Drinks

Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival Moves to SoWa

The second annual celebration, originally held at City Hall Plaza, is coming up in the South End on September 22 and 23.
The 2017 Copenhagen Beer Festival will be at the SoWa Power Station

The 2017 Copenhagen Beer Festival will be at the SoWa Power Station. / Photo provided by SoWa Boston

Change of plans for the Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival: Instead of descending on City Hall Plaza when it returns to Boston on September 22 and 23, it will be held at the SoWa Power Station.

A co-production of Mikkeller Beer and Boston Calling Events, CBC Boston brings a venerable lineup of North American and international breweries to the city, including Brooklyn-based Other Half, Bottle Logic from Anaheim, California, Sweden’s Stigbergets, Belgium-based Bokkereyder, Trillium, and more. Check out the updated lineup below.

For food, there will be Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Tasty Burger, Zinneken’s Waffles, and Long Island’s award-winning beer bar BBDs (Beers, Burgers, Desserts), with falafel on a pita. The fest also features four musical performances throughout the weekend: the Tremolo Beer Gut, Tigerman WOAH, These Wild Plains, and Hayley Thompson-King.

CBC began several years ago in Copenhagen, and as Mikkeller’s relationship with Boston Calling Events has grown, he brought it to Boston for its first stateside iteration last year. Apparently, the producers have long been eyeing the 19th century brick power plant. The organizers say there’s no change in capacity, based on how the festivals are set up.

“We fell in love with the SoWa Power Station years ago when we were scouting venues, but the venue was unavailable at the time,” Boston Calling Events cofounder Brian Appel says in a press release. “As it just recently became available, we felt it was the best possible choice for the festival’s overall atmosphere and the ticketholder’s enjoyment. The Power Station’s charm and intimacy is reminiscent of our partner’s venue for Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen, one of the most popular and respected beer gatherings in the entire world. It has this incredible character and historic architecture; we could not be more pleased to call it the festival’s new home.”

The SoWa Power Station has hosted a number events over the last couple years, including the Massachusetts Brewers’ Guild’s first-ever festival, to kick off the 2017 season of the SoWa Open Market. At CBC, it will offer both covered and open-air space for imbibing. Bonus: the new location allows CBC to begin an hour earlier. Limited tickets are still available for all sessions, and come with unlimited sampling.

Have fun, and stay hydrated!

Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival, $65-$250 plus fees, Friday, September 22, 5 / 6-10 p.m., Saturday, September 23, 11 a.m. / 12-4 p.m., 5 / 6-10 p.m., SoWa Power Station, 450 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, copenhagenbeerfest.com.

Hill Farmstead was among the participating breweries at the 2016 Copenhagen Beer Festival in Boston

The 2016 Copenhagen Beer Festival in Boston. / Photo by Jacqueline Cain

2017 Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival Brewery Lineup
* denotes a brewer new to the festival

18th Street Brewery (Gary, Indiana)
3 Floyds Brewing Co. (Munster, Indiana)
Abnormal Beer Co. (San Diego, California)*
Alefarm (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Amager Bryghus (Kastrup, Denmark)
Angry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida)
Arizona Wilderness (Gilbert, Arizona)
B. Nektar Meadery (Ferndale, Michigan)
Bagby Beer Company (Oceanside, California)
Beavertown Brewery (London, England)
Bokkereyder (Hasselt, Belgium)
Boneyard Beer (Bend, Oregon)
Bottle Logic (Anaheim, California)*
Brekeriet (Landskrona, Sweden)
Brewski (Helsingborg, Sweden)
Bull Frog (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)*
Cloudwater Brew Co. (Manchester, England)*
Creature Comfort (Athens, Georgia)*
Crooked Stave (Denver, Colorado)
Cycle Brewing (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Exhibit ‘A’, (Framingham, Massachusetts)*
Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, California)
Fonta Flora Brewery (Morganton, North Carolina)
Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Funky Buddha (Oakland Park, Florida)*
Half Acre Beer Co. (Chicago, Illinois)
Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas)
Kane Brewing (Ocean, New Jersey)*
Kent Falls Brewing Co (Kent, Connecticut)*
Lervig Aktiebryggeri (Stavanger, Norway)
Lord Hobo Brewing Co. (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Mikkeller SD (San Diego, California)
Modern Times (San Diego, California)
Night Shift (Everett, Massachusetts)*
Omnipollo (Stockholm, Sweden)
Örebro Brygghus AB (Örebro, Sweden)*
Other Half (Brooklyn, New York)*
Oxbow Brewing Company (Newcastle, Maine)
Samuel Adams (Boston, Massachusetts)
7venth Sun Brewery (Dunedin, Florida)
Slim Pickens (Tampa, Florida)*
Stigbergets (Göteborg, Sweden)*
Stillwater Artisinal (Baltimore, Maryland)
Superstition Meadery (Prescott, Arizona)
To Øl / Brus (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Tired Hands (Ardmore, Pennsylvania)
Threes Brewing Co. (Brooklyn, NY)*
The Veil Brewing Co. (Richmond, Virginia)*
Transient Artisan Ales (Bridgman, Michigan)*
Trillium (Boston, Massachusetts)
Warpigs (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Voodoo Brewing (Homestead, Pennsylvania)*


Jacqueline Cain Associate Food Editor at Boston Magazine jcain@bostonmagazine.com