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There's a chill in the air and Halloween is this weekend...how could you NOT think about sweets?! And what better way to get into the mood for this treat-filled holiday then by winning some tickets to Boston Beer & Sweets Fest (November 4 & 5 at Space 57 in downtown Boston)?

As an early Halloween gift to you we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner! That person will be able to attend a session of their choice where they will get to sample 65 New England beers and 24 local sweets!

How to Enter

Entering is easy, just send a tweet on Twitter! There are two ways:

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Just tweet the following: "Want 2 free tix to @drinkcraftbeer Boston Beer & Sweets Fest w/ 65 beers & 24 sweets: http://bit.ly/2fdMucm Tix: http://bit.ly/2dGIPDk"

Even if you don't win, you can always get tickets to Boston Beer & Sweets Fest (purchase right below!). It's a great chance to keep the SWEET season of Halloween going just a tad longer while enjoying some of the best craft beer, cider, and confections that New England has to offer.

The Fine Print:

  • Contest starts at 10am EST October 26th, and closes at 8pm EST October 26th.
  • You must be 21+ to enter.
  • Winner will be chosen at random.
  • Winner will choose from one of three sessions on Nov 4th or 5th
  • If you have already bought tickets and win, you'll be credited the price of two tickets on your original order.

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At Drink Craft Beer we've had a long relationship with pumpkin beer. Going back to 2006 our first experiences with pumpkin beer were Cambridge Brewing Company's fantastic Great Pumpkin Ale, made with real pumpkin. We've had our own internal split feelings on pumpkin beer (Devon likes them, Jeff not so much). We've done multiple large pumpkin beer tastings, leading up to The Great Pumpkin Beer Tasteoff. Over the years, like many, we witnessed the seasonal creep of pumpkin beers coming out in August, then July, which led to Why is Pumpkin Beer Released is August? And we couldn't help but miss the proliferation of pumpkin everything, turning late summer and early fall into "Pumpkin Season." And now are we witnessing the end of the road for pumpkin beer? Or, at least, the end of the fad?

Take a look, based on data from Google Trends, it looks like pumpkin-mania spiked in 2012 and sustained through 2015, showing only a light tapering in that last year. But, with ubiquity, we all know comes hype, then decline. When you're at the top, there's nowhere go but down. And pumpkin beer was at the top for a while, with some breweries making a sizable chunk of their annual revenue and profits off this gourd.

Then, BAM!, comes 2016. A 36% drop in interest in September puts us below 2011 (pre-pumpkin fad) numbers. We could say that people saw it coming. According to Forbes, in 2015 there was a record volume of pumpkin beer left on the shelves after the peak pumpkin beer season ended (read: November). And this year, brewers know it's coming and are cutting production.

Is pumpkin beer going the way of so many hype-trains before it? It won't go away, but we MIGHT just be done with the ubiquity of pumpkin beer. And that's just fine by me. There are so many other great styles that are perfect for fall, we even used to have a fest to feature them all (the sold-out Fall to Winter Fest, last held in 2014).

(Note: We realize the Google Trends data is just a measure of volume of people searching for "Pumpkin Beer." That said, we think it can be a good leading indicator for where consumer preference is as a macro-trend predictor, combined with some industry knowledge, gut feeling, and other corroborating information.)

Most importantly, what do YOU think? Do you love pumpkin beer and want to see more of it? Hate it and happy to see it go? Or even just enjoy it from time to time? Is it going to decline? Or is this just a blip? Let us know your thoughts.

Boston Beer and Cheese Fest is back! After debuting this event in March of 2016 we knew we had to bring this back. We're hard at work making this year even better. 

If you’re in the know, you realize that beer and cheese go together in ways most people wouldn’t believe…if you DON’T think that beer and cheese are a magical pairing, then the Boston Beer & Cheese Fest 2017 will be a wake-up call that you can’t miss! Last year sold out over a month in advance, so we're going BIGGER and BETTER this year!

25 craft beer and cider makers from New England; 10 New England creameries. 25 beer/cider & cheese pairings. Oh yeah and we're adding charcuterie and some special guests this year (stay tuned for details!) 

Find out why Drink Craft Beer was awarded Boston magazine's Best of Boston® 2014 - Best Booze Fest!

