The 4th Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival returns for two days of taste-testing, live music and "local flavors" from area breweries and restaurants starting Friday, May 8. The festival, which continues to support the RI Brewers Guild, features carefully crafted brews from 35 of the nation's top breweries, including local favorites like Newport Storm Brewery and Coddington Brewing Co.
Friday, May 8 Time: 8-10pm Location: Newport Storm Brewery Info: Friday evening's session - referred to as the VIB (Very Important Beers) Event - serves as a smaller, more intimate setting, featuring beers from festival brewers not available on Saturday.
Saturday, May 9 Time: Noon-3pm and 4-7pm Location: Great Friends Meeting House, Newport Info: Saturdays sessions will feature craft breweries from all over the country on the lawn of Great Friends Meeting House on Farewell Street. Each brewery is required to send their own staff members so that attendees have the opportunity to learn first-hand about each beer from people who help make, market, design and taste-test each brew. The festival also features a Guild Row, a special area under the festival tent emphasizing local Rhode Island beers, easily accessible in one spot.
Featured Breweries: (full listing here)
Guests will have the opportunity to sample beers from all the breweries present, keep the commemorative tasting glass, and declare their favorite brewery by voting for the 2nd Annual Fan Favorite Award, as well as get a taste of the local flavor from Newport restaurants offering their best plates while listening to live bands at each session.
The annual festival benefits the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, a not-for-profit organization that supports Ocean State craft breweries. Over the last three years, the Festival has raised an estimated $30,000 for the Guild.
As is the case with most alcohol-related events, the festival is a 21+ event. Friday VIB tickets are $35, and Saturday tickets are $45. Space is limited to 75 tickets on Friday, and 550 for each session on Saturday. Tickets include admission, unlimited beer samples, live music and a souvenir glass.