Mass Beer Week

Statewide Celebration of Mass. Produced Beer #MassBeerWeek held March 2 through March 9, 2019


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. | On Saturday, March 2,  spanning from North Adams to Mashpee, Mass Beer Week kicks off its weeklong series of events featuring local beer on tap. 

The tribute provides an opportunity for craft brewers to share their creativity and passion for the beverage they love with locals, fans and tourists. Breweries, beer bars, package stores and restaurants will host events including special beer releases, beer and food pairings, tap takeovers, a homebrew competition, a charity hockey game, and more, to celebrate the ever-evolving beer culture across the Commonwealth. 

In 2007, there were just 30 breweries in Massachusetts. To date, there are 178 active breweries across the Commonwealth, with 24 breweries in planning slated to open by the end of 2019. 

 “This is the one week a year when we hope everyone in the craft beer industry will come together to shine a bright spotlight on the amazing craft beer scene that’s growing here in Massachusetts,” says Katie Stinchon, executive director of the Mass Brewers Guild. “Our breweries pride themselves in using local ingredients and local suppliers, employing local residents and supporting our communities. In turn, we hope that Bay Staters will take pride in drinking local with us all week long.” 

What’s on tap for Mass Beer Week:

  •  Want to check out the state’s newest breweries? Get your tickets for Meet the Brewers Freshman Class of 2019. Attendees can experience a unique roundtable style tasting event as they sample suds from nine freshman brewers and hear their start-up story. Snacks and new friends included. The event takes place at Lookout Farm in Natick on Saturday, March 2. Tickets are $48.

  • Farmhouse beers and French toast, lagers and links, brown ales and bacon … need we say more? On Sunday, March 3 The Dirty Truth in Northampton will serve up a special brunch menu paired with an all local lineup of beers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

  •  Available only once a year during #MassBeerWeek, the anticipated release of Amherst Brewing Co.’s Giulietta, an imperial iteration of the IPA Juliette, will launch on Wednesday, March 6.

  • Expand your knowledge of the brewing process while learning about the inner workings of Wormtown Brewery during Craft’d Company’s Beers with the Brewers event. Taste four distinct beers while learning the history and style of each brew. The event takes place on Thursday, March 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. 

  • On Thursday, March 7, join Zelus Beer Company and Salt & Lemons for a six course tasting experience at Powisset Farm. Guests will be guided through understanding complimentary flavor profiles from appetizers through dessert.. Registration required. Trustees member: $72, Nonmember: $90

  • Homebrewers can enter to win a chance to brew their beer professionally at Barrel House Z and have it served on tap. Entries can be dropped off at Barrel House Z on February 13 or 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. and the winner will be chosen and announced on Saturday, March 9. Learn more HERE.

  •  On Saturday, March 9 brewers will trade in rubber boots for hockey skates and lace up to help raise money for their trade association in the MBG’s inaugural Winter Classic charity hockey game. Friends, family, and craft beer fans can spectate and enjoy a beer tasting in the stands. Tickets are free for those ages 13 and under, $15 for the game only and $45 for the game and beer tasting. 

  • To celebrate Mass Beer Week, Bright Ideas Brewing and Naukabout Brewing went the distance — 200 miles — to team up to create a New England IPA made with cranberries from Cape Cod bogs and brewed with love right in North Adams. They’ll tap the keg on Saturday, March 9, just before George Clinton and P-Funk take the stage at MASS MoCA, Learn more HERE.

New events are being added daily. Visit for the full calendar. 

Mass Beer Week is hosted by the Mass Brewers Guild and made possible thanks to volunteers and industry friends at BeerAdvocate, Craft’d Events, Fat Basset Design and the Mass. Brew Bros. The Mass Brewers Guild is the state’s trade association that works to protect and promote the interests of craft brewers across the Commonwealth. For more information about the Mass Brewers Guild, visit 


Mass Beer Week Home Brewer Competition

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2018 was an amazing year for craft beer in Massachusetts and 2019 is gearing up to be even better. To celebrate all that is great about Mass beer, the Mass Brew Bros along with Mass Brewers Guild, Beer Advocate, and Barrel House Z, will hold a Home Brewers Contest. 