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Please Note:

  • There are no refunds OR exchanges.
  • All attendees must be 21+ with a valid ID. Nobody will be allowed into the building who is under 21 or who doesn't have a valid ID.
  • Tickets will be emailed by Eventbrite. You must bring this ticket to the event where it will be scanned.
  • You can transfer tickets using Eventbrite.
  • We give no entry guarantee if you buy your ticket from a reseller.

Boston Beer & Cheese Fest
March 11th & 12th

The Cyclorama - 539  Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Session 1 - Friday, March 10th: 6-9:30pm
Session 2 - Saturday, March 11th: 1-4:30pm
Session 3 - Saturday, March 11th: 6-9:30pm

Why Join Us At Boston Beer & Cheese Fest?

It’s craft beer, cider and cheese…what more do you need to know?! If you do need more info, though, the Boston Beer & Cheese Fest focuses on New England-made craft beers, ciders and cheeses. By attending you’ll have access to over 80 craft beers and ciders from 25 local brewers/cideries, as well as tons of cheese from 10 local creameries. If that’s not enough, we’ll be pairing a beer/cider from each brewer with a cheese from each creamery…that’s 25 beer/cider and cheese pairings! If that doesn’t make your mouth water, we don’t know what else to say.

How Much Does It Cost?

For only $60 you’ll get admittance to one session which includes:

  • Unlimited 2oz samples of 80+ New England craft beers & ciders from 25 breweries/cideries
  • Unlimited samples of cheese from 10 New England creameries
  • Biodegradable tasting cup
  • Fest Guide

 

What Creameries Will be Joining?

We’re working with local cheese experts to get a great, diverse selection of local cheeses that will pair excellently with beer and cider. We have the following creameries committed, with more to come (NOTE: This is only a partial list. Creameries/cheeses are subject to change and availability):

 

From the folks that brought you Boston Beer & Cheese Fest and Boston Beer & BBQ Fest comes what could only be the next logical step: dessert! Boston Beer & Sweets Fest!

 

***Tickets on sale at 10am on Tuesday, July 19***

A great meal starts with the cheese course, then the main, and then it's time for dessert. Boston Beer & Sweets Fest is our pinnacle of that process! We're bringing together 8 of the best local sweets options in the area, ranging from donuts to cookies to candy to chocolate to ice cream and more! And then we're adding 20 New England craft brewers and cideries. 

But that's not all. We'll be pairing a beer/cider from each brewer with a sweet from one of our vendors. That's 20 beer & sweets pairings! So Join us for the Boston Beer & Sweets Fest and skip right to dessert this November! 5 out of 5 dentists disapprove...but your tastebuds say yes!

Find out why Drink Craft Beer was awarded Boston magazine's Best of Boston® 2014 - Best Booze Fest!

 

 

Tickets on sale Tuesday, March 15 at 10am EDT.

Please Note:

  • There are no refunds OR exchanges.
  • All attendees must be 21+ with a valid ID. Nobody will be allowed into the building who is under 21 or who doesn't have a valid ID.
  • Tickets will be emailed by Eventbrite. You must bring this ticket to the event where it will be scanned.
  • You can transfer tickets using Eventbrite.
  • We give no entry guarantee if you buy your ticket from a reseller.

Boston Beer & Sweets Fest
November 4th and 5th

Space 57, 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
Session 1 - Friday, November 4th: 6-9:30pm
Session 2 - Saturday, November 5th: 1-4:30pm
Session 3 - Saturday, November 5th: 6-9:30pm

***Tickets on sale at 10am on Tuesday, July 19***

Why Join Us At Boston Beer & Sweets Fest?

Because beer and sweets is a primally delicious combo! Desserts and beer...how could it go wrong? Plus we'll have 20 beer and sweets pairings to take two great things, and make them both even better! Still need more reason to come? Boston Beer & Sweets Fest will showcase a suite of the best brewers and sweets vendors in New England. Do you know how much driving you'd have to do just to sample all these sweets yourself? Let alone the beer?! All the brewers are from New England and all the sweets are from Massachusetts. By attending you'll have access to over 70 craft beers and ciders, as well as heaps of gob-smackingly good desset options. If your dentist does not want you to go (and we assure you that he/she doesn't) then it MUST be good, right?!

How Much Does It Cost?

For only $55 you’ll get admittance to one session which includes:

  • Unlimited 2oz samples of 70+ New England craft beers & ciders
  • Unlimited samples of sweets
  • Biodegradable tasting cup
  • Fest Guide

What Sweets Will be Joining?

