Four Corners Homebrew Festival told no unlimited sampling


BENNINGTON — Some changes are being made to the second annual Four Corners North Homebrew Festival, after organizers were told by the state that they would not receive a permit to run the event if they offered unlimited sampling.

William Gardner, one of the event's organizers, said he was informed by the Vermont Department of Liquor Control, which controls permitting for events such as this one, that they would not be granted a permit unless the admission for the festival was changed to a ticketed system, where attendees get a specific number of tickets that they can exchange for samples of the various beers.

Gardner said a group of the event's organizers met on Monday night, and decided that the festivals $20 admission would come with 20 tickets for four ounce samples. There is no admission for those who will not be drinking. Food vendors, entertainment, and free root beer for children will be available.

"We're working with them," said Gardner, "they want to see the event happen."

The Green Mountain Brewfest, a craft beer festival in Pownal in May, also had trouble receiving a license from DLC, as organizers there advertised their event as offering unlimited pours. They also, under advisement from DLC, changed to a ticketing system. "We are not going to grant a license where you can drink as much as you please," said Gary Kessler, DLC deputy commissioner, "For some people that might be too much."

The festival offered unlimited sampling in its first year, and received a permit. Gardner said there were no serious issues with people becoming too intoxicated during that event. The Bennington Police Department will be present, in case of any issues.

The street festival runs from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6., and will be held on County Street, which will be closed from North Street to School Street.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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