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Stoudt’s Winter Brew Fest

Stoudt's Tasting Glass

Commemorative Tasting Glass for the event.

Yesterday, I attended Stoudt’s Winter Brew Fest. This annual event is held in Late February and is spread across the year with 3 other Brew Fests hosted in May, August and October. The Beer Circle visited the place before for samples of their own beer, but I decided to give the brewery another go, meet some new breweries and try some new beer.

With the advantage of Stoudt’s being within walking distance from my host, we arrived 10 minutes before the start, but were greeted with a waiting line. Once inside, we were given a commemorative glass and the ticket stub for the meal. Attending this year were 10 visiting breweries: Some well-known such as Tröegs, Victory, Yards, Lancaster and Fegley’s as well as lesser-known breweries such as Boxcar, ShawneeCraft, Union Barrel Works, Neshaminy and Round Guys. About halfway through the sampling, we decided to eat from the buffet. Food included pork BBQ, macaroni & cheese, shrimp & rice, chips and pretzels. A live band playing a combination of country and classic rock preformed throughout the Brew Fest. It was a bit too noisy for my taste, but it’s probably more manageable in the summer months when the patios are open.

Out of all the beers I sampled, most of them were half-decent or good in quality, with only a few stand-outs. I of course enjoyed Insidious from Fegley’s and Nugget Nectar from Tröegs, but I have drank them before. Out of the new things I tried, I was most impressed by ShawneeCraft‘s Session Porter. Not only was it great-tasting, but they were the only brewery that brought something on nitro. Located along the Delaware River just off I-80, I hope to visit the location for more things in the near future.

Stout's Event Hall

Interior of Stout’s Event Hall, complete with antiques and memorabilia.

The interior was a bit crowded, but it was nothing overwhelming. The tables were well placed for eating and the wait for samples was never more than a few minutes. Going along with the style of the restaurant, the banquet hall was also decorated on the walls and ceiling with many artifacts and antiques. While this seemed odd to Garrett’s first visit, this complements the many antique stores in the Adamstown area – There is even one right behind the brewery. I admit that it’s “unique”, but I think it gives the brewery a very sentimental atmosphere.

The cost for a ticket was $35, which I personally thought was reasonable for 11 breweries, each with 2 samples plus a buffet meal. I plan to attend the May 11th Micro Brew Fest to see how it compares, especially if it brings some other breweries and samples.

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Written by Kenton Martin

Kenton is a Southeast PA native who began diversifying his beer tastes alongside many of The Beer Circle writers at Zeno’s beerfests in State College, PA. He continues to live in the area and is an avid follower of the local microbreweries – going so far as to try his hand at brewing himself. Initial results have been very successful. Find Kenton Martin on Google Plus

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