Each summer, craft beer aficionados and ale fans attend WGBH's Craft Beer Festival to sample dozens of brews from the best around, and to get a chance to learn more about the brewing process. Guests also enjoy some of Boston's best eats from local food truck vendors while enjoying live music. It's a fun time!
You can get your tickets here, and check out this preview of all of the amazing craft beer vendors that you'll be sampling:
Aeronaut Brewing Co.
Craft beer; creative new recipes. A cool location. And lots of community involvement. These are just a few of the things that Aeronaut Brewing Co. are known for, in addition to some pretty stellar beers; year round and seasonal.
14 Tyler St., Somerville, MA, aeronautbrewing.com
Altruist Brewing Company
Top notch beer and people; Altruist maintains a passion for good ales through brewing small hand-crafted batches, adjusting each recipe in an endless pursuit of perfection, and including a big dose of love into each batch.
559 Main St., Sturbridge, MA, altruistbrewing.com
Bantam's original cider is made from apples fresh-pressed from Carver Hill Orchard in Stow, MA, that are fermented and blended at Westport Wineries in Westport, MA. We love them because their ciders are fresh, crisp, and their makers really understand the meaning of "locally sourced".
40 Merriam St., Somerville, MA, bantamcider.com
Battle Road Brew House
Taking inspiration from its revolutionary roots, Battle Road in Maynard, MA is not your typical brewpub. With a shared focus on beer-friendly foods from both sides of the Mason-Dixon, their menu is balanced with real pit Southern BBQ, New England staples and amped up pub fare. And each of their four flagship beers have been used to make their signature BBQ sauces, all with their own distinct personality. Delicious.
5 Mill & Main, Maynard, MA, battleroadbeer.com
Baxter Brewing Co.
Whether it’s cotton tarps or beer taps, Baxter Brewing Co. believes that hard work starts when the sun rises and doesn’t stop until the job’s done. In addition to some inventive names, all of Baxter's brews share the common traits of grit, determination and passion. It should come as no surprise that they're the first brewery in New England to can all its beer. Flavor-locked... and loaded.
130 Mill St., Lewiston, ME, baxterbrewing.com
Berkshire Brewing Company
Established in 1994, Berkshire Brewing Company is New England’s premier regional craft brewery. They keep it simple: brewing their ales and lagers fresh in small batches. They keep it real: all of their beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized, and contain no chemical additives or preservatives. And they keep it creative: producing a broad range of year-round and seasonal ales and lagers, and frequent brewer’s specials.
12 Railroad St., South Deerfield, MA, berkshire-brewing.com
Big Elm Brewing
The founders of Big Elm Brewing left the brew pub business to focus on beer production, and in 2012 brewed their first batch of beer. Since then they've been focused on quality and community, and developing strong roots to support a growing company.
65 Silver St., Sheffield, MA, bigelmbeer.com
Cambridge Brewing Co.
New England-inspired cuisine; locally sustainable practices; a plethora of locally, nationally, and internationally awarded beers — just a few things that Cambridge Brewing Co. is known for. They're also the first commercial brewery in the U.S. to brew a Belgian beer.
1 Kendall Square, Bldg. 100, Cambridge, MA, cambridgebrewingcompany.com
Castle Island Brewing Co
Castle Island is dedicated to crafting the highest quality beer with purpose and without pretense. With a focus on American ales, they make offerings that are both unique and approachable.
31 Astor Ave., Norwood, MA, castleislandbeer.com
Champlain Orchards Cidery
Champlain Orchards Cidery is family-owned and ecologically managed, overlooking the gorgeous Lake Champlain in Shoreham, VT. Every drop of their hard cider is made with apples grown on the orchard and crafted by hand on site.
3597 VT-74, Shoreham, VT, champlainorchardscidery.com
Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co.
Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. brings sarcasm and freshly brewed craft beer to the heart of Lansdowne Street; infamously known for their wicked local (and delicious) brews, and going far beyond your average brewery experience.
3 Lansdowne St., Boston, MA, 617- 859-0030, cheekymonkeyboston.com
Cold Harbor Brewing Co.
Since 2015, Cold Harbor Brewing Co. has been crafting fine ales of exceptional flavor in homage to the grain mills of Cold Harbor Brook. Their mission is to produce world-class craft beer inspired by classic styles.
108 Milk St., #6, Westborough, MA, 508-871-0919, coldharborbrewing.com
Down the Road Beer Co.
Founded in 2015, Down the Road Beer Co. is a fast-growing craft brewery in the heart of Everett, MA. Their beer is top notch, their taproom houses a retro pinball arcade, and their artwork —created by illustrator Nikki Rossignol— designs a narrative around the monsters and mischief-makers that inspire their ales.
199 Ashland St., Everett, MA, 617-454-4255, downtheroadbrewery.com
Flying Dreams Brewing Co.
"Unique twists on traditional favorites." That's the brewing plan at Flying Dreams Brewing Company. Well, that and to brew their beers an average of 25% longer than other craft brewers do to "get it right". These guys don't mess around with flavor.
455B Park Ave., Worcester, MA, flyingdreamsbrewing.com
Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company
Deep in the woods of Lyman you’ll find Funky Bow, one of the most sought after breweries in Maine. A father and son team “done good” are constantly developing new single batch flavor combos, as well as their staple beer line guaranteed to tickle your taste buds.
21 Ledgewood Ln., Lyman, ME, 207-409-6814, funkybowbeercompany.com
Hitchcock Brewing Company
Named after ancient Glacial Lake Hitchcock, Hitchcock Brewing Company is a 10-barrel brewery located in Whately, MA, boasting views of Sugarloaf, Hitchcock Hopyard, historic tobacco barns and acres and acres of active farmland. Their focus? Local beer for local people. And their doing it right.
