We arrived fashionably late at 7:00pm to the Heritage restaurant, site of the 2018 Sherborn Brewfest. After having our tickets scanned and receiving our mini sampler mug, we made our way through the rear exit into the field behind the restaurant. There we were greeted by two canopy tents, the smaller of which was located directly in front of us. The other tent was behind the smaller one, accessible by a stone path.
The perimeters of both tents were lined by tables staffed by reps from various local breweries, distilleries, and cideries. Each table offered multiple samples from the given brewery. The sheer number of available samples was a tad overwhelming, so we had to be selective with the tables we visited.
Another one of our early stops was Stormalong and Carlson Orchards’ table. These were the only two cideries present at the event, and they shared a table. Stormalong was offering samples of their main line-up: Mass Appeal, Red Skies at Night, Legendary Dry, Light of the Sun, and Grand Banks. Carlson Orchards had one offering, their unfiltered Oak Hill Blend. We had previously tried all of Stormalong’s ciders, except Red Skies at Night and Light of the Sun, so we grabbed samples of those, as well as Grand Banks (one of our favorite ciders). We really enjoyed both Red Skies at Night and Light of the Sun; they both had great flavor profiles. (We have a can of each sitting in our fridge, so stay tuned for full reviews!) We also tried Carlson Orchard’s Oak Hill Blend. It was good, but it definitely leaned on the sweeter side (perhaps a tad too sweet for me, Julia).
After doing our due diligence as cider bloggers, we made our way to several tables of local craft beer producers, including Cisco, Harpoon, UFO, Widowmaker, and Two Roads. We sampled sours, lagers, stouts, several pumpkin seasonals, and even a milkshake IPA. We enjoyed most of the beers we sampled; although, a few were disappointing.
In terms of food, there were tables situated throughout both tents that held bowls of snack foods, such as pretzels and crackers, and pitchers of water. There was also a grill located next to the tents where you could buy burgers and BBQ.
For entertainment, there was a band performing behind the tents. Perhaps the best entertainment of the evening, however, was when the lights suddenly went out. At first everyone stopped talking and drinking, but within 30 seconds, people had whipped out their cell phones for light and resumed walking from table to table to grab samples. Oh, what a time to be alive! (The lights did eventually turn back on).
At about quarter to 10:00pm, we made our way back home. It had been a truly enjoyable evening. We were able to sample ciders, as well as try some other craft brews that we might not have otherwise had the chance to try. Between the large turnout and live music, the event also had a fun, lively feel to it. If you’re a lover of craft brews or perhaps a couple looking for a fun date night, you should consider attending next year’s Brewfest -- we’ve already penciled it in!
Interested in going to next year’s Brewfest?
Check out the Sherborn Business Association’s website for information and updates on the event.