Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Fest, Belgian Beer Fest, & Insane Tap Lists

Thanks to breweries and beer organizations both local and from afar, Boston is getting spoiled over the next week and a half in terms of awesome beer events. The two big events are at the beginning and end of the stint - Cambridge Brewing Company's Annual Pumpkin Festival and BeerAdvocate's Belgian Beer Fest.

Best Use of Pumpkins...Ever!

Tomorrow marks the third annual Cambridge Brewing Company Pumpkin Festival, which entails costumes, pumpkin beers, and a 150 pound pumpkin which is actually used as a vessel to serve beer!

Cambridge Brewing Pumpkin Festival

The beer list is incredible, specifically CBC's unique pumpkin beers: a Pumpkin Saison with Curry Spices, Pumpkin Barleywine, Barrel aged Wild Pumpkin Porter, and the list goes on.

  • When - Saturday, October 30th @ 4pm
  • Where - Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge, MA
  • Cost - $10 at the door and pay per serving (admission includes pint glass!)

Tomme Takes Over Armsby Abbey

Smack dab in the middle of the week is an event at Armsby Abbey in Worcester. Tomme Arthur from Lost Abbey/Pizza Port is taking over the tap lines - 22 taps of pure California goodness! The tap lines will be filled with rarities such as Devotion, 2008 Older Viscosity, Cuvee de Tomme, and Double Fruit Framboise. The specifics on this event are available over at BeerAdvocate.

  • When - Wednesday, November 3rd @ 6pm
  • Where - Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
  • Cost - Free admission, pay per serving

EDIT - Alec from Armsby posted on BA that Cuvee de Tomme will NOT be available at the event...according to Tomme, "its not ready yet."

Belgium in Boston

BeerAdvocate rounds out the week with the great Belgian Beer Fest and all the festivities that go along with it. While the actual festival may be well sold out, you can still get your fix of Belgium with events at The Publick House and Lord Hobo.

BBF Pre Party

Starting at 6pm on Thurday (11/4), The Publick House will be hosting the official BBF Pre-Party with co-hosts BeerAdvocate and Allagash. In addition to the expansive Belgian beer menu that The Publick House normally boasts, Allgash will be pouring a number of rare and exciting beers, including a coolship offering, Larry (wild ale), Avance (BSDA), and the two beers specifically made for the BBF - Big Little Beer and Little Big Beer.

  • When - Thursday, November 4th @ 6pm
  • Where - The Publick House, Brookline, MA
  • Cost - Free admission, pay per serving

NoTF and Lord Hobo Post Party

Friday is holds the infamous Night of the Funk, in which brewers from around the world come to show off the funkiest, tartest, most delicious beers that they could conjure up. Don't feel left out if you can't make it, Lord Hobo is throwing a serious party with vintages of Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. The beer list posted on the BeerAdvocate event page also mentions multiple Mikkeller kegs, Jolly Pumpkin, and some Belgian classics such as De Ranke.

  • When - Friday, November 5th @ 6pm
  • Where - NOTF @ Cyclorama in South End, Post Party at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA
  • Cost - NOTF is soldout! Lord Hobo is free admission, pay per serving

BBF Sessions 1 & 2

The main two session of the Belgian Beer Fest take place on Saturday, with Session 1 running from 1pm to 4:30pm and Session 2 running from 6pm to 9:30pm. I'll be attending the day session, and based on previous BeerAdvocate events, expecting a great time with amazing beers.

  • When - Saturday, November 6th @ 1pm and 6pm
  • Where - Cyclorama in Boston South End, MA
  • Cost - Both sessions are soldout!

Take advantage of these events! Boston is lucky to have the beer scene it has and it pays off for all who want to enjoy!

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