Fall Beer Fest, by the Boston Event Guide, Boston MA

We were lucky to go to Boston Event Guide’s Fall Beer Fest in November. They had three sessions; we went to the 12:00-2:30pm session.
We also had two pairs of tickets to give out to our readers- thank you to everyone that entered!
We hope that those of you that went had a great time!

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The Boston Event Guide prides themselves for being the leading resource for the best events in Boston. It was started in 1995 by Jeff Popkin to connect young professionals with events occuring across the city. He had been hearing about events AFTER they happened, instead of knowing first hand that they were happening. The Boston Event Guide also sends out a weekly newsletter to it’s members (membership is FREE) about what’s going on, what social events and netowkring events are approaching, and any great deals.

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The Fall Beer Fest was held at Cyclorama. The building was easy to find, however parking was not. Next time, we will definitely take the T in (the Boston area train).

When we arrived, we had our IDs checked outside, and then proceeded in.
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After checking in, we each took a cup to use for the day, and were given a map of where we could find the beer.

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map for the afternoon

 

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Cyclorama’s fun ceiling

Some of the many breweries present, and the beer we enjoyed…

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Foolproof Brewing Company
Foolproof Brewing Company opened 2 years ago in Pawtucket, RhodeIsland.
Farmhouse Ale Saison was very good
Backyahd IPA was pretty standard but tasty
Raincloud was a robust porter, good, chocolate and coffee notes
We recently added Rhode Island to our travels, so we will be visiting Foolproof sometime in the future
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Finch’s Beer Company
Finch’s is located in Chicago, Illinois. They are beginning to expand into the Massachusetts and New England market.
We had the Hardcore Chimera (double IPA) and Cut Throat (Pale Ale). Both these beers were really good.
Keep your eye out for these beers, and others by Finch’s Beer Company.

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Strange Brew
Strange Brew is currently a beer and wine home brew supply store, that also offers classes. Rumor has it, they should be opening as a brewery sometime soon…
They had a lot of interesting beer flavors:
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Granny Strange was a sour and/or tart cider. Good but very different flavor.

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Sour Power, as they label it, is an extremely sour ale. A very interesting, very sour and tasty ale.

 

Downeast Cider
Very good traditional cider taste- as Megan says “it’s like getting a jug of cider, but it is alcoholic.”
We have had many family mebers and friends try this cider- and no one has disliked it. In fact, it it now the favorite of many!
We just visited here, look for our post coming soon.

 

 

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Spiked Seltzer
This was a different take on beer. They brew it like a lager, but it drinks like flavored seltzer, despite being 6% alcohol! Spiked Seltzer is all natural and has low sugar, low carbs and is gluten free. They had lime, orange, and grapefruit flavors available to try.

All the flavors were pretty good, grapefruit was subtle and the orange tasted like orange soda. Megan can’t wait until they are all over New England, so she can pick up a six pack! Want to see if they are available near you? Check here

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Redhook and Kona
They were both there. We tried the Winter Hook because we’ve had their other beers plenty of times. The Winter Hook is a super hoppy ale with dark malts.

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Goose Island
We tried their IPA and Festivity Ale.
There’s no doubt they are a craft beer maker, but now they are owned by Inbev, owner of Anheuser-Busch. They like it, they can get what they need when they need it, they have the support of a company that has some pull.

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Blue Point Brewing Company
Our options were their toasted lager (which is their flagship beer), and a pumpkin ale, which was good- not overly spiced so you could taste the pumpkin

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Off Shore Ale Company
One of the many breweries in Massachusetts that we haven’t been able to visit yet- this one is on Martha’s Vineyard.
They had their Beach Road Nut Brown Ale and Hop Goddess.

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Uinta

All of the beers we tried here were good. They had their Black Lager, Yard Sale, Double IPA, and Session IPA. Our only fault with them? We would have to go to Salt Lake City to visit!
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Cape Ann Brewing Company
They brought a fair selection. We both liked the Fisherman’s Brew, but the Pilsner we did not like that much.
If you are interested in visiting Cape Ann Brewery in Gloucester, check out our post about our visit there.

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Ballantine
They just relaunched the brewery after being closed for 10 years. They have been around for a long time, in the 40’s and 50’s the were sponsoring the Yankee’s, they were the 4th largest brewery back then. Now the only beer they make is the Ballantine IPA which was a pretty good, fairly standard IPA.

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They were giving out free waters, which was great- always a good idea to hydrate during and after drinking! This water has a pH level of 9.5, to help keep you hydrated

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We thought the beer fest was good, and different in a good way. The event space fit it well- and allowed for you to walk around without bumping into others. We also liked that we had the opportunity to speak with the brewery representatives at many of the tables. Many tastings/festivals you want to ask questions, but really aren’t allowed to because the focus is to push everyone through the line. Here, the focus was fun and education when wanted.

