…And now back to beer stuff!

Just a quick follow up about our last post:

  1. Big shout out to everyone who sent us positive messages regarding our COVID vaccine requirement. It was so unexpected but we greatly appreciated hearing support for this decision. You all get really excellent beer karma for your kind words! Thank you!
  2. Don’t worry, we are not considering cancelling our event. We were gutted to hear that our colleagues at Oktoberfest in Burlington decided to cancel. We know they didn’t arrive at that decision without a great deal of thought and that they only had the best interests of their staff and attendees in mind. But their event is different from SIP. We are confident in our COVID Protocols and feel our event size makes things very manageable. So unless some governing body puts the kibosh on us, we are planning for a safe and fun environment for you all to drink beer and let your guard down a little!
  3. We have updated our COVID Protocols to include some significant changes for this year: the base lodge will be closed to the public including bathrooms, we will forgo using our wooden tokens this year to reduce ‘touch points” and we will have sanitation stations set up so you can rinse your glasses between samples. Click here for details.

And now back to business!

SIPtemberfest is sold out! This means that if you want to sell your tickets, either because you aren’t vaccinated or for other reasons, you can sell your tickets directly to hopeful attendees on our Facebook Invite or other forums. If you aren’t able to sell them, you can contact us after the event, but we make no promises on refunds.

We are still looking for some more volunteers! With some extra layers of safety this year, we could use a few more hands on deck. If you would like to join our team, sign up today! Our crew is super fun to work with and once your job is done, you can rock your sweet new SIP t-shirt while sipping tasty beers and eating nommy food with your new friends!

Designated Drivers & Underagers are allowed to come but two things: 1.) Due to a new state law, they will now have to pay for an entry ticket. The Stark Mountain Foundation will be selling these by $5+ donation at check in on the day-of. 2.) Under ordinary circumstances we welcome anyone who wants to come hang out and not participate in the tasting. But this year, please consider not bringing your kids if they are 12 or younger. If they do come, they will need to be accompanied by an adult and wear their masks at all times. If your kids are old enough to be running around but can’t keep their masks on, they – and you – will be asked to leave. Our goal is to just keep everyone safe! Thanks for understanding and exploring alternatives to bringing your kids to SIP this year. Click here for more info.

PARKING LOT ALERT! You know how rough Route 17 has been the last couple years? Well good news: they are repaving it right now! The bad news is that there will be a giant pile of material in the main MRG parking lot and the upper loop will be filled with construction equipment and vehicles. This means we probably only have about 80% max of the lot to park in. SO PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CARPOOL OR TAKE OUR FREE SHUTTLE! We have about 6 seats left on our Waterbury Shuttle and our second lap of the Waitsfield Shuttle. If you didn’t sign up when you purchased your tickets but would like to sign up now, contact us and we will take care of you.

Food & Entertainment Update This year’s music line up witll feature Lowell Thompson at 1pm and Ragged Company at 3pm. And nommy food will be available from Michael’s Good To Go & The MRG Snack Shack.

Safety First

Dear SIPtemberfest Family,

If you want to attend SIPtemberfest, you’re going to have to show proof that you have completed your COVID vaccination. [Full Stop]

I’m telling you now so you have time to make plans accordingly. Snap of photo of your vax card just in case you forget it at home. Make an appointment to get your vaccine if you haven’t already, or, for the first time in SIPtemberfest history, contact me if you just can’t handle getting your vaccine and I will issue you a refund.

For more details, see our COVID Protocols page.

I’m telling you truthfully: if COVID numbers keep growing, if people keep digging in their heels when they are asked to think of their community and not themselves, then you can start kissing events like SIPtemberfest and more goodbye. Small operations like mine were the first to close down and the last to open back up and we probably won’t survive it again if that’s what it comes to. If you really want things to ‘get back to normal’ then let’s really do it. Let’s get back to trusting in science and being respectful and responsible community members. Let’s get back to bickering about important things, like whether lactose or glitter in beer should even be a thing!

If you’re like most people I know and you’re vaccinated, then awesome! This is no big deal. All you have to do is bring your card with you when you check in. Maybe make it the home screen on your phone!? I doubt I’ll be the only business asking for this proof so just stuff it in your wallet and get used to having it on your person.

If you haven’t gotten your vaccine, it’s time man. It’s time.

Finally, if this has triggered you and you’re just chomping at the bit to make rude, passive aggressive comments accusing me of being “political” or “afraid,” please save your breath. I have zero time to field those kinds of comments so they will be ignored and deleted.

On behalf of the entire SIP Team, thanks for your continued support and please make good decisions! We look forward to safely sipping beer with you in September!!



Knock, knock!

Knock knock!

Who’s there!?

Your three nieces!

My three nieces who…!?

Sorry Team. We got a surprise visit from family we haven’t seen in over two years so there was a little unexpected delay in getting you our brewer line up…

BUT, one Harry Potter marathon, three kids bikes, 14 hello kitty bandaids and at least a gallon of maple syrup later and we are hitting the ground running with updates to our brewer line up! And what’s more: we are not done yet. Peruse the list of confirmed brewers and stay tuned for more updates.

Black Flannel Brewing Co :: Collaborative Brewing Co. :: Drop In Brewery :: Fiddlehead Brewing Co. :: Foam Brewers :: Four Quarters Brewing :: Frost Beer Works :: Good Measure Brewing Co. :: Good Water Brewery :: Groennfell Meadery :: Halyard Brewing Co. :: Lawson’ Finest Liquids :: Lost Nation Brewing :: Prohibition Pig Brewery :: Red Clover Ale Co. :: Rock Art Brewery :: Simple Roots Brewing :: Stowe Cider :: The Alchemist :: Upper Pass Beer :: Weird Window Brewing

Also, because we are dorks, here are some jokes for you.

Knock, knock!

Who’s there?


Jahwanna who?

Jahwanna get a beer with me!?

*budumdum ching

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get a ride home from her designated rooster.

*slaps knee and makes old gaffer style laugh

What did you think of that new bar on the moon?

Well, the beer was good but there really wasn’t much atmosphere.

you’re welcome.