129 Christian Ln., Whately, MA, 413-695-2400, hitchcockbrewing.com
Idle Hands Craft Ales
Idle Hands is well known for their craft Belgian beers. The Aeam and Adelais are both very popular, as well as Heide, Emelyn, Two Seam, and Proème. And we love that they're located in Malden; an area that's smack dab in the middle of spectacular local food boom.
89 Commercial St., Malden, MA, idlehandscraftales.com
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Founded in 1991, Ipswich Ale is one of the oldest craft brewers around. Their on-site restaurant, the Ipswich Ale's Brewer's Table, keeps 15 different tap lines going at all times and serves a diverse menu that compliments the beers. What's popular? The Original Ipswich Pale Ale, and the IPA. Also, their award-winning stone ground mustard? Delicious.
2 Brewery Pl., Ipswitch, MA, ipswichalebrewery.com
Mighty Swell Spritzers
Mighty Swell Spritzers were born in Austin, TX, out of a desire to create a better ready-to-drink alcoholic beverage—one that uses premium ingredients and the kick of carbonation—that you can stash in your cooler as you hit the lake, pool, beach, or golf course. They're carrying on the tradition of doing everything bigger in Texas.
Moon Hill Brewing Co.
Named after a neighborhood in Lexington, MA, Moon Hill Brewing Co. is a bottled offshoot of the Gardner Ale House brand, aiming to make life simple with delicious, classic beers that have some of the most inventive names we've heard.
74 Parker St., Gardner, MA, 978-669-0122, moonhillbrewing.com
Founded in 2009 by a fermentation scientist, Mystic Brewery cut its teeth brewing difficult and traditional styles like Saison, Gruit, and Wild Ale, and by employing retro-innovative techniques like square fermenters and native fermentation cultures. And in 2013 they became the first brewery to win a Great American Beer Festival gold medal using an American indigenous yeast strain. We're not shocked, this beer is delicious.
74 Williams St, Chelsea, MA, 617-466-2079, mystic-brewery.com
Official "beer of the clam"; pop culture icon. And of course it has one of the oldest and longest histories of all the breweries in New England (check out their story). As a resident New Englander, it's not only your right, it's your duty to drink Narragansett. You can cook with it, too. Check out all these recipes.
461 Main St., Pawtucket, RI, narragansettbeer.com
Award-winning Belgian ales, and a rotating edition of historical ales. And let's not forget the Game of Thrones special edition beer; paying homage to the struggle for control of the Seven Kingdoms in the hit HBO series, Bend the Knee is being distributed in a series of three collectible bottles, all finished in matte black and adorned with one of the Great House sigils. Ommegang is on fire.
656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, NY, ommegang.com
Ponyshack makes their Cider in small batches and with local apples grown in the heart of apple country in the orchards surrounding Boxborough, MA. Over the years they've developed their own custom blends of apples to press into fresh juice to create different hard Cider varieties.
22 Littlefield Rd., Boxborough, MA, 978-393-1653, ponyshackcider.com
Prospect Cider Works
Craft cider; locally sourced apples. Prospect Ciderworks is one of the newest editions to the area, but already have a stellar reputation for brewing up some pretty amazing ciders. Fun fact? The first batch of apples they bought for their Cider was from Prospect Hill Farm in Harvard, MA. The brewery isn't open yet but keep an eye out; it's happening soon.
173B Norfolk Ave., Boston, MA, prospectciderworks.com
New England's most well-known brewery has a long history, beginning when founder Jim Koch brewed the first batch of Boston Lager in his kitchen – a recipe that belonged to his great great grandfather that he found in his father’s attic back in the early 1980s. We couldn't be more thrilled that Samuel Adams will be joining us this year.
30 Germania St, Boston, MA, 617-368-5080, samueladams.com
Stoneface Brewing Co.
A strong and rapidly-growing presence in the craft beer scene on the Seacoast of New Hampshire, Stoneface Brewing Co. is brewing beer we like to drink. The list includes hop-forward IPAs and pales, interesting lagers, delicious dark ales and a growing sour program. The list goes on and on.
36 Shattuck Way, Newington, NH, 603-570-2603, stonefacebrewing.com
The Lagunitas Brewing Company
The Lagunitas Brewing Company was founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, California and is known for iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles, and irreverent descriptive text and stories on its packaging, and its iconic slogan: "Beer speaks, people mumble."
True North Ale Company
True North has a unique perspective on brewing beer, with a multi-generational group of family and friends working together to produce some highly creative craft beers including American IPAs, Belgian Ales, German Lagers, cutting-edge sours, and many more traditional and experimental styles.
116 County Rd., Ipswich, MA, 978-312-6948, truenorthales.com
True West Brewery
True West brews their beer with all the same ingredients as everyone else; hops, grains and water. But they also have a secret ingredient; SUNLIGHT. Their brewery is powered by 100 solar panels, so they are truly shedding light on their brewing process! On top of that, the brewery lives in the same building as their restaurant, which means the taps are pulling directly from the source. That's a reFRESHing beer.
525 Massachusetts Ave., Acton, MA, brewtruewest.com
With a recent rebrand from Farmer Willie's Ginger Beer to Willie's Superbrew, the Willie's brand is all about innovation. Far from a simple ginger beer, the key to the new brew is Superfoods + Fermentation, or Superbrew. It's certainly not beer, or cider, or seltzer. And it's not just about ginger. It's something completely different.
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