We're working hard to get a great lineup of 8 of the best local sweets shops together:

  • Blackbird Donuts (Boston, MA) - Boston's first craft donut shop (you might remember them from our Beer & Chocolate for Charity event earlier this year)
    • Grapefruit & Cracked Pepper Glaze donut CREATED JUST FOR BOSTON BEER & SWEETS FEST TO PAIR WITH SAMUEL ADAMS SLICE OF CITRUS IPA
    • Cinnamon Spice Donut
    • Vanilla Sugar donut
  • Chocolate Therapy (Framingham, MA) - Purveyors of fine chocolate truffles
    • The Cure – Dark chocolate truffle with cinnamon, bay leaf, cayenne, and Aleppo pepper
    • Fix – Smooth dark chocolate truffle topped with crunchy cocoa nibs
    • Honey Hops – Dark and milk chocolate truffle with Citra hops and honey
  • Honeycomb Creamery (Somerville, MA) - Small batch, local ice cream (you might remember them from our Beer & Ice Cream for Charity event last year)
    • Apple Cider Donut with Caramel Swirl ice cream
    • Brown Butter Apple ice cream
    • Spiced Pumpkin ice cream
  • Kitchen Millie (Somerville, MA) - Two bite cookies
    • The Peanut Patriot – Peanut butter cookie
    • The Sugar Blizzard – Sugar cookies with sea salt and cinnamon
    • The Unrivaled Classic – Chocolate chip cookies
  • Miam Miam Macaronerie (South Boston, MA) - Macarons...need we say more?
    • Chocolate Stout macaron
    • Salted Caramel macaron
    • Vanilla Bean macaron
  • Spindler Confections (Somerville, MA) - Only the finest candies and confections
    • Salted Vanilla Caramels
    • Apricot Pate de Fruits
    • Peanut Brittle
  • Sweet Lydia's (Lowell, MA) - The best marshmallows and smores you've ever had (they'll be at Boston Beer & BBQ Fest selling some treats too!)
    • Coconut Marshmallows
    • Turtle Bark – Caramel, pecans, and dark chocolate
    • Mexican Chocolate Stout S’More – S’more with vanilla marshmallow, ganache made with Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero stout, and graham cracker crumbs
  • Taza Chocolate (Somerville, MA) - Organic, ethically sourced bean to bar chocolate (and a LONG time friend and partner of Drink Craft Beer for our Beer & Chocolate for Charity event and more!)
    • Toffee Almond Sea Salt
    • Maple Pecan
    • Cranberry Pumpkin Spice

What Breweries Will be Joining?

We will have 20 New England brewers and cider makers in attendance bringing over 70 craft beers and ciders. Some of our brewers include the following (NOTE: This is only a partial list. We'll continue to announce more of our brewers and beers in the coming weeks) (Brewers and beers are subject to change and availability. All pours are 2oz per MA State Law): 

  • Allagash Brewing Co. (ME)
    • Black – Belgian-style stout (7.5%)
    • Fluxus – Belgian-style saison w/ ginger, aged in oak gin barrels (8.5%)
    • James Bean – Bourbon barrel aged Belgian-style strong ale w/ coffee (10.3%)
    • White – Belgian-style wit beer (5.1%)
  • Bantam Cider (MA)
    • Hibiscus Mint – Wild fermented cider w/ muddled hibiscus flowers & fresh mint (6.0%)
    • Rojo-Chocolato – TAZA CHOCOLATE COLLABORATION Bantam Rojo cherry & black pepper cider aged w/ chocolate roasted cacao nibs (5.4%)
    • Wunderkind – Cider w/ flower-blossom honey (6.0%)
  • Castle Island Brewing Co. (MA)
    • Hoodsie TBD – American stout w/ cocoa nibs & vanilla bean MADE JUST FOR BOSTON BEER & SWEETS FEST (7.2%)
    • Oaverzealous – Double IPA w/ oats & New Zealand hops (?%)
    • Palmside – Coconut porter (6.4%)
  • Citizen Cider (VT)
    • Americran – Cider with cranberries (6.8%)
    • Dirty Mayor – Cider with ginger (5.2%)
    • Stan Up – Vintaged cider made from heirloom apples (8.0%)
  • Clown Shoes Beer (MA)
    • The Barista – Brown ale w/ coffee & milk sugars (8.5%)
    • Chocolate Sombrero – Stout w/ cinnamon, vanilla, & ancho chili peppers (9.0%)
    • Space Cake – Double IPA (9.0%)
  • Downeast Cider House (MA)
    • Cranberry Blend – Cider w/ fresh cranberry juice (5.0%)
    • Original Blend – Cider (5.1%)
    • Pumpkin Blend – Cider w/ fresh pumpkin & chai spices (5.0%)
  • Exhibit A Brewing Co. (MA)
    • The Cat’s Meow – American IPA (6.5%)
    • Demo Tape Five – American brown Porter (6.1%)
    • Demo Tape Six – Dry-hopped kettle sour (4.2%)
    • Goody Two Shoes – Kolsch-style ale (4.5%)
  • Far From the Tree Cider (MA)
    • karr-UH-mel - Vanilla Sea Salt Caramel Cider DEVELOPED JUST FOR BOSTON BEER & SWEETS FEST (?%)
    • Cord - Oaked maple cider (6.5%)
    • Ember - Toasted chai cider w/ smoked vanilla & burnt sugar (8.0%)
  • Foolproof Brewing Co. (RI)
    • Emperor of the Yahd – Bourbon barrel aged Double IPA (9.0%)
    • La Ferme Urbaine – Belgian-style saison (7.8%)
    • Peanut Butter Raincloud – Peanut butter porter run through a Randall w/ chocolate (6.5%)
    • Shuckolate - Chocolate oyster stout (6.0%)
  • Henniker Brewing Co. (NH)
    • Hometown Double Brown – Robust brown ale (7.0%)
    • King Misanthrope – Russian Imperial Stout aged in whiskey cured maple wood (10.0%)
    • Ora – Belgian-style golden ale (8.5%)
  • Jack's Abby Brewing Co. (MA)
    • Brewery Maker – Lager wine aged in bourbon barrels (13.5%)
    • Framinghammer – Baltic Porter (10.0%)
    • Red Tape – Amber lager (5.0%)
  • Lefty's Brewing Co. (MA)
    • Big Brekkie Stout – Breakfast stout w/ organic chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, maple syrup, & bacon (8.5%)
    • Graham Cracker Porter – Porter (7.0%)
    • Vanilla/Chocolate Wedding Daze – Imperial Stout aged on organic vanilla beans & organic cocoa nibs (12.0%)
  • Long Trail Brewing Co. (VT)
    • Citrus Limbo – IPA infused w/ grapefruit & tangerine (7.6%)
    • Cranberry Gose – German-style gose brewed w/ cranberries (5.2%)
    • Barrel Aged Unearthed – Bourbon barrel aged stout (9.6%)
  • Lost Nation Brewing Co. (VT)
    • Gose – Slightly sour German wheat beer w/ coriander & sea salt (4.5%)
    • Cask Pitch Black – Cask-conditioned black ale dry-hopped w/ Galaxy hops (5.4%)
    • Cask Vermont Pilsner – Cask-conditioned pilsner dry-hopped w/ Mandarina Bavaria hops (4.8%)
  • Newburyport Brewing Co. (MA)
    • Das Kolsch – Kolsch-style ale (5.0%)
    • Joppa Grande – Foreign Export Stout (7.1%)
    • Plum Island – Belgian-style Wit (5.4%)
  • Night Shift Brewing Co. (MA)
    • Awake – Coffee porter (6.7%)
    • Furth –Hefeweizen (5.5%)
    • Trifecta – Belgian-style pale ale aged w/ vanilla beans (6.7%)
  • Peak Organic Brewing Co. (ME)
    • Nut Brown – Brown ale (4.7%)
    • Fresh Cut – Dry hopped hoppy pilsner (4.6%)
    • Happy Hour – Pilsner (4.7%)
  • Samuel Adams (MA)
    • Slice of Citrus IPA – Citrus IPA DEVELOPED JUST FOR BOSTON BEER & SWEETS FEST (6.5%)
    • Black Harbor Stout – Imperial stout w/ vanilla, black pepper, coffee, & cocoa nibs, aged in Buffalo Trace & Utopias barrels (11.0%)
    • Neighborino Flanders Red – Belgian-style sour red ale (6.3%)
  • Slumbrew (MA)
    • UNION by Somerville Brewing – Barleywine aged in Old Ipswich Tavern Rum barrels (11.8%)
    • Yankee Swap 2016 – Rotating big beer, aged in Turkey Shore rum barrels (?%)
    • TBD Sour Brown Ale (?%)
  • Wormtown Brewing Co. (MA)
    • Blizzard of ’78 – English-style brown ale w/ cold brew coffee (6.0%)
    • Blonde Cougar – American blonde ale w/ honey (5.0%)
    • Norm – Oatmeal stout w/ cocoa nibs & toasted coconut (6.8%)

Spies Like Us – Imperial Russian Stout (10.5%)

What Food Will Be Available?