Interested in going to one of these events, or something else by the Boston Event Guide? Be sure to sign up for their newsletter list to stay updated!

Ready to go drinking? Their Spring Craft Beer Fest 2015 is right around the corner- April 12th.
Tickets are $69. but you can buy them for $19 through December 31st! It looks like an event you can’t miss!

While at the beer fest, we ran into a few co-workers of Megan. They had taken a bus to the event, which was such a great idea!
Group photo, post beer fest!

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Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival, Exeter NH

100_0876This weekend, Mark and I went to the Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival, located in Exeter NH. Outside the festival, was a small fall festival with a lot of children’s activities. It was nice to walk through to get to the Powder Keg.  Before entering the Powder Keg, we had our IDs checked, and received an “over 21” wristband. We were also given a map and list of what breweries were there. We then had our tickets ripped and entered. We were told to hang on to our tickets so we could come and go as we pleased. After we walked through the gate, we realized that we hadn’t been given glasses or tickets and realized the table to pick them up was to our right. We both received our glasses from a volunteer and started to walk away. We hadn’t walked too far when I realized my glass didn’t have tickets in it, but Mark’s did. I went back to the table, and at first they were uncertain what to do, but trusted that I was not given tickets and I received them. Thank goodness! We received 8 beer tickets and 5 food/chili tickets to start with; more were available for purchase.

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The beer notes will not be very detailed, as most are places we will go to or have gone to already.

The beers we tried:

Angry Orchard, Boston Beer Company

  • Cinnful- Good flavor, 1st sip reminded me of redhots. Tart apples and cinnamon, good combo

Tuckerman Brewing Company, Conway NH

  • ALTitude- a double bock. Mark thought it was “pretty good.” I agreed

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  • Sweet Action- A hopy cream ale.  Mark tried and enjoyed!
  • The Crisp- I tried, good!

Great Rhythm Brewing Company, Portsmouth

  • We were in line to try their beer, but noticed that they only had a pale ale (which I am not a huge fan of the style typically)

North Coast Brewing Company, Ft Bragg California

  • Le Merle- a Saison Belgian style Farmhouse Ale. Really good! Would be a drink I could have if I was going to sit back and enjoy one.
  • Pranqster- Belgian style unfiltered golden ale. Mark enjoyed

Prodigal Brewery, Effingham NH

  • Effinghamburgherbrau- a German lager. Mark liked, said it was very smooth. I didn’t like it- 1st sip nope! 2nd sip- not cold enough.

Berkshire Brewing Company,  South Deefield MA

  • Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale, a good light (Mark had)
  • Drayman’s Porter, yum good porter! Nice coffee notes.

Woodchuck

  • Woodchuck Pumpkin- not amazing, but definitely drinkable. Started to really enjoy it ½ way through
  • Woodchuck Dry Hop Cellar Series- hops infused cider. Tastes like a beer-cider combo. Not bad.
  • ******Woodchuck’s tasting room is scheduled to open in May!!!!

Earth Eagle Brewings

  • Puca- curry, pumpkin porter. Nice flavor. Curry adds something different to it. Mark said it was a heavier pumpkin than we are used to- really good, a different flavor.
  • We were able to catch up with Butch, one of the brewers while we were there

Lagunitas, California

  • Little sumpin sumpin- Mark had, thought it would be more like a pale ale but it was more like an IPA

603 Brewery, Campton (soon to be Londonderry)

  • 18 Mile Ale- a rye. good balanced beer
  • 19th State- a red IPA.  Mark tried. When I asked him how it was, he said “I don’t know. Gone?!”

Woodstock Inn Brewery, North Woodstock, NH

  • Autumn Ale- Really really good! Different, nice spices. Mark said it reminded him of an Oktoberfest, only because he has nothing else to compare it to.

Uinta Brewing, Utah

  • Pumk’n Harvest- typical pumpkin beer

 

The Chili we tried:

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  • Good amount of meat, not too spicy but a nice after spice. Mark- not anything crazy, a classic chili. Well balanced

Fast Eddies, Hampton NH

  • Good amount of meat. Good flavor, but either too watery or too oily, hard to tell

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  • Good! Best so far! They add chips to the cup. Chili is a regular menu item. Option to add cheese, sour cream and other options. Spicy!

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  • Topped with smoked cheddar. Nice smoked, almost BBQ flavor. It had a wicked spice to it, more of an after burn. After burn was ok because it meant they didn’t just add hot sauce to it, but a little too spicy for me! Needed some chips to eat it with or more cheese. Mark said it seemed almost pureed, it wasn’t chunky like many others. Most flavorful. If it was slightly less spicy it would be the best one yet!

