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Harpoon holds tasting at Caz Pizza

Cazenovia Pizzeria opened their doors and tapped their kegs for a Harpoon Brewery beer-tasting event the evening of March 10.

An ambassador from the Boston brewery visited the local restaurant/bar to educate the 50 residents in attendance about two of the company's popular drafts, the IPA and the seasonal Celtic Ale.

"A lot of places Cazenovia carry Harpoon, the Lincklaen House, Caz Pizza and the Brewster Inn all serve our beer," said Ed Valenta, Harpoon representative. "We're still growing; we are part of the craft brewery movement that's been gaining momentum. But we're just happy to get the word out and have more people try Harpoon."

Of-age patrons enjoyed free beer samples from 6 to 8 p.m. and drink deals at the restaurant's bar.

Harpoon Brewery is currently celebrating their 25th year of operation. The brewery, which started modestly in Massachusetts, has expanded to two locations, in Boston and Windsor, Vt. The company's collection of beers has also expanded, which now features 15 beers and a number of limited edition drafts. For more information on Harpoon's selection, visit harpoonbrewery.com.

Last year Caz Pizza increased their square-footage at 62 Albany St. Renovations were made to the neighboring space, including the construction of a bar and more seating for patrons. The restaurant also obtained a liquor license in January of 2010, offering a wide variety of spirits to customers. Owner Tom Hayes said he has been happy to see larger crowds staying to enjoy the freshly baked pizzas in-house.

"We've seen our business's take-out numbers go from 59 percent, to about 39 percent," Hayes said. "People have been dining-in; they like to get their pizzas hot and fresh out of the oven."

For those diners that still want the pizzeria's food, but do not wish to make the trip to Albany Street, the restaurant offers a comprehensive online menu and delivery service seven days a week.

For more information on specialty menu items, or to place an order, visit campusfood.com/restaurant.asp?campusid=902 or call Caz Pizza at 655-4161.

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