Drinking beer, like announcing you ate an entire wheel of cheese on stage during a musical, can lead to sing-alongs. Lubricate your pipes with today’s Groupon: for $13, you get a general admission ticket to the 2011 New England Brewfest at the Lincoln Village Shops in Lincoln from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday June 25.
The New England Brewfest, entering its seventh year, quenches hopheads’ thirst for better beer with offerings from 21 New England microbreweries. Survey samples of suds from award-winning craft companies such as Smuttynose and Sam Adams, comparing flavors through rigorous taste tests and essays that were written about them. Brewmasters and representatives from the breweries will be on hand to answer quandaries or wax poetic about favorite libations. The plethora of plucky brews available allows connoisseurs to try something new, be it a style of beer or drinking it by wringing out a beer-soaked wig over their mouth. The five-hour venture will feature concerts by three Boston favorites—including Joe Perry collaborators Farren Butcher Inc.—craft beer education programs, and a host of vendors selling beguiling beer-related goods as varied as hot sauce and trail mix.
Like wishing wells with a $1,000,000 minimum, the New England Brewfest provides profit for the local community; proceeds will be used to benefit the Lincoln-Woodstock area by the local chamber of commerce.
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.