Vermont Business Magazine The sixth annual Southern Vermont Summer Homebrew Festival returned to Bennington this past weekend to the delight of many brewers and patrons alike! The festival was held on the former Tuttle lot location, but closed down parts of Depot Street and extended into the Anytime Fitness lot for maximum space and enjoyment. From noon to 4pm ticket holders enjoyed unlimited samples of home-brewed beer, wine, mead, cider and more.
Included in the festival was musical entertainment provided by Luminous Crush, as well as food truck specials from The Rollin’ Rooster, Los Lobos Tacos and Hound Dogs.
The festival saw over 350 patrons throughout the day while the best homebrewers encouraged everyone to try their newest brews. With over 100 different brews and over 200 gallons of brew, this year featured a select 19 brewers.
The attendees were treated to some unique and delicious offerings from the Home Brewers including Tyrannical Ruffians’ Sommer Marzen, All Nighter Brewing’s Garden Hoe Belgain Wit, Harmon Hill Brewery’s Wolfies Rhubarb Wheat, Chasing The Craft...Brewery’s S’more Cowbells, Invisible Mountain Brewing’s Hella Old School West Coast IPA, Cydersour Brewery’s Here We Gose Gain, Catseyesoup Brewing’s Groovy Bootsy, The Jolly Fool Brews’ I Surrender!, Albany Brew Crafters’ May The Swarz Be With You , Smooth Liquidation Brewing’s Pocket Universe, Hugs Brewing’s Peach Saison, Texermont Brewery’s Vermont Maple Breakfast Stout. The event even saw Vintage Tree Cidery’s Something Old, Something New Sour Cider join in on the fun!
“Even with a complete year of canceled homebrew festivals due to the pandemic, our Home Brewers brought some incredible home brewed beverages! They didn’t miss a beat,” says Will Gardner, producer of the event with Hopridge Farms. “The feedback from the crowd was overwhelmingly positive and they were all just really thankful to be out under the Vermont sun enjoying a festival once again. Our hats are off to the brewers, vendors, patrons, as well as the police and safety officers who made this possible. Thank you Bennington for once again being a great host and the epicenter for great home brew! It’s a tremendous amount of work to ensure these festivals are fun, safe, and well-organized. We couldn’t do that without the help of our volunteers and supporters!”
The festival has several awards all of which are voted on by the patrons throughout the festival. This year the organizers announced the top 3 in each category:
Best VIP Beverage: 1st Place: Lamson Brewery Co with Durg’s Delight, 2nd Place: Battenkill Brewhouse with Desert Rose , 3rd Place tie: Shady Brewing with Solid Gold and Groff Garage Brewery with Happy Accident.
Best Overall Beverage: 1st Place: Lamson Brewing Co with Summer Shores and Peanut Butter Fluff Stout, 2nd Place: Battenkill Brewhouse with Thai Mule, 3rd Place: Punch Hard Tea with Camellia Black Tea.
Best Overall Brewery: 1st Place: Lamson Brewing Co, 2nd Place: Teddy K’s Brewing, 3rd Place: Battenkill Brewhouse.
Vendors at the Summer Homebrew Festival also presented and sold hand crafted local art, chocolates, hot sauces, nuts and more. Those vendors include Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped Hot Sauce, Northtastic, Nomadic Threads, I Want Pig Candy, Crazy Mike’s Beef Jerky Company, LLC, and The Vintage Soul/The Nutty Bavarian.
Hopridge Farms produces the festival in partnership with the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
“Each year we build upon the culture of homebrewers and, eventually maybe, some professional brewers and breweries,” adds Matt Harrington, executive director of the Southwestern Vermont Chamber. “Over the past six years we have seen the brew culture in the tri-state region, including Bennington, grow. Farm Road Brewing, a major sponsor of the event, was once a participant and now is a staple of downtown Bennington. We continue to foster and grow these festivals so that we can encourage the brew culture to evolve in Bennington County. As with all our events, we simply could not do it without our community of sponsors. They include our presenting sponsor Coggins Auto Group, our host and music sponsor TPW Real Estate, our vendor sponsor The Bank of Bennington, our brew sponsor Farm Road Brewing, our media sponsors The Bennington Banner and CAT-TV, and our food sponsor Vermont Roofing. We thank them very much for their help, encouragement and generosity!”
For more information about next year’s Winter Homebrew Festival set for March 2022 and the Summer Homebrew Festival set for August 2022 visit https://www.vthomebrewfests.com/