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—Dates & Times—
Friday, September 27, 2013, Doors at 6:30, Dinner promptly at 7pm
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 1-5pm
Both events will be at Mad River Glen on Route 17 in Fayston, VT. Click here for directions.
Friday will take place in the General Stark’s Pub and Saturday will be spread around the base area.
Tickets for both events are SOLD OUT!
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.
NEW THIS YEAR: 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 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.
- Bobcat Cafe & Brewery – You can only get their brews at their location in Bristol, but each year they come over the hill to the base area of MRG for your SIPping convenience!
- 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.
- Whetstone Station - Brattleboro’s waterfront restaurant and bar offers a beautiful location with amazing views, great beer and an inspired menu. If you’re looking for something new to try – find them at SIPtemberfest!
- 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.
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.
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 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: email@example.com!
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!
Now we are in our sixth year and it’s amazing to 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 2013 SIPtemberfest is fermenting right now. We – as always – hope to make it better than ever, complete with new brewers and a few surprises!