Friday, December 5, 2008

Upcoming Beer Festivals to Keep You Warm

As the cold weather sweeps into Boston, it helps to start thinking of activities around the city that are not only enjoyable, but will keep you out of brutal conditions. Luckily for us beer drinkers, Boston is full of bars that treat us with selection of "winter warmers." But one thing even better than the bars is beer festivals! In the next two months there are two great beer festivals: Beer Summit's Winter Jubilee (January 16th and 17th) and Beer Advocate's Extreme Beer Fest (February 20th and 21st). I've been to a few Beer Summit events, and the turnout is always good. They give you tickets (12 I think) for beer, but the brewers don't really take them and fill you up without question. I haven't been to the Extreme Beer Fest before, but have only heard raving reviews about it.

Both festivals have a Friday night session and two Saturday sessions (day and night sessions). Below are some more details on each of the festivals:

Beer Summit Winter Jubilee

Location: The Park Plaza Castle
Beer Summit Website
  • Session 1 - January 16th, 5:30pm to 9:30 pm, $40 per ticket
  • Session 2 - January 17th, 12:30pm to 4:00pm, $40 per ticket
  • Session 3 - January 17th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, $40 per ticket

Beer Advocate's Extreme Beer Fest

Location: The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts
Beer Advocate Website
  • Night of the Barrels - February 20th, 6:00pm to 9:30pm, $50 per ticket
  • Session 1 - February 21st, 1:00pm to 4:30pm, $40 per ticket
  • Session 2 - February 21st, 6:00pm to 9:30pm, $40 per ticket

Both of these events are sure to be a good time. If you are one for trying something different, the Night of the Barrels sounds like it will be amazing - "100% wood-aged beers w/ upwards of 50 offerings." $10 more than the Saturday sessions, but it will definitely be exclusive (only 500 tickets being sold) and memorable.

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