Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 Things to Expect at the Vermont Brewers Festival

For the first time in years I've decided to opt out of the Vermont Brewers Festival. I'll be taking my talents to Maine for the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tour festival instead and I could not be happier about it. I for one feel good about sharing this with out of towners, I can get most of the great beer here on the regular (although I admit I really want the Four Quarters Brewing Company Whiskey Sour & the Prohibition Pig Pappy Van Winkle barrel aged stout.)

However, those of you going this year are surely in for a treat. It is always a good time! If it is your first time attending here are 10 things you can expect, and if you can't make it, 10 things you will miss.

  1. Lines, really long lines. Especially at Lawson's, Alchemist, and Hill Farmstead. Also, at the bathrooms.
  2. People wearing completely DUMB pretzel necklaces
  3. A gorgeous view of Lake Champlain, and if you are lucky a beautiful #BTV sunset
  4. Bros, lots of bros.
  5. Beards.
  6. Smiles, laughing, and people having a fantastic time!
  7. Sadness, disappointment. People who did not pace themselves, or had one too many Magic Hat Meatwhistles.
  8. At least one person trying to go for a swim
  9. People who only have #9
  10. Stupid hats
Have fun, drink responsibly, enjoy our fine city and gorgeous waterfront. Cheers!

Drink #VTbeer 


  1. I have a couple additions:

    11. No children - for the first time, they are making the Festival 21+
    12. No "soft drinkers" - aka - Designated Drivers. Not sure who thought it was a good idea to get rid of THOSE tickets, but everyone inside this year will be drinking.
    13. Volunteers second guessing their decision.
    14. People giving away their tickets after they either can't take anymore beer or anymore festival shenanigans.
    15. People getting kicked out.
    16. People barfing THEN getting kicked out.
    17. Long line trend continuing at all the good bars downtown.

    Yep, pretty glad we're skipping it this year.