A local favorite and long-time player in the beer festival game, Kennett Brewfest has a mile-long beer list with brews coming from over 100 different breweries for their 18th annual festival on Oct. 10.
This award-winning event is separated into two main tastings–the connoisseur tasting at noon followed by the main act beginning at 2 p.m. A connoisseur ticket for $75 includes artisan cheeses from Talula’s Table, a variety of specialty brews and a regular admission ticket. For the main event, attendees pay $50 for a 4-ounce tasting glass and as much beer as you can (safely) consume before the taps close at 6 p.m. If beer isn’t your thing or you got stuck as the designated driver, check out their special designated driver ticket, which includes complimentary non-alcoholic drinks for only $15.
Since 1998 the Kennett Brewfest has been raising essential funds for the Historic Kennett Square non-profit organization. The organization works locally throughout the year holding other events to encourage community engagement and economic development.
Jeff Norman and the historic Kennett Square revitalization task force came up with idea almost two decades ago and it has grown ever since. During its first year there were only about 100 attendees, but last year alone the Brewfest attracted over 3,500 beer enthusiasts.
Breweries from the local area and all across the country are bringing their best stuff to the Brewfest. Some note-worthy breweries include Kona, Magic Hat, Saranac and local favorites Kennett Brewing Company, Victory and 2SP.
Every year the Brewfest invites more breweries to offer some variety from year to year. This year there are going to be 25 first-time breweries.
But the beer isn’t the only part of the festival that draws a large crowd—food, too, is a reason why people come back year after year. A favorite among attendees is the famous bacon on a stick from 2 Fat Guys. Food lovers can also choose from an oyster bar from George & Sons Seafood Market, cupcakes from Dia Doce, a pretzel necklace from Righteous Pretzel and more.
The event is run entirely by volunteers and all the proceeds go right back into the community through Historic Kennett Square. Because the event is not for profit, $20 of a regular admission ticket and $30 of a connoisseur ticket is tax deductible.
With over 100 different beers to choose from and only four hours to try them all, it’s best to go in with a game plan. Of hallmark importance is drinking lots of water, recommends Norman. The event offers free water so it is easy to stay hydrated. Remember, “It’s a marathon not a sprint,” he says.
Buy your ticket online here and head to 600 S. Broad St. in Kennett Square on Oct. 10 for a day of beer, live music and good company.