TAP Into The MOST

Millennials; if you pour it they will come. In droves, as it was at the Tap into the MOST event last month. But that's not the only crowd this event drew to Downtown Syracuse. Far from it. The crowd spanned multiple generations and this event helped bridge the gap for the love of craft brews. Tap into the MOST is an event that benefits the MOST in a multitude of ways. It is an annual event that has spanned thirteen years.  Despite the success this event brings every year, the thirteen-year run is an accomplishment unto itself.

"The proceeds from the event - this year a record of nearly $90,000 in net proceeds - supports the museum operations. Particularly funding for our various education programs and for our ongoing museum preservation in the iconic Armory."  - Lauren Kochian (executive Vice President).

Tap Into The MOST is a 3-hour event hosting some of the premier restaurants in Central New York and offering craft brew samples from many local brewers. As I stood in line the sun was setting between buildings, casting long shadows on a line of people virtually around the building. It was almost as if people had emerged from their hibernation eager and thirsty from another long Syracuse winter. Those of us fortunate to secure a ticket to the sold-out event waited eagerly for vendors like Bull and Bear, Kitty Hoynes, Carnegie Catering, Creole Soul Cafe, Dinosaur BBQ, Peppino’s and more.

Fitting all your tastings and samples was a challenge with the long lines of hungry and thirsty patrons, the majority were 20 and 30-somethings, all standing elbow to elbow for their turn. As I walked around the event it was exciting to see people exploring exhibits that they may not have seen had it not been for this event. Combining science and beer almost seems like a no-brainer. Vendors were frantically serving busy lines of people waiting to try their favorite food and beer or maybe a new restaurant or brewery they had never sampled before. I saw people enjoying food and beverages while checking out and interacting with science exhibits - mingling, laughing, and just enjoying themselves. Tap into the MOST provides a one of a kind atmosphere that is unmatched by other events in our great city.  One of the many great moments I took from Tap into the MOST was the sense of community.  Syracuse is a city with mostly locals and fewer transplants.  It was a pleasure to see so many people coming together to support local business and to support the MOST and to take pride in our town and in events like this.

The Museum of Science and Technology is a great place to bring kids, family or even a date. Located in the heart of gorgeous Armory Square, it is home to a domed IMAX theater, the Earth Science Discovery Cave, Technotown, Silverman Planetarium, and a playhouse that I would love to get lost in.  The MOST is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until June 21st.  From June 21st - August 27th hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

Syracuse hosts some pretty killer events. Brew at the zoo, Italian Fest, and Taste of Syracuse to name a few. Tap into the MOST should be added to your list of events to attend.

-Anthony Christiano