Check out the 2018 festival guide here!
To be announced in late spring
The experience tent: Beer and food pairings
Meet the brewers and sample beer paired with various cheeses within an intimate setting at our experience tent. Hosted by Joseph Green, Certified Cheese Professional® and cheese manager at the Brattleboro Food Co-op.
Entry fee is $5 and tickets can be purchased in advance at the Vermont Brewers Association tent. Each session is 30 minutes and will featuring three different cheeses paired with three different beers.
Featured brewers and cheesemakers will be announced this summer leading up to the festival.
FOOD AND RETAIL VENDORS
We are so pleased to welcome the following food and retail vendors. Gates open a ½ hour before each session for attendees to enjoy these local vendors. Please note that most retail vendors are cash only. There will be a cash machine on site to use.
| 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.
Tickets are non-refundable and no exchanges, rain or shine. Tickets are non-transferable, ID required for ticket purchaser.
| 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.
| We reserve the right to card at any time during the festival.
| Admission includes includes a 2019 souvenir tasting glass and 15 tasting tickets.
| There are four separate tasting sessions and each tasting session is four hours. Please see Get Tickets Page for details.
| No children of any age, including babies, are permitted.
| There will be no entrance for anyone showing signs of intoxication. Tickets will not be refunded if refused entrance.
| No large bags allowed inside the festival. All bags and backpacks may be subject to search.
| No outside beverages or food are permitted including pretzel necklaces.
| No dogs are allowed on site.
DURING THE SESSION
| Please avoid the beer carts lanes 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. Help us prevent waste by using 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.
| Your session wristband must be visible at all times and one 3oz tasting is served at one time per wristband.
| 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.
OFFICIAL TASTING GLASS
| Each beer sample is limited to 3oz.
| Tastings are only poured into official 2018 souvenir glass
| Please make your sampling choice before entering the line at breweries so you don’t hold up the line for others.
| Please place your glass in a bag or pocket or recycled prior to leaving the festival site.
BEER TASTING TICKETS
| Please hand full ticket(s) to server when ordering. No half tickets will be accepted.
| You will receive 15 beer tickets with admission and additional tasting tickets may be purchased at the Vermont Brewers Association tent. They are $10 for 5 additional tasting tickets.
| 7.99% ABV or less = 1 beer ticket
| 8.0% ABV or higher & special releases. = 2 beer tickets (ABV’s notated by hop cone images festival guides and on breweries tap handles).
| There are over 250 beers to choose from so save time by making your tasting decisions before you arrive. You can download our app or check out the beer listing HERE. 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.
| Additional beer tickets are $10 for 5 tickets and can be purchased at the Vermont Brewers Association booth. Additional beer tickets will not be sold the last 1/2 hour of each session an please note its 5 additional tickets per wristband.
| Please do not pass on unused beer tickets. By Vermont law we are the liquor license holder and we cannot over serve anyone. By handing off tickets you might be over serving someone and risking the festival’s license and future of the festival. Protect our event and please do not pass off unused beer tickets.