Real Ale Harvest Festival

September 7th, 2024

Join us September 7th, 2024 for a beer festival like no other: the Real Ale Harvest Festival! The event serves as a fundraiser for the museum and is co-hosted by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society and Harvest Wine & Spirits.

Each year, participating brewers will create unique, one-off casks of real ale available for this day only. Each brew must include an ingredient from Noah Webster’s 18th-century homestead in West Hartford, CT. With over 100 items to choose from such as currants, honey, hyssop, and nutmeg, creativity shines in this friendly competition between your favorite craft breweries.

Real ale is a traditional cask-conditioned ale popular in the time of Founding Father and lexicographer Noah Webster. Undergoing a second fermentation in the cask it will be served from, the entries are always unique and delicious – with complex and satisfying depth. It is beer you won’t find anywhere else!

Each year, a panel of judges determine which brewery will be named Cask Champion and attendees will vote for the Taster’s Choice Winner.

Join us for an exciting day of unique brews and good company at the National Historic Landmark home of American Icon Noah Webster!

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