70 Brewers, over 300 beers, meads and cider at The Festival

Bon Beer Voyage will be going to The Festival in Worcester Massachusetts where we will be joining a number of the brewers whom we visit on our Beercations and Beer Safari Weekends.    

This is a truly unique international festival focused on artisanal brewers.  What’s special about The Festival is that the people who create these brews will actually be on hand to pour them- Every single producer will be there: more than sixty five different artisans, bringing over three-hundred different beers, ciders and meads! And since we know once you taste their beers, you’re going to want to go visit the breweries in person with us on Beercation, we’ve arranged for you to save $10 per ticket with a special discount link for our Bon Beer Voyage Brewsletter subscribers, Beer Stocked Refrigerator readers and Twitter followers! 

The Festival Discount Coupon

And if you are psyched about The Festival, you’ll love our Grand Crus to Farmhouse Brews Beercation Cruise through Belgium and France.  Not only do we visit some of the great breweries represented at The Festival on this trip, but we also will be visiting Rodenbach, In de Vrede at Westvleteren, St. Bernardus and more. And this once in a lifetime itinerary finishes with a tour of Chimay during their 150th anniversary! But don’t wait too long to book or you’ll miss the boat – cabin space is very limited!


12% Imports and Shelton Brothers have partnered to present a unique international festival focused on artisanal brewers, as well as cider and mead makers. We aren’t just throwing the words ‘unique’ or ‘artisanal’ around lightly here. We specialize in importing small-batch products, from tiny producers, in far-off places, in very small quantities. Never before has any festival in the U.S. featured such a broad array of traditional drinks from across the globe. That alone is unique, but what’s even more special about The Festival is that the people who create these beers, ciders, and meads will actually be on hand to pour them! Every single producer will be there: more than sixty different artisans, bringing over three-hundred different beers, ciders, and meads! We have producers traveling from as far away as Japan and New Zealand – all told, more than a dozen countries will be represented at The Festival.

Location: Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester MA 01608

Session 1: Saturday, 23 June, 12pm – 4pm

Session 2: Saturday, 23 June, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Session 3: Sunday, 24 June, 12pm – 5pm

Cost: With the special Bon Beer Voyage discount each session is $50 (originally each individual session is $60; and a weekend pass for all three sessions is $160).

For general inquiries, please contact: info@the-festival.us

Twitter: @TheFestivalUS

Volunteer inquiries may be sent to: volunteers@the-festival.us

The Artisans 

(from the offical Festival website)

Some of the world’s greatest and smallest artisanal beer and cider makers will join us to meet festival attendees and share their stories and knowledge. You’d have to spend months and countless dollars for a chance to meet this many world-class brewers and cider makers. We’ve saved you the trouble and the expense . . . they’ll all be on hand, personally, to talk about their work and to pour for you. And many will be creating special brews specifically for the event — you won’t be able to find them anywhere else!

We’ve listed the brewers and cider makers who have committed to attend The Festival below. We’ll be updating this beer list until The Festival, so keep checking back.
Click on a name below to be taken to the individual website of the producer.

8 Wired Brewing Co and Renaissance: Blenheim, New Zealand
Brewer in attendance: Soren Eriksen
Confirmed Beers: HopWired, Fresh HopWired, ReWired, Big Smoke, iStout, Batch 31, Coffee Brown, Haywired, Tall Poppy

ÆppelTreow Winery & Distillery: Burlington, WI, USA
Brewer in attendance: Charles McGonegal
Confirmed Beers: Barn Swallow, Appley Brut, Oriole Perry, Kinglet Bitter, Apple Brandy, Pommeaux, Poirrissimo

Against the Grain: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Jerry Gnagy
Confirmed Beers: Bloody Show, Lick the Blade, Bay and Pepper your Bretts, Raucho Man Randy Beverage

Masia Agullons Cervesa Artesana: Mediona, Spain
Brewer in Attendance: Carlos Virigili
Confirmed Beers: Setembre, Dalmoru, Veritaine Pale Ale, Pura Pale, La Runa

Anchorage Brewing Company: Anchorage, AK, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Gabe Fletcher
Confirmed Beers: Whiteout Wit, Tide and Its Takers, Galaxy IPA, The Experiment

Bad Attitude Beer: Stabio, Switzerland
Brewer in Attendance: Nicola Beltraminelli
Confirmed Beers: The Dude, Kurt, Two Penny, Hippie

