Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Vermont Brewers Festival makes winter debut in Killington

Saturday, March 24, 12 p.m.—KILLINGTON—The Vermont Brewers Association is pleased to announce its newest Winter Brewers Festival. For the past 25 years, the association has been running a successful event on the waterfront in Burlington, and is now bringing a second festival to the picturesque mountain setting of Killington Resort. Head to the Beast on Saturday, March 24, to join the 3,000 expected attendees. The festival is focused on collaboration brews, most of them made exclusively for this event in Killington. Ticket holders can choose from 130 beers plus 25 collaboration beers from Vermont brewers. There will be two tasting sessions: 12-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

The festival is outdoors at the base area of the K-1 Lodge. In addition to sampling beers and meeting the brewers, attendees will enjoy food trucks, music, and fire pits. The festival is open snow, rain, or shine. 

This the is the only festival hosted by the brewers themselves. Thirty-one Vermont brewers will be in attendance, and the event will feature one very special guest brewer: Big Spruce Brewing from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Big Spruce Brewing took one gold and four silver medals at the 2017 Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards Brewery of the Year and won the 2016 Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards Beer of the Year.

Specific beer listings will be posted online at in advance of the festival, and may be subject to change. If available, tickets will be available at the door for $42. Admission includes includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 tasting tickets; each for a three-ounce tasting. Additional beer tickets are $2 per ticket with a maximum of five additional tickets per wristband.
Guests must be 21 years of age or older to enter the festival grounds, with photo ID.

All proceeds from the Vermont Brewers Festival support the Vermont Brewers Association, which is a nonprofit membership organization that was founded in 1995 to promote and strengthen the culture of craft brewing in Vermont, through marketing, education, and advocacy for Vermont made beer. Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state and produces an average of 19.8 gallons per 21-plus adult annually. The industry supports 1,890 jobs and has an overall economic impact of nearly $376.7 million.

For more information, tickets, and beer confirmations, visit


There will be over 100 beers available to taste, from the following breweries:

14th Star Brewing Co.
1st Republic Brewing Co.
Beer Naked Brewery
Big Spruce Brewing
Brocklebank Craft Brewing
Cousins Brewing
Drop-In Brewing Company
Farnham Ale & Lager
Frost Beer Works
Good Water Brewery
Good Measure Brewing Co.
Harpoon Brewery
Harpoon UFO
Hermit Thrush Brewery
Hogback Mountain Brewery
Idletyme Brewing Co.
Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse
Kingdom Brewing
Lawson’s Finest Liquids
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Northshire Brewery
Otter Creek Brewing
Prohibition Pig
Rock Art Brewery
Saint J Brewery
Simple Roots
Stone Corral Brewery
Switchback Brewing Co.
Trout River Brewing Co.
Von Trapp Brewing
Whetstone Craft Beers
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery

Photo Courtesy Killington Resort
Vermont Brewers Festival will be held rain, snow or shine at Killington Resort, its first winter event.

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