Record Breaking Year Anticipated for the 8th Annual New England Brewfest

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With just under two months still to go before the 8th annual New England Brewfest on Saturday, June 30 in Lincoln, New Hampshire, event organizers are already preparing for a record breaking year.

With just under two months still to go before the 8th annual New England Brewfest on Saturday, June 30 in Lincoln, New Hampshire, event organizers are already preparing for a record breaking year.

“Ticket sales are up 165% over this same time last year” said Mark LaClair, Executive Director of the Lincoln Woodstock Chamber of Commerce who produces the event. “We’ve also added a VIP tasting session this year, with only 200 tickets available, and if we continue at the rate we’re going, those tickets will sell out long before we reach the cut off date of June 1st.”

The word is getting out to breweries as well that this brewfest is one they do not want to miss. “We had 20 breweries participate last year” explained LaClair, “and are quickly approaching our 30 space maximum”. Local favorites like the Woodstock Inn Brewery and Tuckerman’s Brewery will be back again this year, “but it’s always fun to see some newcomers” added LaClair. For the first time the festival will welcome Trinity Brewhouse from Rhode Island, the Olde Burnside Brewing Company from Connecticut, and even Wells & Young’s from across the pond in the UK.

Great music is also slated for this year’s festival. Permanent Vacation and the Jason Spooner Trio will be opening up for the headlining act The Brew, New England natives who are all excited to be part of this growing event.

Also back by popular demand is the 2nd annual New England Brewest Slider Competition. Last year’s champion, Chef Adam Parker of the Indian Head Resort, will be back competing against five other restaurants for the title of 2012 Slider Champion. Festival goers can use their beer sample tickets for a slider sample and help cast their vote for the winner, who along with bragging rights, will receive a feature in Northeast Flavor magazine.

The New England Brewfest is presented by Loon Mountain Resort and will be held on Saturday June 30 at the Lincoln Village Shops on Main Street in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Tickets are on sale now and lodging packages are available at NEBrewfest.com.

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