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Aug 17, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Beer festival doubles in size


Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch The 2nd annual Rails and Ales Festival is held on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Anyone wanting to get tickets to the 3rd annual Rails and Ales festival next year at Heritage Station better line up early.

Only 1,500 tickets were available for this year’s craft beer festival in downtown Huntington, and they went fast. Diane Pendleton of Hurricane, W.Va, was able to get six the first day they went on sale. “We were lucky,” she said. “We got ours just in time before they sold out.”

“We’ve gone to other beer festivals,” she said. “This is comparable. This is a big success. Craft beer is very popular now. People love tasting the different beers.”

“My son got tickets for me,” said Pat Reger of Huntington. “This is a great little thing for Huntington.”

Jessica Pressman of the Better Beer Coalition, which hosts Rails and Ales, said tickets were limited because “we want the experience for everyone to be enjoyable. We want everyone to have a good time. We want to grow slowly so we can provide a quality experience for everyone.”

Eighty-nine different beers brewed or distributed in West Virginia were available at the festival. There also were six food vendors including the folks from Backyard Pizza, which has been without a home since a fire in downtown Huntington several weeks ago.

The group would like to expand the festival next year, Pressman said.

Shelly Keeney of Huntington went to the inaugural festival last year and knew she wanted to come back this year. Only 750 tickets were sold last year.

“It was really good, and the food vendors were very good, so I’ve been looking forward to it,” she said.

Bill Rittenour, owner of Chestnut Brew Works in Morgantown, W.Va., was attending the festival for the first time. He opened his brewery in April of last year and plans to expand from 200 barrels to 1,100 barrels this November. Things are going well.”

He was offering three types of draft beer, but his Halleck Pale Ale was the favorite of many.

Chip Roedersheimer of the North End Tavern and Brewery in Parkersburg, was another of the microbrewers participating in the festival.

“We were here last year,” he said. “I picked up five accounts. I deliver to Huntington every other week or so.”

“I was bred to this,” he said. When his parents brought him home from the hospital, they put him in an Inglenook wooden wine crate instead of a baby bed. “We’re the oldest, continuous operating brewery in West Virginia. The company has been in business since 1899.”


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Aug 15, 2014
Freddie Kitson

One day not enough? How about a Beer Weekend?

Las Vegas already has so many beer festivals—but damn it, we need more! Luckily, the folks at Mandalay Bay are well aware of this, and have scheduled a three-day Beer Weekend to celebrate not only the best beer has to offer, but some of the Strip’s finest cuisine.

The beer list is tempting enough by itself: Dogfish Head, Ballast Point, Stone and Firestone Walker, as well as local breweries Big Dog’s, Tenaya Creek, Chicago Brewing Company, Joseph James, Bad Beat and Crafthaus. But Mandalay Bay’s Director of Food and Beverage (and the state’s first female certified cicerone) Sarah Johnson is taking the event over the top by including food from some of Mandalay Bay’s finest restaurants.

The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. September 12 with a brewmasters’ dinner at Mix, featuring a five-course menu served with Firestone Walker and Brooklyn Brewery beers, with presentations by the brewers themselves. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is $225 per person.

If that’s a bit too much for your wallet, wait until September 13 for the beer festival at Mandalay Bay Beach at 7:30 p.m. It’s $75, but there will still be plenty of beer on offer, as well as food from chefs including Hubert Keller, Michael Mina, Alain Ducasse, Shawn McClain, Matthias Merges and more.

And to get you in the mood to drink, attend a craft beer revolution panel discussion from 3-4 p.m. at Eyecandy Sound Lounge earlier that day, featuring Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy. The event is free, but seating is limited to the first 100 who attend.

Assuming you’re in good enough shape the following morning, check out Beer for Breakfast at 9 a.m. September 14 at Fleur. Chef Hubert Keller will prepare a special brunch menu, all of it paired with beers selected by Johnson. To make a reservation, call 702-632-7400.

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Aug 15, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Saturday’s Ed Fest Craft Beer & Music Festival serves up bigger bands, more …

For Luther Dickinson, writing about tough times isn’t easy, but it is one way to make great music. Dickinson is the vocalist and guitarist of North Mississippi Allstars, a Southern roots rock group with a long legacy and large fan following. The band will headline EdFest, the local craft beer and music festival in Edwards today. Like their name suggests, North Mississippi Allstars are heavily influenced by their home state, and the hard life that many in the deep south experience.

