The Buzz about the SIP! What do you think of SIPtemberfest? Leave us your feedback in a comment right here or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autumn Foushee, Executive Director, Mad River Path Association
Eric Friedman, Marketing Director, Mad River Glen
Great job yesterday! I can’t even begin to tell you what an event like that means to MRG. There was such a great vibe, it’s the kind of thing that makes people want to come here.
Thanks for your vision and your effort to bring SIPtemberfest to fruition.
You should be as proud as I am grateful of the results of your hard work. Sure hope we can do it again next year! On behalf of the entire MRG community – THANK YOU!!!!!
Rocky Bleier, Board Member, Mad River Path Association
Way to go and (once again) show what you can do! Thanks for helping the Path, the MRG Coop, and all the folks who showed up yesterday have themselves a great time. There will be plenty of people who were there (and probably even more weren’t, that when they hear of all that fun ), will be planning on being there next year!
I’m looking forward to your next project.
Thanks again for thinking of the Path and making a very positive contribution to the Valley.
Sarah M & Martin L, Connecticut
We were wondering what date Siptemberfest 2013 will be? We just got engaged and are looking at getting married in September, probably in Vermont. We missed 2011 because of our friends’ wedding so we really don’t want to miss 2013 because of our own wedding! We definitely want to plan things so we can attend both!
Andrew C, New Hampshire
I stopped at Siptemberfest by accident the first year when my wife and I were riding over 17. It was sold out, but we stayed for the music anyway. We got tickets this year and had a great time. You guys know how to have fun. What a great discovery!
Abbi K, Vermont
My husband “dragged” me to Siptembefest this year – and then he had to drag me home! I am pregnant and was his designated driver. …I was expecting to be pretty bored but that was not the case at all. I met great people, listened to great music and ate for two! I’m getting a babysitter for next year…
Melanie R, Massachusetts
A co-worker shared your blog with me and I love it – cracks me up! I already took the day off from work and I can’t wait to ride the Single for the first time without skis. Oh yeah – and I can’t wait to try the beers!
Amanda & Tucker, Maine
Wow – I love Siptemberfest! Drank amazing brews, ate great food, got a ride on the Single, met a bunch of cool locals. Worth the drive.
Jim S., Vermont
The Siptemberfest is a really good event. We’ve been lucky to have great weather both years and everyone who goes has a great time and, as a benefit to the Mad River Path it’s even better.
Ross and Jen, Vermont
You did a great job on the event – what better way to spend an autumn day – great beer, great music and (luckily) great weather.
Thanks again for planning the event.
BLOG & FACEBOOK COMMENTS
Mike S., Boston
I’ve made it every year and you guys rock! New faves this year were The Shed and Hill Farmstead. Hey, make sure to get that sausage guy back. He was hysterical and made the best food ever!
Kendra P., Vermont
I love beer and I love Mad River Glen and now I love SIPtemberfest! I brought the whole family and our dog. We all agreed it was one of the best days we spent together all summer – thanks!
Paul J., Vermont
Awesome. Wicked line up of brewers. Got my girlfriend a t-shirt since she couldn’t come. We’ll both be there next year!
Sarah M., Vermont
Please put the brewers on the field! Other than that – don’t change a thing. It was awesome and I can’t wait for 2011.
BLOG KEEPERS NOTE – Don’t worry! We are totally redoing the layout this year! We like to have a little more breathing (drinking) room too!
The Siptemberfest was awesome, great brews and food, wonderful weather and Abbey Jenne is the best! Thanks so much for putting it on, looking forward to the next one!
Awesome day! Thanks !
Looking forward to next year!
Just want to say I can’t believe I had to miss it- had to work. But, everyone who came into the Hyde Away afterwards said it was awesome and it sounds like they had a blast. WAY TO GO!!! It’s amazing to have a truly great event in the Valley.
BEERADVOCATE: SIPtemberfest, best beer event in VT? Thread started: 09-27-2009
Had an awesome time at Mad River Glen yesterday at what could become the best VT beer event. There were only 300 attendants (they sold out halfway through the day) almost a dozen brewers, and some of the best weather you could have asked for!
As much fun as the VT brewers fest is, it’s become pretty damn big with a lot of fairly long lines. Here there was at most about 4 people in line at any given time.
Saturday was a great day for a beer fest, and Mad River was a great location. The weather was perfect and the beer delicious. I made Lawson’s Maple on Brett my first beer thankfully, as when I went back an hour and a half or so later for round 2 it was gone. His Chinooker’d IPA was also a favorite of mine. Bobcat brought a very satisfying Baltic Porter, and the Alchemist’s Harvest ale round out my top beers of the day.
I would love to see this happen again next year. 300 was a manageable number for the place, there was plenty of grass to chill on and the patio remained navigable even at the height of attendance.
I had more fun at this festival than any other I have been to. It was reminiscent of the Burlington Brewers Festival about a decade ago. Very family & dog friendly in a great venue. We really enjoyed the local bands, local food and especially the locals.
Kudos to the Mad River Path Association for sponsoring this event. Please don’t change a thing, everything was perfect.
BeerTruth, New York
What a well run, quality brewfest…congrats to those who helped put this together. Lawson’s was for sure the highlight for me. I wouldn’t be surprised if they expand this a bit next year especially with how early they sold out and how many people came after that point. I enjoyed how it had more of a community feel to it rather than a party atmosphere. We’ll definitely be making plans for this one next year
RunawayJim, Rhode Island
We happened to be visiting Vermont for the weekend and decided since we had no other plans that a drive down to the mountains for this would be fun. It was well worth it. I had a great time, drank some great beer, and enjoyed the ride up the single chair (the ride down was a little scary, but I’m usually on skis when I go down a mountain). The weather was perfect and it helped me and the wife decide that we’re going to move up to Vermont someday.
My first SIPfest and what a ride! The single chair to the top was awesome – not to mention the great folks that put this together, great beer and PERFECT weather! See you next year and I will be coming in on foot via the Long Trail with my four legged friends
Ten tokens received…ten tokens handed back, one per pony-glass…
First things first, we scored rides on the Single and went up to walk about and look at the views and sundry developments. After a while, we took our lunch on a sunny flat rock just above the first JayBowl entrance.
As we rode down the single, we were able to hear the band playing. I recorded the last 3 minutes of the ride with my cellphone viddy. If anyone wants to produce it I’ll send the file.
Anyway, we stashed our excursion junk back at the car and, with our empty glasses in hand, joined in with the Siptemberfestivities….
Lawson’s Chinooker was the top IPA, the Bobcat Cafe’s Porter was the top Porter.
I had something good from those vendors I tried and while I craved a repeat of the Chinooker, Lawson was all out after my full flight. I then went for seconds of the Bobcat’s Porter, getting the last of it.
The warm-up band, “Abby Jenne and the Enablers” is a bona fide rocking great band. The Gordon Stone Band is so far beyond cerebral, so gut grabbingly, hook-powered that their fetchingly innocent and perfect melodies are right up there with the likes of Bella Fleck and the Flecktones.