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It’s that time of year again! The second annual Vermont Beer Week is taking over the entire state and coming to various bars, restaurants, and breweries, to give you the ultimate beer drinking experience with tastings, giveaways, special releases, parties, beer festivals and more!

During Vermont Beer Week, 50% of all proceeds raised will be donated to the Vermont Food Bank for the second year in a row.

This year Vermont Beer Week has over 50 events scheduled from Friday, September 16th through Sunday, September 25th. To view the entire list of events happening throughout the week, please click here.

Keep it social! Follow Vermont Beer Week on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to keep up-to-date on events throughout the week!

Lastly, we all know that “Beer is big business in Vermont”! Read the Vermont Biz article on Vermont’s wholesale beer industry and the industry employees that are making it a success!

Enjoy #VTBW!

We are excited to announce that Baker Distributing is a sponsor to the first ever “Steeple Market Brewfest”, that’s taking place on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the J&L Field in Fairfax, VT!

Steeple Market’s brewfest will feature: Craft Beer, Live Music, and Great Food to support the Fairfax Fire Department and Survivorship NOW Vermont! There will be two tasting sessions, the first being 12pm-3pm, and the second 5pm-8pm.

Tickets are Limited!

Steeple Market Brewfest tickets are $35 each and include event entry for one person as well as (15) tasting tickets and a commemorative beer glass. Some of the breweries in attendance will be: Goodwater Brewery, Otter Creek, Shed, Woodchuck Cider & Sam Adams, just to name a few!

For more information regarding ticket sales, music performers, parking, etc. please click here. Keep up-to-date with Steeple Market by following them on Facebook

*A friendly reminder, this is a 21 age required event.  Anyone without appropriate ID will not be permitted.

We hope to see you at this first ever event!

If you like craft beer and you’re in Vermont this week, then you are one lucky beer drinker! This week is jam packed with beer tastings, tap takeovers, special releases, and one of the VT’s biggest events of the year, the Vermont Brewers Festival.

We are excited to announce the following events:

Wednesday, July 13th: Barrel-Aged Release Party at the Magic Hat Brewery. From 6-8pm, Magic Hat Brewing is releasing their aged ale from the depths of their brewery. While you sip, you’ll also be able to sway to the soulful sounds of Joshua Panda while you nosh on local grub. Magic Hat brewers will also be on hand to talk about the beer, its inspiration, and its influence on the future.

Wee Heavy Champ is a Scotch Ale brewed for the love of Lake Champlain. Magic Hat teamed up with the Lake Champlain Committee for this release, pledging them their time and resources, to help them continue to protect our lake’s environmental integrity. During this event, $1 from each beer served will benefit the Lake Champlain Committee.

Thursday, July 14th: Lord Hobo – Meet & Greet w/ Brewery Owner Daniel Lanigan at the Worthy Burger. Head to the Worthy Burger in South Royalton, VT from 3-8pm, sip on some tasty Lord Hobo draughts (Boom Sauce – IPA, Steal this Can – IPA & Hobo Life – Session IPA) & chat with the owner of the Lord Hobo Brewing Company.

Thursday, July 14th: Allagash Brewing Company Tap Takeover at Hotel Vermont. Head to Hotel Vermont in downtown Burlington from 6-11pm for a tap tap takeover, featuring a variety of delicious, hard-to-find specialty Allagash beers.

Thursday, July 14th: VT Tap Takeover at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill. Come to the Farmhouse Tap & Grill at 5pm to help Allagash Brewing Company celebrate the start of the Vermont Brewers Fest. 14 Allagash brews will be on draught!!

Thursday, July 14th: The Courtyard Summer Music Series at Halvorson’s Upstreet Cafe. From 8-11pm, head to Halvorson’s outdoor courtyard & listen to the smooth sounds of the Audrey Bernstein quartet while you sip on tasty Switchback Brewing beer specials!

Friday, July 15th: Allagash Brewing Tap Takeover at Bleu Northeast Seafood. Head to Bleu Northeast Seafood restaurant from 6-11pm for an evening featuring tasty Allagash Brewing draughts & specials.