“It’s the home of the blues,” Dickinson said. “Mississippi, it’s a rough place. I guess people use music as an escape to try and find a way out.”


Dickinson might be more inspired by hardscrabble moments than happy ones, but more than anything he’s interested in fusing old-school soul into tunes that make you want to move.

“A large part of what we do is incorporate traditional music into a new aesthetic,” Dickinson said. “We just love working within the roots music vernacular and making danceable modern music out of an ancient melody and rhythm.”

Dickinson formed North Mississippi Allstars in 1996 with his brother, Cody. The sons of Memphis record producer Jim Dickinson, the brothers have music in their blood and a bond that’s hard to break, even if sometimes they wish they could.

“(Working with my brother) in a lot of ways is telepathic and unspoken and the music comes really easy,” Dickinson said. “But of course it’s stressful in other ways. The payoff is no matter what, you can always keep the band together, you know that (at least) two of us will be at the show.”

This will be the first time in three years the band has played in Colorado, and six years since they took to the stage locally. Dickinson said he loves playing in Colorado because the jam band scene is still celebrated and going strong.

“It’s one of the best audiences in America,” Dickinson said. “It’s fun because (people in Colorado) like live music. It’s like New Orleans or San Francisco or Chicago, it’s a great musical environment because of the people.”


It’s difficult to determine who’s more excited for the show today, North Mississippi Allstars themselves or the fans. Marisa Selvy, co-owner of Crazy Mountain Brewery and festival director for EdFest, said getting the band to headline was big coup for the festival, only in its fourth year.

“We’re just really thrilled,” Selvy said. “A lot of people are impressed that we’re able to book them on our own. Normally you have to book through a promoter or an agent. All we did was pick up the phone and called their managers. I like their vibe. It’s danceable music that attracts a fun crowd, but not a crazy EDM crowd.”

The band is not the only thing that’s bigger at EdFest this year. Originally held in the Crazy Mountain Brewery parking lot, EdFest will spread to the soccer field at Freedom Park and have 64 breweries, compared to 32 last year. In addition to all the cool brews, EdFest will also incorporate local craft spirits, including the new Parce Rum and Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Selvy said the festival has grown just as rapidly as the craft beer craze itself.

“People are becoming a little more educated with how they drink and what they drink,” Selvy said. “Instead of getting the cheapest beer, they look at the menu and see that a beer was made in a small batch from a (craft brewery). People like that craft beer has finer ingredients.”


Selvy said the current trend in craft brews are session beers, which are five percent alcohol by volume or less.

“Craft beers are (normally) really high in alcohol,” Selvy said. “With session beers you can have a long drinking ‘session,’ and just hang out without getting too drunk so quickly.”

Selvy said festival-goers should keep their eye out for quite a few rare European brews, which aren’t sold anywhere locally. With more than 60 breweries, the festival is designed for craft brew lovers looking to try something new.

“I bet you there’s not going to be a single person who’s already tried every single beer we have,” Selvy said.

Personally, Selvy is pumped for opening band Laughing Bones, who will be reuniting just for EdFest.

“When I first moved here they were my favorite band in the valley,” Selvy said. “We said, ‘We’d love it if you would get back together and play (for the festival)’. They have such a unique Americana sound.”

Kate Kingsbery, event coordinator at Great Divide Brewing Co. in Denver, said what makes EdFest better than other craft beer festivals is it’s run by an actual brewing company, who know how to craft not only good brews but a great atmosphere. A big fan of North Mississippi Allstars who’s seen them perform live several times, Kingsbery said the festival is a can’t miss for both beer and music fans.

“(At EdFest) you have craft beer, music and hanging out with a bunch of brewers,” Kingsbery said. “That sells itself.”

Both brewers and musicians will be crafting something made from the heart at the festival.

“For me personally, (performing) is about how to rise to the occasion, how to conjure up a special moment and then extend that moment,” Dickinson said. “It’s about making a shared feeling with the audience.”

Head down to Edwards to share a beer, craft a musical memory and savor the last drops of summertime, before they’re gone for good.

