- $40 for festival admission with a souvenir tasting glass and T-shirt ($70 value)
On Saturday, October 10 beer lovers descend upon Mercer County Park Festival Grounds to enjoy the 2nd Central Jersey Beer Festival. The festival—sponsored by Blend Bar & Bistro of Hamilton, NJ—runs from noon to 6 p.m. and features live music, food trucks, and—of, course—beer. Local, national, and international craft breweries plus their representatives will be in attendance for the festival’s beer tasting—which takes place between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m—along with founders and head brewers for some of the local breweries. A portion of the festival’s proceeds will be donated to the Movember Foundation the YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center.
Shuttle ride available from Hamilton train station to festival.
Cental Jersey Beer Festival
Like most of us, Blend Bar & Bistro really lets loose once a year—on its birthday. Unlike most of us, however, the bar celebrates by hosting the Central Jersey Beer Festival. The annual event invites guests to sample beer from some of the Garden State's finest craft breweries, such as Bolero Snort Brewery, Carton Brewing, River Horse Brewing Company, and many others from throughout the state.
But it's not only local breweries who are invited—national and international breweries also attend, with representation ranging from California to Germany. These include Germany's Andechser Bräustüberl and Michigan's Founders Brewing Co., whose cofounder spoke with Groupon Guide about its best-selling All Day IPA. The festival complements brews with cuisine from area food trucks and a soundtrack of live music from performers like Daddy Green Jeans, Bob Orlowski, Shaun Ruymen Band, and more.