Baird Brewing Company: Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Brewer in Attendance: Bryan Baird
Confirmed Beers: Rising Sun, Angrey Boy, Red Rose, Kurofone Porter, Dark Skye, Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale, Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Middlemiss Brewing Co.: Auckland, New Zealand
Brewer in Attendance: Ben Middlemiss
Confirmed Beers: Nota Bene Vintage, Nota Bene Current, Hodgson IPA

Beer Here: Kobenhavn, Denmark
Brewer in Attendance: Christian Skovdal Andersen
Confirmed Beers: Sod, Wicked Wheat, Dead Cat, Dark Hops, Yule Wine, Executioner IPA

Brasserie de Blaugies: Dour-Blaugies, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Pierre-Alex Carlier, Kevin Carlier
Confirmed Beers: La Moneuse, Darbyste, Saison d’Epeautre

Brasserie de Cazeau: Templeuve, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Laurent Agache
Confirmed Beers: Tournay Black, Tournay, Tournay Tripel

Brodie’s Beers: London, United Kingdom
Brewer in Attendance: James Brody
Confirmed Beers: Hoxton Special IPA, Hackney Red IPA, Sim Coe for Breakfast, Romanov Empress Stout, Old Street Pale Ale, Citra

Buxton Brewing Company: Buxton, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Brewer in Attendance: Geoff Quinn
Confirmed Beers: Coming Soon!

Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse: Alexandria, VA, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Terry Hawbaker
Confirmed Beers: Coming Soon!

Cambridge Brewing Company: Cambridge, MA, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Will Meyers
Confirmed Beers: Coming Soon!

Brasserie Cantillon: Brussels, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Jean van Roy
Confirmed Beers: Single-Barrel Lambic 1, Single-Barrel Lambic 2, Single-Barrel Lambic 3, Gueuze, Kriek, Fou’foune, Cuvee St. Gilloise, Vigneronne, Zwanze 2010

Christoffel: Roermond, Netherlands
Brewer in Attendance: Joyce van den Elshout
Confirmed Beers: Bier, Nobel Bramling Cross, Wijzer

Celestial Meads: Anchorage, AK, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Michael Kiker
Confirmed Meads: Odin’s Gift, Gunnlod’s Tears, Belgique, Razzery, Miel Noir

Cidrerie Traditionnelle du Perche: Le Theil, France
Brewer in Attendance: Nathalie Plessis
Confirmed Beers: L’Hermetière Cidre Brut, L’Hermetière Cidre Demi-Sec, L’Hermetière Poiré, Trahant, Pommeau, Calvados

La Companiya Cervesera del Montseny: Seva, Spain
Brewer in Attendance: Info coming soon!
Confirmed Beers: Malta Cuvee, Blat, Ecolupulus, Negra Stout, Malta Pale

Crooked Stave: Fort Collins, CO, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Chad Yakobsen
Confirmed Beers: Petite Sour, Surette Reserva, Batch #1, Persica, Blackberry Petite Sour, Wild Wild Brett Series

Brouwerij De Dochter Van De Korenaar: Baarle-Hertog, Antwerp, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Ronald Mengerink
Confirmed Beers: Peated Oak-Aged Embrasse, L’Enfant Terrible, Charbon, Bravoure

Brouwerij De Graal: Brakel, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Wim Saeyens
Confirmed Beers: Gember, Tripel, Quest, Triverius

Brasserie de la Senne: Brussels, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Yvan de Baets, Bernard Leboucq
Confirmed Beers: Brussels Calling, Taras Boulba, Zinnebir, Jambe de Bois, Zwarte Piet, Stouterik

Brouwerij de Molen: Bodegraven, Netherlands
Brewer in Attendance: Menno Olivier
Confirmed Beers: Hout & Hop (Barolo Barrel), Mooi & Meedogenloos (Bruichladdich Barrel), Lief & Leed on Cherries, Hemel & Aarde (Caol Ila Barrel), Hel & Verdoemenis (Bunnahabhain Barrel), Bakker Wort Brouwer (Bowmore + Port Barrels)

De Ranke: Wevelgem, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Nino Bacelle
Confirmed Beers: XX Bitter, Guldenberg, Noir de Dottignies, Saison de Dottignies, Kriek, Cuvée.

Bryggeriet Djævlebryg, Devil’s Brew: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewer in Attendance: Per Olaf Huusfeldt
Confirmed Beers, Gudeløs, Old Mephisto, Dark Beast, Pride of Nekron, Eclipse.