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Aug 15, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Immerse yourself in suds at new Boulder Craft Beer Festival

If you go

What: Boulder Craft Beer Festival

When: Noon-5 p.m. Aug. 23

Where: Central Park, west of Broadway on Canyon Boulevard

Tickets: $30 advance, $35 day of event


Participating breweries

• Twelve Degree Brewing, Louisville

• Avery Brewing, Boulder

• Bootstrap Brewing, Niwot

• Boulder Beer, Boulder

• BRU Handbuilt Ales, Boulder

• FATE Brewing Co., Boulder

• Gravity Brewing, Louisville

• J Wells Brewery, Boulder

• Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont

• Odd13 Brewing, Lafayette

• Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont

• The Post Brewing Co., Lafayette

• Sanitas Brewing Co., Boulder

• Shine Brewing Co., Boulder

• Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder

• Upslope Brewing Co., Boulder

• Vindication Brewing Co., Boulder

• Walnut Brewery, Boulder

• West Flanders Brewing Co., Boulder

• Wild Woods Brewery, Boulder

With more than 30 breweries and brewpubs, Boulder County is a thriving hive of activity in Colorado’s craft-beer scene. And while most of those breweries participate in many events locally and throughout the state, it might seem like an oversight that there are no beer festivals specific to celebrating Boulder County’s breweries.

That will change when the inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival sets up shop from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in the area of Central Park west of Broadway.

Presented by Liquor Mart and produced by Downtown Boulder Incorporated (DBI) — the nonprofit organization that puts on Bands on the Bricks, the Open Arts Fest, Munchkin Masquerade and many other downtown events — the Boulder Craft Beer Festival will include more than 20 local breweries pouring samples of their beers, as well as food, music, games and other attractions.

“We were a little surprised that no one had done a festival like this yet,” said event director Anna Salim. “We were looking to do something in conjunction with the start of the Pro Cycling Challenge (Stage 7 from Boulder to Denver is the following day), and we were also encouraged by the City of Boulder Parks Department, which is very keen on activating our downtown civic areas.”

The event will take place along Boulder Creek in the grassy area between the Boulder Public Library’s main branch and the Municipal Building.

Tickets, $30 in advance or $35 at the gate, include a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited beer samples, as well as snacks provided by Glutino and Udi’s Gluten Free. Food also will be available for purchase. Attendees younger than 21 or who choose not to purchase a sampling wristband still will be able to join in the fun, including music throughout the day and games such as Ping-Pong and Cornhole.

A Designated Driver ticket is available for $10 that includes five non-alcoholic beverages and a $10 voucher for use with onsite food vendors. Attendees are encouraged to walk or bike to the event, and Boulder B-cycle will offer a bike valet service for a small donation.

Proceeds from the Boulder Craft Beer Festival will help fund other DBI events, many of which are presented at no cost to the community.

Just as these annual community events are a big draw for local residents and visitors alike, the concentration of Boulder’s breweries acts as a draw in its own right and is also a major contributor to the area’s economic vitality, said Terri Takata-Smith, DBI’s marketing and communications director.

“Roughly 6,000 jobs in Colorado have been created through the craft-beer industry, and about 600 to 700 of those jobs are right here in Boulder County,” she said.

Organizers sought input from local breweries to identify elements that would make for a successful, more collaborative experience.

Said Salim: “We wanted to come out of the gate with a really strong event and get everyone invested from the start, especially the breweries. The emphasis is on bringing everyone together for a great community event and the opportunity to taste all these great Boulder County beers in one location.”

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Aug 14, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Pints all round for Lions as beer festival is a day to rememb-Arr!

Nearly 800 drinkers downed more than 3,000 pints at Saturday’s Fleet Lions Beer Festival, helping make it the most successful yet.

To celebrate its eighth year, the Lions picked the pirate theme Pieces of Eight and there was grog aplenty for thirsty revellers.

Beer festival organiser Dan Franklin was delighted with the response.

“We sold out of our 38 barrels of beer and 50 gallons of cider, with the cider gone by 8pm,” he said. “We had around 770 punters in all, 555 of whom were in the evening, which was busier than ever before. We even had to turn people away.

“There was a really interesting, varied selection of beers this year, which was commented on by many of the visitors, as was the well kept nature of it.”

