Weekend 6.14-6.16: Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest

This weekend the Second Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest descends on the Armory for three sessions of regional beer drinking. The event last year was awesome, with lots of local goodies to try and a really fun atmosphere. Looking ahead, the Friends of the Somerville Public Library are hosting an event on Monday with Whole Larder Love author Rohan Anderson that benefits the group’s programming and work. And next Friday is the Somerville Local First ’80s-themed prom In the Air Tonight. It’s going to be a fantastically fun event that supports one of the city’s great nonprofits, so enter to win a pair of tickets or buy yours today!

This post is brought to you by The Book Shop.
The Book ShopCome to The Book Shop (694 Broadway) this Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. to hear veteran Boston journalist George Hassett discuss some of the area’s most legendary crime stories. Hassett covers everything from Prohibition to the Mafia, the Irish Gang War to Whitey Bulger and even the forgotten chapters of Boston gang history. Hassett has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in the Boston area for publications like the Boston Phoenix, Somerville News and Cambridge Chronicle. And if you’re looking for some great summer reads you can purchase right in Somerville, I’ve got three recommendations and a way for you to help support The Book Shop.

Peak Organic

Friday

Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a Berkshire Distributing tasting from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. and a Baystate Wines tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. In Davis Square, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a Balsam tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. In Magoun Square, K2 Beer and Wine (500 Medford St.) hosts a wine tasting from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Second Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Second Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest this Friday (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and Saturday (3 p.m.-6 p.m. or 7 p.m.-10 p.m.). The event showcases local beverage producers as well as locally made brews that incorporate other local ingredients (think Taza Chocolate, fruit and even oysters). Tickets are $35 each or $65 for two. You can read a review and see photos from last year’s event here.

Shopping for starter plants

Saturday

Union Square Farmers Market: Head down to the Union Square Plaza on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to stock up on fresh, seasonal produce, baked goods, bread, meat, eggs, fish and so much more at the Union Square Farmers Market. The market runs on Saturday mornings through November 23. Local strawberries are starting to come in and if you’re looking for a tasty way to use them, I suggest trying this Strawberry Panzanella Salad.

Assembled: Assembled: The Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row is a free event that runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on most Saturdays throughout the next few months. The market features dozens of local artists, food trucks and special events. You can view photos from the first market here.

Somerville Squeezebox Slam: From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday accordionists will walk the streets of Somerville before ending up at Seven Hills Park in Davis Square for a concert by Lady Kielbasa, an accordion-playing drag lunch lady, and others that runs until 6 p.m. This is a celebration of accordions, button boxes and other free-standing reed instruments to which all are invited to participate in and attend. Rain date is June 29.

Second Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Second Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest on Saturday (3 p.m.-6 p.m. or 7 p.m.-10 p.m.). The event showcases local beverage producers as well as locally made brews that incorporate other local ingredients (think Taza Chocolate, fruit and even oysters). Tickets are $35 each or $65 for two. You can read a review and see photos from last year’s event here.

DF Rings

Sunday

The Davis Flea: The Davis Flea is open on Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from now through October 27. The market features new and returning vendors selling antiques, vintage goods and more. Stop by the parking lot of the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road to check it out. Rain or shine.

Monday

Whole Larder Love: The Friends of the Somerville Public Library presents Rohan Anderson, author of Whole Larder Love, on Monday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Fringe Union (9 Olive Square). Anderson will discuss sustainable eating while demonstrating homegrown foods and gathered plants in cookery. Tickets start at $15 and proceeds benefit the work of the Friends of the Somerville Public Library.

SLF Prom AdP.S. Support a good cause and have fun with your friends at Somerville Local First’s upcoming ’80s-themed prom In the Air Tonight. Decade-appropriate outfits and hairstyles are encouraged (the best dressed will win a fabulous prize) and you’ll be able to capture all the night’s memories in the photo booth–plus, this time there’s booze! It all goes down on Friday, June 21 from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Greek Orthodox Church (29 Central St.) and tickets are $30 (includes food and drink). Enter to win a pair of tickets or buy yours today!

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