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YBN Hop Tips, April 2018

There is plenty to keep you busy in the first full month of spring. Check out full beer weeks in New Hampshire and New York, Saison days in various states, take a class on brewing beer, sing while you drink, and celebrate the beginning of baseball season.

Cheers, Tori

BREW WOO ALERT! This Saturday..3/31 DCU Center, Worsester, Mass.

March beerfest advertiser events to enjoy:
Willibrew's 21st Anniversary!, Willimantic Brewing Company, April 2, Willimantic, CT
Albany Craft Beer Week, April 2-7, Albany, NY
Samuel Adams Season Launch Party: VIP Beer Breakfast, Samuel Adams Boston Brewery ,April 5,Boston, MA -
Bed & Brewery with Brewery Ommegang, April 6-8, Cooperstown, NY
Albany Craft Beer Festival, April 7, Albany, NY
New England Real Ale Exhibition, April 11-14, South Boston, Mass.
TAP NY 2018, April 28, Hunter, NY


April 5, City Tap House's Pop-Up Hot Dog Bar on Opening Day, City Tap House, Boston, MA -
City Tap House is ready to hit it out of the park this Opening Day. On April 5, the Fort Point beer paradise will put the infamous Fenway Frank in the spotlight as they roll out a Pop-Up Hot Dog Bar. Sox faithful will order up a Kayem Fenway Frank ($5) and turn this old-fashioned treat into a customized frankfurter by hitting the topping bar. Wash it down with a Sam Adams 26.2 Brew, the Boston brewery's seventh-year collaboration with the Boston Athletic Association, that will remain on the taps through Marathon Monday. https://www.facebook.com/events/419091031865535/

April 5, Samuel Adams Season Launch Party: VIP Beer Breakfast, Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, Boston, MA -
Get ready for the home opener of the Boston Red Sox 2018 season at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. In addition to our party on April 4th, we're hosting a VIP beer and breakfast in the Tap Room on April 5, 2018 from 10-11:30AM. Our friends from Sweet Cheeks Q will be serving up breakfast alongside our beers. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/samuel-adams-season-launch-party-vip-beer-breakfast-tickets-44382399953

April 7, 2018 Annual South Shore Brewoff, Bob Collins Barn, Mansfield, MA -
2018 Annual South Shore Brewoff is organized by South Shore Brew Club, Mansfield, MA. Entry bottles are accepted through 3/24/2018. http://www.ssbc.brewcompetition.com/

April 7, Melrose BEER + BITES 2018, Melrose Memorial Hall, Melrose, MA -
Join us on April 7th at historic Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA for the third annual Melrose BEER + BITES local craft brew tasting fundraiser, where guests can enjoy unlimited 2 oz. pours of a unique assortment of local craft beverages and tasty appetizer." http://www.melrosebeerandbites.com/

April 11-14, New England Real Ale Exhibition, South Boston Lithuanian Club, South Boston, MA -
The longest running Real Ale Festival in the United States, proudly serving an outstanding selection of rarely seen, award-winning cask ales. http://nerax.org/wp_nerax/

April 11, How To Brew Beer Series Classes, Saltbox Kitchen, Concord, MA -
Have you ever wanted to learn how to brew beer at home? Come to the Farm for this 3-week series with the Brewers at Saltbox Kitchen. They'll take you through the entire process from how to choose your equipment and ingredients, to how to taste, create recipes, and bottle your beer. Each week will feature beer samples and food. Beer will be available at all 3 sessions. http://saltboxfarmconcord.com/cooking-classes/2018/4/11/how-to-brew-beer

April 14, Saison Day, Night Shift Brewery, Everett, MA -
Our fifth annual celebration of saisons is coming up at Night Shift. Across the country, Allagash is partnering with friends at local breweries to put together curated tap lists of the best farmhouse-style ales around. Come on out for great beer and even better company on April 14th. We'll see you there! https://www.allagash.com/event/saison-day-night-shift/?ao_confirm

April 20, Air Guitar Tournament, Castle Island Brewing Co., Norwood, MA -
Come by for our first Air Guitar Tournament!  Please bring your own air guitar and sign up with a song in mind. There will be music, there will be prizes, so let's crank it up to 11 and jam! We will also be selling air guitar picks in retail with all proceeds going to charity! https://www.facebook.com/events/206501316749371/

April 21, Spring Fling!, Dorchester Brewing Company, Dorchester, MA -
We're officially celebrating the start of nice weather and making this the officially opening day of our outdoor patio! (pending our lovely New England weather!). We'll have the tables outside with cornhole games and giant jenga setup.  Enjoy live music throughout the day and night and an awesome lineup of food and donuts! https://www.dorchesterbrewing.com/events/event/spring-fling/

April 28, Mass. Brewers Guild Power Beer Fest, SoWa Power Station, Boston, MA -
The Mass Brewers Guild brings its successful Power Beer Fest back to the SoWa Power Station for a second year to showcase more than 50 local breweries, all under one roof. The event expects to draw 2,000 craft beer lovers to its two-session sequel that will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m. https://massbrewbros.com/event/mass-brewers-guild-power-beer-fest/