This year’s festival on August 9, again held at The Harlington in Fleet, featured two sessions – one at lunchtime, from 11am to 3pm, and one in the evening, from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. There were 38 different real ales from 15 breweries, including those from the best local micro breweries in the area. Locally produced ciders also went down well.

In a unique twist, all six of the Monster Raving Loony Party’s range of Co‘ALE’ition ales were on sale together for the first time.

Monster Raving Loony Party leader, and Fleet resident, Howling Laud Alan Hope officially opened both the afternoon and evening sessions and was MC for the event, which featured live music from the Stomping Nomads and the Fleet Booze Hound Blues Band.

There was also a barbecue, with all the meat supplied by Clark Butchers of Fleet, and fresh rolls from Morrisons.

Fleet resident and CAMRA member Derrill Carr said it was one of the most enjoy-able beer festivals he had ever attended.

“It was brilliantly planned by the Fleet Lions organisers and the execution on the day was perfect,” he added.

“The Harlington once again proved to be an excellent venue and the sunny weather on the day was very helpful.

“The popularity and growth of real ale is remarkable as this event proved, once again, with lots of ladies and younger people in attendance, helping to destroy the myth that ale festivals are only for guys with beards who are over 50.”

Mr Carr said the real ales were served in “excellent” condition by “very knowledgeable” volunteers.

“All the real ales sold out by the time the festival closed at 9.30pm,” he added. “The evening session was a complete sell-out by 7.30pm and it was a one in, one out policy for the last couple of hours.”

Mash brewery’s Amber ale was voted best beer of the festival. A special commemorative glass, designed by Fleet artist Andy Johnson, was also given to every drinker.

Organisers are still counting the proceeds from this year’s festival, which will be donated to Sailability, but they hope to have raised in excess of £5,000.

Based at Frensham Ponds, the charity gives disabled people the chance to sail and offers a range of boating opportunities, from therapeutic to competitive sailing, all within a safe, caring and social environment.

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Aug 14, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Enjoy a traditional pint of real ale in Nottinghamshire

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE is the ideal place for real ale lovers to go for a traditional English pint.

In fact, you’ll be spoilt for choice of things to do with its rich brewing heritage and the city centre reputedly home to more bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants per square mile than any other city in Europe. A barrel full of beer festivals will be taking place throughout the year.

Nottingham is a ‘City of Caves’ and is famously known for the quality of its beer, with its brewing heritage dating back to the medieval times. Many breweries and malt kilns were located beneath street level within the manmade sandstone caves, and many pubs had access to cave cellars which maintained the perfect temperature year round. Their location underground enabled soft water to be filtered through the sandstone, and malt production to take place through the year due to the freshness of the naturally air conditioned caves. Nottingham’s brewing heritage has been celebrated in a folk song called “Nottingham Ale” and there are many old travel tales referring to how good the beer was.

The county is the birthplace of iconic companies such as Home Ales, Mansfield Brewery and the much-loved Shipstone’s, which recently re-emerged as a new microbrewery having been closed for more than 20 years. It is home to England’s oldest inn, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, as well as many tasty local breweries including Castle Rock, Navigation, Lincoln Green, Pheasantry and Nottingham Brewery.

Indeed, the recent resurgence of real ale could be attributed to the fact that many of Nottinghamshire’s breweries also have their own pub taps, such as the city’s newest pub, the Crafty Crow.

Sarah Thursfield, Marketing Manager, Experience Nottinghamshire, said: “Nottingham has a rich brewing heritage and is the ideal place to go for a traditional pint of real ale. It is home to England’s oldest inn, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, along with a barrel full of local breweries and beer festivals.

“VisitEngland, the national tourist board, has identified ale tourism as a growth sector and this is reflected in Nottinghamshire with the growth of attendance at the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival year-on-year. Just recently, in partnership with Nottingham City Council and CAMRA’s Nottingham branch, we have invited Brandon Lewis MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to the festival in October. A novel invitation, on a specially produced beer label on a bottle of Castle Rock Brewery’s award winning Harvest Pale Ale, has now been sent to the Government Minister inviting him to attend the launch of the beer festival on Wednesday 8 October.”

Richard Neale, from Shipstone’s Beer Company, said: “If you’re looking to try a great range of hand crafted beers then the local selection in Nottingham is second to none. You will find an amazing selection of different beer styles from over 20 dedicated brewers and served in a great selection of pubs, all pulling together to make Nottingham a great place to visit for people who love good beer.”