Friday, July 15th: Founders Brewing Beer Event at the Scuffer Tap & Table. Head to the Scuffer at 10pm sharp for the tapping of the only CBS draft in the state! The CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout), is brewed with chocolate and coffee that’s been aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels (10.6% abv).

Friday, July 15th – Saturday, July 16th: The Annual Vermont Brewers Festival! One of the biggest summer events in Burlington located at the Waterfront park. This festival celebrates Artisan Craft Beer and the Brewers who brew them. Please Note: There are still sessions available for the Friday: Session 1, beginning at 12 noon! Unfortunately, Friday’s evening session & both sessions on Saturday are sold out! Buy tickets for the Friday day session here.

Lastly, is beer isn’t your thing, there’s another fun event happening in Southern Vermont. It’s the Killington Wine Festival, taking place Friday, July 15th – Saturday, July 16th!

We hope you can make it to some of these exciting events.

Enjoy!

Summer is in full swing, and there’s no better time to be outside enjoying the things you love. If you’re looking to combine your love for the outdoors and beer, then look no further, as Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont is hosting what the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is calling a “Top Ten Event!” Don’t miss out on the 6th Annual Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival taking place Friday, August 7th and continuing through Sunday, August 9th. At this event, you’ll have the opportunity to sample more than 50 craft beers and ciders from regional brewers and also enjoy a variety of delicious wines as well. This year’s festival will feature a great lineup of live music, craft vendors and tasty culinary delights, all while you enjoy the beautiful green mountains as your scenic background.

Now that you’ve got the basic details, let’s look into the event a bit more in depth, and highlight all the fun happenings, so you don’t miss a beat!

Hours: Friday, August 7th, 5-9pm; Saturday, August 8th, 12pm-8pm; Sunday, August 9th, 11am-5pm

Location: Jackson Gore Courtyard, Okemo Mountain Resort

Music Lineup:

  • Friday, August 7th, East Coast Soul, 6:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday, August 8th, Big Fez & The Surfmatics, 1:00-4:00pm & Gang of Thieves from 4:30-7:30pm
  • Sunday, August 9th, Seeking Homer, 12:00pm-3pm & CK3 from 3:30-5:00pm

Current Tasting Lineup:

Cideries:

Vineyards:

  • Clifford Bay (New Zealand)
  • Chalone (CA)
  • Lincourt (CA)
  • Cooper Hill (OR)
  • Valckenburg (Germany)
  • De Bortoli (France)
  • Fresh Tracks (VT)
  • Eppa (NY)
  • Nieto Senetiner (Argentina)
  • Nobillo (New Zealand)
  • And many more!

Food Vendors:

The Common Kitchen Co., Outback Pizza, Squeels On Wheels, Good to Go!, Farmers & Foragers & Better Buzz Mobile Espresso Bar

Pricing & Tickets:

  • $20: 16 oz. souvenir pint glass with three 16 oz. beer sample tickets ($6 each additional 16 oz. beer sample ticket)
  • $20: 15 oz souvenir stemless wine glass with three 3 oz. wine sample tickets (you may substitute full beer samples in this glass), ($6 each additional 3 oz. wine sample ticket)
  • $10: 6 oz. souvenir beer tasting glass with three 6 oz. beer sample tickets ($2 each additional 6 oz. beer sample ticket)
  • Chicken Wing Contest: Buy 5 sample chicken wing tickets for $5, and receive one voting ticket to vote for your favorite.

Buy Your Tickets Today!

  • Purchase your souvenir glasses, refill tickets and Chicken Wing tickets ahead of time! Note: Online sales of Hops In The Hills products ends at midnight, Thursday night, 7/31/2014.
  • Click here to purchase your tickets!

A friendly reminder that this is a 21+ event, and you must show valid ID for admission. Be sure to check out the Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival Facebook page for additional information.

Have you attended the Hops in the Hills Festival in past years? If so, what were the highlights for you? Share them with us on our Facebook page!

Do you like celebrating artisan craft beers & the brewers who brew them? If you answered yes, then the annual Vermont Brewers Festival is the place to be next weekend, July 17th & 18th at the Burlington waterfront park! The Vermont Brewers Festival is celebrating more than twenty years of artisan craft beer making and is one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer. This festival is put on by the Vermont Brewers Association and the purpose of the event is to promote the amazing craft brewing scene in Vermont and beyond.

