If you are a craft beverage enthusiast, clear the calendar for the weekend of May 3 – 5, 2019. The Barrel Tasting Weekend event is coming back to the lakes and mountains region of New Hampshire. This is a special opportunity to tour production facilities, sample over 60 craft wines, beers and spirits and the chance to win over $5,000 in prizes, including a possible future stay at the Center Harbor Inn!

Barrel Tasting Weekend originated in 2011 and was held annually through 2015. The organization has modified the event to now include breweries and distilleries in addition to local wineries and has scheduled the weekend to take place in the spring season rather than autumn. This year there are ten participating businesses, most of which are within a 45-minute drive from the Center Harbor Inn. Guests visiting the properties will have the unique experience to try creations straight from the oak barrels that are used to ferment and age the products, meet the producers, and also learn in detail about the process of how their beverages are made. Many of the businesses will include other vendors whom will be offering items ranging from clothing, food and other wine and beer related merchandise for sale.

Hermit Woods Winery & Deli, located in our neighboring town of Meredith, is one of the companies participating in the Barrel Tasting Weekend. Just a ten-minute drive away, you can start your adventure here and meet the original organizer of the event, Bob Manley and his team. There will be a large tent located right outside of the winery where visitors will sign in and get their passports stamped. From there, you will be given the opportunity to tour the facility where you will learn about the filtration and aging process and engage in delicious a wine tasting.

The Center Harbor Inn is located centrally to many of the participating businesses and is offering a fantastic promotion on rooms during the event. Our Barrel Tasting Weekend Getaway Package includes 10% off accommodations of two or more nights and two tickets to the event. For more information on the package check it out here.

After spending the day touring multiple wineries, bring back some wine of your own to savor while you relax and watch the sunset over the lake on your private balcony.