Dieu du Ciel!: Montreal, QC, Canada
Brewer in Attendance: Jean-Francois Gravel, Stephane Ostiguy, Luc Lafontaine
Confirmed Beers: Péché Mortel, Péché Mortel Bourbon, Chaman, L’Herbe à Détourne, Isseki Nicho, Isseki Nicho Pinot Noir, Solstice d’été aux Framboises

Evil Twin Brewing: Valby, Denmark
Brewer in Attendance: Jeppe Jarnit Bjergsø
Confirmed Beers: Yin & Yang, Freudian Slip, Even More Jesus, Auld Yin

Freigeist Bierkultur: North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Brewer in Attendance: Sebastian Sauer
Confirmed Beers: Coming soon!

Brouwerij ‘t Gaverhopke: Harelbeke, West Flanders, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Bruno Delrue
Confirmed Beers: Gaverhopke Extra, Gaverhopke Singing Blond, Koerseklakske

Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse: Kamperland Zeeland, Netherlands
Brewer in Attendance: Kees Bubberman
Confirmed Beers: Ardbeg Imperial Russian Stout, Espresso Stout, Black IPA, Holland Oats

Haandbryggeriet: Drammen, Norway
Brewer in Attendance: Jens Petter Maudal
Confirmed Beers: Dark Force, Union (Collaboration with Narke), Norwegian Wood, Dark Force Reserva, Barrel-Aged Aquavit Porter, Sweet and Sour, Sur Megge, Cuvée #1, Krekling

High & Mighty Beer Co.: Easthampton, MA, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Will Shelton
Confirmed Beers: Coming Soon!

Hill Farmstead Brewery: Greensboro Bend, VT, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Shaun Hill, Dan Suarez
Confirmed Beers: Everett, Nor, Edward, What is Enlightenment?

Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest: Turnhout, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Guy Verbunt
Confirmed Beers: Turnhoutse Patriot, Kevertienen, Hertenheer.

‘t Hofbrouwerijke: Beerzel, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Jef Goetelen
Confirmed Beers: Hofblues, Hoftrol, Hofdraak, Bosprotter

Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal: Tildonk, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium

Brewer in Attendance:Andre Janssens

Confirmed beers: Premier of the Barrel Aged Beer Project: A blonde farmhouse house ale aged in several different European wine and spirits barrels (including: Armagnac, Cognac, Madeira, and Jenever).

Hogan’s Cider: Alcester, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Brewer in Attendance: Allen Hogan
Confirmed Ciders: Coming Soon!

Hopfenstark: L’Assomption, QC, Canada
Brewer in Attendance: Fred Cormier
Confirmed Beers: Boson de Higgs, Kamarad Frederick

Huvila & Malmgard: Malmgård, Finland
Brewer in Attendance: Markku Pulliainen, Tuomas Markkula
Confirmed Beers: ESB, X Porter, Artic Circle, Pale Ale, Sahti

Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille: Jandrain, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Alexandre Dumont, Stéphane Meulemans
Confirmed Beers: IV Saison, VI Wheat, V Cense

Jester King Craft Brewery: Austin, TX, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Jeffrey Stuffings, Ron Extract
Confirmed Beers: Drink’in the Sunbelt, Whiskey Rodeo, Beer Geek Rodeo, Weasel Rodeo, le Petit Prince, Nobel King, Boxer’s Revenge, Wytchmaker, Black Metal

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales: Dexter, MI, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Ron Jeffries
Confirmed Beers: Coming soon!

Brouwerij Kerkom: Sint-Truiden, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Marc Limet
Confirmed Beers: Bink Blond, Bink Tripel, Bink Bloessem, Bink Grand Cru.

Kissmeyer: Charlottenlund, Denmark
Brewer in Attendance: Anders Kissmeyer
Confirmed Beers: Coming Soon!

Les Trois Mousquetaires: Brossard, Quebec
Brewer in Attendance: Jonathan Lafortune
Confirmed Beers: Kellerbier, Sticke Alt, Doppelbock, Porter Baltique

Local Option: Chicago, IL, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Tony Russomano, Noah Hopkins
Beers Confirmed: Morning Wood

Mahr’s: Bamberg, Germany
Brewer in Attendance: Stephan Michel
Beers Confirmed: Coming soon!

Midtfyns Bryghus: Broby, Denmark
Brewer in Attendance: Eddie Szweda
Confirmed Beers: Double IPA, Barley Wine, Wasabi Pale Ale, Chili Tripel, Imperial Stout, Rough Snuff, X-Porter (Collaboration with De Molen).

