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From Maine to Florida, Labor Day Weekend Means a Beer Festival Near You

August 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM | by | ()

With summer winding down and cooler weather right around the corner we suggest raising a glass to remember the season. The long holiday weekend brings a few solid options, so pick a beer festival that looks good to you and enjoy. Here’s our picks for three winners—cheers!

Key West BrewFest

There’s still plenty of summer weather left down in Florida, so may we suggest heading down to Key West to enjoy a little sun and suds. The 4th annual Key West BrewFest arrives in town on August 29, and things are scheduled to run throughout the weekend until September 2. Cigar City Brewing, Florida Keys Brewing Company, and Florida Beer Company will be just a few of the breweries in attendance, so be sure to pace yourself with the sips and samples. Tickets will set you back $35 in advance, and that will get you access to over 150 beers all during the Signature Tasting Festival right on South Beach.

Mount Snow Brewers Festival

This weekend brings plenty of lagers and ales up to Vermont, as organizers are getting ready to welcome one and all to the Mount Snow Brewers Festival. The fun runs on both Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend, and everything takes place at Mount Snow near West Dover, Vermont. Expect more than 30 different breweries to be there, and they’ll have everything from beers to ciders with at least 90 different options on tap. Live music and great food round out the offerings, and it can all be yours for either $25 or $35—depending on when you decide to visit. Tickets include a couple samples as well as a souvenir festival glass, and additional samples—they’re ten ounces—will set you back $2 each.

Portland Brew Fest

It’s the third time that breweries from around New England are heading up to Portland, Maine, as the Portland Brew Fest takes place on Friday and Saturday of the long holiday weekend. At least 35 breweries will be there to show off their stuff, and they’re bringing 75 or more options. Tickets start at $35 if you order them online, and that will get you access to selections from Rising Tide Brewing Company, Allagash Brewing Company, and Shipyard Brewing Company. A mobile wood fired oven will offer up pizzas for sale, and there will be a taco truck on hand as well. Everything takes place on the edge of downtown at the Portland Company Complex
 at 58 Fore Street.

[Photo: Key West BrewFest/Facebook]

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