So you want to know who will be at SIPtemberfest this year? Artists. We have so many crazy talented artists attending our little beer fest this year you could archive it.
Let’s start with the artist responsible for this year’s sa-weet poster, Evan Chismark. Makes you thirsty, huh? The guy is talented. And he likes craft beer so it was easy putting him to work! His posters will be up soon and if you spot him at SIPtemberfest he might just sign a poster for you. Find him on facebook and get him to create something for you!
Next up we are excited to announce the brand new HopShop! A really slick new hop-focused retail shop that will feature a cool selection of beer-related shirts, hats, mugs and more. We will also have our limited edition SIPtemberfest shirts and new zip hoodies and hats! If you pre-ordered a t-shirt with your ticket purchase this year, you’ll find your shirt here waiting for you. Didn’t get your shirt yet? We will have plenty of stock and we take credit cards so come ready to HopShop!
And of course we have to credit the 20+ artists who entered over 60 entries in our Haiku Contest. Picking just one winner was super-dooper tough so we decided to pick four. Three honorable mentions will each win one ticket to SIPtemberfest and one Grand Prize winner who will claim two SIPVIP tickets! Congratulations to the winners and huge thanks to everyone who entered!
Honorable Mention - ML McLaughlin
Beer beer beer beer beer
Five tokens under my belt
Five more to go – yeah!
Honorable Mention - Colin R.
Missed the ticket sale
But refuse to miss the beer
Hook a brother up
Honorable Mention - Marci R.
These desperate times
Call for desperate measures
SIP tix are at stake
Grand Prize - Marcella L.
Tasty, frothy beer
Just feels so good
when it hits the lips
And now for the main event: the artists we affectionately know as THE 2013 SIPtemberfest Brewers (and distillers!) We will announce their offerings shortly, and we are gonna have some treats for you and no mistake! Stay tuned for the details. but in the time being, please savor in the artistry of this line up:
- The Alchemist – If you combine Mad River Glen’s and the Alchemist’s mottos you get ‘Are you ready for a Heady if you can?’ Heady Topper is as good as it is hard to find so especially if you’ve never tried it, the Alchemist is a stop that should be on your ‘early’ list.
- Citizen Cider – Perhaps you are looking for a little something different? Citizen Cider is a booth to check out – they have wonderful cider that is crisp and refreshing like no other. It’s a great way to take a break from all the big beers and still satisfy your taste buds.
- Drop-In Brewery – Also the brewing home of the American Brewers Guild Brewing School, you’ll find some inter-galactic brews from these guys! Drop in and check them out!
- Fiddlehead Brewing - These guys brew full flavored beers with the true beer connoisseur in mind. They focus on depth of flavor, freshness of ingredients, and incorporating local products when possible.
- Grateful Hands Brewery – These guys are a small operation, producing teeny 20 gallon batches of dark and delicious ales that you need to try. Simple as that.
- Lawson’s Finest Liquids - If you live under a rock, you might not know this, but LFL is worth waiting in whatever length of line necessary, especially if you’ve never tried it before. Plus the man himself might be the one serving you. Thank you sir, may I have another!
- Lost Nation Brewing – IPAs, schmIPAs. Lost Nation specializes in low ABV% brews that will blow you away. They are making old style beers the new black. Get in before the secret is out.
- Long Trail - Long Trail is bringing out the goods this year! Dang. We will fill you in later though. Good things. Worth Waiting for.
- Mad River Distillers - The new kids in the Valley, we are psyched to have Mad River Distillers joining us this year! Be sure to check their locally sourced spirits that “are as clean as the crisp Vermont air and snow-fed streams.” Mmmmmmmmm!
- Norwich Inn/Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse – These extremely well-crafted brews are only available at the Norwich Inn on one of their 6 taps or in 22oz bottles. Oh, and at SIPtemberfest! You might want to take advantage of that and save a token or two for this booth!
- Otter Creek/Wolaver’s – You can find three lines of beer here: Otter Creek Craft Ales, Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales, and “The Shed Brewery,” all of which are produced in small batches using natural Vermont water, domestic malts and hops, and their own top-fermenting yeast.
- Rock Art - You might have heard of these guys when a Goliath Mega-corporation tried to tell them to change the name of their Vermonster beer. That is now old news and Vermont’s ‘David’ continues to brew top quality beers that are known for more than just their awesome names.
- Smugglers’ Notch Distillery – This is the only detail we are giving you about what will be served at SIPtemberfest so pay attention. Two syllables for you: bour-bon.
- Switchback Brewing – Switchback Ale is their flagship beer. It’s success has driven constant expansion for over 10 years and made the release of three Rotating Specials: Roasted Red Ale, Porter, and Slow-Fermented Brown Ale possible. What will they bring to SIPtemberfest…?
- Tree House Brewing - Our Featured Outta-Stater! They are a wicked-good brewery from Mass! You have to stop by and not only try their beer, but meet these guys! They are a really cool crew cranking out some kick-ass beer.
- Trapp’s Lager Brewery – If you’re looking for an American version of, say a tasty Austrian Lager, this is the place to stop. Trapp’s focuses on brewing European classics right here in Vermont.
- Zero Gravity – Nestled in the Burlington Hearth of American Flatbread, Zero Gravity cranks our beers that are equally as artisanal and quality as the pizzas you can pair with them.