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
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
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,
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.
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