This past Friday was the 2014 Mass Brewers Fest. If you’re from New England and haven’t attended this festival in the past, you’re missing out. The event takes place at the Seaport World Trade Center, but if you’re now thinking “oh, like American Craft Beer Festival!”…ahhhhhh, no. This event is held at the Head House Concourse section of the Trade Center. It’s a beautiful open-air setup and the festival has benefited from AMAZEBALLS weather the last 3-4 years that I have attended this event.
The event isn’t anywhere near the size of an ACBF either. 2000 tickets are sold and ~30-35 breweries pour. Net-net, you get access to some of the best breweries and beer in the state, and it’s not insanely crowded.
This year, I got to the event early to take some photos for Yankee Brew News. Press pass…woot, woot! This gave me a good chance to schmooze with some folks I had not previously had a chance to meet. Among others, I enjoyed chatting with Pat Auclair and Schuyler Ward from Do Can Brewery in Lowell, as well as Paul Nixon from Plymouth’s Indie Ferm.
Indie Ferm’s Honey Tripel was one beer at the fest that REALLY made an impression on me. It’s honey-tastic, but not overpoweringly sweet. Fantastic creation that’s apparently selling faster than they can make it. As of right now, you’ll need to make a trip to Plymouth if you want to get some for yourself.
Below is a little photo recap of the event, courtesy my photographer-wife.
Tonight I’m off to drop off our dog at the in-laws. Tomorrow, I fly to Chicago for a 4 day weekend. I plan on coming back with some beery tales to tell. I’m most excited about trying some stuff from 3 Floyds Brewery, which I don’t believe I’ve ever had before. Have you tried their stuff? What beers should I seek out while I’m there?
Although I’m away and don’t have a beer review for you, I do have a brief picture recap of an event I went to last Friday. Jack’s Abby 3rd Anniversary Party was held at Rail Trail Flatbread Company in Hudson, MA on 7/25/2014. I showed up early to avoid the crowds, and man was that a good choice! Although I have no photos of the masses, trust me when I tell you that by 7:00pm when the event STARTED, the place was feeling seriously claustrophobic.
The beers on tap were amazing: 20 of Jack’s Abby’s finest brews. Although the brewery is only a 15 minute drive from where I live, there were a handful of beers on tap that I had never tried. The beer was fantastic and the food from Rail Trail was ridiculous. Melissa and I split a fig and walnut flatbread pizza. That’s right, fig and fucking walnut pizza. *foodboner*
As an aside, I was still on high-powered pain medication for my back that evening. Believe it or not, I actually do not recommend doing this. I was hammered after a half of a pint, and it all went downhill from there. And thus, no reviews of the beers I drank that evening!