On June 9th and 10th The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts will be hosting it’s 6th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Briefest. With craft beer hitting maximum saturation, hard cider is really taking off. This is being called a ‘cider revolution’. And the Brewfest will have plenty of cider to sample from Cider companies all around New England.
This years’ Cider vendors include:
Prospect Ciderworks was founded in 2015 as Harvard Cider Company, located out in Harvard, Massachusetts. One of the founders, Mark Finnegan, grew up in the area which has a plethora of orchards–fairly common for Central Mass. The idea at the start was to do something different and to push the boundaries of craft cider while still using and showcasing local apples, and in the first full year of business they launched three flagship ciders as well as a summer seasonal. The drive of their ciders is to experiment with new flavor profiles that haven’t typically been used in traditional cider-making.
Last fall, Prospect Ciderworks moved to a 6,500 sqft facility just south of the South End in Newmarket Square. With the move they decided to change the name to respect the fresh start: Prospect Ciderworks is an homage both to Prospect Hill in Harvard, which has a beautiful view of the Nashua River Valley, and to the street that the three founders first lived on in high school. Prospect Ciderworks will be on shelves come the end of May-early June.
Stowe Cider is handcrafted and made in small batches from local apples in Stowe, VT.
Artifact Cider is a brewery based in Everett, MA that crafts ciders of distinction from the superb apples of New England. Unfortunately they don’t have a tasting room but you can find their ciders at various locations in and around Boston!
Lookout Farm Cider is a true craft cidery. They use modern fermentation and traditional aging techniques to produce a uniquely refreshing hard cider since 1651. Lookout Farm is located in South Natick, MA, and is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the U.S.
Bantam Cider is a modern, craft cider made locally in Massachusetts from fresh pressed apples and all natural ingredients. The brewery is located in Somerville, MA.
There are a whopping three unlimited sampling sessions over two days. To purchase tickets, click here.
Time & Dates:
- Session 1 – Friday, June 9th (6:30 – 9:30 PM)
- Session 2 – Saturday, June 10th (3:00 – 6:00 PM)
- Session 3 – Saturday, June 10th (7:00 – 10:00 PM)
The event will be held at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA. Tickets are $48.00 for general admission and $89.00 for a pair. The Brewfest will gather nearly one thousand local craft brew fans to celebrate together with dozens of vendors over two days, and three sessions, of unlimited drink samples, food, and fun!
Disclaimer: I was not paid for my review and all my thoughts and opinions are my own.