This year’s festival features over 40 different breweries from all over the state of Vermont, as well as Maine, New Hampshire, Quebec & Massachusetts. Some of the Vermont breweries include:

Want to know what some of those Vermont Brewers are going to have on tap? Here’s a teaser. Warning: drooling may occur, these beers sound delicious!

    • Hop N’ Moose Brewing Company to feature the following:
    • Head Doctor DIPA (7.4% IBU 41) An extremely well balanced double IPA with 5 varieties of hops, this beer is just what the doctor ordered!
    • Swamp Donkey Stout (7.2% 28 ABV) An oatmeal stout with notes of coffee & chocolate
    • Barrel Aged Surprise (5.0%) One log will be tapped each session

 

    • Magic Hat Brewing Company to feature the following:
    • Art Hop Ale (4.8%) A masterpiece of an easy-drinking pilsner. Hops and the addition of pink peppercorn express themselves freely leading to a delightfully spicy finish.
    • Electric Peel (6.0% 65 IBU) An electric IPA that sends shocks of flavors through a medium malt body amplified by grapefruit peel leaving behind a bittersweet finish.
    • Stealin Time (5.5% 60 IBU) A hazy summer sipper that will while away the days with a light malt sweetness, balanced by hops and a pinch of ginger.

 

    • Otter Creek Brewing to feature the following:
    • Joint Custody (6.2% 68 IBU) Brewed in collaboration with Jack’s Abby Brewing, this nouveau Pilsner features Huell Melon and Mandarina Bavaria hops.
    • Shed Profanity (6.8% 68 IBU) A f@#!ing hoppy brew with an obscenely malty backbone that will have you screamin’ the whole way down
    • Couch Surfer (5.4% 32 IBU) Brimming with darkly roasted malts and rich notes of chocolate and coffee, this velvety-smooth oatmeal stout lingers and lounges into your heart.

 

    • Switchback Brewing Company to feature the following:
    • Extra Pale Ale (4.8% 47 IBU) Developed using whole cone hops from the UVM Hop Extension project, providing a lively aroma with a tailored malt build.
    • Saison (7.5% 32 IBU) Complementing the lemony character from Saison yeast, we added Mosaic hops and peppercorn to the end of the boil
    • Berlinerweisse (3.0% 20 IBU) Brewed with our house Ale yeast and Lactobacillus producing this hazy, spritzy, straw colored beer with a clean lactic sourness.

 

  • Vermont Pub & Brewery to feature the following:
  • Mint Chocolate Stout (4.5% 30 IBU) Served with a fresh sprig of spearmint. Features freshly roasted Madagascar cocoa nibs from Lake Champlain Chocolates blended with fresh mint.
  • The V.I.P.A. (5.5% 75 IBU) A true Vermont IPA! Hopped exclusively with Vermont grown nugget hops from the UVM Extension Vermont Hops Project in Alburgh, VT.
  • Berlinerweisse (4.0% 8 IBU) A cloudy, wheaty, very sour tart style of wheat beer. Sour mashed and brewed using over 50% wheat malt. Light, tart, and thirst quenching.

Don’t forget to pair your beer with some delicious eats! Food vendors will also be at the festival so you can enjoy some tasty edibles from some of Vermont’s finest. Enjoy treats from: Ahli Baba’s Kabob Shop, Prohibition Pig, Black Diamond BBQ, Island Homemade Ice cream, American Flatbread, Worthy Burger & A-Maize-ing Kettle Korn.

This festival is outdoors and is a 21+ event (photo ID required). Looking for tickets? Sadly, this event sold out months ago. However, there are still tickets available for the first session, taking place on Friday, July 17th from 12:00pm-4:00pm. You can purchase tickets here, and will also receive a 2015 souvenir tasting glass & 15 beer tickets. You can also find a more detailed guide to the VT Brewers Festival here, to give you the inside scoop on all that happening over the weekend!

Have you ever experienced the Vermont Brewers Festival over the years? If so, what was your favorite part of the event and what beers did you enjoy most? We’d love to hear your thoughts, share them with us on Facebook.

The Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival has earned a reputation for being one of Stowe’s most highlighted summer events. Over the years, the festival has grown and next weekend, it marks its 29th anniversary! If you’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to soar high up in the sky, with the beautiful Green Mountains as your scenic background, then come and join the fun! The Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 10th through July 12th. Let your spirits soar as more than 25 hot-air balloons fill the sky! Want to know more details? Read on…

As an added bonus to this event, we’re giving anyone interested a chance to enter and win a balloon ride for two & a dinner at Charlie B’s Restaurant for two at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa on Balloon Festival weekend. All you have to do it text stoweballoonfestival to 38470 to enter!

FRIDAY, JULY 10TH

4:00 pm: Gates Open

  • Children’s Activities Begin
  • Food, Beer & Wine Tent opens
  • Gift Shops Open
  • Spa Tent Open for Chair Massage & Facials

5:00pm: Live Music Begins

7:00pm: Approximate Time for the Sunset Launch!

SATURDAY, JULY 11TH

6:30am: Approximate Time for Sunrise Launch, 4:00pm: Gates Open

  • Children’s Activities Begin
  • Food, Beer & Wine Tents Open
  • Gift Shops Open
  • Spa Tent Open for Chair Massage & Facials

5:00pm: Live Music Begins

7:00pm: Approximate Time for the Sunset Launch!

SUNDAY, JULY 12TH

6:30am: Approximate time for Sunset Launch!

The 29th annual celebration will include the following:

  • Children’s Corner with a variety of activities (small fees may apply)
  • Live Entertainment
  • Delicious Food
  • Beer & Wine Garden

Admission: $10 (Kids under 12 are free). If you are staying at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, you can enjoy free admission!

Festival attendees are welcome to join in the action; hot-air balloon rides are priced at $275/per person, plus tax & advanced reservations are highly encouraged. Tethered rides on the hot-air balloons may be available for $10/per person & reservations are not necessary. For more information, please call 802.253.7355, ext. 5538 or email sfrballonfest.flights@gmail.com

Interested in seeing the Stoweflake Balloon Hot Air Festival from an ariel perspective? Watch the video below from last year’s festival!

The Killington Wine Festival “has earned a reputation for being one of the Killington’s region’s signature summer events”. Entering into its 14th year, the festival has expanded over the years, and currently features more than 500 wines from a vast collection of over 40 vineyards from all over the world. This year’s festival will be taking place in July on Friday, the 17th & Saturday, the 18th. If you are still in the Killington area on Sunday the 19th, a “Wine & Nine Golf Tournament” will be taking place for you to round out your weekend!

So let’s talk about the details….

Estate Wine Tasting, Killington Peak Lodge, Friday, July 17, 6:00pm

This night includes a scenic gondola ride to kick off the Killington Wine Festival at the Killington Peak Lodge for an exclusive estate wine tasting. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk to the vintners and representatives behind the weekend’s wines and enjoy some of the best views in Vermont. This ticket includes light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets cost $85/person and you can purchase them here.

Wine Trail, Killington Road, Friday, July 17th, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Multiple restaurants along the Killington Road will transform into ‘tasting rooms’ to feature a special wine, or a food and wine pairing. These specials will take place on Friday from 6:00pm-10:00pm at various restaurants on the Killington road. Each of these stops along the way will showcase a different wine or wine portfolio paired with various edibles including gourmet cheeses, Italian tapas and desserts. There is free transportation provided between restaurants and will be available from 6-10pm. Gramps’ Shuttle will be providing the scheduled pick-ups. Please call 802-558-1543 to schedule a pick-up 30 minutes in advance.

The Grand Tasting, Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar, Saturday, July 28th, 1:00-4:00pm

The Grand tasting is at Killington Resort’s K1 Base Area & Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars under a large, festive tent from 1-4pm. This is the “premier event of the Killington Wine Festival”. You’ll have the chance to choose from over 400 wines from 40 different wineries for your sampling pleasure. Pair your wine with complementary hors d’oeuvres and samples of Vermont specialty products. The scenic Green Mountains will be your backdrop, so why not enjoy a round trip ride on the K1 gondola to the top of Killington Peak. Tickets include a signature tote bag and wine glass as well as the round trip gondola ride on the K1 Express. Tickets are $65/person and you can purchase them here.

