It’s that time of year again, for folks to gather on the grounds of the Great Friends Meeting House in downtown Newport, on a (hopefully) beautiful day. It’s the 4th Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival, and this year there are multiple dates to save, as it has stretched into a two day long event! Friday, May 8th from 8-10pm is the VIB event (Very Important Beers), featuring beers from festival brewers that won’t be available on Saturday, in a smaller, more intimate setting at the Newport Storm Brewery, with some festival brewers in attendance.
Saturday’s two sessions (noon-3, 4-7) will feature 35 craft breweries from across the country. Each brewery is required to send staff employed by the brewery so guests can have all of their questions answered and learn about beer from the people that actually make it. The festival also emphasizes local, Rhode Island beers with “Guild Row”, a special area under the tent where guests can easily access all Rhody beers in one spot. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, a non-profit organization that promotes Ocean State brewers.
Guests will have the opportunity to sample brews, snag a commemorative tasting glass, and vote for their favorite brewery in a Fan Favorite award. Some Newport restaurants will also be showcasing their best dishes and live bands will be performing each session.
Did we mention that we will also be there at both sessions signing copies of Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History on Tap??
Friday VIB tickets are $35 and Saturday tickets are $45 and are available at http://www.newportstorm.com/GearStore. Space is limited to 75 tickets on Friday and 550 for each session on Saturday so act fast, people! This is a great event for a great cause. For the most up-to-date info and a list of attending breweries, check out the festival Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @NewportBeerFestival
If you can’t make it to the festival, we will also be at Norey’s in Newport from 8-10pm that evening.