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MAIN EVENTS SIPtemberfest Unlike larger brew fests, this one in the mountains admits only 800 ticket holders, creating an intimate, relaxed vibe. Brewers pull out all the stops and bring special beers — collaborations, barrel-aged brews and one-offs — to celebrate.

September 23 & 24, Mad River Glen, Fayston. siptemberfest.com

Vermont Cider Week Local cideries host tastings and workshops during this statewide celebration of the fermented apple. Restaurants jump on board with creative pairing dinners, all in recognition of our orchard-rich landscape.

What’s the Buzz? SIP YOUR WAY THROUGH BURLINGTON’S BREWERIES — AND A CIDERY BY WHAT'S GOOD STAFF Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state in the U.S. But one sip of the award-winning suds from Hill Farmstead Brewery, the Alchemist or Lawson’s Finest Liquids will prove that we hopheads value quality as much as quantity. Thirsty? Whether you’re looking for smoky lagers, bitter IPAs, puckering sours or rich, roasty stouts, there’s plenty on tap right here in BTV. Let’s take a tour. Start in Burlington’s South End, where you’ll find SWITCHBACK BREWING’s sun-soaked taproom. This brewery deals exclusively in unfiltered ales, so don’t 42 WHAT’S GOOD

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be thrown off by the hazy liquid in your pint glass — just drink it; it’s good for you. Also in the South End Arts District is the funky Pine Street corridor, aka Beer Alley. First up: ZERO GRAVITY CRAFT BREWERY, which began life as part of American Flatbread downtown. Munch on popcorn while sipping one of eight brews, from the slightly sour Bernie Weisse — named after Vermont senator Bernie Sanders — to the popular Conehead IPA. In summer, sit on the sunny outdoor patio.

Late February to early March, various locations statewide. vermontciderweek.com

Stowe Brewers Festival Didn’t snag tickets to Burlington’s perennially sold-out Vermont Brewers Festival? The equally palate-pleasing Stowe Brewers Festival is just a short road trip away. The suds lovers’ soirée hosts dozens of craft beer, cider and mead makers for two days of sipping sessions.

Late July, Mayo Events Field, Stowe. stowebrewersfestival.com

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