The Festival

Shelton Brothers and Rhizome Productions Announce Buffalo, NY as the Site for The Festival 2019

Buffalo, NY (March 18, 2019) — Shelton Brothers and Rhizome Productions are pleased to announce that Buffalo, NY, will host the 2019 edition of The Festival on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, 2019.

The Festival is a one-of-a-kind annual gathering of the world’s greatest and smallest artisanal beer, cider, and mead makers, all of whom will be there to personally share their creations with thousands of their biggest fans. And many will be creating special brews specifically for the event — you won’t be able to find them anywhere else!

Admission to the festival gets you our special-edition tasting glass, sample pours from each brewery, and the opportunity to chat with the best beer and cider makers in the world. Local food trucks will be available onsite offering a variety of Buffalo’s best street food.

The Festival changes its location every year — we’ve hosted it in Worcester, MA; Portland, ME; Los Angeles, CA; St. Petersburg, FL; Louisville, KY; Atlanta, GA; and Denver, CO — and we can’t wait to bring it to Buffalo, NY.

Tickets on sale 4/26/19 at 12pmEDT, please visit this link for tickets.

All VIP tickets (both days) and GA tickets for Saturday are SOLD OUT.

We’re please to announce Buffalo Central Terminal as the venue for this years Festival.


About The Festival:

The world’s greatest and smallest artisanal beer, cider, and mead makers will join us to meet festival attendees and share their stories and knowledge. You’d have to spend months and countless dollars for a chance to meet this many world-class brewers. We’ve saved you the trouble and the expense — they’ll all be on hand personally to talk about their work and to pour for you. And many will be creating special brews specifically for the event — you won’t be able to find them anywhere else!

Admission to the festival gets you our special-edition sample glass, plus the opportunity to meet the best beer and cider makers in the world. The cost of admission also goes to covering the costs of the festival, including bringing these incredible brewers in from all over the world.

Most of the producers listed will be on hand to talk about their creations. Never before have this many small-batch artisans been gathered together in one room — well, maybe at last year’s festival.

The list of participating breweries is pending, but keep checking back. You can expect the very best local, domestic, and international producers. Here’s what we poured last year.

About Shelton Brothers:

The world’s best beers … imported by hand. There’s no miracle to importing good beer – just hard work and a lot of travel. We generally seek out unmanipulated beer, looking primarily to small breweries with craftsmen taking seriously their passion for natural, traditionally made beverage.

Shelton Brothers Inc. is the only beer importer with these specific criteria for hand-selecting what we offer to our customers. We’ve turned down offers from large European breweries, and we’ll do it again. We’re only interested in bringing you the very best.

This year we’re proud to be partnering with Rhizome Productions to put on The Festival:

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About Rhizome Productions:

Rhizome Productions is an event production company, based in Nashville, Tennessee. We conceive and produce craft beer, spirits & food events with a focus on education and passion for community.

Leveraging our ties to the culinary, brewing, and hospitality industries, we create events that bring aficionados closer to the masters of their craft. We operate 12-15 events per year in cities across the Southeast, including Nashville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, New Orleans, Charleston, and beyond. All Rhizome events are mutually beneficial, and since 2011 we have raised over a half a million dollars for local charities.


beerfests logo3 is a ticketing and marketing company based out of Norwalk, CT. We offer the first and only ticketing service tailored for beer fests. Over 150 beer fest organizers trust and use our ticketing software nationwide. Our mission will always be to bring people together to enjoy craft beer and savor it with the folks who brew it.


Draft Magazine: “101 Beer Experiences: Hit the big fests”

Craft Beer & Brewing: “Best of the Fests”

“No beer fest you attend will ever be the same after you spend a session or two at craft-beer importer Shelton Brothers’ The Festival. While the location rotates year-to-year, what doesn’t change is the unprecedented, world-class lineup of brewers who attend […] You could spend thousands of dollars bartering, trading, and hunting down the incredible number of amazing beers served at The Festival, but a plane ticket, hotel room, and session ticket is much more cost effective.”

LA Weekly: 5 Reasons the Shelton Bros. Festival Was the Best Thing to Happen to L.A. Beer”

LA Times: Beer geeks show up in force for the Festival; here’s what they tasted”

Craft Beer & Brewing: “Brewers Share Their Best At The Festival 2014”

Tampa Bay Times: Tampa Bay area beer festivals — cheers, Hunahpu’s Day — keep growing”

International Participants as of September 10, 2019 – Final List

8 Wired – New Zealand
Au Baron – France
Baird – Japan
Bellwoods – Canada
Blaugies – Belgium
Boundary – Northern Ireland
Brasserie Dunham – Canada
Brew By Numbers – England
Brewski – Sweden
Buxton – England
Cantillon – Belgium
Carakale – Jordan
Casa Bruja – Panama
Cloudwater – England
Cold Hand – Denmark
Collective Arts – Canada
De La Senne – Belgium
De Ranke – Belgium
Dieu Du Ciel – Canada
Drie Fonteinen – Belgium
Frederiksdal – Denmark
Freigeist – Germany
Fyne Ales – Scotland
Godspeed – Canada
Haandbryggeriet – Norway
Hercules – Mexico
Hopfenstark – Canada
Jing A – China
La Calavera – Spain
La Débauche – France
La Sirene – Australia
Magic Rock – England
Mean Sardine – Portugal
Montseny – Spain
Naparbier – Spain
Nøgne Ø – Norway
Page 24 – France
Pasteur Street – Vietnam
Põhjala – Estonia
Ribela – Spain
Ridgeway – England
Sahtipaja – Sweden
Schneeeule – Germany
Thiriez – France
To Øl – Denmark
Toccalmatto – Italy
Trois Dames – Switzerland
Trois Mousquetaires – Canada
Two Metre Tall – Tasmania
Wildflower – Australia

American Participants as of September 10, 2019 – Final List

18th Street – Indiana
3 Sons – Florida
Arizona Wilderness – Arizona
Artisan Beverage Coop — Massachusetts
Beachwood – California
Birds Fly South – South Carolina
Blackberry Farm – Tennessee
Bluejacket – Washington DC
Brouwerij West – California
Dark Matter Coffee – Illinois
De Garde – Oregon
E9 – Washington
Fonta Flora – North Carolina
Frecon – Pennsylvania
Garden Path – Washington
Good Word – Georgia
Green Bench – Florida
Green Bench Cider & Mead — Florida
Grimm Artisanal Ales – New York
Honest Weight – Massachusetts
Jackie O’s – Ohio
Jester King – Texas
Kent Falls – Connecticut
Long Beach Beer Lab – California
Other Half – New York
Perennial – Missouri
Rusty Nickel – New York
Sante Adairius – California
Scratch – Illinois
Strange Roots – Pennsylvania
The Veil – Virginia
Thin Man – New York
Three Magnets – Washington
Tired Hands – Pennsylvania
Trillium – Massachusetts
Two Roads – Connecticut
Urban Roots – California
West County – Massachusetts
Wolves And People – Oregon
Wooden Robot – North Carolina
Yazoo – Tennessee

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