The Fresh Hops Festival Makes a Return This Fall

The Fresh Hops Festival Makes a Return This Fall

A crowd favorite is returning for the third year in a row, this October! Our annual Fresh Hops Fest is the perfect place to enjoy that crisp fall air. Taking place in the Lincoln Peak Courtyard, enjoy specialty fresh hop beer, live music, food, and fall foliage taking over the mountain. Beer enthusiasts love this event as it’s the only Fresh Hops Fest east of the Mississippi! Vermont brewers from across the state come with their best fresh hop beer, and some serve up custom beers only for this event! It is a limited ticketed event, so you are not going to want to wait to secure your spot.

Things to Know

What does the ticket include?

Upon arrival receive a pour card for twelve 5 oz. pours and a commemorative Fresh Hops Festival 2023 logoed glass.

Is this a 21+ only event?

Tickets are for those 21+ only, but non-drinkers, designated drivers, and kids are welcome to enjoy the courtyard atmosphere with no ticket purchase necessary.

Is there a rain date?

No. This is a rain or shine event, and tickets will only be available to purchase in advanced!

When is it?! I want to go!

October 8th from noon – 4 PM in the Lincoln Peak Courtyard

What is Fresh Hop Beer??

Fresh hop beer is only brewed during the early autumn harvesting season due to a very short shelf life, usually less than 24-36 hours. Beers brewed with fresh hops tend to have a distinctively “green” flavor profile, without the classic bitterness that hoppy beers like IPA’s often have.

Most beer on the market, and likely the beer that’s in your fridge, is produced using hops that are dried just hours after harvesting, keeping the harvested hops fresh for up to 3 years. These dried hops impart a different flavor profile into the finished beer, as well as a varied alcohol content, than beer brewed using fresh picked hops.

Which brewers can I expect to see?

14th Star Brewing Co. – St. Albans City, VT

Fiddlehead Brewing Company – Shelburne, VT

Four Quarters Brewing – Winooski, VT

Goodwater Brewery – Williston, VT

Weird Window Brewing – South Burlington, VT

Champlain Valley Hop Farm – Starksboro, VT

Zero Gravity Brewery – Burlington, VT

Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Waitsfield, VT

Mount Holly Beer – Ludlow, VT

Outer Limits Brewery – Proctorsville, VT

Black Flannel Brewing Co. – Essex Junction, VT

Eden Specialty Cider – Newport, VT

Please no pets, and no outside food or alcohol.

Book your ticket!