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Yes! Beer festivals are going on year-round! Bring enthusiasm and big thirst

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 19, 2018 1:11:05 PM / by Mary Lhowe, Editor,

Mary Lhowe, Editor,


Sure, beer is great on a hot summer or crisp October day. But New England brewers are toiling at their craft year-round, and the beer festivals and tastings are happening all year in every state, sometimes indoors, sometimes outdoors.

At our "Food Events – Festivals" pages you can a brewfest to brighten you weekend and expand your beer palate. Below are some featured events from each state. Some choices are the fest happening soonest; some of them just tickle our fancy. Find more at links below listings. We update the Food Events pages continuously all year.


 beer and bacon for FB.jpgRhode Island Beer Festivals

Ok, the Bacon and Beer Fest 2018 at the utterly unique Steel Yard in Providence, RI, doesn’t happen ‘til June 9, BUT – you need to get your tickets now. First, just thinkL beer and bacon. What could be more perfect? Also, this property of metal artists on an old steel-making property is limited in size, so it will sell out early.


 Connecticut Beer Festivals

Coming up, January 28: the Connecticut Real Ale Fest 2018 at Brewport Brewing Co. in Bridgeport, CT. This is a cask ale event, accompanied by Brewport’s famous pizza. Full disclosure: we don’t exactly know what “cask ale” means, but it sounds a little pirate-ish, so get onboard!


Maine Beer Festivals

The Maine Brew Fest 2018 is at Sunday River ski area in Newry, ME is on April 7. A lot of winter eating and drinking events happen at the ski areas of northern New England. Since this is coming in April, prepare to observe some pond skimming.


 Massachusetts Beer Festivals

Winterfest 2018 with Rapscallion Brewery in Sturbridge, MA, January 27. I would go anywhere and do anything if the destination is named “Rapscallion.” This party is in the tap room on the brewery, and people of all ages, as well as dogs, are welcome.

The star of the day is the brewery’s Winterfest brew.


New Hampshire Beer Festivals

 Seacoast Winter Beer Fest 2018 at the Portsmouth Gaslight Co. in Portsmouth, NH, on February 24. Brewfest at the Gaslight company kicks off Portsmouth Beer Week. Your co-host is 2Beerguys so brace yourself for a good time.


Vermont Beer Festivals

Winter Brewfest 2018 at the Sheraton Burlington in South Burlington, VT, February 9 and 10 is an indoor festival, thank you very much. Seventy-five craft beers, ciders, wine, cocktails and spirits. Enjoy music, food samples, party games and more.

Mary Lhowe, Editor,

Written by Mary Lhowe, Editor,

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