From dining in a cave at both the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Hand Heart, discover a heap of history at the Cross Keys, Fothergills and The Prince Rupert or if you are exploring Sherwood Forest then make sure you call in at the Fox and Hounds at Blidworth, a traditional countryside pub which offers ales and delicious seasonal food – just a few of many welcoming pubs and bars across the county.

If you want to discover the many artisan and speciality beers we have to offer, explore one of the Beer and Ale Trails, available from Experience Nottinghamshire’s website.

The highlight of the year for beer fans is the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival which takes place every October in the grounds of Nottingham Castle. This year’s event takes place between Wednesday 8 and Saturday 11 October. Organised by Nottingham CAMRA, the festival offers over 1,100 different real ales, not to mention over 220 different real ciders, with over 25% of the beers on sale brewed within 20 miles of the Castle.

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite there are also lots of smaller beer festivals taking place throughout the year, including the Newark, Retford and Hucknall beer festivals. For a round-up of all our beer festivals, click here.

Go behind the scenes on a brewery tour…

If you’re a real ale lover, brewery tours at Nottinghamshire’s local breweries are a great way to get the afternoon started. Your group will be able to go behind the scenes at one of Nottingham’s favourite breweries and find out what goes into your pint, and in some cases sample a few tasty beers along the way. For more information on breweries and tours in Nottinghamshire, click here.

For more information on beer in general throughout Nottinghamshire, visit

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Aug 14, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Great NH Beer Events on Tap August-October 2014

New Hampshire’s late summer and early fall seasons are packed with great beer festivals and celebrations.

Have an event you’d like to see listed here? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or add it to our events calendar.


August 16
2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Redhook Brewery
1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth
(603) 430-8600

WXGR 103.5FM Dover presents HOOKFEST 2014 featuring Lettuce. This event will take place in Portsmouth at the Redhook Brewery from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Other musical acts include Bim Skala Bim, King Hammond, Michael Bernier Freevolt and the Spittin’ Vinnies.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. This will be a day filled with good food, beer and fun so don’t miss out! Click here for more information and ticket sales.

Beveridge Craft Beer Fest

August 16
12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Wolfetrap Grill Raw Bar
19 Bay St., Wolfeboro
(978) 880-3013

The inaugural Beveridge Craft Beer Fest will bring some of the finest New England Craft Brewers to beautiful Back Bay of Lake Winnipesaukee for all fest goers to sample and enjoy. This will be Wolfeboro’s first event of this kind featuring 50+ craft beers from 20+ New England Craft Brewers.

The event benefits Camp Sunshine.

Click here for tickets and more information.

2nd Annual Gate City Brewfest Wing Competition

August 23
1 p.m.
Hollman Stadium
67 Amherst St., Nashua

The Gate City Brewfest Wing Competition is back for another year! The event will kick off on Saturday August 23. Over 40 breweries will be pouring handcrafted beer for you to explore and local restaurants will be facing off in a wing competition. General admission tickets are $25 ($20 in advance) and $5 for designated drivers/ under 21. Kids under 12 are free.

A ticket to the event includes: a souvenir tasting glass for the first 1,000 entrants, beer samples, a wing tasting card and a wing nut to case your vote for your favorite wing.

The Gate City Brewfest is a family-friendly event with bounce houses, games, Monster Energy BMX Stunt Show abd the Cornhole Championship Finals. Free live music is provided by Rock 101 FM.

Partial proceeds of this event will be donated to the Police Athletic League and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  

Click here for tickets and more information.

Wicked Wine and Brew Fest

September 6
2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Mel’s Funway Park
454 Charles Bancroft HWY, Litchfield

Wicked Wine and Brew Fest is a unique tasting event featuring New Hampshire and New England wineries and breweries. Local musicians, artisans, and vendors will also be on hand to celebrate the beautiful fall day. The Telegraph is teaming up with the NH Food Bank to raise money for a good cause while enjoying the New England fall season.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $5. Click here for tickets and more information.

