NEXTGEN Presents 1st Annual Blackburn Brew Fest Next Saturday at Stage Fort Park

Enjoy ocean views and sample local craft brews on September 17th at historic Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. The Blackburn Brew Fest is presented by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and NEXT GEN Young Professionals to celebrate the Chamber’s 100th Anniversary. Benefiting the Cape Ann Community Foundation, the brew fest is on Saturday, September 17th, 2022 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The event will feature craft beer, cider, kombucha and seltzer from 30 breweries, eats from local food trucks, and live music from local reggae-rock infused good time jam band Over the Bridge.

“We are so excited to bring the Blackburn Brew Fest to life in scenic Stage Fort park with so many great breweries, food trucks and Over the Bridge,” said Caitlin Pszenny, President of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Next Gen chair and co-owner of Cape Ann Lanes/Laneside Pub & Brewery. “Next Gen has been planning the brew fest for a few years, but it was delayed by the pandemic. We look forward to a fun-filled day and are grateful for the support from the amazing Chamber team, the NEXT GEN committee and our brew fest leads Chris Griffith of Gloucester Stage and Charlie Powers of Burgin, Platner & Co. Insurance Agency.”

Next Gen Cape Ann fosters connections and business relationships between young professionals, providing support and inspiration to the next generation of Greater Cape Ann business and community leaders. As President during the 100th anniversary, Pszenny saw this as a perfect way to highlight Next Gen and celebrate being 100 years young.

Food trucks will include 5 Star Phresh Phood, Meat & Sweet Foods, Rhea Pizzeria Napoletana and The Lobster Roller.

Tickets to the event and a list of participating breweries can be found on our website

Next Gen and the Chamber wish to acknowledge and thank the many business sponsors for their support in helping to make the first annual Blackburn Brew Fest possible.

Growler Level Sponsors

Happy Valley

Northeast Process Systems, Inc.

Pint Level Sponsors: 


Ruberto, Israel, & Weiner, P.C.

Seaside Legal Solutions

Flight Level Sponsors:  

Burgin, Platner & Co Insurance Agency

Cape Ann Motor Inn

Cape Ann Savings Bank

J. Barrett Cleaning Contractor Inc.

Ocean Breeze Cultivators

Re/Max 360 – Ruth Pino

In-Kind Sponsors:  

Black Earth Compost

Building Center

Brooks Gibson Company