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YBN Hop Tips, Mid-July 2017

I went to a music festival last weekend that had only four beer options. They were big brewery, generic beer options meant to quench the masses. While I wasn't pleased, I couldn't think of the last time I was in a situation with such limited choices, and not a single local brewery in sight.

Thankfully, except for the occasional festival, great, interesting, regional beer is all around us. Go drink some. Cheers, Tori

The July and August beerfest advertiser events to enjoy:

Rails, Tails, & Ales: The Midcoast Craft Beer Festival, Boothbay, ME, July 15
NH Brewers Festival, Concord, NH, July 22
Beer and Cheese Pairing with Cato Corner, Willimantic Brewing, Willimantic, CT July 25
Stowe Brewer's festival, Stowe, VT, July 28-29
Johnny Appleseed Beer Fest, Leominster, MA August 5
Plattsburgh Brewfest, Plattsburgh, NY, August 5

 July 27, Webinar: Cheers to Employee Ownership -
Owners of craft breweries have choices when deciding the future ownership of their brewery. Which path should you take? Harpoon Brewery chose to implement an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). ESOPs can be a great exit strategy for craft brewers. Join Rocky Fiore, COO of Prairie Capital Advisors and Dan Kenary, co-founder and CEO of Harpoon Brewery for an informative webinar about why craft brewers should consider an ESOP as their ownership transition alternative. http://www.prairiecap.com/events-webinars


July 14-15, Boston Beer & BBQ Fest, Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA -
Summer in Boston is a great time. And, if there's one food that we think of during this season, it's BBQ. Meat lovingly slow smoked for hours, while drinking a few craft beers...and then enjoyed with a few more. Yep, that sounds like heaven to us! Not everyone has the time or skill to smoke their own BBQ, though, so we've taken care of that part for you. Join us for the Boston Beer & BBQ Fest and you can start right at the enjoyment step! And this year, we've made it even bigger! 25 New England craft brewers and cideries along with 6 local BBQ joints. How can this be anything but great?! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-beer-and-bbq-fest-tickets-32414992114

July 15, The Beer Show: A Royal Mocktober-Feast!, Kretschmann Brewing Co., Webster, MA -
The Beer Show is an Interactive Dinner Theater and Beer Tasting Experience. We've teamed up with some local Medieval and Renaissance entertainment talent to bring you this very unique and original show. Set in 19th Century Germany, King Ludwig II wants to throw a party that is bigger and better than the annual party his grandfather King Ludwig I had created … otherwise known as Oktoberfest. Like his grandfather, he also wants the party to be his wedding …. but who will he marry? Partygoers will be seated in King Ludwig's Beer Hall and treated to a three course German Banquet and Kretschmann Beer Tasting accompanied by music, comedy, games and interactions as only the King himself could "meister" up! This is a 21 AND OVER... event and tickets must be bought in advance and online. There are no ticket sales at the brewery. Tickets sales for each show end 5 days before the scheduled performance. Any scheduled performance is subject to be cancelled with full refunds given. The show is 7-9pm on each scheduled evening and doors open at 6:30pm. Please no late entry. Refunds are at the discretion of Kretschmann Brewing Company. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-beer-show-a-royal-mocktober-feast-tickets-34832517999?aff=erelpanelorg

July 15, WGBH Craft Beer Festival, WGBH Studios, Boston, MA -
Each summer, craft beer aficionados attend the Craft Beer Festival and sample dozens of brews from twenty of the best breweries in the region while live bands perform on the main stage. Guests enjoy some of Boston's best eats from local food truck vendors and learn more about the brewing process. We will be updating this site with the participating breweries and food purveyors in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead. Must be 21+ to attend. http://www.wgbh.org/support/craft_beer_fest.cfm

 July 15-16, Narragansett Summer Running Festival, Stonehill College, Easton, MA -
Join us for the 5th Anniversary Bash! http://www.gansettsummer.com/

 July 16, Beer & Hymns, British Beer Company, Sandwich, MA -
John Read, church musician and beer enthusiast, brings Lutheran hymnals and leads in song. Order what you want, pay your own tab and be prepared to request and sing. This event will be held in the rear sunroom of British Beer Company in Sandwich, MA.. 4:30 PM-7:00 PM, 508-649-4093.