2nd Annual Capital Cup Brew Festival

September 6
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Kiwanis Riverfront Park
15 Loudon St., Concord

Twenty craft breweries will participate in the event sampling local craft selections as well as hard-to-find varieties from around the United States. A beer garden will also be open starting at 11 a.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 (including a commemorative glass) at may be purchased at the door for $20. In addition, the Weekend on the Water features dragon boat racing, food vendors, duck boat rides, live music, crew race, maddog fitness challenge race and a rubber duck race!

5th Annual Greater Salem Rotary Club Oktoberfest

September 13
12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Rockingham Park
Rockingham Park Boulevard, Salem

Featuring traditional German food, beer and other beverages. The Chris White Band and Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band will both provide live music during the day. Adults are $5 and kids 12 and under are free. Click here for more information.

Symphony NH Oktoberfest

September 27
6 p.m.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery
221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack
(603) 595-9156

Dust off your lederhosen, pull up your socks, and join us at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery to celebrate beer, harvest, and traditional music.

We have your choice of seasonal brews and year-round favorites on tap alongside German beer-hall food favorites like bratwurst and strudel. Festive traditional music will make you feel like you’re in a Bavarian biergarten!

$40 admission price includes a wide variety of beer on tap, German food and dessert, non-alcoholic beverages, and live entertainment.

For an additional $10, take an after-hours Brewery Tour.  Tour space is limited so reservations are strongly recommended; select this option at checkout.

This is a benefit for Symphony NH’s community music programs. Click here for more information.


September 27
Butler Park, Central St., Hillsborough
12 p.m.-5 p.m.

A day of great German food, beer and entertainment during foliage season in downtown Hillsborough. Authentically prepared schnitzel, sauerkraut, potato salad, breads and desserts are served under the tent. There are also plenty of beer, wine and craft vendors, shopping opportunities, oom-pah music and more. Click here for more information.

Upper Valley Oktoberfest

October 3
Top of the Hop and Alumni Hall on the campus of Dartmouth College, Hanover
6 p.m.-9 p.m.

A celebration of New England craft brewers and local food. Tickets are $35 and limited to the first 500 purchasers. Your purchase entitles you to 12 tasting tickets upon entry. All proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the Lions´ local charities and scholarships. Click here for more information.

Exeter Powderkeg Beer and Chili Festival

October 4
12 p.m.
Swasey Parkway, Exeter

Love beer? So do we! The 2014 Exeter Powder Keg Beer Chili Festival will take place alongside the 16th Annual Fall Festival, a long standing Exeter tradition that includes local crafters, vendors and street entertainment. So pack up the family and come on down to experience all the fun Exeter has to offer! Click here for more information.

Attitash Oktoberfest

October 11-12
Attitash Mountain Resort
Route 302, Bartlett

Attitash Mountain Resort will host the 17th Annual Oktoberfest on Columbus Day weekend and will feature live, traditional Bavarian music from the world renowned King Ludwig’s Band, dancing, Stein Hoisting and Keg Toss competitions for adults, kids’ activities and games, authentic German food and the Biergarten tent featuring local and regional brewers. This year’s attending brewers will compete for the “People’s Favorite” annual award.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Loon Mountain Oktoberfest

October 11-12
60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln

Get a taste of the Bavarian Alps in the White Mountains during Oktoberfest, the annual celebration of German food, drink and culture. Timed to coincide with peak foliage season, you’ll enjoy beer, brats, and sauerkraut as you reconnect with old friends and make new ones. With an oompah-band providing the soundtrack to fun games like the stein-holding contest and keg toss, you’ll have an awesome time. Click here for more information.

NH Brewfest

October 25
Session 1: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Session 2: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
VIP Session 12 p.m.-1p.m.
Redhook Brewery
1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth

Held on the grounds of Redhook Ale Brewery, this event is a special fundraiser for the Prescott Park Arts Festival in partnership with Master Brewers Association of America and WHEB’s The Morning Buzz.

Admission includes entry to the event, 5oz souvenir sampler cup, beer samples and live music and entertainment.

Enjoy some of the best craft beer, great food and music and support a great cause.

Click here for tickets and more information.


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Aug 13, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Beer & beach festivals bring tourists to Dalian

The northeastern coastal city of Dalian in Liaoning Province has always been a magnet for tourists from both home and abroad. And this is even more so in the summer, as the city gives tourists two more reasons to visit – with a double dose of festival fun.