New Hampshire

April 6, Beer Lecture Series: Theresa McCulla, Murkland Hall UNH, Durham, NH -
Theresa McCulla is a Brewing Historian for the American Beer History Initiative at the Smithsonian Institution. This event is FREE and open to the public, but pre-registration is highly advised as space is limited. https://unhconnect.unh.edu/s/1518/index-1col-social.aspx?sid=1518&gid=4&pgid=3281&cid=5491&ecid=5491&crid=0&calpgid=663&calcid=1552

April 6-15, New Hampshire Craft Beer Week, Various Locations, NH -
New Hampshire Craft Beer Week (April 6-15, 2018) is a celebration of the Granite State's artfully-craft ales and lagers and the people and businesses who make and sell them. There's really no better way to unlock more of New Hampshire's beer culture than joining this critical mass of happenings. This year's event slate will feature more than 150 events at breweries, beer stores, restaurants, and bars in every part of the state. https://www.nhbeer.org/NHCBW/

April 10, Beer Lecture Series: Butch Hellshorn, Cole Hall UNH, Durham, NH -
UNH Welcomes Butch Heilshorn, co-founder of Earth Eagle Brewings and author of "Against All Hops" & Emerson "Tad" Baker, professor at Salem State University and author of "The Devil of Great Island." Tours of the UNH brewery with be available to registered guests from 5:30-6:30 and 7:30-8. Registration (by April 3rd) is $10 and includes the lecture, tour, and beer baked treats. https://unhconnect.unh.edu/s/1518/index-1col-social.aspx?sid=1518&gid=4&pgid=3284&cid=5495&ecid=5495&crid=0&calpgid=663&calcid=1552

April 11, UNH Alumni Night, Throwback Brewery, North Hampton, NH -
Join fellow alumni at one of the seacoasts favorite breweries! Chat about the new brewing program with Cheryl Parker, UNH brewery manager. Special tours of the brewhouse will start at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00. We will have a special beer on tap too! Registration is not required, but we'd love to know if you are joining us. https://unhconnect.unh.edu/s/1518/index-1col-social.aspx?sid=1518&gid=4&pgid=3290&cid=5503&ecid=5503&crid=0&calpgid=663&calcid=1552

April 14, 2nd Birthday & NH craft beer week, Millyard Brewery, Nashua, NH -
Come join us as we celebrate our second year in business and NH craft beer week. Have a special birthday beer with us. Enjoy the new food menu and some LIVE music from Matt Baeudin. https://www.facebook.com/events/395338787545042/

April 29, Beer & Hymns, Murphy's on the Green, Hanover, NH -
Order what you want, pay your own tab and be ready to sing hymns with gusto! John Read, church musician and beer affecionado, will facilitate and accompany this fun event. http://www.murphysonthegreen.com/

Rhode Island

April 12, Beer'd Brewing Co. Beer Dinner, Jealous Monk, Mystic, CT -
Join us for an epic 6-course beer dinner featuring The Beer'd Brewing Co. on April 12th starting at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $75 and include tax and gratuity. Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2F9mskh

April 27-28, Newport Craft Beer Festival, Newport Storm Brewery and Great Friends Meeting House, Newport, RI -
Brought to you by Newport Storm Brewery and Pour Judgement Bar & Grill, at the Great Friends Meeting House (of the Newport Historical Society) in downtown Newport, RI. Proceeds benefit the Rhode Island Brewers Guild. Join us for hand-crafted beers poured by the people who make them! http://newportcraftbeer.com/


April 2, Willibrew's 21st Anniversary!, Willimantic Brewing Company, Willimantic, CT -
Willibrew's turning 21! We're finally old enough to drink and we're celebrating! Join us from Monday, April 2nd through Saturday, April 7 and help us raise a toast to 21 years as the Willimantic Brewing Company (and 27 as the Main Street Café)! https://www.facebook.com/events/132633050770640/

April 8, MiKro 4th Annual Greenhouse Festival, Michael's Greenhouse, Cheshire, CT -
Join us as we shake off the icy frost of this winter. We'll be hosting a beer festival at one of CT's largest greenhouses. It may still be chilly outside, but in Michael's Greenhouse spring will be in full swing! Stroll around and sample amazing craft beer while looking at all of the beautiful plants in bloom! Enjoy live bluegrass music, cupcakes from NoRa Cupcake Company, the Caseus Cheese Truck & Chief Brodys Banh Mi Truck. https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/mikro-greenhouse-festival

April 20, Toast of the Town, 4 Alden Ave, Enfield, CT -
Toast of the Town, ERfC's signature fundraising event, is back for a 4th year to support the Out-of-School-Time Scholarship Fund. Join us on April 20th as we wine, dine & play the night away! Save the date--Afterschool Matters in Enfield! https://www.facebook.com/events/225533204655084/

