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Annual Western MA Craft Beer Festival Photo’s & Brochure

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Below is a link to the photo gallery from the 9th Annual Western MA Craft Beer Festival, THANK YOU for making the event a great success for the Dalton CRA – we’re already planning next year!

click here to go to the 9th Annual Western MA Craft Beer Festival photo gallery

Don’t remember the name of your favorite beer you had at the festival?

click here to download the 9th Annual Western MA Craft Beer Festival brochure (1 MB PDF)

Berkshires 1st Annual Farm to Table Food & Wine Extravaganza Photo’s

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Below is a link to the photo gallery from the Berkshires 1st Annual Farm to Table Food & Wine Extravaganza, THANK YOU for making the event a great success for the Berkshire Kids’ Place & Violence Prevention Center – we’re already planning next year!

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Annual Festival Map

This is a map to the 1st Annual Berkshire Farm to Table  and 9th Annual Western MA Craft Beer Festival from Kelly’s Package Store who presents it every year.

Centrally located in Berkshire County, Kelly’s Package Store is only 3 minutes from Berkshire Crossing and the annual festivities are just a couple minutes from Kelly’s at:
Holiday Farm, Route 9, Dalton, MA 01226

The 1st Annual Berkshire Farm to Table and 9th Annual Western MA Craft Beer Festival will both be centrally held in Berkshire County under the big tops at Holiday Farm, Route 9, Dalton, MA 01226

If you’re driving on Route 9, you wont be able to miss the big tops because they’re huuuuuuggggeee!

For friendly audible directions, call Kelly’s Package Store at:
413-684-0870

Click here for 1st Annual Berkshire Farm to Table Food & Wine Extravaganza event information.

Click here for 9th Annual Western MA Craft Beer Festival details.

New England Spirit

Here is an article that appeared in the local Berkshire Courier written by us, we hope you enjoy it and support our local and regional artisanal distilleries!

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New England Spirit –

There is a small batch, craft spirit revolution that is steadily growing in New England. Dotted across the New England region, there are artistic entrepreneurs who are distilling everything from everyday to esoteric liquor.

Berkshire Mountain DistillersLets start in our own backyard. Sheffield, MA is the proud home of Berkshire Mountain Distillers who’s reach has extended across the nation in just a few short years. I can remember when Chris personally traveled from store to bar to introduce himself and his artisanal spirits. Now, he’s cask finishing his bourbon in used craft beer casks from Florida to Washington state and his award winning gin is unbeatable for an affordable price.

In addition to producing some of the best beer in the world, Vermont produces a number flavorful spirits. Fall is right around the corner and the gold medal winning Vermont Maple Sapling liqueur is an autumn favorite in cocktails. A spiced apple maple whiskey cocktail is one of my favorite warming beverages during the cool and colorful Berkshire foliage season.

Whistle Pig 100% Rye Whiskey is another esteemed Vermont beverage. With industry accolades such as “Highest Rating Ever” from Wine Enthusiast and “5 Stars” from the Spirit Journal, this 100 proof rye whiskey has made it’s mark in the whiskey world.

You don’t hear a lot about New Hampshire in the beverage world but there are flavorful spirits being crafted up there which are in the market. Fabrizia Limoncello is a true family run business. It all started a decade ago when Phil Mastroianni took a heritage trip to Italy with his great aunt. Inspiration struck and today we have a refreshing, delicious New England Limoncello we can be proud to serve any Italian.

Another flavorful spirit from New Hampshire is the Boggy Meadow “Swichel” Cider Vodka. If you’re a fan of the locally made Fire Cider, this is the spirit for you. Switchel is what I call a “Heritage Beverage”. It is a drink that has sustained thirsty field workers during the hot summer months and so is also known as haymaker’s punch. This switchel is made with boiled apple cider, ginger, vinegar, and is distilled 6 times.

As your vision travels the selection at liquor stores, keep an eye out for these and other beverages from our regional artisans – it’s good for the community and great for your palate.

Berkshire Farm To Table Wine & Food Extravaganza Updates

Beer Fest 2 We’re greatly enthused to have so many local Berkshire makers joining the 1st Annual Berkshire Farm to Table Food & Wine Extravaganza on Friday, August 22nd, from 6-9pm at Holiday Farm, Rt. 9, Dalton.

All proceeds benefit the Berkshire Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center, an important cause we can all get behind and should support. Kellys Wine Poster The festival is coming along just ever so nicely and we’re looking forward to having a wonderful evening of celebrating local food and wine at a historic farm in the lovely Berkshires.

Tickets are on sale now, they are $35 before or $40 at the door for an unforgettable evening with your friends and neighbors from across the county.

If you can’t make it in to Guido’s (Pittsfield or Great Barrington), Wild Oat, or Kelly’s Package Store before the festival but want to take advantage of the lower ticket price, you can call Kelly’s at 413.684.0870 to pay over the phone and we’ll hold the tickets for you at the gala.

There is something for everyone at this new annual event, these fine vendors will delight and satisfy your palate:

  • Guido’s Fresh Marketplace
  • Wild Oats
  • L. Martin Farm
  • Holiday Brook Farm
  • Gramercy Bistro
  • Alta Restaurant
  • Dottie’s
  • Baba Louie’s
  • Berkshire Blue
  • Ooma Tesoro’s
  • Berkshire Bark
  • Matt’s Cookie Bars
  • Firecider
  • Ayelada Frozen Yogurt
  • Balderdash Cellars
  • Les Trois Emme Winery
  • Hilltop Orchards
  • Winebow Wine Imports
  • Horizon Beverage Company
  • MS Walker Wine Imports
  • Berkshire Mountain Distillers
  • R & G Cheesemakers

All of these vendors have said “Yes!” sharing their craft with you, having a delightful evening with you, and supporting the Berkshire Kids’ Place & Violence Prevention Center.

Join us and them by saying “Yes!” and getting your tickets early.

An evening out to enjoy cuisine and wine from just one or two of these vendors would cost well over $35 per person so get your tickets and claim your spot at a new Berkshire tradition!