Beer Summit Harvest Fest Returns to Boston

This November, dozens of breweries will be converging on the Castle at Park Plaza. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s on tap.

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Beer Summit / Courtesy photo by Mike Johnson

This November, Boston’s beer cornucopia (just go with it) will be overflowing with some of the finest craft brews the world has to offer. Winner of our award for “Best Booze Festival,” Beer Summit has been delighting beer geeks since 1999, and this year’s Harvest Fest celebration marks their 49th event in the city.

“This fall’s Harvest Fest will feature one of our most exciting brewery lineups yet,” says Beer Summit co-owner Mike Munnelly, via a press release. “With our fall event, we’re able to showcase some great seasonal autumn brews as well as preview some of the coming winter offerings from New England and beyond.” According to Munnelly, fest attendees should expect to be able to sample upwards of 200 different beers.

Although they bring in beers from all over the world, Beer Summit maintains a strong local focus. In fact, several of the roughly three dozen currently confirmed breweries (“We’re expecting to hit 60,” event organizers say) recently received top honors from Boston magazine. Check out the roster below. [List updated on September 22.]

* Denotes brewery highlighted in our “21 Top Breweries in New England” list
** Denotes brewery highlighted in our “
The Best Craft Beer in New England” list

3 Beards Beer Company (Holyoke, MA)
Backlash Beer (Boston, MA)
Bad Martha (Martha’s Vineyard, MA)
Bay State Beer Company (Leicester, MA)
Beerworks (Boston, MA)
Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)
Blue Hills Brewery (Canton, MA)
Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, MO)
Cisco Brewers (Nantucket, MA)
Clown Shoes (Ipswich, MA)
Coronado Brewing Company (Coronado, CO)
Crean’s of Dingle Brewing Company (Dingle, Ireland)
Dinkel Acker (Stuttgart, Germany)
Down The Road Beer Company (Everett, MA)
Downeast Cider (Charlestown, MA)
Far From The Tree Cider (Salem, MA)
Finch’s Beer Company (Chicago, IL)
Foolproof Brewing (Pawtucket, RI)
Green Flash Brewing Company (San Diego, CA)
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island (Westerly, RI)
Harpoon Brewery (Boston, MA)
Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, MD)
Henniker Brewing Company (Henniker, NH)
Hofbrau Original (Munich, Germany)
Ipswich Ale Brewery (Ipswich, MA) **
John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House (Framingham, MA)
Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, CA)
Lookout Farm Cider House (Natick, MA)
Narragansett Beer (Narragansett, RI) *
Naukabout Beer (North Dartmouth, MA)
Newport Storm Beers (Newport, RI)
Opa Opa Brewing Company (Williamsburg, MA) **
Peak Organic Brewery (Portland, ME)
Samuel Adams (Boston, MA)
Saranac Brewing (Utica, NY)
Sierra Nevada (Chico, CA)
Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
Smuttynose Brewing Company (Hampton, NH) **
Stiegl Brewery (Salzburg, Austria)
Stone Brewing Company (San Diego, CA)
Trinity Brewhouse (Providence, RI)
Two Roads Brewing Company (Stratford, CT) *
Vermont Hard Cider (Middlebury, VT)
Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA)
Yuengling (Pottsville, PA)

$55 per person, November 20, 6–9:30 p.m., November 21, 12:30–4 p.m. and 5:30–9 p.m., Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Ave., Boston. Purchase tickets at