Beer Nut: Craft brews making Springfield the City of Beers

Springfield may soon have to change its nickname from the City of Homes to the City of Beers.
The city has been quietly building a solid reputation among craft beer aficionados for years now. Smith’s Billiards has been a go-to spot for beer lovers for quite some time now, and Plan B has followed suit since 2012.
Of course the real event for craft beer has happened each July at Stearns Square, when the Worthy Craft Beer Showcase has brought the best of local and regional brews for a daylong festival.
Now, Springfield’s first craft brewery, White Lion Brewing Company, has announced that it will host its inaugural beer festival, named Valley Fest, on Court Square in downtown Springfield on Aug. 29.
“Valley Fest will have the best of the best local, regional and national beer and hard cider brands,” said White Lion founder Raymond Berry. “Even in our inaugural year, Valley Fest will be the largest one-day beer festival in Western Massachusetts. We expect to draw up to 2,000 enthusiasts from throughout New England. We are very excited to showcase the fourth largest city in New England and all of its amenities.”
Berry’s vision for the festival is to have more than 50 breweries and many local food vendors converge on Court Square for two sessions. Attendees will have an opportunity to sample more than 100 beers and hard ciders along with food pairings from local chefs.
Now, as regular readers know, I’m personally not a big fan of beer festivals. They’re fine for others, but most don’t do much for me. But one fest that I love is the aforementioned Worthy Craft Beer Showcase. If Berry and White Lion can put together a festival like that, they’ll be doing wonders for the city and its beer reputation.
I’m also glad the Valley Fest is almost two months after the Worthy Showcase. Even people who enjoy beer festivals need a break between two of them in the same city. So here’s wish the best of luck to this new venture.
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Beer note
April 4 is Belgian Beer Day and there will be a live toast at many places across the globe. Locally, The Foundry in Northampton will be holding both a toast on that day, as well as kicking off its Belgian beer week. The worldwide toast will be part of a live stream from Antwerp, and The Foundry’s toast will be a part of it. Check for details.

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