Thanks and cheers!

Post-SIPtemberfest Greetings to you all!!

The crew at TeamSIP are finally resembling human form again, after one heckova fun weekend. Our 10th Anniversary was everything we could have asked for – adorable dogs, gorgeous weather, great food, amazing beer, mind-blowing coffee, a breakfast special from the Stark’s Pub that was simply next level, and most of all, getting to hang out with 1000+ of our favorite people all weekend long!

THANK YOU ALL SO DANG MUCH! The SIPFamily is a special one and we are so grateful that we get to do this year in and year out.  To all our awesome attendees and talented vendors, our tireless volunteers and our generous sponsors, and everyone involved in SIPtemberfest: From the bottom of our hearts, with full glasses in hand, THANKS AND CHEERS!

And now that the dust has settled, all our fencing is rolled up, our sunburns and blisters and bruises are healing and we’ve caught up on sleep, we are already looking forward to next year.

SIPtemberfest 2018 will be at the same Bat-time, same Bat-place: September 22 & 23, at Mad River Glen. And though we know little more than that at this time, we can tell you that SIPBeer might see a teeny increase in the number of brewers we have in attendance, and that SIPCoffee is not an event you should miss next year – it will revolutionize the way you caffeinate!

Also – stay tuned for more info including some exclusive perks for SIP ticket holders at MRG and possibly more.

Thanks again and we can’t wait to see you next year,



So many things!

Who likes sunshine, raise your hand!

We cannot believe what a stunner this weekend is supposed to be! Ordinarily around this time we are reminding you all to be mindful of the always changing Vermont weather and dress accordingly. But with a forecast like thisthings you should bring would include sunglasses, SPF 30 and a water bottle!

So it’s a good thing we just paired up with Clearwater Filtration! They are bringing their awesome Watermark water station to SIP so you can fill up your water bottle during the day and stay hydrated! And if you forget your water bottle, head over to the MRG tent or the MRG retail shop and get a new one or just fill up your SIP glass! We are excited at this chance to reduce waste and stay hydrated at the same time – it just makes the beer taste that much better, amiright?! (Please note – we reserve the right to have you open filled water bottles etc upon entry. No outside alcohol permitted. Thanks!)

Also, please remember that PARKING IS WICKED LIMITED! Carpool with 3 or more people if you haven’t signed up for a shuttle! Thanks in advance for being respectful of our parking attendants and shuttle drivers and following their directions!

Pro Tip: Arrive early for SIPtemberfest and show the lift attendant your SIP ticket for a SIPtemberfest Foliage Ride Special! Present your SIPtemberfest ticket between 10am and noon on September 23rd and get a Half Price Foliage Ride on America’s Favorite Chairlift, the Mad River Glen Single Chair (only $5). The ride up is a beautiful trip through what’s shaping up to be a beautiful rainbow of foliage. You can take the chair down or walk but either way, it will take some time so the earlier you go, the less SIPping time you’ll miss, if any!

Some other important housekeeping:

LAST CALL FOR ONLINE TICKETS! All online ticket sales close Thursday Night! 

  • SIPDinner, FRIDAY, September 22, Doors at 6pm, dinner starts *promptly* at 7 – Grab the last of the tickets before sales close, Thursday, 11pm! This ticket includes a four course meal with multiple beers paired to each, a tasting glass and a raffle ticket. River Roost Brewery and Lost Nation Brewing will be this year’s hosts along with Craft Beer Cellar. Mark Babson, Allen Van Anda and Mark Drutman will be on hand to field questions about the beers served and more. There are a few tickets still available!
  • SIPCoffee, Sunday September 24, Gates 11am-2pm – Online tickets $20, at the gate $25! Ticket includes a tasting mug and 12 tasting tickets so you can try multiple samples from our 7 Vermont roasters. There will be live music as well as food available for purchase. Coffee beers will be available in the Pub too! Just picture it: You can round off your weekend testing your coffee-knowledge and kicking that hangover at the same time, all on relaxing and gorgeous Sunday morning on the side of a mountain!!

Those buying/selling tickets may try our Facebook Invite or other forums. Bad beer karma for anyone trying to sell for more than face value of the tickets. The original buyer can edit the name on the ticket by logging on to Eventbrite, selecting My Tickets and editing the ticket info. You can manage financial exchanges directly. If you are arriving together, you do not need to change the names on the tickets. Please note: we do not issue refunds or sell tickets for you at the gate.


  • SIPBeer, SATURDAY, September 23 – Check-in will start at 12:30. Gate opens at 1pm. Last call is at 4:40pm. Ticket includes Saturday entry, 10 tastings and a souvenir glass. There will be food from the Micheal’s Good To Go and Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen. This event is sold out.  If you signed up for a shuttle, be on the look out for an email with details! We are still looking for a shuttle check-in person on one of the buses too!
  • Designated Drivers and underagers are allowed in at no change HOWEVER: please arrive if possible after 2pm, allowing us time to efficiently check in ticket holders.
  • The forecast is looking amazing but as always, come prepared for anything – and we highly recommend sturdy footwear! Heels and wedges are going to skunk your day.
  • Don’t forget to stop into the HopShop for your SIPtemberfest merchan

That’s all for now! We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

sHOP till you Drop!

If you like beer as much as most SIPtemberfest-ers, then you also like beer-gear. Beer apparel, beer glassware, foods made with beer, beer books, beer home goods, beer jewelry, etc. If this is your kind of jam, you need to stop at the HopShop on Saturday.

As always, we will have a nice line up of SIP merch in our HopShop including our classic T-shirts (sorry  ladies – model not included,) and hats. We will also have TWO kinds of hoodies this year – our regular cozy AF version and new this year, a cool t-shirt weight hoodie!

But in addition to our sweet SIP merch, the HopShop, will also showcase tons of cool beery items for you and all your beer-loving friends! 

You’ll also be able to buy extra drink tokens and grab some fun swag while it lasts! The hopShop has the same hours as SIPtemberfest and we recommend you come in early because all supplies are limited! We do take credit cards.

Here’s a quick look as what the 2017 HopShop will feature:

alena botanica, Hoptanica line By Alena Schnarr

Drinkware, scarves, tote bags, dog hoodies, greeting cards.

Quantity discounts on pairs of glasses or stainless steel canteens! Glasses 1 for $15 or 2 for $25, Canteens 1 for $20 or 2 for $35!

Really Unique Creations by Mags Bonham

Hops earrings, necklaces, key chains.


Potlicker Kitchen By Nancy Warner


Jellies and Jams 

Only $8 a jar!


N3 Pottery By Shannon Morrison

Hop Mugs $42 each




Hop and Hammer By Caitlin Alexander

Tie dyed kids shirts & onesies, Malt bag totes and insulated growler coolers, beer can ornaments, framed watercolor hop prints.


Stark Originals By Josh and Nicole Stark

Apparel inspired by people that like to have fun, drink beer, and play outside. Men’s and Women’s T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, hats, 16oz koozies.

Hats $25 each, Shirts start at $20!



Wildwood Vermont By Sean Murray

Laser engraved wooden hops coasters.

4 for $30 or 6 for $35!



Vault 14 Designs By Stephanie Petrarca

Hops stud earrings, necklaces.

Earrings only $14 a pair!!



New Duds

Screen printed glasses and teatowels