April 21, Hockanum Brew Fest, Hockanum Mill, Rockville, CT -
The first-ever Hockanum Brew Fest on April 21, 2018 will be an enthusiastic celebration of life in early spring, and YOU can be part of it! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hockanum-brew-fest-tickets-41774363245?aff=efbneb

April 29, Thread City Hop Fest 2018, Jillson Square, Willimantic, CT -
The Thread City Hop Fest is celebrating 5 years of cheers and beers on Sunday, April 29th from 1 - 5 pm on Jillson Square (645 Main Street) in Willimantic! http://www.threadcityhopfest.com/


April 6, Backacre Batch 11 Bottle Release & Tasting,  Meulemans' Craft Draughts, Rawsonville, VT -
Be one of the first to taste and purchase the newest batch of Backacre golden sour from Weston, VT.  Each bottle of Backacre has been barrel aged and then blended from different barrels to achieve a refreshing balance of tart, fruity, and earthy elements. Bottles available at noon. 3:00 PM-6:00 PM, bottles $19.50 plus tax and up. Tasting is free. 802-297-9333, http://www.craftdraughts.com/events.html


April 4, MITA Release!, The Thirsty Pig, Portland, ME -
It's almost that time of year! Join us for the release of Rising Tide Brewing Company's Maine Island Trail Ale! (Summer is coming!) Featuring live music from Yellow Sun Wreckers! https://www.facebook.com/events/379877159151768/

April 14, Saison Day, Oxbow Blending and Bottling, Portland, ME -
Our annual celebration of saisons is returning to Oxbow's spot on Washington Ave. in Portland. Across the country, Allagash is partnering with friends at local breweries to put together curated tap lists of the best farmhouse-style ales around. Come on out for great saisons and even better company on April 14th. We'll see you there! https://www.facebook.com/events/155886018464629/

New York

April 2-7, Albany Craft Beer Week, Various Locations, Albany, NY -
Events throughout the week to celebrate beer in the capital region. https://www.albanycraftbeerweek.com/week

April 6-7, Bed & Brew with Brewery Ommegang, Brewery Ommegang and The Inn at Cooperstown, Cooperstown, NY -
This 2-night package includes lodging at The Inn at Cooperstown, craft beer night on Friday evening, a private VIP tour of Brewery Ommegang and a gourmet, multi-course beer & food paring dinner in the brewery's café on Saturday evening, a limited-edition, exclusive growler signed by the brew master, filled with your choice of on-tap Ommegang brew, and much more. Check The Inn at Cooperstown website for all the details. See reviews and photos of past weekends on the Facebook and TripAdvisor pages for the inn. https://www.innatcooperstown.com/packages/bed-and-brew-with-brewery-ommegang

April 7, Albany Craft Beer Week Festival, Washington Avenue Armory, Albany, NY -
The Second Annual Albany Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Washington Avenue Armory on April, 7, 2018 for 2 sessions (12-3pm and 4-7pm). We invite you to experience the most intense lineup of special and thought-provoking beers that the capital region has ever seen at a festival. https://www.albanycraftbeerweek.com/festival/

April 7, Drink What's Right: Beer & Cheese 101 with Daniel Kleban of Maine Beer Co, New York, NY -
Murray's Cheese is thrilled to be hosting our friends at Maine Company for a special collaboration class featuring six of their spectacular beers paired to six of our favorite cheeses.

April 7, Brew for Autism 2018, Celebrate At Snug Harbor, New York, NY -
For a modest donation of $55 dollars, attendees will be able to enjoy a selection of beer samples provided by local breweries and homebrewers from the 5 boroughs and other neighboring cities. All proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks. https://www.facebook.com/events/207537359806783/

April 12, LB Brewery Beer Dinner, Jetty Bar & Grill, Long Beach, NY -
Beer tastings from Long Beach Brewery, specially paired with delicious plates from our Chef! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lb-brewery-beer-dinner-tickets-43511105889

April 13-14, Beer Mansion, Weylin, Brooklyn, NY -
Beer Mansion combines our favorite parties into one. There are four distinct celebrations within the Mansion's walls: The Show, The Bazaar, The Arcade, and The Speakeasy. Each of these represents a certain type of party experience, and all of them celebrate beer. http://brooklynbrewerypresents.com/beermansion/brooklyn

April 28, TAPNY 2018, Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY -
TAP New York is the largest craft beer and food event in New York State. TAP is also a beer competition. Brewers from across the state enter their finest suds to compete for plaques and trophies. Each year, highly qualified judges choose the best craft brewery in New York State and also the best brewery in the Hudson Valley. The panel of judges also decides on the best individual beers in the state by category. http://www.tap-ny.com/purchase.html

April 28, Six Month Anniversary Party, Fort Orange Brewing, Albany, NY -
Wow! Six months is coming quickly. Here is the schedule: A special double ipa beer release at Noon, Ryan Clark playing acoustic (he is amazing!) 5-8 p.m., Fort Orange swag giveaways throughout the day, Gourmeli's Taste Food Truck 4-8 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/2129740820595190/

Happy drinking!