July 20, Anniversary Dinner, Saltbox Kitchen, Concord, MA -
Come celebrate Saltbox Kitchen's 2nd birthday and Saltbox Brewery's 1st anniversary with a seasonal beer dinner. Seats are limited and must be purchased in advance. http://www.saltboxkitchen.com/saltbox-kitchen-events/2017/7/20/anniversary-beer-dinner

July 22, Franklin County on Tap, Berkshire East, Charlemont, MA -
Join us to sample local brews and local food. Ride the Alpine Slide, enjoy live music and great atmosphere. http://ontap.recorder.com/

July 22, DBco 1 Year Anniversary Bash, Dorchester Brewing, Boston, MA -
Has it really been a year already?!? This is a reason to bring out the big guns. We're going all out for the entire day on Saturday, July 22nd. We've got a pig roast from the Bacon Truck, a very limited fresh beer release honoring our 1 year anniversary, live music throughout the day and LOTS of giveaways, including our limited edition 1 year anniversary glassware, beer treats and more. Save the date folks – more details and full schedule to come soon. http://www.dorchesterbrewing.com/events/event/1-year-anniversary-bash/

July 29, Yankee Homecoming Brewfest, Waterfront Park, Newburyport, MA -
Join us as we kick off this year's Yankee Homecoming Festival with our 8th Annual Yankee Homecoming Brewfest Fundraiser!  This event will attract over 800 people who will gather together under a large tent at Waterfront Park on the banks of the Merrimack River, Saturday July 29th from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm! Come enjoy over 20 local brewers and their best beers and ciders to go along with local restaurants and some fine music. http://yankeehomecoming.com/event/brewfest-2/

July 29, Summerfest, Rapscallion Brewery, Sturbridge, MA -
Rapscallion's annual Summerfest event with live music by Big Jon Short and the release of its 2017 Summerfest beer. http://www.brewingnews.com/calendar/ybncalendar.shtml#/?i=1

July 29, 2017 Malden's Strongest Contest, Idle Hands Craft Ales, Malden, MA -
Join us at Idle Hands for the 2017 Malden's Strongest Contest. Food by Dom's Sausage. Two events. 40 athletes. Lots of fun. Beer. Food. Raffles. All for charity: Housing Families. https://www.facebook.com/events/333986000349237/

 August 5, Johnny Appleseed Beer Fest, Downtown Leominster, Leominster, MA -
The Johnny Appleseed Craft Beer Festival will take place Saturday, August 5, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, in downtown Leominster, Massachusetts. The Festival is held outdoors, with all brewers under multiple tents and food vendors on the Common. http://www.johnnyappleseedbeerfest.com/

 August 12, Night at the Brewseum, The Children's Museum, North Easton, MA -
The Children's Museum in Easton, along with our sponsors and friends, is proud to present our 4th Annual Night at the "Brewseum" – A Craft Beer & Food Expo on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Children's Museum in Easton, in the heart of Easton's exciting and historic downtown district. This "adult only" fundraiser will feature tastings of local and regional craft beers and ciders, fabulous tastings from local restaurants, and live music all evening long from Boston's own Wolfpack Band. The event includes displays and exhibits to demonstrate the art and science of brewing, and a home brewing competition. All proceeds benefit the exhibits and educational programs of The Children's Museum in Easton. To purchase tickets or for more information check the Museum's website:www.childrensmuseumineaston.org or call 508-230-3789. The Museum is located at 9 Sullivan Avenue, North Easton, MA 02356. 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, $35 in advanced, $40 at the door. 508-230-3789, http://childrensmuseumineaston.org/craft-beer-expo/

New Hampshire

July 15, Seacoast Microbrew Festival, Henry Law Park, Dover, NH -
The 2017 Seacoast Microbrew Festival by 7th Settlement Brewery! http://www.seacoastbrewfest.com/

