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Extreme Beer Fest

Boston, MA

Jan 31 2020 - Feb 01 2020

Price: $75

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The Extreme Beer Fest has been a happy celebration of beer since its inception in 2003 at the Cyclorama in Boston. Over the years, the Beer Fest has been at various locations, most often at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center. For 2020, it returned to the Cyclorama, the location of the first Extreme Beer Fest. The Cyclorama is a smaller venue than the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, and the 2020 event was configured differently to better match this setting. Each year, the festival takes place over two days with three sessions, and the attendance for the 2020 event was limited to 725 tickets per session. This allows for a more close and intimate experience with the various brewers at the sessions.

This festival is hosted by Beer Advocate and presented by Dogfish Head. Sponsors have included the Brewers Association, Hop Head Farms and Eastern Standard Provisions.

LOCATION

The Extreme Beer Fest is an annual beer festival that usually is held in Boston. The exact venue can change from year to year, though. Two popular venues have been the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center and the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama.

LINEUP

There are always many well-known and not so well-known brewers and beer companies at the Extreme Beer Fest. There were 30 brewers at the 2020 Extreme Beer Fest. Some of the brewers who have attended the fest include 3 Stars Brewing Company from the District of Columbia; 4 Hands Brewing Co. from Saint Louis, Missouri; Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse from Louisville, Kentucky; Artisanal Brew Works from Saratoga Springs, New York; Barreled Souls Brewing Company from Saco, Maine; Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; Bolero Snort Brewery from Carlstadt, New Jersey; Stone Brewing from Escondido, California; WeldWerks Brewing Co. from Greeley, Colorado; and New England Brewing Co. from Woodbridge, Connecticut.

RVING AT THE EVENT

The Extreme Beer Fest has been happening since 2003 and is usually held at different locations in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center has been a favored site of the event, and the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama has also been a host venue at different times. Most of the host locations are in the city of Boston proper, and there are no available RV parks at these venues.

However, there are plenty of RV parks and campgrounds at both private campgrounds and state parks. Boston is a place that is rich with history, and you will enjoy visiting the city and the surrounding sites of interest in the state of Massachusetts. With a rental RV from RVshare or your own camper, you can be sure you'll have the means to see everything on your itinerary while staying at any of these campgrounds.

Atlantic Oaks RV Resort - Atlantic Oaks RV Resort is a large RV park located in Eastham on Cape Cod. The park is only a few miles east and west of the ocean, and it is just five minutes from the Nauset Lighthouse. It has lots of amenities like a comprehensive camp store, available propane and a playground area. You will enjoy the friendly and knowledgeable staff and the proximity to the ocean and the Rail Trail biking trail. There are 100 pull-through RV sites with full hookups. Pets are allowed, and there is free Wi-Fi.

Boston / Cape Cod KOA Holiday - This KOA is one of the largest RV campgrounds in the Boston area. It is just south of downtown Boston and has lots of fun amenities, like a playground, a jumping pillow and a miniature golf course. It has a snack bar, available propane and a camp store. There are back-in and pull-through sites with full hookups and 30 or 50 AMPs. Amenities include a pool, hot tub and free Wi-Fi. Pets are allowed.

Harold Parker State Forest - Harold Parker is north of Boston and is a large park that has access to many small lakes and lots of hiking trails. Taking a boat out on these lakes and waterways is a lot of fun in this rustic park setting. Many beaches are boat-only accessible, and several streams connect the lakes. You can camp your RV here, but there are no hookups or hot showers. There are 89 RV back-in only sites with no power or hookups. There is free Wi-Fi, and pets are allowed.

Winter Island Park Campground - Winter Island Park Campground is inside the lovely Winter Island Park, a large park that has a lighthouse and a gazebo. The Salem Witch Museum is within walking distance, amongst other sites to see in the historic town of Salem. The ocean is close by, and you can walk to the beaches from the campground. There are 57 RV back-in sites with 30 or 50 AMPS. There is an accessible boat launch and opportunities for fishing. There is free Wi-Fi, and pets are allowed.

Cape Cod Maple Park Campground & RV Park This RV park is located in East Wareham, which is south of Boston. There is a large lake, and you can rent boats at the park. The park has amenities like basketball, batting cages, beach volleyball and a game room. There is a snack bar that serves simple meals and a well-stocked camp store. There are 600 RV back-in and pull-through fully hooked-up sites with either 30 or 50 AMPs. There are golf cart rentals and free Wi-Fi, and you can bring your pets.

WHERE TO STAY

The location of the Extreme Beer Fest can vary from year to year, so lodging choices will differ, depending on the venue location. Being Boston, you can find all types of hotels that range from the affordable options to more swanky choices. There are also Airbnbs and bed-and-breakfast inns. There isn't really any place to park your RV in Boston, but there are many RV parks that are located all around the outskirts of Boston.

HOW TO GET THERE

The Extreme Beer Fest is usually held in Boston, but the actual venue varies from year to year. The best way to get to Boston from the north or south is on Interstate 95 and the attached bypass variants that branch from the Interstate. From Hartford, you would take Interstate 84 East. Once in Boston, there are multiple public transit options, taxis and Uber rides.

PARKING

The Extreme Beer Fest is held at various locations in Boston, so parking options can change from year to year, depending on the location. If the event takes place at the Boston Center for the Arts at the Cyclorama, then parking choices include garages like the Atelier 505 under the Calderwood Pavilion and the Garage @ Clarendon Street on Clarendon Street. There is parking at the corner of Shawmut and East Berkeley and open lots on Berkeley at Columbus Avenue. If the event is at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, there is parking for a fee at the Seaport Boston Parking Garage, located under the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center. There are also numerous parking lots and garages all around the port areas.

TICKETS & PRICING

In 2020, general admission to one session was $75. Each session was limited to 725 tickets. With admission to a session, you have access to all beer samples, a tasting cup and a printed fest guide, while supplies last. Early access (30 minutes before the session) was available for $100 per session, with the session limited to 100 tickets. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older. No pets are allowed. Refund requests can be made up to 30 days prior to the event. After this time frame, all sales are final.

WRAP UP

Attending the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston is not only a unique event that you will enjoy, but it also gives you an excuse to add Boston and the surrounding areas to your list of places to visit in your RV. The famous Freedom Trail is in Boston, as well as numerous museums, historic sites, gardens and the New England Aquarium. The city of Salem, the site of the infamous witch trials that took place in early American history, is very close to Boston and definitely worth a visit. You are sure to have many occasions for taking great photos, which we here at RV Share would love to see. If you send your photos to [email protected], you may see them posted on our blog and social media channels.

For current news and information on the Extreme Beer Fest, be sure to visit @beeradvocate on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.