Do you like beers? Do you like live music? Do you like enjoying these things outside, especially near picturesque bodies of water?
If your Saturday has some free time in it, you should check out the Nashua River Brewers Festival. It’s right in Fitchburg’s Riverfront Park and it’s a good time. Disclaimer: I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a beer expert, so take this from the perspective of a casual beer drinker. For expertise on the subject, I suggest reading the Three Guys Beer Blog or Andy Phelps’ Original Gravity.
The Nashua River Brewers Festival is a bit different from other brewfests I’ve been to, in that you pay a small amount for individual samples, but they’re generous and the door cost is relatively low ($15/$10 in advance). Some people balk at that, but I think it’s a good way to welcome in people who a) don’t want to drink a ton; and b) won’t feel the need to drink everything to justify paying an exorbitant door charge.
Oh, and the best part? It’s all for charity. It’s volunteer-run, and all the proceeds go to benefit local groups.
Earlier this month, I went to a big American craft brew festival in Boston. After paying for my ticket and parking, I was out $75 and cranky. The event itself was kind of cool in just the variety of different craft breweries represented, but at the end of the day, it was still in a character-less convention center and the line to get in took up the first 45 minutes of the event.
Some of the same folks who went to the Boston event will be in Fitchburg this weekend. Street parking is plentiful and free on Saturdays and the commuter rail stop is a few blocks from Riverfront Park.