Winner will have their recipe brewed at Barrel House Z for release in the BHZ taproom.

Here’s what you need to know:

• You must be a resident of MA and over 21 

• (1) entry per person

• Your entry can be dropped off at Barrel House Z on February 13 or 14 from 4-9:00 pm

• Style considerations: ABV must be under 8%, no sours or wild fermentation (winning recipe is subject to review before brew day at BHZ)

• Preliminary judging will occurs at BHZ

• Final judging on March 9that BHZ with winner announced that day

• Entry must be bottled and sealed (12 oz to 22oz size—no growlers please)

• With your entry, please include your name, home address, email, phone number, beer style and ABV

Questions?  Contact Dan O’Donnell at

#MassBeerWeek Returns to Celebrate Local Craft Beer


April 20 – April 28, 2018

Calling all Massachusetts tap rooms, breweries, brew pubs, bottle shops, and restaurants!

The Mass Brewers Guild and the team at BeerAdvocate are joining together to encourage everyone in the Massachusetts beer industry to celebrate and support the fine beers brewed in our great Commonwealth by hosting craft beer events April 20 through 28.

Need ideas?

Host a Mass Tap Takeover 
Take over the taps with beers brewed in Massachusetts. Your tap takeover could focus on one style, or your favorites. The only requirement for a Mass Beer Week tap takeover is that all of the beers featured in the event MUST be brewed in Massachusetts. 

Host a Mass. Produced Beer Dinner 
Partner with one or more Massachusetts breweries and create a menu to showcase how the flavors in the beer pair with the food. You can go a step further and locally source the ingredients for your dishes and make it an ULTRA Mass. Produced Beer Dinner. 

Host a Conversation or Educational Event 
Partner with local beer experts to talk about the past, present, and future of Massachusetts beer. Invite a local beer author and host a book signing at your venue, or host a discussion about techniques to improve the beer enjoyment experience.

Spread the word!
If you are enjoying a locally made beer or visiting a brewery during Mass Beer Week, share it and tag it, with #MassBeerWeek.

Be creative! Have fun! Celebrate Mass. produced beer!
Be sure to post your event through BeerAdvocate to have it listed on the Mass Beer Week site. The only requirement is that your event must focus exclusively on beer brewed in the state of Massachusetts. For questions or more details contact on how to get involved, contact Katie Stinchon at


Mass Brewers Guild Hosts two events to Celebrate #MassBeerWeek

BOSTON & HUDSON, MA | This year, the Mass Brewers Guild is working in conjunction with the folks at BeerAdvocate to host and promote Mass Beer Week. 

Power Beer Fest, Saturday, April 29, will kick-off the weeklong celebration of Massachusetts craft beer with more than 60 Mass brewers under one roof – the largest gathering of MA Craft breweries in festival history.

Mass Beer Week will focus exclusively on Massachusetts brewers, their beers, and supporting the beer community.

On Monday, May 1, hosted in partnership with the Rail Trail Flatbread Co. - MA Brewers will take over the taps for a meet the brewer style event and a line-up that’s not to be missed.

Head brewers and owners from Brick & Feather Brewing Co., Castle Island Brewing Co., Idle Hands, Jack’s Abby, Lamplighter Brewing Co., Medusa Brewing Co., Night Shift Brewing and Wormtown will be onsite to raise a pint and mingle, and a special offering from each brewery will be opened every half hour.

The Rail Trail Flatbread Company, one of Massachusetts most renowned beer destinations, is an associate member of the MBG and supports its mission to protect and promote craft brewers and breweries across the Commonwealth. 

The event will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Pay as you consume. The Rail Trail Flatbread Company is located at 33 Main St., Hudson, MA 01749.

For more information about the Mass Beer Week, visit