 July 20, Raise a Glass & Cash for NH Angels Walking to Fight Cancer , Great North Aleworks, Manchester, NH -
Join us in the Great North Aleworks Tasting Room from 3:00-7:00 p.m. to support the Team NH Angels Walking to Fight Cancer. We will donate $1 from every flight, pint, growler fill, and 6-pack sold to this great cause! http://www.greatnorthaleworks.com/events/event/raise-a-glass-cash-for-teamnhangels/

July 22, NH Brewers Festival, Kiwanis Riverfront Park & Everett Arena, Concord, NH -
This "For the Brewers, By the Brewers" Festival is a one of a kind event, featuring the largest single collection of New Hampshire's breweries anywhere in the state this year. With nearly 40 breweries showcasing their craft brews, this will certainly be one fun filled festival you won't want to miss! We'll offer a single session on Saturday July 22nd along the grassy shore of the Merrimack River at Kiwanis Riverfront Park in Concord, NH (behind the Everett Arena). VIP session will run 12p-1pm with General Admission open from 1p-4p. Designated driver tickets are available for duration of the brewfest. Please note this is strictly a 21+ plus event, no children or pets allowed. All tickets include unlimited beer samples from our vast expansion of NH craft breweries, a souvenir taster glass, entertainment and more. Food will be available for purchase from a variety of food vendors for the duration of the brew fest. Our NH breweries are gearing up to make this year bigger than ever. Stay tuned for special releases, VIP hour "happenings," and updates to our list of participating NH breweries. Along with benefiting the Granite State (NH) Brewers Association, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Fire Department's Local 1045 and 3195 IAFF Unions to support "Operation Warm". "Operation Warm" provides American-made winter coats to local NH families in need every winter. http://www.granitestatebrewersassociation.org/events/nhbrewersfestival/

 July 27th, The Great Cribbage Tourney, Manchester, NH -
The Great Cribbage Tourney returns on July 27th from 6-9 p.m. Please sign up before 5:30 p.m. the day of the tournament so we can prepare the brackets. You can sign up in the tasting room (ask for the signup sheet at the bar), or send us a note on our Contact Us page. There will be a prize for the Champion and the winner of the Second Chance bracket. All skill levels are welcome! http://www.greatnorthaleworks.com/events/event/cribbage-tournament/

July 29, Manchester Brew Festival, Arms Park, Manchester, NH -
Presenting the Fourth Annual Manchester Brew fest on July 29, 2017. We'll be pouring over 100 unique, local, and regional craft beers for you to try as well as delicious, local foods and non-alcoholic beverages. This is a one day Saturday festival in beautiful Arms Park along the Merrimack River in Manchester, NH. Event will be held rain or shine. VIP hour, VIP parking, general admission and designated driver tickets are all available. Tickets will also be available on-site the day of the event, cash or credit. Tickets are non-refundable. Thank you in advance for your participation and support! http://manchesterbrewfest.com/

 August 13, Hymns & Hops, Hanover, NH -
John Read, church musician and beer enthusiast, brings Lutheran hymnals and leads in song. Order what you want, pay your own tab and be prepared to request and sing. . 4:00 PM-6:30 PM, 508-649-4093

 August 8, From the Kettle to the Keg, Area 23 Craft Beer and Cider Pub , Concord, NH -
Like Beer? Make Beer. Join Kettle to Keg Homebrew Supplies at Area 23 Craft Beer and Cider Pub in Concord on August 8th at 3:00 p.m. for an epic NH beer sampling and homebrew Q&A. Meet some of the guys who shopped at K2K before going pro! Special Guests Include (more TBA): Able Ebenezer Brewing Company, Lutherans Limited Brewery, Oddball Brewing https://www.facebook.com/pg/area23concord/events/?ref=page_internal

 August 5, Wyman Tavern Brew Fest, Wyman Tavern Museum, Keene, NH -
History meets craft brewing on August 5th at the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest. The event will feature brewers from New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. It will take place on the grounds of the historic Wyman Tavern Museum on Main Street in Keene. Proceeds from the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest will benefit the Historical Society of Cheshire County, an organization which has been collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of the Monadnock region since 1927. The Historical Society puts on about 150 programs per year such as exhibits, living history festivals, summer camps, teacher workshops, school visits, films, lectures, and field trips. The most important artifact of the Historical Society is the Wyman Tavern, built in 1762, which the Society operates as a period house museum. Alan Rumrill, the director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, said, "A Brew Fest seems like a good fit for the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Beer and ales surely flowed in the Wyman Tavern's Tap Room in the 1700's, and today craft brewers are reviving the old ways of brewing." Music by Brew Ha Ha and the Cold River Ranters The Wyman Tavern Brew Fest will get underway at 1 pm and visitors will be able to sample the brews until 5 pm. http://hsccnh.org/event/wyman-tavern-brew-fest/

