A visitor samples beer

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Times: 12 – 8 PM

Cost: Included with daytime admission, a season pass, or Village membership

Our craft beer festival is BACK–complete with brews, bands, and bites! Nearly two dozen craft breweries from across New England will provide visitors an opportunity to sample and purchase some of the region’s top beers and ales. At four indoor and outdoor stages, nine musical artists and bands will bring the sounds of Americana, bluegrass, country, folk and roots music to Old Sturbridge Village.

For those who are 21 and over, your admission to the Village includes a limited number of complimentary 2-oz samples of beer.  We will be checking IDs for everyone who wants to participate in the beer tasting so make sure to have a valid photo ID with you. You may also purchase additional full pours or sample cards.

BBQ pork, brats, burgers and more will be available for purchase.

PLEASE NOTE: The Museum is open for special hours on this date due to this event. The Village will be open from noon to 8:00 pm.

SAVE THE DATE for an all-new Cider Festival on October 14 at the Village! 

Confirmed Breweries:

https://www.altruistbrewing.com/ barrel house z Connecticut Valley Brewing Company Down the Road Beer CompanyFlying Dreams  Geary's Brewing Company  Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company Grey Sail   Lefty's Brewing Company   Magic Hat Brewing Company Mayflower Brewing Mystic Brewing CompanyOakholm Brewing CompanyRapscallionRevivalSpencerStone CowSwitchbackStony CreekTrue North Ales Wachusett     


Confirmed Bands & Musical Acts:

Big Jon Short

Big Jon ShortArmed with foot percussion, a National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box reso-hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues and its importance to American music.Based in the Northeast US, he travels and performs between 150-200 shows per year in BBQ joints, blues rooms and festivals from Massachusetts to Mississippi. With performing experience in fifteen states and five countries over the last ten years he has been able to perform at some of the best known venues for Blues music and for more than two years he held a residency at the famed Terra Blues in NYC – all while continuing his work as a public school teacher, running Blues in Schools programs and workshops. In 2010 he was awarded the Worcester Cultural Commission Artist Fellowship for his work as a Blues performer and educator and he is currently supporting his most recent live recording of One-man band/Country Blues “Live at The Stomping Ground”.

Visit his website here.

Blackstone Valley Bluegrass

Blackstone Valley Bluegrass BandBlackstone Valley Bluegrass, with Dave Dick (banjo), Bob Dick (guitar, resophonic guitar and bass) and Ken Taylor (bass and guitar), has recently added mandolin player, Tim St Jean. Tim hails from Putnam, CT and is a fine singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter.

Over the years, this group has built a solid and ever-expanding repertoire to go along with an engaging stage performance; they can really entertain an audience! They’re all multi-instrumentalists and play a wide range of bluegrass styles … but what really sets them apart are their powerful 3 and 4 part harmonies. Come check out Blackstone Valley Bluegrass to hear some great bluegrass music, smooth harmonies, fast and tasteful pickin’, and most importantly, to have a great time!

Visit their website here.

Ricky Mier and The Ricktones

Rick Fire and The Ricktones are bringing acoustic music to a new level. Driven by banjo and electric bass, the blend of instruments and arrangements is fueled by musical conversations and high-level improvisation. Rooted in bluegrass, Celtic and funk music, elements of jazz, rock, classical, blues, and gospel are also present throughout and woven together by an immovable and solid state stone groove.  “A musician defying what you might think you know about the banjo and has formed a band that will set you ablaze!” Peter Hamelin, Signature Sounds.

The group brings an undeniable upbeat energy to their performances with the dynamic rise and fall of their individual jaw-dropping instrumental mastery.  Enhancing the vibrancy and virtuosic picking further is their heart-felt, heart-churning delivery of song through harmony of voice, all collectively underpinned by the group’s immaculate sense of rhythm.  Pizzazz, humor and a sense for theatrics make each performance an unforgettable show.

At the center of the music is Ricky Mier, an award-winning banjo player, composer and Alumnus of Berklee College of Music, who also co-founded Twisted Pine, Cat And The Moon and was a member of Hot Day At The Zoo. Mier is winner of the gold medal at the 2014 Freshgrass Banjo Contest and with his band Twisted Pine has won band contests at Freshgrass, Thomas Point Beach and tied for first place at Rocky Grass.

Visit their website here.

Drown Your Boots

Drown Your BootsSince the 2016 release of their debut EP, Lightswitch, Drown Your Boots have taken their energetic fusion of rock, folk, and americana to some of the best music clubs across the country.

They have headlined and packed out venues on both coasts, from Union Hall and Mercury Lounge in New York City, to Timewarp Records and Brick & Mortar Music Hall in California. With a sound reminiscent of early Modest Mouse and Ryan Adams, the trio of Brooklyn transplants mix self-reflective songwriting with spirited improvisation and musical virtuosity.

They’ve been featured by one of Boston’s biggest pop/rock radio stations, 104.1 The Mix, as well as Brighton’s WEMF. In August 2018, they will release and tour nationally off their first full-length album, Hello, Below.

Visit their website here.

Darlin’ Corey Trio

Darlin' CoreyThe Darlin’ Corey Trio features a delightful blend of vocal harmonies accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars. From thoughtful original and traditional songs as well as carefully chosen covers, traditional instrumentals from Maine, Canada, Southern Appalachia and Ireland they play a diverse and unique Americana mix of bluegrass, old time and folk.

Visit their website here.

Jared Fiske

Jared FiskeJared Fiske is a singer-songwriter from Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Hailing from a musical family, Fiske began performing with his father, Rob Adams, and brother Seth from a young age in a wedding band.

These days, Fiske plays at bars and coffeehouses throughout Massachusetts, performing 100+ shows a year. He also teaches guitar professionally and runs a home recording studio.

Visit his website here.

Lawrence Trailer

Lawrence TrailerLawrence Trailer is a singer/songwriter based out of Brooklyn, NY. Partnered with 3x Grammy award winning producer/engineer Dave Clauss, Trailer released an EP version of his second effort, “The Places We’ve Been” December 2015, and is hitting the road with an international tour and upcoming full length release. Lawrence utilizes vocal, guitar, and percussion loops to enhance his live show, creating a unique brand of Americana Folk Pop. Armed with an acoustic guitar and loop station, and married with his raw and honest energy, Lawrence Trailer provides a dynamic experience that forges a connection and starts a conversation.

Trailer recounts the meaning of his latest release during a recent interview with Planet Stereo Live: “”The Places We’ve Been”, in its simplest form, conveys the message: it’s not where you are, it’s who you are. I traveled a lot the last few years, and really learned that message first hand. So many different locations, buildings, cultures, ethnicities, politics, and everything in between, yet everyone I encountered was just like me. Everyone I met was someone I felt like I had met before. Everyone was the same. The more I learned about connectivity, the more I realized that there was a reason for the similarities. That question lies at the root of what this album is all about and is what I hope to relay to audiences all over the world.”

Visit his website here.

Nick Anderson and Shady Creek

Nick Anderson and Shady CreekNick Anderson and his band Shady Creek play traditional bluegrass music. Nick captures the essence of bluegrass with drive, soulful singing and a genuine love for the music.

Visit their Facebook page here.


PinedropPinedrop’s fresh Americana sound skillfully intertwines folk and bluegrass. This four-piece band from Brattleboro, Vermont features Derek Sensale’s mesmerizing songwriting and vocals, Dan Bisson on upright bass, Nick Paar on mandolin and Charlie Peckar on fiddle. Pinedrop has played venues and festivals near and far, including MASS MoCA’s acclaimed FreshGrass Festival.

Visit their website here.