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A Pre-Ski Season Tradition

Holiday Valley Beer & Wine Festival

Have you ever thought what it would look like if Holiday Valley transformed the Main Lodge into a 3-story party, with craft beer, wine, cider and live music? If you cooked up the perfect party scenario in a lab, it might look something like that. Fortunately for you, it exists. The Holiday Valley Beer & Wine Festival makes its libation-induced return on Friday, November 10th. 

Now in its 15th year, Beer & Wine brings your favorite breweries and wineries together under one roof. With over 30 vendors offering 100+ options, everyone (over 21 years of age, of course) can find a brew to enjoy - unless you’re looking for a Miller Lite. Then you can’t come. 

The three floors of boozey-bliss goes as follows: The ground floor transforms into a “Wine Cellar,” featuring music from Two Guys Drinking Beer. Wineries from the area offer you their seasonal best. The first floor features The Tim Britt Band, breweries and the Brew Festival food court (including German favorites like sausage and pretzels. Gary Liota from Santiago Cigars will be hand rolling cigars, and Dom’s Butcher Block will be there selling smoked meats. The top floor gets absolutely rocking. Hit n’ Run plays your favorite hits while more breweries serve you. 

We’ve covered Saturday’s raucousness. Let’s back it up a little, to Friday. In years past, Friday night of Beer & Wine has been a themed dinner, where festival goers dressed up (the Roaring 20s, for example). This year, the Valley is trying something entirely different. 

Trucks N’ Brews is the new Friday night addition. Here’s the rundown: You’ll show up at Tannenbaum Lodge at 7pm, where Southern Tier and Ellicottville Brewing Company will get the juices flowing. The Porcelain Busdrivers provide the jams, and a giant bonfire will keep you warm (hopefully by November 9th, we’ll be talking flurries with a target open date in the crosshairs.) That’s where the “Brews” come in. The “Trucks” go as follows: Lloyd’s, J&L BBQ, Polish Villa II, Fat Bob’s, Ellicottville’s Bike & Bean, Tim & Bonnie’s, Outback Kettle Korn and Holiday Valley. Food trucks will be on hand! 

If you’re coming for both Friday and Saturday night (you should be) then don’t even think about driving home afterwards. The Valley offers a multitude of lodging packages, like 1 and 2 night stays at The Inn with tickets to one or both events. Tamarack and Holiday Valley Lodging also have units available, which is great, because John Harvard’s Brew House will have Kegs N’ Eggs on Sunday morning … Hello Bloody Marys and Mimosas!

Some of the names to expect at this year’s Beer & Wine Festival: Southern Tier Brewing, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Big Ditch, Boston Beer, Brewery Ommegang, Brickyard Brewing, Community Beer Works, Yuengling, Empire Brewing, Erie Brewing, Five & 20, Great Lakes, Hamburg Brewing, Ithaca Brewing, Long Trail, Mackjac Hard Cider, New York Beer Project, Otter Creek, Rohrbachs, Rusty Nickel, Steelbound Brewery, Thin Man, Victory, Voodoo and many more. 

Tickets to Friday’s Trucks N’ Brews are $25 each (does not include food from the food trucks), Saturday’s Beer & Wine is $50 and DDs pay just $10 (all tickets are available online). For more information on the 2018 Holiday Valley Beer & Wine Festival, hit up www.holidayvalley.com/brewfest