Frequently Asked Questions

What is the St. Mary's Craft Beer Festival?

The St. Mary's Craft Beer Festival supports St. Mary's Care Center which is a not for profit 65 bed long and short term care facility located in Winsted. This festival is an important part of the fund raising efforts for St. Mary's and generates revenue to help support the work they do.

Attendees will be able to sample beer and wine offerings from 25 local and national craft breweries; you will be able to sample their offerings in a commemorative tasting mug in 2 oz. samples. Educational information on various crafting topics will also be available during the festival. Music and food (available for purchase) will be on-site and available to attendees.

How much does the St. Mary's Craft Beef Festival cost?

General Admission pre-sale tickets are $25 through August 15, 2017 and at the gate the day of the event for $35. There are also Designated Driver admission tickets are $10 this permits an attendee access to the festival, they also get a commemorative tasting mug however designated drivers may not sample any beer or wine.

How can I purchase tickets to the St. Mary's Craft Beer Festival?

Tickets are available online, at St. Mary's Care Center, at the Blue Note Bar in Winsted, or at the gate the day of the event.

Who can come to the St. Mary's Craft Beer Festival?

Only persons 21 years or older with a valid ID can enter the festival grounds (including designated drivers) No children or pets (service dogs are accepted) will be allowed entrance.

How long does the St. Mary's Craft Beer Festival last?

The St. Mary's Craft Beer festival tasting starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. Brewery Representatives are not allowed to pour samples after 6:00 p.m... We ask that you please leave the festival grounds promptly at 6:00 p.m.

What should I bring to the St. Mary's Craft Beer Festival?

Bring an open attitude and try the various styles of craft beer and wine. Please come well hydrated and take advantage of water, soda and food located on the grounds. Water will also help cleanse your palette, don't rush through samples, take your time and enjoy the various tastes and aromas.

No outside drinks or food will be allowed into the St. Mary's Craft Beer Festival grounds. Food will be available for purchase within the festival grounds. Cash and Credit Cards are accepted.

Drinking on an empty stomach is not encouraged so have something to eat either before or during the festival.

Can a Designated Driver Ticket holder sample beer?

No, designated driver ticket holders will not be allowed to sample any beer or wine. Any designated driver ticket holder that is seen drinking at the festival will be escorted out immediately. Designated Driver Ticket holders must be 21 years or age or older and present a valid photo ID when entering the festival grounds.

What are the Designated Driver or non-alcoholic options at the St. Mary's Craft Beer Festival?

Water stations will be available. A designated driver can also get free of charge sodas and bottled water from one of the designated vendors (Blue Note). General Admission attendees can also purchase bottled water, sodas and mixed drinks from the designated vendor, (Blue Note).

Ticket and Wristband Policy

This is a rain or shine festival; all vendors will be located under two large tents protecting them and you should there be rain. No refunds will be allowed once tickets are purchased. St. Mary's Craft Beer Festival will not reissue any lost or stolen tickets. Attendees must wear their event wristband at all times while on the festival grounds, no lost or stolen wristbands will be reissued.

Will there be an ATM available?

No, there will not be an ATM on location, please plan ahead and bring cash.


There is no charge for vehicle parking. Vehicle parking will be located on the grounds within easy walking distance of the festival.