For $8, today's side deal gets you a ticket to Brewfest (a $20 value). However, you must pay an additional $5 (cash only!) for beer-tasting tickets and your official tasting glass. This beerstravaganza brings together all of New England's finest drafts, dark and light, malty and hoppy, for one evening of tastings, music, and higher beerducation. Doors open rain or shine at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, at the Lincoln Village Shops in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Last call is at 10 p.m.
With almost 20 microbreweries and a few macrobreweries represented, you'll be able to taste the range of the region's liquid craftwork and posit questions directly to the brewers themselves, expanding your fermented-grain-juice knowledge like bubbles in a brew vat. While you quaff, groove to entertainment such as bluesy genre-jumpers Johnny Wad and the Cash and reggae-esque jammers Pay the Piper. In between bonding with Dad over a pint or 20 of Narragansett, Magic Hat, Smuttynose, and more, festival-goers can stave off the beer munchies with Brewfest’s full-service noshables provided by Mr. Jack's catering service and Ahli Baba's chicken pitas.
Must be 21 with valid ID.
New England Brewfest
For nine years running, New England Brewfest has assembled a coterie of craft breweries to get more than 100 taps flowing with their unique creations. This year, the event includes 30 breweries, and each of them will treat every guest through the gates with complimentary samples of small-batch beverages and reasonably priced high-fives. Exhibitors range from Magic Hat and Peak Organic Brewing Company to Angry Orchard Hard Cider and Twisted Tea. You can also take in brewing demonstrations and learn about the creation of items such as beer-infused jelly.
Organizers require that guests present ID at the entrance, and recommend bringing a folding chair and comfortable dancing shoes. These items come in handy when absorbing the sweet rhythms of live music acts such as the Rustic Overtones and Air Traffic Controller.