Rhode Island

July 22, Craft Brew Races Newport, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI -
Save the date for our hometown event! Join us as we celebrate another awesome Craft Brew Race in the Ocean State. A fun walk/run 5k in Newport followed by a craft beer festival with more than 40 local craft breweries, including Rhode Island's best! All at the gorgeous grounds at Fort Adams. Cheers! http://craftbrewraces.com/newport/

 August 5, Augtoberfest 2017, Foolproof Brewing Company, Pawtucket, RI -
Come out for Foolproof's annual Augtoberfest! This event is hosted in partnership with the Pawtucket Foundation and features music, food trucks, an inflated slip & slide, games, and of course...beer! In addition, we will be releasing our annual Augtoberfest festbier. We are hosting 2 sessions with a variety of ticket levels with great savings! Session #1 - 1:30pm-4:00pm. Session #2 - 5:00pm-7:30pm. Ticket Options: Designated Driver $5 - Admittance to festival, Jester $25 - 2 beverage tickets, Prince $35 - 3 beverage tickets + a glass stein ($45 value), King $45 - 3 beverage tickets + a glass stein + $5 food ticket + 4 pack of Augtoberfest to take home ($55 value). DISCOUNT TICKETS UNTIL JUNE 30TH 21+. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/augtoberfest-2017-tickets-34834835932


July 24, Beer vs Wine Dinner, Fort Adams State Park, Willimantic, CT -
Four courses. http://willibrew.com/event-calendar/

 July 25, Beer and Cheese Pairing with Cato Corner, Willimantic Brewing Company, Willimantic, CT -
What pairs well with cheese? Beer! Cato Corner Farms will join us in the pub for a beer and cheese pairing. For only $10 you'll be able sample and learn about three locally produced cheeses and three craft beers. Quantities are limited, so come early and enjoy the evening with us! www.willibrew.com

 August 5, Craft Brew Races, Edgewood Park, New Haven, CT -
The Craft Brew Races returns to New Haven! Join us for a relaxed 5k run/walk followed by a craft beer festival at Edgewood Park, including samples from more than 40 local and national breweries. This is a can't miss Connecticut race and beer event! Festival-only and designated driver tickets are also available. This is a strictly 21+ event. http://craftbrewraces.com/


July 21, Vermont Brewers Festival, Burlington Waterfront, Burlington, VT -
The Vermont Brewers Festival is the one of the premiere beer festivals in the world, held on the waterfront of Lake Champlain overlooking the Adirondack Mountains, on the third weekend of July (21st - 22nd). This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival. It is hosted by the Vermont Brewers Association, a nonprofit membership organization that was founded in 1995 to promote and strengthen the culture of craft brewing in Vermont through marketing, education and advocating for Vermont made beer. https://www.vtbrewfest.com/

July 21, Belgian Beer Tasting, Meulemans' Craft Draughts, Rawsonville, VT -
Celebrate National Belgian Beer Week with a FREE tasting of some of Belgium's finest beers! Join us on Belgian Independence Day to taste a variety of beer styles that have made the country famous for fine beers. And there will be some free St. Arnoldus Day swag thanks to Artisanal Imports and Farrell Distributing who bring these authentic Belgian Ales to Vermont! 3:00 PM-6:00 PM, FREE. 802-297-9333, http://www.craftdraughts.com/events.html

July 28-29, Stowe Brewers Festival, 80 Weeks Hill Rd, Stowe, VT -
A festival of fine craft beer, cider, & spirits. Live music, workshops, food trucks, vendor fair. Sessions: Friday, 7/28 5:30-9:30 PM and Saturday, 7/29  12-4 PM, 5:30-9:30 PM. https://www.stowebrewersfestival.com/


