Brewers show their craft at Homebrew festival
BENNINGTON - The sixth annual Southern Vermont Summer Homebrew Festival returned to Bennington, Saturday, August 7, to the delight of many brewers and patrons alike.
The festival was held on the former Tuttle lot, but closed down parts of Depot Street and extended into the Anytime Fitness lot for maximum space and enjoyment. From noon to 4 pm, ticket holders enjoyed unlimited samples of home-brewed beer, wine, mead, cider, and more. Included in the festival was music by Luminous Crush, as well as food truck specials from The Rollin’ Rooster, Los Lobos Tacos, and Hound Dogs.
The festival saw over 350 patrons throughout the day. With over 100 different brews and over 200 gallons of brew, this year featured a select 19 brewers.
The festival has several awards, all of which are voted on by the patrons. This year the organizers announced the top three in each category.
Best VIP beverage went to Lamson Brewery Co. with Durg’s Delight. Second place went to Battenkill Brewhouse with Desert Rose, and third place was a tie between Shady Brewing with Solid Gold and Groff Garage Brewery with Happy Accident.
Best overall beverage went to Lamson Brewing Co. with Summer Shores and Peanut Butter Fluff Stout. Second place went to Battenkill Brewhouse with Thai Mule, and third place went to Punch Hard Tea with Camellia Black Tea.
Best overall brewery went to Lamson Brewing Co. with second place going to Teddy K’s Brewing, and third place to Battenkill Brewhouse.
Hopridge Farms produced the festival in partnership with the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about next year’s Winter Homebrew Festival, set for March 2022, and the Summer Homebrew Festival, set for August 2022, visit https://www.vthomebrewfests.com/.