The Ossipee Valley Brews & Bluegrass Tent!
The Ossipee Valley Brews & Bluegrass Tent is awesome! They have so many types of local beer it blew my mind, plus the staff is knowledgeable about the different flavors. But the sour cherry hard cider was amazing too…I’m not really a dancer so the best way to wind down the night is to come hear the beer tent bluegrass jam at midnight.JP
The Thursday night jam with Brittany Haas and Friends is always a hit!
Thursday night after the Maine Stage show, Brittany Haas (house fiddle on Prairie Home Companion, and teacher at our string camp!) and her many, incredibly talented friends (this video: Jordan Tice, Greg Liszt, Eli West), entertain us with a laid back jam! Each night of the festival, a different band will be featured late night in the beer tent!
What could be better than sampling a cold pour (or sharing a pitcher with friends!) of local craft beer and hard cider, deep into the lustrous Maine summer night, under the twinkle lights, watching incredible acoustic musicians break-it-down!
This is NOT your average beer tent (AKA beer corral!): Ossipee’s Brews & Bluegrass Tent is a scene! It’s the place to BE seen! We offer over twelve types of local beer, hard cider, wine, and mead along our handcrafted bar. Celebrate with friends while enjoying a great view of the Main Stage during the day, or meet someone new at our beautiful harvest slab tables, or funky ‘old door’ picnic booths! Sunflowers, twinkle lights and a fantastic view of the Maine Stage complete the picture.
PLUS…each night of the festival, a different band will entertain you with a down and dirty jam with their band and their friends. You never know who might show up!
All pours available in pitchers as well as 12oz (beer) or 6oz (wine) cups ($5 each)
Thursday @11pm: Brittany Haas & Friends
Friday @ 11pm: Twisted Pine & Friends
Saturday @11pm: The Lonely Heartstring Band & Friends
Thank you Sponsors!
To make the beer tent a success we rely on the generosity of our festival Brew sponsors! Check out the story behind each of these incredible Maine companies below…and, hey, while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit them on your way out of town!
Tuckerman’s Brewing Company
Beer brewed with the fresh icy water of the White Mountains! Tuckerman’s name is inspired by the famous ravine on Mount Washington, which is right in their backyard! Tuckerman’s also has a monthly musical bash of their own up at their Conway tasting room!
Bantam Cider was born from a proud family tradition of winemaking and a desire to be part of a creative process
rooted in the local community. They believe that cider making is more art than science, the process requiring
patience over expediency. Bantam strives to be modern, our approach forward looking. They don’t believe cider must fit neatly into one standard style. Instead they want to push the creative process and elevate cider as the versatile, complex and interesting choice it deserves to be. We are proud to be offering their sour cherry & peppercorn hard cider as well as their newbie unfiltered flavor BUZZWIG! at the festival this year!
Pronounced “Nice” (time to review your rock classifications y’all!) Gneiss is a farmstead brewery based in Limerick (close to the festival!) that offers tastings onsite of its meticulously crafted beers. The folks at Gneiss blend the traditions of german-style brewing with modern twists and tweaks that make for truly unique and flavor rich beers. They also grow their own hops at a local orchard.
Funky bow Brewery & Farm!
Funky bow is a delightful farmstead brewery in Lyman Maine, which is set on an organic farm and events center. Check out their increasingly popular Growler Nights with live music, and consider hosting your wedding on their farm! Their G-String beer is named in honor of the low string on the fiddle, as they are big fans of the bluegrass community in Maine!
Allagash is Maine’s largest Belgian-inspired craft brewery, with their beers now available in seventeen states! Named after the famous remote waterway in Northern Maine, Allagash remains true to the Maine spirit by supporting sustainable practices (like recycling spent grain as cow-feed), and local production, as well as being a leader in charitable fundraising in the state.
Baxter Brewing Company
Baxter offers some of Maine’s most accessible beers, you can find them pretty much everywhere here, which just shows how popular they are! Their goal is to offer creative, approachable beers that are produced sustainably, that are inspired but not constrained by tradition, and that, through convenient packaging, could be enjoyed everywhere.
The founders of Downeast Cider grew up tasting apples from the family orchard in Maine. When they decided to branch out on their own, they decided to show people how great authentic cider tastes–they are fully committed to using only fresh-pressed juices and pure, natural ingredients in their unfiltered cider. When it comes to flavor, there’s no substitute for the best, and that’s what they stand by: simple, honest, authentic. You can find Downeast cider for sale in many stores all across Maine.
Geary’s Brewing Company
Geary’s is Maine’s first microbrewery. The D.L. Geary Brewing Company was founded in October 1983 by David and Karen Geary. They shared the vision of producing world class products on a small scale for local and regional consumption. At that time, there were only 13 so-called microbreweries in the United States. With the help of Peter Maxwell Stuart, a Scottish nobleman and brewer who arranged introductions and itineraries, he worked in a half-dozen small commercial breweries from the highlands of Scotland to the south coast of England. During that time, the size and design of the brewery began to take shape; and most importantly, the recipe for Geary’s Pale Ale was created using classic elements from some of Britain’s best breweries. They will be offering up some of their traditional favorite summer Ales as well as Gluten Free beer!