Burlington Beer Fest is back!

The Winter Beer Fest is set to take place February 6th and 7th in downtown Burlington’s Waterfront Hotel, making it a much more intimate atmosphere.  As of right now, according to organizer Kelly Wiersma, there are expected to be 18 brewers.

The brewers will set up in the hotel’s lower ballroom, with tents set up outside as well. Culinary  students from Liaison College will be cooking up beef and vegetarian chilli.

Things will be a little different this time.  Rather than a typical ‘Beer fest’ both days, Friday night will be a VIP night. “You’ll be sat at a round table and we will be bringing in seven Brewmasters who will talk about what they do, their process and their product,” Wiersma said.  Each Brewmaster will bring in a food pairing to accompany their product.  Wiersma provided a list of the Brewmasters:

  • John Romano from Nickel Brook Brewery (Burlington)
  • JP Fournier from Turtle Island Brewing Co.
  • Hank Hunse from Shiny Apple Cider
  • Dwayne Wanner from Highlander Brew Co.
  • Kelly Harris from Cameron’s Brewing Company (Burlington)
  • Connor Young from Trafalgar Ales and Meads
  • Bob MacDonald from Muskoka Brewery

Tickets for Friday are $125 per person.  Saturday will be the more traditional Beer Fest setup  and tickets will be $25 which will get you 5 samples and a tasting mug.

“We aren’t sold out yet but we’re getting there!” Wiersma said, about ticket sales.  There isn’t much in the form of large festivals that occur in Burlington over the winter months so owners Wayne Brown and Scott Robinson saw a need and an opportunity to build on the success of the summer.

“I’m very excited for beer connoisseurs to have an intimate experience with the finest craft Brewmasters. This is a unique opportunity to have a one on one experience that no other beer fest offers!”

Wayne Brown, co – founder

Tickets can be purchased through the Burlington Beer Fest Website: www.burlingtonbeerfest.com, or at the festival box office located at 4391 Harvester Road Unit 5A.

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