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Where The Craft Meets The Culture


Join us on Saturday, October 23rd from 12pm - 5pm at Bear's Smokehouse BBQ in New Haven, CT for a one-of-a-kind annual Festival and be a part of "The Change in the Air".

Why “Change in the Air"?
What started as a beer collaboration between New England Brewing and Dockside Brewery as a fundraiser for the CT brewers Guild African American Scholarship, has evolved into a festival with the same goals. Creating a more inclusive beer industry while uplifting and highlighting Black and Brown owned food vendors, music and art.

This inclusive event will provide the Black and Brown community the opportunity to discuss social issues, learn more about careers in the Connecticut and surrounding region craft beer industry, and the educational programs available through Sacred Heart University.

What to expect at the festival

Food review extraordinaire, entrepreneur-at-large, Netflix superstar, and literal big man on District's campus, Daym Drops, host of Netflix's "Fresh, Fried & Crispy"will be our emcee for the event!

Beer - 22 breweries from Connecticut and the surrounding region, including Black and Brown owned breweries. Responsibly enjoy 2oz samples from each brewery, and we'll have some special collab beers only available at the Fest!

New England Brewing Co.
Two Roads Brewing Co.
Black Hog Brewing
Dockside Brewery
Great Falls Brewing Company
Allagash Brewing Company
Armada Brewing 
Hog River Brewing Company
Counterwieght Brewing
Tribus Beer Co.
Rhythm Brewing Co.
Best Friends Lunch
Twelve Percent Beer Project
Alvarium Beer Co.
Labyrinth Brewing Company
Fox Farm Brewery
Athletic Brewing Company
Outer Light Brewing Company
Kent Falls Brewing Co.
Little House Brewing Company
Lawsons Finest Liquids
Brooklyn Brewery 


Music - Live DJ and performances from Timmy Maia and the Paul Bryant Hudson Band, and DJ Dooley-O

Food - Food available for purchase from Bear's Smokehouse BBQ and also from some of the best Black and Brown owned restaurants around including:

What's included in my ticket?

We have General Admission tickets available for $35 and Designated Driver tickets for only $5

GA tickets will get you 2oz samples from all the breweries on-site, and we ask that everyone enjoys their brews responsibly!

DD Tickets will get you into the event to enjoy food, music, and art but will not allow you samples of beer.


Why are we holding this event?
Learn more about the SHU Brewing Science Program and Scholarship


*MUST BE 21+* | *No dogs allowed*

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