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  • Hatch Green Chili- more of a stew. Made in a traditional New Mexico style, with chili’s directly from New Mexico. Even had potatoes in it! Same type of spices, but different style. Really good!

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  • Mark tried, he enjoyed it. Good consistency. Good be a bit spicier, but it was also at the end of the day

McKinnon’s making their chili (Portsmouth)

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By 3pm, at least two of the vendors were out of chili. At least 2 vendors were out of beer. At 3:20, almost all of the vendors were out of chili. Point? Come early! It is a short day, only from 12-4, but you need to arrive early to enjoy all of the chili.

This is an event to go to. Just plan on eating your chili early!

 

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Powder Keg this weekend!

Although I have looked at the beer/brewery page for the Exeter Powder Keg Beer & Chili festival before, I just took another glance and am very excited to try some new beers! The event is this weekend, from 12-4pm, Swasey Parkway, Exeter, NH. View the beer list here or read on!

A sampling of what I saw on the website:

Blue Hill Brewery

Blue Hills Brewery

India Pale Ale

6.6% ABV

Black Hops

6.75% ABV

Comet Tail Pale Ale

5.4% ABV

Watermelon Wheat

4.8% ABV

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Henniker Brewing

Amber Apparition

5.2% ABV

Hop Slinger IPA

6.5% ABV

Whipple’s Wheat

4.8% ABV

Working Man’s Porter

6% ABV

Wells & Young

Wells & Young’s Brewery

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

5.20% ABV

Well’s Banana Bread Beer

5.2% ABV

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St. Ambroise

St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat

5% ABV

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Green Goblin Cider

Green Goblin Cider

6.0% ABV

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Xingu Beer

Gold Beer

4.7% ABV

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Wychwood Brewery

Hobgoblin Dark English Ale

4.9% ABV

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Rince Cochon

Belgian Blonde

8.5% ABV

Angry Orchard

Angry Orchard Hard Cider

Crisp Apple

5% ABV

Cinnful Cider

5% ABV

Apple Ginger

5% ABV

Green Apple

5% ABV

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Omission Beer

Omission Lager

4.6% ABV

Omission Pale Ale

5.8% ABV

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Gritty McDuff’s

Halloween Ale

6.0% ABV

Best Bitter

5.0% ABV

Black Fly Stout

4.1% ABV

Maine’s Best IPA

6.8% ABV

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Sebago Brewing Co.

Fryes Leap IPA

6.0% ABV

Bonfire Rye

5.7% ABV

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Founders Brewing Co.

All Day IPA

4.7% ABV

Centennial IPA

7.2% ABV

Founders Porter

6.5% ABV

Red’s Rye IPA

6.6% ABV

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Redhook Brewery

Redhook Pumpkin Porter

5.8% ABV

Redhook Longhammer IPA

6.2% ABV

Redhook Audible

4.7% ABV

603 Brewery

603 Brewery

Winni Ale

6.5 %ABV

18 Mile Ale

5.4 %ABV

9th State Red IPA

7.1 %ABV

Cogway IPA

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Vermont Hard Cider Company

Woodchuck Hard Cider Amber

5% ABV

Woodchuck Hard Cider Limited Release Fall

5% ABV

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Rising Tide Brewery

Daymark

5.5% ABV

Ishmael

4.9%

Calcutta Cutter

9.1% ABV

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Uinta Brewing

Hopnotch IPA

7.3 ABV

BABA Black Lager

4.5% ABV

WYLD Pale Ale

4.0% ABV

Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale

4.0% ABV

Wachusett

Wachusett Brewing Company

Blueberry Ale

4.5% ABV

Green Monsta IPA

6.1% ABV

Widmer Brothers

Widmer Brothers Brewing

Hopside Down IPL

6.7% ABV

Okto Festival Ale

5.3% ABV

Alchemy Ale

5.8% ABV

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Kona Brewing Company

Longboard Lager

4.6% ABV

Big Wave Ale

4.4% ABV

Pipeline Porter

5.4% ABV

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North Coast Brewing Co.

Pranqster

7.6% ABV

Le Merle

7.9% ABV

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Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose Island Harvest Ale

5.7% ABV

Goose Island Sofie

6.5% ABV

Goose Island Matilda

7% ABV

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Brewery Ommegang

Scythe&Sickle

5.8% ABV

Hennepin

7.7% ABV

Oskar Blues

Oskar Blues

Dale’s Pale Ale

6.5%ABV

Mama’s Little Yella

5.3%ABV

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The Holy Grail Restaurant and Pub

Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale

4.70% ABV

Fatty Bampkins

Fatty Bampkins

Fatty Bampkins Original

4.5% ABV

Fatty Bampkins Dry

6.8% ABV

unibroue

Unibroue Brewery

La Fin du Monde

9% ABV

Ephemere Cherry

5.5% ABV

Grande Reserve 17

10% ABV

Prodigal Brewery

The Prodigal Brewery at Misty Mountain Farm

Effinghamburgherbrau Lager

5.2% ABV

Sacopee Pils

5.4% ABV

Curse of the Rye Wolf

5.3% ABV

Blue Point Brewery

Blue Point Brewing Company

Toasted Lager

5.5% ABV

Hoptical Illusion

6.8% ABV

Pale Ale

5% ABV

Blueberry Ale

4.5% ABV

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Union Jack

7.5%ABV

Wookey Jack

8.3%ABV

Green Flash

Green Flash Brewery

West Coast IPA

7.3% ABV

Double Stout

8.8% ABV

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Mayflower Brewing Company

Pale Ale

5.1% ABV

IPA

6.1% ABV

Porter

5.2% ABV

Autumn Wheat

5.8% ABV

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Magic Hat

#9-Not quite Pale Ale

5.1% ABV

Seance-Dark Saison

4.4% ABV

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Berkshire Brewing Company

Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale

5.5% ABV

Berkshire Traditional Pale Ale

6.5% ABV

Drayman’s Porter

6.5% ABV

Lost Sailor IPA

6.5% ABV

Six Point

Six Point Brewery

Righteous Rye                6.3% ABV

Resin                              9.1% ABV

Sweet Addiction              5.2% ABV

Crisp Pils                        5.2% ABV

Crazy Mountain

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

Crazy Mountain Amber Ale           5.25% ABV

Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale                5.7% ABV

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Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Lager

5.2% ABV

Brooklyn Scorcher Ale

4.5% ABV

Brooklyn Oktoberfest

5.5% ABV

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

7.6% ABV

Earth Eagle Brew

Earth Eagle Brewings

Puca (Curry Pumpkin Porter)

6.3% ABV

Gruit Beer (to be announced)

5.6% ABV

Yankee Bad Ass IPA

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Woodstock Inn Brewery

Pigs Ear Brown Ale     4.3%ABV

Pemi Pale Ale             5.7%ABV

Autumn Brew Ale       4.4%ABV

4000 Footer IPA       6.5%ABV

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Tuckerman Brewing Co.

Tuckerman Pale Ale

5.5% ABV

Tuckerman Headwall Alt

4.75% ABV

Tuckerman ALTitude

7.3% abv

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Throwback Brewery

Spicy Bohemian

4.9% ABV

Hog Happy Hefeweizen

4.8% ABV

Campfire Smoked Porter

6.4% ABV

House of Shandy

The Traveler Beer Co.

Curious Traveler

4.4% ABV

Jack-O-Traveler

4.4% ABV

Time Traveler

4.4% ABV

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Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Finestkind IPA

6.9% ABV

Pumpkin Ale

5.84% ABV

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Shipyard Brewing Co.

Smashed Pumpkin

9% ABV

Pumpkinhead

4.7% ABV

Monkey Fist IPA

6.9% ABV

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Long Trail Brewing Co.

Black Rye IPA

6.0% ABV

Blackbeary Wheat

4.0% ABV

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Samuel Adams

Octoberfest

5.3% ABV

Harvest Pumpkin

5.7% ABV

Black Lager

4.9% ABV

Hazel Brown

5.2% ABV

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Peak Organic Brewing Company

Peak Fresh Cut Pilsner

4.7% ABV

Peak Fall Summit

5.7% ABV

Peak Pom Wheat

5.9% ABV

Peak Espresso Amber Ale

7% ABV

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Narragansett Beer

Narragansett Fest

5.5% ABV

Narragansett Lager

5.0% ABV

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Milly’s Tavern

Imperial IPA

7.2% ABV

Pumpkin

5.0%ABV

Bo’s Scotch Ale

9.5% ABV

Oatmeal Stout

4.9%ABV

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Lagunitas Brewing Company

Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale

7.5% AbV

IPA

6.2% ABV

Harpoon-Brewery

Harpoon Brewery

Octoberfest

5.3%ABV

UFO Pumpkin

5.9% ABV

Great Rhythm Brewing Company

Great Rhythm Brewing Co.

Resonation Pale Ale

5.2% ABV

Blue Lobster

Blue Lobster Brewing Company

Red Door-Painted Black

7.0%ABV

Town Called Earth Exeter Edition

8.3%ABV

Lunatique Homard

8.4%ABV

Feeling thirsty and want to join the festivities? Buy tickets here!  I am very excited to try some of the beers that I have seen or heard of, but haven’t tried, as well as beers that are new to me!

Each full ticket includes a Exeter Powder Keg Beer & Chili Fest souvenir tasting glass, 8 beer sample tickets, 5 chili sample tickets and live entertainment

Full Ticket $35.00

Designated Driver Ticket $12.00

Youth Ticket $12.00