Now in its 16th year, Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest will make a sudsy return on Feb. 1 and 2 at the Seaport World Trade Center, with more than 120 brewers serving 400-plus beers over two days.
While a sizable number of brewers will be from New England —like Allagash Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company, Night Shift Brewing, and more — breweries from across the country will be pouring at the fest: 4 Hands Brewing Co. from St. Louis; Breakside Brewery from Portland, Ore.; Highland Park Brewery from Los Angeles; and Monday Night Brewing from Atlanta; to name a few. A few international breweries will make an appearance as well, such as Norway’s HaandBryggeriet and Canada’s Godspeed Brewery.
The festival will be split up into three sessions, although there are currently only tickets available for session one (6 p.m.–9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1) and session three (6 p.m.–9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2) at $65 (plus fees) per person. Tickets include two-ounce beer pours, a Beer Advocate-branded glass, and a festival guide. KO Pies, Binge BBQ, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, and other food vendors will be serving food, and while that costs extra, we highly recommend some sustenance before, during, and after all that beer consumption.
Can’t make it to the festival? A handful of satellite parties will take place around Extreme Beer Fest, including a pre-party at Smoke Shop BBQ in the Seaport on Thursday, Jan. 31, a kickoff with Highland Park Brewery at Bukowski Tavern on Friday, Feb. 1, and a Foam Party featuring Foam Brewers at Row 34 on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Extreme Beer Fest at the Seaport World Trade Center; 1 Seaport Lane, Boston; Feb. 1 and 2; $65; beeradvocate.com/extreme