Summer beer festivals dot the Chinese landscape from the north to the south. And one you don’t want to miss is the China International Beer Festival in Dalian. The 13-day festival has on offer more than 400 varieties of well-known beer brands. Locals and tourists joined the annual party in the city’s Xinghai square beside Bohai Bay, enjoying active days and summer nights filled with cooling brews.

The International Beach Culture Festival in Dalian.

The International Beach Culture Festival in Dalian.

If beer isn’t your drink, Dalian has more to offer – the International Beach Culture Festival.

The event takes place on the city’s Golden Pebble Beach. One of the highlights is this very popular sand sculpture competition. This year, more than 300 people are getting their hands stuck in .

The beach culture festival also includes a creative design contest, various sports competitions, exhibitions and craft shows.

The two festivals are a great boost to Dalian’s tourism industry, having already attracted more than 3.5 million tourists.

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Aug 13, 2014
Freddie Kitson

5 Ski Resort Beer Festivals Not to Miss

Skiers dig beer. So it’s no surprise that a number of beer festivals are held at ski resorts. Most in the summer and fall, but occasionally one pops up while there’s snow still on the ground. Personally I love the idea of a ski-in beer fest. I also enjoy good food and music, which most beer festivals feature as well. Pretty much a perfect mix!

Ski resorts offer large open venues, great views, and a population of eager enthusiasts (AKA skiers) ready to knock back a few pints.

Google “beer festival” along with your state to find festivals near you, including those hosted off-resort. Here are five to get you started:

Blue’s Brew Fest

August 16, 2014

Times: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Location: The Valley, Blue Mountain Ski Area, Palmerton, Pennsylvania

Admission: $30/in advance, $35/at the door

Situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, the Blue’s Brew Fest combines fun revelry and music with a beautiful destination–perfect for a weekend getaway!

“Blue’s Brew Fest features a wide variety of local microbrews, craft beer and some of your favorite domestic and imports! Enjoy live music with the Doc from Penn’s Peak Radio and craft and specialty vendors!”

Breck Oktoberfest

September 12 – 14, 2014

Times: 9/12 – 2:00pm-6:00pm, 9/13 – 10:00am-6:00pm, 9/14 – 10:00am-5:00pm

Location: Breckenridge, Colorado

Admission (including stein): Half Liter Stein – 1 Day $30/Full Liter Stein – 1 day $35

One of several Oktoberfests around the country, Breckenridge is sure to do it up right. Let’s face it, how can you miss with schnitzel and beer?

“Breckenridge’s 20th annual Oktoberfest, September 12-14, 2014, includes a fun-filled weekend of fall foliage, great parties, genuine German cuisine, collectible steins and special accommodation packages. Don’t miss the largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains.”

PHOTO: Breckenridge, Robin Johnson

Snowbird Oktoberfest

Aug. 16 – Oct. 12, Every Saturday – Sunday

Times: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird, Utah (Near Salt Lake City)

Admission: FREE

Another fun Oktoberfest, held annually since 1973, Snowbird’s event is one of the largest festivals in Utah. Nosh on German food, dance, and sample some of Utah’s finest local brew. While you’re there, be sure to ride the tram to the top of Hidden Peak, especially at sunset.

PHOTO: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Mt. Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival

September 20, 2014

Times: 12:00pm – ?

Location: Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado

Admission: Chili Beer Ticket $25 in advance/$30 at gate

Here’s your chance to get high (elevation 9,375 feet, what were YOU thinking?). Drink beer, eat chili, and relax to laid-back tunes. This is the 16th consecutive Mt. Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival and it sounds like a blast! They have several ticket packages to choose from so be sure to visit their website to order in advance.

“Sample locally made chilis, sip some of Colorado’s finest craft beer, and enjoy some great tunes from great bands.”

Brew-Ski Festival

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Times: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs, Michigan

Admission: FREE

Here’s where powder meets a frothy mug! They even have weekend packages including lodging, breakfast, Friday night hors d’oeuvres, and lift tickets.

“Hit the slopes, share laughter with friends and join us at our sampling bars where brewery representatives share their enthusiasm, and 240 brews from around the U.S. When you’ve satisfied your thirst, take in some live music while your favorite brats and burgers reach tasty perfection on nearby grills…”

PHOTO: Brew Ski Festival 2013, BOYNE

Still looking for more brew-fest options? Here is a great collection gathered by of beer festivals help across the country:

Beer Festival Calendar

This post originally ran on the Liftopia blog.