We know that you can't survive on sweets alone...as much as we'd all like to. Chubby Chickpea will be there to satisfy your non-sweet tooth. 

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2016 marks the 10 Year Anniversary of Drink Craft Beer. 10 years! It’s been a great ride, and we’ve come a long way. But never fret, we’ve got more to come. When you hit a milestone like this, sometimes it’s nice to reflect a bit, and it being the New Year and all, I figured it was a perfect time for some New Year’s Resolutions. While these are ostensibly for 2016, in reality these resolutions go farther out than just this year. All in all, let’s get back to the roots with beer, let’s learn to love beer again...let’s drink craft beer! So here we go.

1) Drink Less Samplers

Drink Less Samplers

And the corollary here is “Order more pints.” There’s only so well you can get to know a beer in a few ounces. I want to get to know fewer beers way better this year.

You want to recommend a beer you loved? If you tell me you had a 4 oz of it, and that’s it, I’m not listening to you. A sample is a great place to start. But that’s exactly what it is, a place to start.

Also, it’s WAY harder to be social when you and your friends are all buried in sample boards. Buy a round of pints and be social.

2) Focus More On the Experience Than the Beer

Focus more on the experience than the beer

It’s 2016...you don’t have to worry about going to the best beer bar in town to get a good brew now. So, instead, worry about getting a great group of people together and figure out where you’ll all have fun. If that’s not local craft beer hub, that’s fine. Even run of the mill, mainstream bars have at least one of two decent offerings now. Hell, I was in a generic “Irish Pub” in suburban wasteland Massachusetts and had more than a couple great offerings on tap to choose from. 

A decent beer with great friends will ALWAYS be a better night than a great beer with lesser friends, or without friends at all.

3) Drink More Than IPAs

Drink more than just IPAs

I love hops, so don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying to stop drinking IPAs. Far from it. Just, let’s try some other styles, too. There’s a million IPAs already and, by the time I’m done with this sentence, 5 more will have hit the market (*totally made up fact). All I’m saying is, don’t get in a beer rut. Try some other styles. Drink a Gose. Have a good lager. Find a Hefeweizen. Hell, I’d forgotten how good Belgian Wits can be until I had an Allagash White a few months ago. That’s a damn good beer! Let’s try more new stuff in 2016.

4) Keep Your Nose Out of Your Phone

Keep your nose out of your phone

I really wish this one didn’t need to be said. When you’re out with your friends, BE OUT WITH YOUR FRIENDS! (See Resolution #2) Plus if you’re drinking full pints, and not a million little samples, you won’t have so many beers that you can’t remember each the next day. Do you really need to check in every beer?

If you want to tell the world what you’re drinking (and we’re guilty of this quite often if you watch our social media), snap a photo and send it later. Check into your beers later. Beer is best as a social experience, not a social media experience. Be social.

5) Get a Staple Beer

Get a staple beer

This is a big one to us. At Drink Craft Beer, we’re always trying new things to find brewers for our fests and for stuff to write about. But we realized that this isn’t how we’d drink if we didn’t run DCB. And we didn’t like that. The solution?

Find a beer you love. Make sure it’s readily accessible and something that’s a good choice in almost any situation. Then, keep it in your fridge at all times. This way, you have something you love when you “just want a beer.”

The key is, you don’t have to try EVERY new beer that comes to market. Don’t let FOMO keep you from enjoying a beer you know you love.

So there you go, the Drink Craft Beer 2016 Five New Year’s Resolutions. But, looking at it, this shouldn’t be limited to 2016. Really, this is the Drink Craft Beer Guide to Drinking Beer & Having Fun. We’ve been having fun for 10 years doing Drink Craft Beer, and we’re looking forward to many more! Cheers!