The 5th Annual Hyper-Local Brewfest

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In recent years cities across America have come under the spell of the craft beer phenomenon. Where there once was a single novelty brewpub now stand an almost endless amount of craft breweries and brewpubs. The rise has been pretty drastic, and there’s a chance we haven’t even reached peak efficiency yet, which means more good news for beer snobs. With all the beer floating around, it makes sense that there would be a festival or two to go along with it, which is where the annual Hyper-Local Brewfest comes in. Unlike other beer festivals that celebrate just the beers and those who brew them, Hyper-Local takes on even more area-skewed slant, focusing on beers made by local companies with local ingredients.

The event is put on by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, which according to its website helps to build “economies that are local, green, and fair.” Through the event the SBN hopes to promote new and existing regional breweries and eateries by displaying them in conjunction with one another for each of the event’s three sessions.

The Brewfest begins on Friday, June 10th, and finishes up the next evening. During each session visitors will be able to sample local food and drink with unlimited beer tastings and cheap meal options. There will be live music and live homebrew instruction in addition to the consumables. While all three sessions will feature the same beers, it is worth noting that those who venture out on Friday night will be in for an extra treat. From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. visitors can enjoy cask-conditioned beers from their favorite brewers. Cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and comes in a variety of flavors that can not be replicated in large batches.

The event runs 6/10 from 6:30 p.m. to 6/11 at 10:00 p.m. and takes places in the Armory in Somerville. Tickets cost $48 for all sessions, and then event is of course 21+.