Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m.—LUDLOW—It’s no April Fools’ joke—Okemo Mountain Resort has scheduled an on-the-snow beer festival April 1. Based on the overwhelming success of its three-day summer beer festival called Hops in the Hills, Okemo introduced a one-day winter beer celebration called Hops on the Snow three years ago. The event will take place in Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn courtyard from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 1.
Vermont’s craft beer industry has put the state on the map for beer aficionados, drawing more than one million visitors each year, according to an economic impact report commissioned by the Vermont Brewers Association. The National Brewers Association estimates that in 2016 the economic impact on Vermont exceeded that of maple syrup. The manufacturers of craft beer support nearly 2,000 jobs and the state ranks first in the nation for number of breweries per capita.
Admission to Hops on the Snow is free and open to the public, aged 21 and older (attendees must present valid ID), and will feature 10 seasonal brews for sampling. Pricing for the beer tasting is $15, which includes a souvenir six-ounce glass and four samples. Additional sample tickets will be priced at $3 each. Glasses and tickets will be sold at the event.
In addition to the seasonal brews, Okemo will be serving up fresh-from-the-grill fare and barbecue favorites.
For more information, call 802-228-1600 or visit okemo.com.
A festival-goers enjoys fresh brew during Okemo’s annual Hops on the Snow festival, a spin-off of its already popular summer brew festival, Hops in the Hills.