SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — This year marked 10 years of the New York State Craft Brewers Festival at the Landmark Theatre, which returned on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event brought together more than 55 NYS craft beer breweries from every region of the state to the beautiful Landmark Theatre. Attendees also got to sample new flavors, styles and craft beer brands that were poured by brewery owners and brewers themselves.

New this year, Fred Matt joined the festival for FRED Talk from 6-7 p.m. Matt is the fourth-generation owner of the FX Matt Brewing Company in Utica and plans to share stories of his family beer history over a couple of beers supplied by the brewery.

“The best thing about craft beer, in my opinion, especially when it is local, is that you know the people who are making it. You go right into their breweries, sit down, have a pint. Typically, the person serving the beer knows everything about it. You can go to the store and buy a macro beer, and you don’t get the same experience. The difference between a craft beer and macro beer is the work that goes into it,” said Emily Forrester, the events and membership manager for the New York State Brewers Association

Photos from the event can be seen below: