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Volunteer for Drink Craft Beer Springfest: A Celebration of Hops

Author // Jeff Wharton

With Drink Craft Beer Springfest: A Celebration of Hops getting closer every day, we've been getting more and more requests on how people can be involved. If you want to be a part of the Drink Craft Beer community and help put on a great event, then we'd love to have you. One of the most important parts of a fest is having great volunteers, and Drink Craft Beer wants you!

Springfest is being held in Boston, MA at Space 57 (200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA) on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. We need volunteers for the following sessions (times are when we need the volunteers for, not the actual session times as we'll need volunteers there early for prep and to stay a little late to help clean up):

Set Up: April 11, Noon-5pm
VIP Session: April 11, 5pm-11pm
Session 2: April 12, 11am-5pm
Session 3: April 12, 5pm-10pm
Break Down: April 12, 10pm-whenever we're done, probably 11pm or so (we'd like these people to have volunteered for Session 3 as well)

NOTE: All volunteers MUST be 21+ with a valid ID. Nobody will be allowed into the fest without proper ID.

Volunteers will get:

  • Admission to the session that you're volunteering at
  • Tasting cup
  • Staff meal from one of the food vendors
  • Staff t-shirt
  • Chance to meet the brewers
  • Meet other craft beer drinkers

What will volunteers do?

We're going to need people to help set up on Friday and tear down on Saturday. Additionally, we need volunteers for all three sessions to help brewers, manage lines, monitor the fest, help out attendees and various other jobs.

How do you sign up?

Email volunteer@drinkcraftbeer.com with the following info (we need ALL of this information to process your sign up):

  • Name
  • Cell phone #
  • Who you are and why you want to volunteer
  • Are you TIPS Certified (those already certified get priority for the VIP Session pouring jobs)
  • Past experience (Have you volunteered at other fests? Are/were you a bartender? Anything you think makes you especially qualified.)
  • Which sessions are you available for? (Please note, in an effort to let more people volunteer, you can only volunteer for 2 of the 3 actual fest sessions. Set up and breakdown don't count.)
  • T-shirt size (we have men's and women's sizes)
We will approve volunteers as the applications come in. We only need a set number of volunteers, once we fill that number, applications are closed. So apply soon!

NOTE: Applying to volunteer does not guarantee that you will be approved.

Email volunteer@drinkcraftbeer.com to sign up to volunteer at Drink Craft Beer Springfest: A Celebration of Hops today!

Craft Beer & Chocolate for Charity: Feb 7th 2014

Author // Devon

For the last two years Somerville's Taza Chocolate and Drink Craft Beer have celebrated the lead up to Valentine's Day by pairing beer and chocolate in an annual event to raise money for The Greater Boston Food Bank. Last year we had 700 people attend and raised $3600 for the charity. Well this year we're going to blow that number away!

On Friday, February 7th, 2014 from 7-9:30pm Drink Craft Beer and Taza Chocolate are taking over the Somerville Armory in Somerville, MA...but we won't be alone. We'll be hosting:
  • 10 craft brewers, each providing a beer paired with a Taza Chocolate.
  • 5 local chefs to create custom bites incorporating Taza Chocolate.
  • Plus we might have at least one more surprise up our sleeves.


For just $25, you'll get:
  • Unlimited 2oz samples of 10 craft beers paired with Taza Chocolates
  • Sample each bite from 5 local chefs
  • Meet the crew from several of your favorite breweries and local restaurants
  • A chance to provide meals to local families in need
  • 100% of your ticket price goes directly to charity!



Tickets are limited to 330 so be sure to get yours fast! This event will sell out.

Cheers,
Devon and Jeff
Co-Founders of Drink Craft Beer

Special thanks to: our partner, Taza Chocolate, for providing all of the chocolate; Massachusetts Beverage Alliance for providing funding for the venue and event costs.

Fall to Winter Fest Guide to Malt

Author // Devon

One of the things we love about this fest is the amazing range of malty beers that show up. There's a huge selection for you to choose from and really get an awesome feeling for how various malts change a beer. If you're a craft beer veteran then look at this as a guide to help you narrow down your must haves. If you're new to one of our fests though here's a list of all the beers that are a bit more malt forward. There's everything from Ambers, Browns and Porters, to Imperial Stouts and Barleywines. You really can't go wrong!


Baxter Brewing Co. (ME)
Amber Road - A malt-accented amber ale which features a rich toastiness and a balanced hop flavor that lingers through to the finish (5.5%)
Phantom Punch Winter Stout -Stout made with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs. (6.8%)
Berkshire Brewing Co. (MA)
Cabin Fever - Unspiced winter warmer (6.3%)
Coffeehouse Porter - Coffee porter (6.2%)
Holidale - Holiday barley wine (9%) 
Scotch Ale - Made with peated malt (7%)
High Horse Brewing (MA)
The Business - Imperial Stout with French Roast coffee with 100lbs of fresh roasted Oats grown in Hadley (9.4%)
Idle Hands Craft Ales (MA)
Yet to be named - Pale Weizenbock (8%)
Jack's Abby Brewing (MA)
Smoke and Dagger Seasonal Cask - Smoked lager (5.8%)
Mayflower Brewing Co. (MA)
Mayflower Golden Ale - (4.5%)
Mayflower Oatmeal Stout - (5.4%)
Mayflower Porter - (5.2%)
Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale (limited Cooper's Series brew) -(6.7%)
Night Shift Brewing (MA)
Taza Stout - Stout brewed with chicory root and ginger, aged on Somerville's Taza Chocolate cacao nibs (6%)
Notch Brewing Co. (MA)
Cerne Pivo - Czech Black Lager (4.0%)
Peak Organic Brewing Co. (ME)
Oak Aged Mocha Stout with Chestnuts Cask - Imperial stout made with Taza Chocolate and coffee from Coffee by Design; cask conditioned with chestnuts (8.4%)
Winter Session - Dark, hoppy wheat beer made with 100% Citra hops (5.0%)
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project (MA)
Babayaga - Sylvan Stout with malt smoked with rosemary (7%)
Our Finest Regards - English Barleywine (12%)
St. Botolph's Town - Northern English Brown Ale (5.9%)
Riverwalk Brewing Co. (MA)
Rye Stout - Rye, Marris Otter and English roasted malts with Kent Golding Hops to round out the flavors.  The rye helps to inhance the deep roasted flavor of the beer (6.5%)
Winter Porter - Coffee Roasted Malts, fresh Madagascar Vanilla Beans and whole Cinnamon Sticks (6.0%)
Samuel Adams (MA)
Boston Lager - Vienna-style lager (4.9%)
Slumbrew (MA)
Attic and Eaves Toasted Brown -Toasted buckwheat brown ale (7.5%)
Porter Square Porter Rum Barrel Aged Cask - Chocolate porter (6.5%)
Smuttynose Brewing Co. (NH)
Scotch Ale - Beech wood smoked Scotch Ale, a portion was red wine barrel aged (8%)
The Tap Brewing Co. (MA)
Joshua Norton Imperial Stout -Imperial stout with smoked malt (9.1%)
Wormtown Brewing Co. (MA)
Norm - LIMITED QUANTITIES - Coconut chocolate stout (6.8%)
Sweet Tats- Imperial Oatmeal Stout with Cacao nibs, Vanilla Beans, Coffee (roasted at Acoustic Java Worcester, MA) (9%)
Wintah Brown - Brown ale (6%)

Fall to Winter Fest Cider List

Author // Devon

For every festival that we run it's important to us that the beers feel in season. Last year we had a couple Cider Houses come to the fest and the feedback from all of you was overwhelmingly positive. Hard cider is blowing up right now and we're very happy to announce we have 15 amazing hard ciders at this years fest for you to try. So if you're a cider lover or just want to check a few out to see what it's all about this list is your go to guide for cider at this years fest.

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Bantam Cider (MA)
La Grande - Bourbon barrel aged apple cider (6.9%)
Persian Spice - (?%)

Wunderkind - Apples fermented with a sparkling wine yeast and a hint of flower-blossom honey (6%)


Citizen Cider (VT)
Dirty Mayor - Apple cider made with ginger (6.9%)

The Unified Press - 100% Vermont off-dry apple cider (6.8%)


Downeast Cider House (MA)
Barrel Project #2 - (?%)
Cranberry Blend - A twist on Original Blend, this one is mad with New England cranberries (4.9%)

Original Blend - A secret blend of Red Delicious, McIntosh, Cortland, and Gala apples pressed and fermented (5.1%)


Fatty Bampkins Cider (ME)
Dry Cider - Cider from six apple varieties fermented and aged in bourbon and rye barrels, then blended (6.8%)

Original Cider - Cider from six apple varieties fermented and aged in bourbon and rye barrels, then blended (4.5%)


Harpoon Brewery (MA)

Harpoon Cider - Cider made from fresh pressed apples fermented with house yeast (4.8%)


Night Shift Brewing (MA)

Fallen Apple- Golden ale brewed with holiday spices and MA cider, aged in rum and brandy barrels (8%)


Urban Farm Fermentory (ME)
Dry Cidah - Spontaneously fermented fresh-pressed Maine apples fermented until they're bone dry (6.8%)
Seasonal Cidah/Booch Blend - (?%)
Sour Cidah - Spontaneously fermented fresh-pressed Maine apples fermented until they're bone dry, then soured (6.8%)