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Brewfest brings beer, foliage, food, music – and more beer

Sept. 28-29—KILLINGTON—Wet your whistle with a backdrop of 4,241-feet of Vermont’s finest autumn foliage and enjoy live music, a plethora of fabulous food offerings and over 100 of the finest craft beers in the region. Brewfest returns to the Beast itself, Killington Resort, Saturday, Sept. 29. Since 1995, craft beer lovers have been flocking to the Green Mountains of Vermont to sample the finest brews in New England during the pinnacle of fall foliage. The event features over 40 breweries pouring more than 100 craft beer styles, a vendor village and live music.

While there is only one tasting session this year, the event has expanded to include Snowshed and Ramshead base lodges, allowing more activities, beer and food. The Saturday tasting session runs from 1-5 p.m., with an extra hour upgrade available from 12-1 p.m. – that’s tasting an hour before everyone else – at a VIP rate. With live music on three stages, this year’s performers include Joey Leone, Chris Pallutto Trio and The Idiots.

Participants must be at least 21 years of age and a valid ID with proof of age is required. Brewfest staff will be checking IDs sporadically, and reserve the right to deny alcohol to anyone and remove anyone from the property.
Early bird on advance tickets are available at $40 early bird, $45 advance, and $50 the day of the event. VIP tickets are $60. Tickets include a commemorative drinking glass, eight beer sampling tickets, over 100 brews to sample and live music on three stages. Extra sampling tickets will be available for purchase on-site. Designated driver tickets are $10.

Beer samples will only be poured in 5-ounce, souvenir tasting glasses. For beers under 9 percent ABV, a 4-ounce sample equals 1 ticket; for beers over 9 percent ABV, a 4-ounce sample equals 2 tickets.

There will be shuttles and taxi services available throughout the event. Please designate a driver and drink responsibly.

To get the party rolling, join the brew-inspired golf tournament at Killington Golf Course, Friday, Sept. 28, with a 3 p.m. shotgun start. Enjoy exclusive sample brews on-course during the round of golf. The 9-hole scramble comes complete with brew-friendly raffle prizes and beer-paired, post-round appetizers. This years brew selections will be Jack’s Abby’s Copper Legend Octoberfest, Two Roads Rosemary Baby, Fiddlehead Second Fiddle and Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter. Complimentary dinner follows. Brewers and guests age 21-plus are all encouraged to sign up at 802-422-6700.

Photo By Chandler Burgess
Otter Creek is just one of about 40 craft beer vendors that is typically a staple at Brewfest, the annual fall foliage, beer tasting event that has been wetting whistles at Killington for 23 years.

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