Wine and Nine Golf Tournament, Green Mountain National Golf Course, Sunday, July 19th, 2:30pm

Round out your Killington Wine Festival Weekend with the perfect conclusion. Nine holes of fun scramble golf, an assortment of delicious wines and a gourmet dinner to finish off the evening. You can sign-up as a team or as a single and you’ll have the chance to enjoy a great day of golfing! The cost is $65 per player ($55 for GMNGC Members), which includes golf, cart, dinner and some fabulous prizes. $45 for the dinner and wine tasting only. Space is limited, so call and sign-up today! You can make a reservation with the Green Mountain National Golf Course by calling 802-422-4653.

Upgrade Your Wine Festival Experience

Wine Festival Patron Ticket is perfect for those planning to attend Friday’s Estate Tasting and Saturday’s Grand Tasting. This money saving ticket includes entry to the Estate Wine Tasting and also allows VIP early admission to the Grand Tasting on Saturday. This upgraded ticket costs $150/person and you can purchase your ticket here.

Please note that all information, dates and times are subject to change. You must be 21 or older to attend the tasting events. For additional event information, please contact the Killington Pico Area Association at 802-773-4181 or visit their website for more any other inquiries.

We’re looking forward to being part of the 14th annual Killington Wine Festival! If you are attending this year’s event, we hope you have a wonderful experience.

With the transition of summer to fall, and the inevitable (but welcome) shift from shandy to fall brews, also comes several end-of-summer festivals and concerts. Although we’re sad to see summer go this year, we’re excited about these fun events happening throughout our great state of Vermont. We hope to see you there!

WYSIWYG Festival: August 23-24 at Burlington College in Burlington, VT Get Tickets Here.

This artsy farm, food, music & art festival is new this year and promises a spectacular mixture of delicious, farm-fresh food and eclectic music. Set at the gorgeous Burlington College campus, you’ll be able to enjoy your music and food with a stunning view of Lake Champlain.

Enjoy food from Fork in the Road, Bluebird Group, Barrio Bakery, Hen of the Wood, Kismet Kitchen, Misery Loves Company, Woodbelly Pizza, and Hindquater. Each restaurant has paired up with a local farm to bring fresh ingredients to the festival.

Listen to music from Lee Fields, Patrick Watson, Moon Hooch, Shakey Graves, The Barr Brothers, Kishi Bashi, Anais Mitchell, How Sad, Barika, Big Bhangra Brass Ensemble, and much more.

Along with the amazing food and music there will be a variety of speakers, farmers, entertainers, activities for kids, and more to keep you busy during the two days of the festival.

We saved the best for last. The WSYIWYG Festival is also featuring over 16 of Vermont’s finest craft brews, a tasting event and daily showcases and programs hosted by the brewers. We hope to see all of you there for some local food, music, beer, and fun! Get Tickets Here.

Mount Snow Brewer’s Fest: August 30-31 at Mt. Snow Resort in Dover, VT Get Tickets Here.

This popular Brewer’s Fest is celebrating it’s 18th year and is famous for great beer, interesting music, fun crowds and more. This year, the festival will be hosting more than 35 breweries with 80 different varieties of beer and cider.

Drink as much beer as you like while taking in the gorgeous Southern Vermont scenery. There will be Scenic Chairlift Rides available and a Team Tee Shirt Contest. The team with the best tee shirts win free passes to the Winter Brewers Fest in April. This event is worth a trip down south and there is plenty of lodging in the area. Get Tickets Here.

Grand Point North Festival: September 13-14 at Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT Get Tickets Here.

This local music festival highlights bands that are easy to dance to and great for the entire family. Enjoy music from Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Trampled by Turtles, Lake Street Dive, The Devil Makes three, Dr. John, The War on Drugs, Lucius, Rayland Baxter, and much more.

Children 12 & under are welcome for free and there will be a variety of local food and beverages for sale at the festival. Get Tickets Here.

Which end-of-summer events will you be attending this year? Please share on our Facebook Page.

Happy Drinking!


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