Vermont Homebrew Festival

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BENNINGTON — There are so many brews being poured at this year’s Southern Vermont Homebrew Festival that they had to move the location.

The annual festival, now in its fifth year, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 5 p.m., at 210 South Street (across the street from Town Hall).

Attendees will sample wonderful home brews, enjoy great food, listen to live music, watch brewing demonstrations, get brewing tips, and so much more. And some home brewer will walk away with the bragging rights of having their winning brew prepared and served at Madison Brewing Company. There will also be a People’s Choice Award, with a $200 prize.

The tastings throughout the afternoon will include more than 50 brews ranging from Boston Brewin’ Coffee Porter, a Robust Porter, and Husky Al’s Pumpkin Lager, a Spice, Herb, and Vegetable Beer to Vanilla Bourbon Imperial Porter, a Specialty Beer and Hoppy Grief Ale, an English IPA. And that just starts the list. There are Pilsners, English Ales, Stouts, and more.

Attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass, live music by Hair of the Dog — voted Best Band (pop/rock/country) by the readers of the Albany Times Union Newspaper, this year. In addition, Hennessy’s Homebrew Emporium of Rensselaer, N.Y., and Berkshire County Homebrew Supply of Pittsfield, Mass., will be in the house to answer your brewing questions and provide direction on gettingstarted.

The festival benefits the Bennington Museum. This year homebrews will be judged on Friday evening by a BJCP certified panel of judges brought together by Chris Post. Among the judges will be guest judge Michael Madison, founder of Madison Brewing Company.

Tickets are $35 at the door (cash or check only). $10 tickets are available for those not tasting — designated drivers and people under 21; children 12 and under are free. There will be food vendors available. For information call 802-447-1571 or visit benningtonmuseum.org.