Events Calendar

Hyperlocal Craft Brewfest @ Arts at the Armory
Jun 12 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 13 @ 10:00 pm

Calling for local craft brew fans, brew hobbyists, foodies, localvores, young entrepreneurs, nano-brewers, and the curious minded!

4th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest
with a special Beer on Cask Tasting on Friday Night!

3 Sessions
Friday, June 12, 2015, 6:30 – 9:30pm (plus Cask-conditioned beers from selected brewers)
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 3:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Tickets: $48.00

What is Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest?
Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is an annual tasting fundraiser presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) that highlights and promotes local brewers of beer, newly established breweries, cider & mead, artisan beverage makers, and local food vendors.

Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is a unique event that not only showcases local beverage producers, but also showcases local brews incorporating local ingredients. SBN’s definition of local starts in Massachusetts and encompasses all of New England. Hyper-Local means local producers (from New England) making products with ingredients from New England. Examples in the past have included brews made with local hops, apples, cranberries, grapes and even local oysters. While having unlimited 2oz tastings from local brewers, you can also sample and purchase delicious local food from vendors like Valicenti Organico, Red Lentil, Taza Chocolate, and more.

What makes Friday night special?
Join us on Friday night for Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest with a special Beer on Cask Tasting “conditioned” by Randy Baril, Head Cellarman of NERAX (the New England Real Ale eXhibition). Try unfiltered and unpasteurised beer with no nitrogen or carbon dioxide added! Compare with the commercial version and tell us which one you love. The Showcase, also featuring a Small Batches Jamboree, will open dialogues between craft brewers, brew fans, and the curious-minded to experiment and learn what is available in the New England region for making their products. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about making small batches and homebrewing. Additionally, attendees will get the chance to interact with other aspiring brewers, hear from experts, and taste a selection of the brews that will be showcased during the Saturday Sessions. In doubt? Attend both days!

What is Cask-conditioned beer?
Cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. [1] Cask-conditioned beer served at Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest will be brewed by selected participating local breweries, who will also bring store bought version to sample at the event. Pretty cool, right?

SBN Boston Local Food Program
This event is a celebration of local craft brews in conjunction with SBN’s Boston Local Food Programs. The goal of SBN’s Boston Local Food Program is to transform the local food system by raising awareness about the abundance of wonderful locally grown and produced products in Massachusetts and New England and to encourage individual consumers, food and beverage producers, and vendors to Think Local First. Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest presents a great opportunity to build the bridge between local producers and consumers of craft brews in advancing the local food system.


Bring Your Own Bag Community Forum @ The Middle East Downstairs
Jun 23 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

As of March 2016, plastic bags will be banned in the city of Cambridge. We’re excited that Cambridge has stepped up and taken an important step to lessen our impact on the environment. We also acknowledge that this may be a difficult transition for business owners and are hosting this forum to make the transition as efficient as possible!
Speakers will include business owners from Brookline whom have already phased out plastic bags and community leaders in Cambridge who can explain what to expect and when.

8:00 am – 8:30 am – Networking/Sign In
8:30 am – 9:15 am – What to expect, when to expect it and how to make the transition simple and cost effective.
9:15 am – 10:00 am – Q&A/Networking

Have questions that you would like answered? Feel free to send them to

Other Information:
Coffee & tea will be served. Please use the entrance to The Middle East ‘Downstairs’ Club, located on Brookline Street. Metered street parking is available but we strongly recommend the use of the T. Please use the Red Line Central Square T Stop.
Questions? E-mail or call 617-395-0250 for more information.