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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:

Click here to enter

OR

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):

 

Boston Beer and Sweets Fest is back for it's second year! 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!  5 out of 5 dentists disapprove...but your tastebuds say yes!

 

***Tickets on sale at 10am on Thursday, July 20***

 

 

 

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.
  • NOBODY under the age of 21 allowed in, this includes children and babies of any age.
  • 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 3rd and 4th
Space 57, 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

Session 1 - Friday, November 3th: 6-9:30pm
Session 2 - Saturday, November 4th: 1-4:30pm
Session 3 - Saturday, November 4th: 6-9:30pm

***Tickets on sale at 10am on Thursday, July 20***

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:

  • TBA

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): 

  • TBA

What Food Will Be Available?

TBA

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!