PRESENTATION OF MASH BEER FEST 2018
Yesterday Edge Brewing hosted the presentation of MASH BEER FEST 2018, the event taking place on the 26th and 27th of October in Barcelona. The venue for the event will again be Nau Bostik, a cultural and artistic reference space located in the neighborhood of La Sagrera.
After last year’s success, for this new edition a heavyweight of the sector, the American distributor Shelton Brothers Inc., has joined the project as a co-organizer along with the Catalan brewers Garage Beer Co. and Edge Brewing. So dear American craft beer lovers: hold on tight because curves are ahead..! But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
ABOUT MASH BEER FEST
MASH BEER FEST was born with the strong conviction of becoming a reference festival in Europe. Elliot Konig from Edge Brewing and Alberto Zamborlin from Garage Beer Co., both representatives of the organizing committee of MASH, enthusiastically conveyed to us during the presentation that MASH is the fruit of the momentum currently being experienced in Barcelona, becoming the epicenter of the craft beer scene in southern Europe.
Like any other project taking its first steps, the objective set for this second edition is to continue growing and consolidating the festival, along with the evolution and development of the craft beer industry. MASH is not a festival conceived to make money, but rather a celebration designed, as Elliot from Edge Brewing says, by people who truly share a passion for craft beer. Although surely they must have thought: if we do it, we will do it well.
When looking at the line-up of the first-class breweries that will meet in just two weeks at MASH it leaves you speechless. According to Alberto from Garage Beer Co. some of the invited breweries will actually be in Spain for the first time, so there is no doubt that their visit to Barcelona will be a unique opportunity for us to try out their creations. Moreover, 3 of them: Hill Farmstead Brewery (Vermont), Cloudwater Brew Co. (Manchester) and Trillium Brewing Company (Boston), have been recognized as the best breweries in the world according to RateBeer users. Not much to add there.
Furthermore within the international section there will be barrels on tap from the United States, Sweden, United Kingdom, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Norway. All of them will be transported to the location maintaining the cold chain from their countries of origin, a much appreciated effort by the organizers.
As for the national scope at MASH there will be a solid representation formed by Ales Agullons (Mediona), Edge Brewing (Barcelona), Naparbier (Pamplona), Garage Beer Co. (Barcelona), La Calavera (Ripoll), Cerveses La Pirata (Súria), Dougall's (Cantabria), Soma Beer (Girona), Fort (Barcelona), Marina (Blanes), Companyia Cervesera del Montseny (Montseny), Espiga (Alt Penedès) and Cyclic Beer Farm (Barcelona). All of which, according to Jofre Pruna from Edge Brewing, will come well equipped with the "crown jewels". A true privilege.
GASTRONOMY, BIERCAB SHOP AND DJs
As for the gastronomy, the tasty proposals at MASH’s second edition are Chivuo’s (Barcelona), Enkel (Barcelona), Fish & Chips (Barcelona), Fogg Bar (Madrid), HÖP Cream (Valencia) and MALTE (La Coruña). In addition to this the prestigious local brewery Biercab will also this year have a reserved space with a shop for those who want to take home a bottle or a can.
In addition to drinking and eating, we all know that there is no party without good music. So, as expected, in MASH there will also be DJs warming up the atmosphere and causing occasional and improvised dance moves during the strolls from one tap to the next.
THE MASH PORRÓN
The legendary Garage Beer Co. porrones have turned into somewhat of a symbol for the local beer scene. In fact, if you ever find yourself at a foreign festival and suddenly one appears in your hand, before showing the world your great talent for pouring a sour beer into your mouth from a distance, make sure to look around you first because you will surely be in a territory that has been previously conquered.
The use of the porrón in our days implies friendship, festivities, celebrations among friends, and it all goes hand in hand at a festival like MASH.
During this year there will also be a special stop that will pay tribute to the porrón: in exchange for a few tokens you will have the opportunity to taste the new Sour with pineapple brewed by the co-organizers Edge Brewing and Garage Beer Co. for the festival. So start practicing your beer pouring skills..!
TICKETS FOR THE MASH BEER FEST 2018
If you are planning to attend MASH BEER FEST 2018 and you still don’t have your ticket you can buy it HERE.
There are two types available: Day Ticket (Friday or Saturday) or VIP All-Weekend. In the link above you can find all the information.
The opening hours for both days will be from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with the exception for the VIP ticket holders, who can enter into the area 1 hour earlier.
Keep in mind that the capacity is very limited and during the festival those who have bought their early ticket will have priority entry, so if you are certain of going, my firm recommendation is not to wait until the last moment to get your ticket!
See you soon at MASH BEER FEST 2018.