TOWN OF BETHEL, N.Y. -- "It's all about beer from when I wake up in the morning until I go to sleep," said Dan Hitchcock.
For Dan Hitchcock of the Chester based Rushing Duck Brewery company, his days are spent getting people to realize the craftsmanship involved in creating specialty beers.
"People are realizing beer can have flavor. People are getting away from the macro brewers of the world and are starting to get more into the flavorful robust beers. It's just great to see right now," said Hitchcock.
Hitchock joins more than a dozen other craft brewery companies from across the state at Bethel Woods for the inaugural craft brewery festival. Many have opened their operations in just the past few months, getting their inspiration from state laws that have encouraged the growth of the industry.
"It's really cool because it's a community. All the brewers here, we all know each other, we all like drinking each others beer and people are really enjoying it to so it's the perfect time for it," said Hitchcock.
In Sullivan County, breweries are popping up everywhere. SUNY Sullivan even offered a course last year, teaching students how to grow hops in an experimental garden.
"The community involvement and everybody that's doing different things between growing hops and brewing locally, it's just going to be great. It's going to be a great thing for the area," said Tera Luty of the Roscoe Beer Company.
"It's great, this industry. We have a brewery in Roscoe. We have a brewery in Livingston Manor. We have some distilleries that are popping up in the area. It brings a new bit of economic development," said Mongaup Valley resident Russ Heyman.
Cooking and playing his guitar, even YNN's very own even Dan Eaton joined in on the fun.
"I figured I'm going to make a risotto with barley instead of using white wine like in a typical risotto, I added an Oktoberfest beer," said Eaton.
This festival also featured a chili cookoff to raise money for local charities.