Brew Fests and Locals
I’ve been to quite a few brew fests around the area. I always enjoy my time at them but find so many of them tend to be expensive and not as much fun unless you bring a group of friends. The expense usually comes from having to pay a cover fee and then after your two or three “samples included” drinks, you wind up shelling out quite a bit of extra cash to try more beers. So yeah, fun but it can become an expensive trip real quick. Then, to stay somewhat coherent as you try the brews, you want to have something to eat. There you pull out your wallet again to purchase overpriced food.
The opportunity to head out into the cold and try some VERY cold brews was too hard to pass up. Besides, the sun finally came out and the weather warmed up to the 30s!
And so we set off for the Adirondack Brewery’s Annual Festival of Barrels! It was an outdoor brew fest where you could sample limited edition oak barrel-aged ales from over ten local New York breweries. Undeniably, it was the best brew fest we have ever been to! Everyone was so happy to be outside in the sun sampling beers that it was one giant party were everyone was your friend. The BEST part was that with the admission price, you could sample as much and as many times as you wanted and could eat all the food you could! Second best part? This was an event for the locals. No tourists here, only those living within an hour of the fest and everyone was out wearing their Carhartt’s, snowsuits, and favorite team gear.
There was a huge bonfire in the center of the event to keep you warm and more than enough food. Tables around the area held big bowls of peanuts and pretzels, but there was also a cheese station, hot chili and garlic knots available.
The live band kept everyone moving and the beer flowed freely. We had a terrific time and will absolutely be back next year!