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Where The Craft Meets The Culture

Join us on Saturday, June 18th from 12pm - 7pm 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.

Thanks to Legacy Squad

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 - 28 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!

*Please note that beer will be served from 12pm - 5pm, but we're keeping the party going until 7pm*

New England Brewing Co.
Athletic Brewing Company
Labyrinth Brewing Company
Alvarium Beer Company
Dockside Brewery
Outer Light Brewing Company
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Hoax Brewing Company
Hog River Brewing Company
Little House Brewing Company
Tribus Beer Co.
Black Hog Brewing Co.
Fox Farm Brewery
Counter Weight Brewing Co.
Best Friends Lunch
Twelve Percent Beer Project
Kent Falls Brewery
Rhythm Brewing Co.
Great Falls Brewing
Allagash Brewing Co.
Armada Brewing
Five Churches Brewing Company
Tox Brewing
Sam Adams
Night Shift Brewery
Reverie Brewing / Cervesa Papi
Aspetuck Brew Lab
Bissell Brothers

Music - Live DJ and performances from Timmy Maia , DJ Rawles, and more!

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

Jazzy's Soul Kitchen
Madeline's Empanaderia
The Drunk Alpaca
Je T'aime Cupcakes
Perfect Poundcakes
Ovelle Coffee
The CaseyPop Shop
Mecha Noodle Bar
More to come!

Alberto Colon
Rochester Fine Art
Art by Tiff
Mhoor Art/ Hollywood Foxx Jewelry LLC 
Essentially Kookie
Anika Stewart

Legacy Squad
Craft Crew
The Crafty Cat Co.
Charter Clothing Company
Black Goat Milk Clothiers 
PURE by Shasha LLC 
Brina's Boutique
Caribbean Home-Style Products
Mahogany Beauty 
Main Avent Group/T-Shirt World CT 
Traveler On A Mission
Essentially Kookie

What's included in my ticket?

Get your tickets early and save! Early Bird tickets are available for the first 200 people for just $30. After that, General Admission tickets are available for $35 and Designated Driver tickets for only $5. Tickets will increase to $40 at the door. This was a SOLD OUT event last year, so be sure to buy your tickets early!

GA tickets will get you unlimited 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?
We believe in creating a more inclusive beer industry. To provide a pathway to resources, New England Brewing Co. and The Connecticut Brewers guild, along with Sacred Heart University, created the CT Brewers Guild African American Brewing Scholarship - making education in the brewing sciences more accessible to Black and Brown brewers.   

The Change In The Air Festival is a philanthropic fundraising effort to build our scholarship, while simultaneously providing safe, inclusive spaces for all Craft beer enthusiasts.

Learn more about the SHU Brewing Science Program and Scholarship


*MUST BE 21+* | *No dogs allowed*

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

Title Sponsor


Main Stage Sponsor


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General Terms

Bring valid, state-issued form of identification. All IDs will be checked at the gate. This guideline cannot be bent in any way shape or form.

Refund Policy

All ticket sales are final, unless event is canceled.'s fee is nonrefundable.

Age Restriction

*MUST BE 21+*