Event Day Details

Location

Burlington’s Waterfront Park, 20 Lake Street

festival guide

Want to see what past beers were offered at our festival? Check out the full list of brewers and their beers from our  2019 Festival Guide.

FOOD AND RETAIL VENDORS

Additional food and retail vendors will be announced. Gates open a ½  hour before each session for attendees to enjoy these local vendors. Please note that many retail vendors are cash only. There will be an ATM on site to use.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Tickets are non-refundable and no exchanges, rain or shine. Tickets are non-transferable, ID required for ticket purchaser.

ADMISSION

| You must be 21 years of age to enter the event. A valid US Driver’s License or passport is required as proof of ID for all tasting session tickets.

| All attendees will be required to show proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of the event.

| Wait times to enter the event may be longer than usual due to our COVID-19 policy (thank you for understanding), but gates open a half hour prior to the event taking place to help facilitate entering the event prior to beer being served.

| Admission includes a 2022 souvenir tasting glass and a tasting badge good for up to 15 samples. You may purchase an additional tasting badge good for 5 more samples at the Vermont Brewers Association tent. 

| Please have your session wristband visible at all times.

| There are four separate tasting sessions and each tasting session is four hours. Plus a special event on Thursday evening. Please see Get Tickets Page for details.

| There will be no entrance for anyone showing signs of intoxication. Tickets will not be refunded if refused entrance.

| We know they are cute, but children of any age, including babies, are not permitted

| The festival is outdoors on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain. Make sure to check the weather before a session, as we open rain or shine so please dress accordingly. In cases of extreme wind or lightning, for your safety, we may evacuate you to a safe shelter.

OFFICIAL TASTING GLASS

| New for 2022. You may choose your sample size.  All attendees are given a tasting badge.  Each badge has 15 samples.  1 sample = 3oz     2 samples = 6oz     3 samples = 9oz.  Beers over 8% ABV will require additional tickets.

| Tastings are only poured into official 2022 souvenir glass

| Please place your glass in a bag or pocket or recycled prior to leaving the festival site.

BEER TASTING BADGE

| Please hand your badge to the server when ordering.  Badges will be hole punched based on the number of ounces being poured.

| You receive 15 beer samples with admission.  1 sample = 3 oz 2 samples = 6oz     3 samples = 9oz.

| Additional beer badges are $10.  Each additional badge allows for 5 additional samples. Tasting badges are available for purchase at the Vermont Brewers Association tent. There is a limit of one additional beer badge per attendee.  Additional beer badges will not be sold during the last 1/2 hour of each session.

| Please do not pass on unused beer badges. By Vermont law we are the liquor license holder and we cannot over serve anyone. By handing off a badge you might be over serving someone and risking the festival’s license and future of the festival. Protect our event and do not pass off unused beer badges..

| 7.99% ABV or less = 1 hole punch 

| 8.0% ABV or higher & special releases. = 2 beer hole punches (ABV’s notated by hop cone images festival guides and on breweries tap handles).

| There are so many beers to choose from so save time by making your tasting decisions before you arrive. Beers may be subject to change and we cannot predict the demand for certain beers, so we do not guarantee availability of any beer listed.

The experience tent: Beer and food pairings

Due to the current climate of COVID-19 we feel it’s best to not have people gather inside a tent for beer and food pairings.  We hope to offer this experience again in the future. 

General Details

| We reserve the right to card at any time during the festival

| Please, no large bags inside the festival. All bags and backpacks may be subject to search.

| Because we have food and retails vendors who have health permits to attend our event, we cannot have any outside beverages or food including pretzel necklaces

| Only service animals are able to accompany a ticket holder

| Please avoid the lanes where beer carts travel just past the green fencing area. We are moving over 500 kegs & 5000 lbs of ice to the brewers for your tasting pleasure.

| There are several limited tented areas for seating. Please do not save chairs.  Please do not bring your own personal tents, lawn chairs, etc.

| There is no re-entry

| There is no swimming

| There is free cold water available from the water truck. We suggest a one to one ratio of beer to water. You may use your tasting glass or bring an empty water bottle to the event.

| Please be nice to brewery staff. They do not make the laws, but it is their job to observe them. Please do not ask them to put their jobs or licenses in jeopardy.

| We are a tasting festival and operate under the same laws that your favorite bar does. If you are looking to taste some of the best beers in the world and talk with the brewers who brew them with a background of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, then you should purchase a ticket.

| Please be considerate of our neighbors. The waterfront is surrounded by condos and apartments. Please respect their property and noise levels when arriving and leaving the festival.

| Each session ends promptly and the site will be cleared at the close of every session. Everyone must exit through the front entrance. Please note there are restrooms near the exit.

| When leaving, glasses should be placed in a pocket or bag before leaving the festival or you may choose to recycle your glass at the gate.

| Brewery staff reserve the right to refuse serving any individual who does not cooperate with wrist band identification, ticketing policy, or if attendee shows any signs of intoxication.

| Our event photography and filming policy can be found HERE