SIPtemberfest Beer Tasting –  Saturday Sept. 28, 1-5pm SOLD OUT

bhphoto_sipfest12_4web-56Each fall as the leaves turn and the air crisps, brewers and beer geeks alike head to SIPtemberfest, the best little beer fest around, for an afternoon of beer, food and fun that rivals the best backyard party you’ve ever been to!

Nestled in the scenic base area of Mad River Glen in Fayston, Vermont, SIPtemberfest features the best, newest and hardest-to-find beers in the state. We encourage our brewers to bring beer that isn’t so readily available. We also showcase one out-of-state brewery as well as some non-beer beverages.  (A complete list of brewers is below.) Local food and music round out the event which benefits the Mad River Path Association.

Tickets are SOLD OUT. Ticket holders get 10 tasting tokens and a souvenir glass each. Additional tasting token will be available for purchase at the event.

SIPtemberfest keeps getting better every year and the 2013 SIP will be no different. We have fine-tuned our plans and can’t wait to tell you all about what’s in store for this year.  Be sure to sign up on our home page to get updates emailed directly to you.


—The Breweries—

  • 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.

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