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!
—Dates & Times—
Friday, September 26 – SIPtemberfest Meet the Brewers Dinner
Saturday September 27 – SIPtemberfest Vermont Beer Tasting
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.
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 Alchemist
- Bobcat Cafe & Brewery
- Citizen Cider
- Drop-In Brewery
- Fiddlehead Brewing
- Grateful Hands Brewery
- Lawson’s Finest Liquids
- Lost Nation Brewing
- Long Trail
- Mad River Distillers
- Norwich Inn/Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse
- Otter Creek/Wolaver’s
- Rock Art
- Smugglers’ Notch Distillery
- Switchback Brewing
- Tree House Brewing - Our Featured Outta-Stater!
- Trapp’s Lager Brewery
- Whetstone Station
- Zero Gravity
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: