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Brewfest celebrates autumn ale this weekend at Killington

KILLINGTON- Brewfest is perhaps as much a sign of autumn as red, orange and yellow leaves, chilly temperatures and the beginning of school. Especially, in Killington where craft beer lovers have flocked to sample the finest brews in New England since 1995.

This year, the 'fest' is expanding with the addition of a second session and a special VIP early session. Over 20 breweries will be pouring more than 70 craft beer styles and live music stream from two stages entertaining the crowds between sips.
The weekend kicks off Friday with the Brewmaster Dinner and party at the Wobbly Barn. The event concludes Sunday with a Brewfest Golf Tournament.

Saturday is reserved for the tastings. The two tasting sessions will be held inside and outside the Snowshed Lodge, weather permitting. The first session is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. with a special VIP entrance at 12-noon. The second session is scheduled from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $35 for each session and include a 3 oz. souvenir tasting glass and 12 beer sampling tickets. Designated drivers and people who choose not to sample beer can purchase tickets at the door for $10. Overnight parking is available at the Snowshed parking lot.

Throughout the day, live music from Pariah Beat, Pete Kilpatrick Band, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck and Joey Leone Trio will perform on two stages, one in the Long Trail Pub and the other on the Resort Center Stage.

Music will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Long Trail Pub with Pariah Beat playing until 3:30 p.m.

Hailing from the backwoods of Vermont, Pariah Beat plays old time roots music with a youthful edge. Described as "a dirt-encrusted buzzsaw from the past, moving forward with the weight of a freight train behind them," they take that sentiment to heart, rooting the tunes they play and the stories they tell firmly in the now.

At 2:30 p.m. the Pete Kilpatrick Band will take the Resort Center Stage, playing until 4:30 p.m. nearly closing out the first session of tastings.

The Pete Kilpatrick Band hails from the coastal city of Portland, Maine. They have been writing, recording, and performing together since 2004 and have released five independent albums to date. They have performed over 1,000 shows since their formation. Last spring, the band was on the road with O.A.R. and DJ Logic performing at various ski resorts throughout the country as part of FestEvol. They have also shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Guster, David Gray, Ray Lamontagne, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, G Love, Barenaked Ladies, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Brett Dennen. 
The Pete Kilpatrick Band has been referred to as a "folk singer-songwriter with a rock 'n' roll band," and the band feels that it's a perfect title. The songs are acoustically driven but maintain a full and layered sound.

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck will begin the second session playing from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. in the Long Trail Pub. This band is in the process of recording their third record (tentatively titled "Eden") with Grammy-winning engineer Justin Guip. Comprised of a failed painter, some lousy carpenters, and a piano tuner, these acclaimed artists cultivate progressive yet soulful mountain music for the general public's consumption in the hills of Vermont with an electric banjo, various other string instruments, used parts found in drums, and a keen eye for the human condition.

Bow aims to forge new sonic frontiers and Perfect Trainwreck, which one writer suggests "will become Vermont's third nationally acclaimed rock band," carries that vision to far off destinations. Having played with music luminaries such as Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Booker T, and Ringo Starr, the band has seen its fair share of travel across the United States of America and the World at large and plan to do more while supporting their records of facts, analogies and metaphors.

At 8:30 p.m. the Joey Leone Trio will be the final band to take the stage finishing up the night on the Resort Center Stage at 10:30 p.m.

Joey Leone Trio is an old school band specializing in classic rock, funk and R&B, as well as Caribbean, ska and New Orleans music. Their "funkified" versions of jazz classics makes the Trio a very unique band. The tunes are recognizable but not typical, and it's all danceable. Imagine the Stones, the Beatles, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd as well as 60's pop covers by the Monkees, the Turtles and Paul Revere and the Raiders all on stage and ready to rock at once. Combine that with soul tunes from Wilson Pickett, James Brown and Rick James... I think you get the picture.

Over 70 breweries are representing at the 2012 Brewfest, including:
Anheuser-Busch, Asia Pacific Breweries, Blue Point Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Cisco Brewers, Goose Island Beer Co., Harpoon Brewery, Lake Placid Craft Brewing, Long Trail Brewing Co., Magic Hat Brewing Co., McNeil's Brewery, Narragansett Brewing Co., Northshire Brewery, Olde Burnside Brewing Co., Otter Creek Brewing Co., Peak Organic Brewing Co., Rock Art Brewery, S.A. Brewery, Saranac Brewing Co., The Shed, Shipyard Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., Switchback Brewing Co., Wolaver's Certified Organic Ales and Woodchuck Hard Cider. Look for additions at the "fest."

Please remember that participants at Brewfest must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid ID- proof of age is required.This event sells out each year. To learn more visit www.killington.com/summer/activities/brewfest_weekend