July 15, Pils & Love, Spring Point Ledge, South Portland, ME -
Oxbow Brewing Company and Birrificio Italiano are pleased to host the first annual Pils & Love on July 15th at Spring Point Ledge in beautiful South Portland, ME. For 12 years now Birrificio Italiano has been holding Pils Pride in Italy. This celebration of traditional Pilsners has grown each year and is now ready to come stateside. Oxbow is honored to be chosen to host the inaugural Pils & Love! 40+ of the world's top producers of traditional Pilsner will be joining us in celebration of the world's most drinkable beer style.  Attending Breweries: Oxbow, Birrificio Italiano, Banded Horn, Birra Elvo, Birrificio del Ducato, Birrifficio Lariano, Bunker, Cambridge, DC Brau, Fair State, Folksbier, Foundation, Firestone Walker, Gänstaller, Half Acre, Hardywood, Heater Allen, Hill Farmstead, Holy Mountain, Industrial Arts, Iron Hill, Jack's Abby, Left Hand, Liquid Riot, Lost Nation, Mahr's Bräu, Notch, North Coast, Russian River, Schönramer, Sierra Nevada, Sly Fox, Smuttynose, Suarez Family, Temescal, Threes, Tired Hands, Trou du Diable, Two Roads, Urban Chestnut, The Veil, Victory, Von Trapp, Zero Gravity Friday, July 15th from 3 - 8 PM. Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pils-love-tickets-33493305378

July 20, Craft Brew Races, Edward Payson Park, Portland, ME -
Join us on July 1 as the Craft Brew Races return to Portland! Featuring dozens of local breweries, this craft beer hotspot is a highlight of the season. The Craft Brew Race consists of a relaxed 5k (walkers welcome) around beautiful Back Cove followed by a beer festival with upwards of 40 craft breweries, all set in picture-perfect Payson Park. Beer fest-only tickets and Designated Driver tickets are also available. This is a strictly 21+ event. http://craftbrewraces.com/portland/

 July 20th, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Rising Tide Brewery, Portland, Maine -
Performance by the advanced young musicians who come to the Festival each summer from conservatories and graduate schools all over the world. Concerts feature a variety of traditional classical repertoire and are typically about 45 minutes in length. Admission is free. https://www.bowdoinfestival.org/events/

 July 28th, Beer & Oysters, Rising Tide Brewery, Portland, Maine -
Soak up the sunshine, enjoy a cold beer, and fresh oysters. https://www.facebook.com/events/1885143565062596/

July 29, Summer Session Beer Festival, Maine Brewer's Guild, Portland, ME -
The Maine Brewers' Guild Summer Session is the biggest brewfest in Maine and your best chance to try Maine's best beers. Summer Session is the only brewfest run by and in support of the Maine craft beer industry - we know what beer fans love, and we want to share our love of beer with you while creating the perfect festival environment. So come join us in the vast expanse of Thompson's Point waterfront venue in Portland - outdoors and under the sun for our annual Maine Brewers' Guild Festival - Summer Session 2017 on Saturday July 29th, from 1-5PM, with a VIP session starting at Noon. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-session-maine-brewers-guild-2017-beer-festival-tickets-33172683389

New York

 July 15, The New York Beer and Brewery Tour, Paulaner NYC, New York, NY -
The New York Beer and Brewery Tour is New York's original beer tasting experience on wheels. Sit back and relax, as our beer experts take you on a fascinating ride in search of the best breweries and craft beer in New York City. Along the way, enjoy a wide variety of local beer, great food, and exclusive brewery access. Plus, see exciting off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods, and learn about New York's rich beer history! Whether you know everything about beer, or nothing at all, The New York Beer and Brewery Tour is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in NYC. https://tourguidesofnewyork.com/

 August 5, Plattsburgh Brewfest, Clinton County Fairgrounds, Plattsburgh, NY -
Beer, Hard Cider, Wine, Spirits, Food & Music! Over 40+ vendors on site. Post-Brewfest Concert http://www.plattsburghbrewfest.com/

Happy drinking!