The Kennett “Backyard” Winterfest, with its bonfires and beers theme, is following in the footsteps of the safe and successful “Backyard Brewfest” pivot last October. Historic Kennett’s Square’s signature fundraising events, beloved by beer drinkers around the region, have been able to continue safely by offering ticket holders unique mixed cases of craft beer from dozens of different breweries. These mixed cases, which have been hailed by brewers as an “epic success,” have been popular and also enabled HKS, the nonprofit that works to keep Kennett vibrant, to raise much-needed funds. But one critical element that’s been missing from these contact-free case pickups is the “DefConn” (short for Definitely Connoisseur) tasting event.
“One of the hallmarks of the Kennett Winterfest has been DefConn, the specialty tasting that precedes the main event,” says local architect and “Brewfest King” Jeff Norman. “DefConn is known for featuring the legendary beers of a single brewery. It seemed nearly impossible to incorporate this fantastic tasting into the pivot to the Backyard Winterfest case format.” Norman smiles. “However, I did say ‘nearly.’”
“We’re pleased to introduce the Kennett Winterfest Backyard DefConn 1.8 Golden Ticket,” Norman continues. “Everyone who has purchased either the Kennett Case or the Winterfest Case has an equal opportunity to win a Golden Ticket.”
Forty-eight lucky cars, picked at random during the case pickup on February 27, will each receive a free four-pack of beer from Imprint Beer Co., Norman explains. “Imprint was a very popular featured brewery for DefConn 2018. While they didn’t have the capacity to participate in our Backyard Winterfest cases this year, with this Golden Ticket program every ticket holder has a chance to experience their outstanding beer. Twenty-four of the four-packs will be a specialty IPA, and 24 will be Schmoojees—Imprint’s line of fruited sours. The Golden Ticket will be distributed equally throughout the six-hour case pickup—that’s eight winners every hour!”
“But you can’t be part of the DefConn 1.8 mania without purchasing a case, and tickets are very limited and going extremely fast,” Norman warns. “We’re tremendously excited to keep the true spirit of Winterfest alive, and this is one way we can say thank you to our loyal beer-drinking Historic Kennett Square supporters.”
In addition to a chance to win a Golden Ticket, Winterfest ticket buyers can expect a completely unique and expertly curated case of new, debut, and sell-out beers. The Kennett Case features 24 different beers from 24 breweries including past DefConn breweries Levante Brewing and Rotunda Brewing Co., as well as Kennett Square’s own Braeloch Brewing. The Winterfest Case also features 24 different beers from another 24 breweries, including past DefConn brewery 2SP Brewing Company as well as Pittsburgh breweries Brew Gentlemen and the newly added Grist House Craft Brewery. The Winterfest case will also include the sell-out Biden-inspired Rail Car One from Wilmington Brew Works.