What is SIPtemberfest?

Back in 2008, three folks who really like beer, really like festivals and really like the Mad River Valley, decided we wanted to bring the fun of a beer fest back to the Valley and that the only way it was going to happen was if we pulled up our bootstraps and did it ourselves!


Today SIPtemberfest has around 24 brewers and only about 800 tickets, making it the Best Little Beer Fest in Vermont,  offering people an unparalleled craft beer experience. Mad River Glen is a unique setting that keeps the vibe comfortable. And with such extremely limited tickets, lines are never too long so you can meet and talk to the actual brewers. The beers are amazing, the people are cool, the food and the music are local and awesome and -rain or shine- it’s always a great time.

It’s amazing to look back and think how far we’ve come. Your support has helped build us a reputation for being one of the best beer fests around and there are some awesome beer fest in Vermont! Obviously, we couldn’t get here without the continued support of our fans, friends, family and the incredible community that surrounds us. After all, what’s a party if no one comes?

The 2014 SIPtemberfest is fermenting right now. We – as always – hope to make it better than ever, complete with new brewers and a few surprises! Be sure to sign up for our Fresh SIPs (top right hand side of the page,) so you can get all our updates emailed directly to you. We will have important announcements soon (like our 2014 dates and when tickets will go on sale,) so don’t get left out! Our 2013 tickets were gone in 30 hours so seriously – sign up or risk being on the wrong side of ‘I told you!’

Thanks again for your support of all things craft beer – CHEERS!

-Team SIPtemberfest


—Dates & Times—

Friday, September 26 – SIPtemberfest Meet the Brewers Dinner

Saturday September 27 – SIPtemberfest Vermont Beer Tasting


—The Place—

Both events will be at Mad River Glen on Route 17 in Fayston, VT. Click here for directions.

The Meet the Brewers Dinner will take place in the General Stark’s Pub and the Vermont Beer Tasting will be spread around the base area.


The Tickets

Tickets for both events are not for sale currently. We will announce when they go on sale soon. In 2013, all tickets were sold out in 30 hours so if you haven’t already, sign up for Fresh SIPs to get our Updates emailed directly to you (top right hand side of the page.)

Friday ticket includes a four course dinner with two beers paired to each course, and a souvenir glass. These tickets DO NOT include admission to SIPtemberfest on Saturday. These tickets are very limited to don’t hesitate to get yours!

Saturday tickets include 10 tastings and a souvenir glass. A limited number of extra tokens will be available for purchase between 2:30-4pm. These are ONLY available for ticket holders.

YOU DO NEED TO BRING YOUR TICKET WITH YOU! Tickets will be scanned at the gate. Tickets purchased at local retail outlets will be available at WILL CALL. You will need your ID in order to get your tokens.

Saturday’s event is FREE to anyone not partaking in SIPtemberfest. Tickets are only required if you want to taste the beers. General Stark’s Pub will be open, selling bottled beers, wine and food.

Tickets for chairlift rides can be purchased in the ticket office of MRG or at the SIP ticket booth. Adults are $10, kids $5.

Designated drivers and underagers are FREE! Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome!


—The 2013 Breweries—

Our Brewers vary year to year, but we try to focus on Vermont beers – especially the smaller guys you might not have heard of – but we also like to include some local Distillers and Cideries and one or two out-of-state gems. Here’s a look at the line up we had in 2013:


—The Food—

Food will be available at SIPtemberfest but it is not included in your ticket! Please bring a little cash or use our on-site ATM! Thanks! Specific food vendors will be announced soon.


—The Music—

We love to rock and will have some good bands during the day – more info coming soon.


—The Foliage Chair Rides—

From 10am to 2:30 pm, get your very own private viewing of Vermont’s foliage by riding up Mad River Glen’s historic Single Chair. Enjoy the peace and quite as you are slowly ushered to the top of Stark Mountian. Make sure to bring your camera and someone to enjoy the view with! Rides $10 for adults, $5 for kids.


— Area Resources —

Looking for a place to stay? Or a place to eat on your way home? The Mad River Valley and surrounding areas have lots of great places for you to check out. The SIP is a great chance to check out our local flavor with first rate Bed & Breakfasts, incredible little restaurants, the best kept secret bars, gorgeous camping and more. Make a weekend out of it!


—The Beneficiaries—

The Mad River Path Association – with the mission to to build, maintain, support and conserve a system of continuous public pathways from Warren to Moretown to foster a healthy community by connecting the people, schools, businesses and special places of the Mad River Valley.


—Wanna Get Involved?—

Contact us for information about being a volunteer, a sponsor and more:



15 thoughts on “What is SIPtemberfest?

  1. Hello! I have already made arrangements to be there, headed up from southern RI on the 24th – and looking for some competition to Berkshire Brews ;-) ! I will be @ a B & B in SouthStarksboro: are well behaved Golden Retriever’s on leash/harness allowed at this venue? Do you need additional volunteers – my boy Kaleb can watch the keg? I would like to enjoy some brew, catch up with my friend Jen Langille (a volunteer and native) and experience a true VT beer experience. I have only experienced VT from the trail and would like to find out what makes you guys so much fun and catch, take home a bit of your fun flair.
    Please let me know if I can help in any way,

    Kindest regards,

    Kristin and Kaleb

  2. SIPpin’ count down begins! I predict lots of sunshine and lots of sunny people. I can’t wait to head North and I especially appreciate the kind consideration of the folks that started this for the very “reasonable dog rules” communicated – makes sense to me! AND I will be sure not to listen to the weatherpeople and watch doppler on my own ;-)


    • Hey Brooks! Not sure if you saw my response to your other note -
      No! You pregnant wife does not need a ticket. Only people doing the tasting need tickets. Underagers, designated drivers and pregnant wives are all free!

  3. We have a house at MRG. Would love to know if/when Sipfest 2011 is planned. Do you have an e-mail list I can join for that event? Can we suggest a brewer? We have a friend who has won golds and silvers at various national events and will be up and running with a new small-batch brewery in South Royalton this spring.

    • All great questions!
      -Siptemberfest 2011 will be 9/24
      -You can subscribe to this blog and when we post any updates, they will be emailed right to you. (There’s a link on the right – fresh sips.)
      -We’d love to hear about any brewers we should try to get! All brewers who pour at the sip must be licensed with the state, (so no home-brewers.) Please send us some links and any other info to meg@gmavt.net.
      Thanks and Cheers!

  4. Loved last years Siptemberfest. It was a great time. This year you should consider bringing the beer vendors off the deck to alleviate some of the congestion. Looking forward to this year!

    • Thanks David! We agree. Expanding the layout across the base area is at the top of our list of improvements for the 2011 SIP!

  5. Greetings
    I am a beer label artist and I create and sell numerous beer themed items. Table tops,wall art ,collage posters ,ceramic cheese boards and my best seller hundreds of different beer label ceramic drink coasters. Do you have vendors at your beer event? My work can be found on Facebook at Ifyoupourittheywillcome or rdhutchins23

    • Thanks for your note Rich. At the moment, we only have beer and food vendors, but if we decide to expand we will let you know! Thanks and in the meantime, keep up the creative work! -m

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