By Erika Wiggins, The Active Explorer (@Active_Explorer)

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GOODS | New “Red Dawn Saison” Released By Penticton’s ‘Cannery Brewing …

August 11, 2014 

Cannery Brewing is located at 112 – 1475 Fairview Rd. in Penticton, BC | 250-493-2723 |

Cannery Brewing is located at 112 – 1475 Fairview Rd. in Penticton, BC | 250-493-2723 |

The GOODS from Cannery Brewing Company

Penticton, BC | A new dawn is here. It’s a red dawn. A Red Dawn Saison! And it’s the latest limited release in the Artisan Creations series from Penticton’s Cannery Brewing.

French for “season”, Saisons were originally brewed during the cooler temperatures from autumn to early spring in order to be ready for the scorching heat of summer. Jeff Canada, who is part of the brewing team at Cannery Brewing, took the lead on the brewing of this fresh, crisp ale. “We had a great time testing out a variety of different options for the Red Dawn Saison. We wanted to create a saison that was unique in flavour, colour and finish. I think we did just that with this highly individualistic quintessential artisanal brew. Its unique red colour leads to a surprisingly dry finish. At 5.5% alc./vol. and 28 IBU’s, it’s the perfect beer to help quench a major thirst this summer.”

Inspired by pieces of art or photography, the labels for Cannery Brewing’s new Artisan Creations line-up are artistic creations that match the artistry of these beers. Jeff explained, “We looked at a lot of possible images for this label. When we saw this photo (above) from Kaarel Mikkin of, we all fell in love with it instantly! We feel the artistic nature of this image is perfectly paired with the artistic nature of this new beer.”

Cannery Brewing’s Red Dawn Saison is a single batch release that will be available at private liquor stores and restaurants throughout BC until it is gone. It is already sold out at the brewery, so don’t delay. For a list of private liquor stores carrying the Red Dawn Saison, click here.

For more information on Cannery Brewing or any of its fine hand-crafted ales and lagers, visit, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, call 250.493.2723 or drop by and see them in the Brewery, which is located in Penticton, British Columbia.


112 – 1475 Fairview Rd. | Penticton, BC | V2A 7W5
Telephone: 250-493-2723
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Owners: Patt and Ron Dyck
Brew Team: A passionate group of beer crazy souls.


Located amidst the breath taking scenery of Penticton, British Columbia, our micro-brewery produces individually hand-crafted fine ales and lagers of unmistakable complexity and balance.  This flavour is the result of wonderful combinations of premium quality malted grains and carefully chosen Pacific Northwest hops. Cannery Brewing is the Small Brewery with Big Flavour!

All of our beers are created with carefully selected and scrutinized ingredients.  We use the finest hops and malted barleys and only the finest yeast strains.  Our brews are all natural.  They contain no preservatives and are not pasteurized.  You get a fresh, crisp taste every time.

We brewed our first batch of beer in the Old Aylmer Fruit and Vegetable Cannery in Penticton on April Fool’s Day, 2001.  It did seem like an auspicious day for the start of a brewery that would be dedicated to enjoyment (not to mention the odd practical joke!). In the beginning, we brewed and sold beer in kegs for local restaurants, pubs and clubs.  After that came the wonderful 8.5 litre Party Pigs of beer that flew out our doors. (Our pigs do fly!)

In 2011, we celebrated our 10th anniversary and our 1000th brew! Today we sell our beers in 650ml bottles, 355ml cans, on tap, in Party Pigs and we recently launched a new Growler program. A Growler is a reusable, glass 2L bottle that can be filled at our brewery.


Over the years, we have been fortunate to receive a number of different awards at various beer festivals throughout the country. We were thrilled when we won a Gold Medal for our Squire Scotch Ale and a Silver Medal for our Naramata Nut Brown Ale as part of the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards.

Cheers All Around For Penticton’s Cannery Brewing | Penticton Western News

Cannery Brewing Strikes Gold At CBAs | Beer Geek

Squire Scotch Ale A Gentleman’s Affair |

Cannery Brewing India Pale Ale: Now this is an IPA! | BCandy

Naramata Namesake Gets Award At Beer Fest | My Naramata


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