The event opens at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night with “Boos and Brews” for $20 per person. Admission for Beer Fest on Saturday is $45 starting at noon. Camping options with admission to the events are also available.


You and one (1) partner competing in the 32-team, single-elimination cornhole tournament.


  • Contestants must hold a 34 oz. stein filled to the top with New York State beer.
  • The arm cannot be bent and must remain parallel to the floor and outstretched.
  • Any spillage from the stein results in disqualification.
  • Male and Female Competitions
  • Prizes for who holds it up the longest


  • Enjoy a buffet style breakfast in the Great Room of the Watkins Glen International Media Center.
  • Saturday morning, 8:00am – 10:00am.
  • $10 per guest

Menu Includes:

  • Buttermilk pancakes
  • Fresh baked buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Applewood smoked bacon
  • Seasonal diced fruit
  • Coffee, tea and orange juice

No pre-sales. Purchase upon arrival.


  • Lap of the historic 3.4-mile circuit in an official Watkins Glen International pace car.
  • $10 (weather permitting)

Attendees must be 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased on The Glen‘s website.

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