Since 2007, the Alström Brothers have been coordinating and running one of the premier beer festivals in the country, The American Craft Beer Fest. Every year the lineup of craft breweries seems to get larger, and so do the crowds. This past weekend was no different. Over the course of three sessions (each session lasts about 3 1/2 hours), nearly 150 different breweries churned out tens of thousands of beer samples. All in all, this year’s American Craft Beer Fest offered over 600 different craft beers.
If you’re still on the fence about going to next year’s festival, then take a gander at our 5 reasons why you should attend the American Craft Beer Fest. From trying new and unique beers to meeting tons of passionate and friendly brewmasters, these five reasons are sure to make the decision of going, a no-brainer. Heck, you could even volunteer and get into the fest for free and still have the chance to try a slew of craft beers!
Reason #1 Beer, Beer & More Beer
That gorgeous mug you see above pretty much depicts the variety of emotions you’ll experience when you make it to Beer Fest. Excitement. Curiosity. Confusion (so many beers, so little time!). With nearly 650 craft beers to choose from, you are sure to find a favorite or two (or twelve).
Reason #2 – Long Lines? No Problem!
You’ll be standing amongst thousands of thirsty patrons for the better parts of the festival. If you don’t have the patience to wait in long lines for some of the more popular craft beers, just simply find the shortest line nearby. Who knows, that chance encounter could end up being a favorite of yours (for me, it was Burley Oak’s Brunette, a Belgian Strong Ale).
Reason #3 – Discover Regional Craft Breweries
The Tap Brewing Company out of Haverville, MA is one of the countless brewers who represent New England during beer fest. And without the help of the Alström Brothers I would have never discovered them. Their Ragnar Baltic Porter was a pleasant surprise as I tend to stay away from the darker ales, porters and IPAs.
Reason #4 – Try New Twists of Old Favorites
Some of the more recognizable breweries tend to showcase their latest creations at Beer Fest. Local favorites like Magic Hat, Harpoon, Narragansett and Brooklyn Brewery all offer seasonal variants of their familiar brews. Perfect for those who want to stay in their beer “comfort zone”.
Reason #5 – The People
Beers and great conversations. That sentence pretty much summed up our night at Beer Fest. Brewmasters are some of the most passionate, hard-working and friendly group of people you’ll ever come across. They are always willing to share their story and talk about what makes their beer better than anyone else’s.
Well, there you have it. Hopefully we will see you at the next American Craft Beer Fest! Cheers!