The Festival – which took place on the 23rd and 24th of June at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA – brought together over sixty of the most well respected and highly sought after artisanal breweries and cider makers from around the world. We were both honored and humbled in our experience sharing Kentucky Common, Bourbon Barrel Aged Kentucky Common, Morning Wood, and Schmetterling Gose with all the attendees and brewers.
The venue was the historic Mechanics Hall in the heart of Worcester. Originally built in 1857 and restored in 1977 the venue was an ideal setting for the gathering. Tastings were broken up into two four hour sessions on Day 1 and one five hour session on Day 2.
The Local Option Bierwerker booth was located in the main hall (pictured above) next to Mikkeller (Denmark) and Haandbryggeriet (Norway). The volunteers at The Festival did a great job of assisting in setup for all the breweries and provided great support throughout the entire weekend.
Tony, Noah and Alexi traveled to Worcester for the event. Having three of us present enabled us to take turns pouring at our booth while tasting as many beers as possible. We enjoyed our conversations with brewers and attendees from around the world both during and in between sessions.
Urbaine Coutteau from De Struise, Tony and Noah discussing which Metallica songs will be played when brewing together again.
In short we had a wonderful time at The Festival and look forward to participating again in the future! Big thanks to Twelve Percent Imports, Shelton Brothers, and all the volunteers. More photos can be found on our Facebook Page.