Mikkeller: København, Denmark
Brewer in Attendance: Mikkel Borg Bjergsø
Beers Confirmed: SontanBlueberry Deluxe, Texas Ranger BA Raspberry, US Alive, Hop Bomb Challenge, Hot Dog Beer, Koppi IPA, Invasion IPA (Mercury Brewed Version), Not Just Another Wit, Sour Bitch, Mikkeller/Three Floyd’s Boo Goop, Beer Geek Brunch Cognac Edition.

Nøgne-Ø: Grimstad, Norway
Brewer in Attendance: Kjetil Jikiun, Tore Nybø
Beers Confirmed: Nøgne O/Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter, Two Captains 2IPA, Oak’d Sunturn, Sunturn Bo 11%, Dark Horizon Batch 3, Citrus Hystrix, Porter, India Saison, Red Horizon 3rd Edition, Red Horizon 2nd Edition, Imperial Stout Cognac Edition, Sake Junmai.

Oliver’s Cider & Perry: Hereford, United Kingdom
Brewer in Attendance: Tom Oliver
Confirmed Ciders: Coming soon!

Omnipollo: Stockholm, Sweden
Brewer in Attendance: Henok Fentie
Confirmed Beers: Leon, Mazarin

Page 24/ Brasserie St Germain: Aix-noulette, France
Brewer in Attendance: Stephane Bogaert
Confirmed Beers: Reserve Hildegarde Blonde, Reserve Hildegarde Ambree, Brune, Triple

Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project: Somerville, MA, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Dann Paquette, Martha Paquette
Confirmed Beers: Babayaga, Lovely St. Winefride, Jack D’Or, Baby Tree, Fluffy White Rabbits, Field Mouse’s Farewell, American Darling, 1945 X Ale, 1838 X Ale, St. Botolph’s Town.

Ridgeway: South Stoke, United Kingdom
Brewer in Attendance: Peter Scholey
Confirmed Beers: Coming Soon!

St Somewhere Brewing Company: Tarpon Springs, FL, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Bob Sylvester
Confirmed Beers: Coming Soon!

Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus: Deinze-Gottem, East Flanders, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Piet Meirhaeghe
Confirmed Beers: Coming soon!

Sixpoint Brewery: Brooklyn, New York, USA
More information coming soon!

Brouwerij Slaapmutske: Melle, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Dany De Smet
Confirmed Beers: Triple Nightcap, Hop Collection Ft. Kent Goldings, Hop Collection Ft. Challenger, Dry Hopped Lager SaazSaaz.

Stillwater Artisanal Ales: Baltimore, MD, USA
Brewer in Attendance: Brian Strumke
Confirmed Beers: Bourbon BA Folklore, Table Beer

de Struise Brouwers: Oostvleteren, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Urbain Coutteau
Confirmed Beers: Coming Soon!

Thiriez: Esquelbecq, France
Brewer in Attendance: Daniel Thiriez
Confirmed Beers: Blonde, Ambree, Extra, Dalva.

Gueuzerie Tilquin: Rebecq-Rognon, Belgium
Brewer in Attendance: Pierre Tilquin
Confirmed Beers: Gueuze Tilquin, Gueuze Tilquin on Draft

To Ol: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Brewer in Attendance: Tore Gynther, Tobias E. Jensen
Confirmed Beers: Ov-Ral, Mochaccino Messiah, Sleep Over Coffee IPA, First Fontier IPA, Black Ball Porter, Goliat Coffee Stout, Raid Beer, Sort Mælk.

Brasserie Trois Dames:Sainte-Croix, Switzerland
Brewer in Attendance: Raphaël Mettler
Confirmed Beers: Coming Soon!

Le Trou du Diable: Shawinigan Quebec, Canada
Brewer in Attendance: Isaac Tremblay, André Trudel
Confirmed Beers: Sang d’Encre, SMaSH Citra, La Buteuse, Schieve Tabarnak!, Dulcis Succubus, Impératrice (Bourbon Barrel), La Buteuse Brassin Spécial

Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe: Weißenohe, Bavaria, Germany
Brewer in Attendance: Urban Winkler
Confirmed Beers: Coming Soon!

Yeastie Boys: Wellington, New Zealand
Brewer in Attendance: Stu McKinlay, Sam Possenniskie
Confirmed Beers: Gunmatta, Digital IPA, Bye Bye Badman, Pot Kettle Black, Rex Attitude.

Bon Beer Voyage