The Armory on Highland Ave. is hosting its second craft beer festival of the summer devoted to local brews this weekend. Drink Craft Beer Summerfest promises to delight your tastebuds with more than 70 samples of farmhouse ales or saisons from 25 breweries around New England.
The Hyper-Local Craft Brew Fest was a really fun celebration of all things regional and this weekend’s Summerfest looks like it will build on that theme. Attendees can choose from three sessions (Friday 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.) to sip samples from breweries located around New England, like Hill Farmstead Brewery (Vermont) and Revival Brewing Company (Rhode Island) as well as local favorites Slumbrew and Night Shift Brewing.
Summerfest will highlight beers brewed in the farmhouse or saison style, which are perfect for summer because they’re generally quite refreshing and effervescent. This style of beer developed from the tradition of Belgian farmhands drinking a light, low-alcohol beer provided by the farm owner during the summer. The breweries on tap this weekend have interpreted this style to make it their own, so each sample will likely be quite different from the next.
And if you can’t attend the Summerfest this weekend or are craving even more craft beer goodness, stop by Olde Magoun’s Saloon tonight (July 12) from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and sample some of the beers that will be available this weekend. The free event will feature samples from Pretty Things Beer and Notch Brewing as well as snacks and appearances by some of the brewers. Kick off the weekend early with this event tonight in Magoun Square!
Celebrate great, local beer perfect for a warm summer day at this weekend’s Drink Craft Beer Summerfest. And if you go, report back! I’d love to know what samples were your favorites.
Drink Craft Beer Summerfest
191 Highland Ave.
Friday, July 13: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 14: 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.