(New England Real Ale Exhibition) is held in late April/early May
each year in Davis Sq. Somerville, MA. This event offers some of the
best beers you will ever find in the Northeast.
Have a pint!
What is NERAX?
NERAX was founded to be a force for
real ale education in New England with a focus on session beers.
One of their goals is to persuade brewers and consumers on the wonders
and joys of session beers. This year is the 9th fest since its inception.
It's the longest running real ale fest in the US and offers over
60 casks of freshly brewed beer.
When is the beer ready?
Real ale is alive. There is live yeast
in the cask to provide the final fermentation and to ensure proper
condition. The beer arrives about two weeks before the NERAX festival.
It is vented; finings are added; and the cooling tubes and jacketing
are put on each cask/keg. The beer is put onto stillage and will
not be moved again until the cask is empty so that the sediment
will not be disturbed.
(Campaign for Real Ale) is an organization dedicated
to the preservation of traditional cask conditioned ales. They are
based in the UK and have over 45,000 members worldwide. They were
formed in response to the many mergers of small breweries by larger
companies who replaced their traditional real ales with mass produced
Fuzz enjoying a beer
It's a long line
Some things shouldn't be seen
T-shirts for sale
BEERS WE SAMPLED
- Oakham (England)
Slapper - Bank Top (England)
Pride - Fuller's (England)
- Youngs (England)
Stout - Tomos Watkin (Wales)
- Stone - California (USA)
God IPA - Cambridge Brewing - Mass. (USA)
Pale Honey Ale - Concord Brewery - Mass. (USA)
Lisa Mild - Martha's Exchange - NH (USA)
- Otter Creek - VT (USA)
Madness Smoked Porter - Rock Art - VT (USA)
OUR TOP PICKS
Pale Honey ale - Concord Brewery (MA)
Madness Smoked Porter - Rock Art (VT)
The crowd at NERAX
Look at all that beer
The official NERAX photographer hard at work
Glass for drinking or for sale
The view from the back of the line
Redbones pulled pork sandwiches
Keep real ale alive! Support your local brewers