Craft Beer + Roots Music Festival

Sunday, July 23, 2017 -
11:00am to 7:00pm

Please note: On this date, the Village will have altered hours and be open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Our craft beer festival is BACK--bigger and better than ever, with more brews, bands, and bites than ever before! Eighteen craft breweries from across New England will provide visitors an opportunity to sample and purchase some of the region’s top beers, ciders, and ales. At five indoor and outdoor stages, more than a dozen 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 up to 6 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.

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

Standard daytime admission applies. As always, OSV members get in free. Learn more about daytime admission rates here.

Click here to download a flyer listing all participating breweries as well as the times/locations of music performances.

Confirmed Breweries:

Baxter Brewing
Citizen Cider Foolproof Brewing Company Half Full Brewery Shipyard Brewing Co.
Stoneface Brewing White Birch Ragged Hill Cider  

Musical Acts:

2/3 Goat

Based in NYC and fronted by lead singers Annalyse McCoy & Ryan Dunn, 2/3 Goat's melding of alt-country, bluesy folk and classic rock echo the core members' diverse roots: The band's latest album Let It Rise has been celebrated in American Songwriter, Elmore Magazine, Mother Church Pew, and more. "Rarely does a band make such an emphatic impression... one fine ensemble," writes Lee Zimmerman in No Depression.

Ben and Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth and Ben Anderson, a Celtic fiddle and cello duo, has been gaining an enthusiastic following in the Boston area and throughout New England. Blending Scottish tunes with lively rhythms and innovative harmonies, they create a sound rooted in tradition, inspired by the contemporary, and completely original. On stage, they captivate audiences with their ability to effortlessly communicate musical nuances as only siblings can.

Big Jon Short

Armed 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. In 2010 he was awarded the Worcester Cultural Commission Artist Fellowship for his work as a Blues performer and as a public school educator and he is currently supporting his most recent live recording of One-man band/Country Blues “Live at The Stomping Ground”.

Blackstone Valley Bluegrass

With Dave Dick on banjo, his brother Bob Dick on guitar, Dan Nowlan on mandolin and Ken Taylor on upright bass, this original lineup has been together for 15 years - rare for bluegrass bands these days. They're all multi-instrumentalists and play a wide range of bluegrass styles... but what really sets them apart are their powerful three and four part harmonies. 

Cat and the Moon

Featuring virtuosic musicianship and masterful improvisation, Cat and The Moon offers a unique interpretation of traditional bluegrass and Celtic music through bold and original compositions that showcase the true range of their eclecticism and talent. Since meeting at Berklee College of Music, they have performed at Freshgrass Festival, opened for The Alison Brown Quartet, performed on Brian O'Donovan's a Celtic Sojourn on WGBH, and have played at The 2014 Boston Celtic Music Fest and The Boston Irish Festival.

Drown Your Boots

Drown Your Boots is a group of Brooklyn transplants that fuse folk, americana, and rock into their own foot stomping style of music. Influenced by The Tallest Man On Earth, Ryan Adams, and Modest Mouse, their live performances mix thoughtful songwriting with spirited improvisation. 

Freddie Stevenson

Freddie Stevenson is a Brooklyn based singer-songwriter originally from the UK who has released four albums, the most recent being ‘The Darkening/The Brightening’ (2015), which was produced by Mike Scott, lead singer of the legendary Scottish/Irish band The Waterboys. Freddie opened for The Waterboys on their 2014 tour of the States, the UK and Ireland and again in 2015. 

Hannah Rose Baker

Hannah Rose Baker never thought that she would be a musician, at least, not one who loved country music, played in dive bars, and revered Willie Nelson. Nevertheless, that is where she has found herself today. Armed with her father’s guitar, her fiddle and her voice, Baker writes and performs songs of humorous melancholy that pay tribute to the deep and wide traditions of American music.

Hayley Reardon

Boston-based singer/songwriter Hayley Reardon simultaneously sums up herself and her humble approach to songwriting with this one lyric alone “You will know more, be more, feel more, see more than anyone will give you credit for”.  Reardon has a voice that is distinctively rich and a contemplative sincerity in her songwriting, and she has been noted to have far more in common with Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, and Tracy Chapman than many of today’s young pop singer/songwriters, boasting a lyrical and melodic weight far beyond her years.

Jared Fiske

Jared Fiske is a musician/writer from Sturbridge, Massachusetts who has been performing and teaching music professionally for 15+ years. A member of groups such as "Fiske and Herrera," "The Casters," a band with his brother called, "Sight Unseen" and additionally a solo performer, Fiske's music is, "an acoustic stream of folk-rock let by Fiske's powerful voice" according to Charlene Arsenault of Worcester Magazine. 

Julia Haltigan

Julia Haltigan entered the scene of the Lower East Side of New York City and has made a wonderful name for herself as both a solo performer as well as on stage in the off-Broadway hit "Sleep No More" and in the fizzy pop band "The Singles". Julia’s signature artistry evokes Brigitte Bardot, Marianne Faithfull, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, and Lou Reed showcased in her latest EP, Hot Tears.

Lawrence Trailer

Lawrence Trailer is a singer/songwriter based out of Brooklyn, NY. 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.

The Meadows Brothers

The Meadows Brothers' (Ian, 23 & Dustin, 21) distinct brand of roots music draws inspiration from a huge list of influences, combining folk, blues, country and rock 'n' roll into what the Boston Globe calls  “An engagingly twangy sibling sound all their own.” Known for their blood harmonies, unsweetened songwriting, expressive guitars and bluesy harp, the brothers have played hundreds of shows all over their native New England, the Midwest and Great Lakes regions, and down the Eastern seaboard while continuing to hone their craft. 

Nick Anderson and Shady Creek

If it’s traditional bluegrass with a healthy serving of that “high lonesome sound” you’re looking for, then listening to and watching Nick Anderson and Shady Creek play their music should do the trick. With high-energy picking and soulful duet, trio and quartet harmony the band tears it up with their style of bluegrass music and a genuine love of music. 


Based out of Brattleboro, Vermont, Pinedrop brings a fresh outlook to folk, americana, and bluegrass styles as they give their listeners a personal connection to love, life, and travel leaving listeners feeling free and inspired. The songs are brought to life through guitar played by Derek Sensale, violin played by Charlie Peckar, mandolin played by Nick Paar, and bass played by Dan Bisson.