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Beer lovers gather at the Vermont Brewers Festival

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Craft beer is becoming a huge tourism draw in Vermont. The industry employs 2,200 people in the state.

Beer lovers are toasting local brews this weekend at the Vermont Brewers Festival

Brew fest sold 8,400 tickets this year in just 11 minutes, a record time. This year, 46 craft breweries will join forces for three sessions over the next two days.

The festival is one example that Vermont is ranking higher and higher in the beer world every day and a new law is making it easier for brewers and restaurants to promote their products. Up until this week, it was illegal for bars and restaurants to offer sampler flights of beer or wine. That's when you get to try a small amount of different varieties, but now that's all changed and people are saying "cheers" to the good news.

"Consumers are coming in usually from out of the area and they try a variety, not so much one-stop shop. They're not sure what they want or what they're expecting," said Mark Magiera, Bobcat Cafe abd Brewery.

"It gives people an opportunity to sample each individual beer in smaller serving glasses so you don't get filled up by having a huge pint," said Tom Everett, Trapp Lager Brewery.

Friday night is the first session of the festival. There are two more sessions Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.


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