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The scene at last year’s event
The scene at last year’s event

The second annual Ales & Trails Brew Fest fundraiser will take place from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 on the lawn in front of the Shirley Meeting House at 41 Brown Road on the historic Shirley Center common.

This year marks the beginning of a partnership between the Meeting House and the Holdenwood Trail Run to make this a wonderful early fall weekend in Shirley.

On Saturday at the Brew Fest, adults 21+ can enjoy craft beer and cider, food trucks and great music from The Glue Factory.

Brews from Wachusett Brewery, Moon Hill Brewing, Down East Cider, As Built Brewing, Ground Effect Brewing and Bull Spit Brewing will be available for tasting.

Food trucks that were a hit last year include CAPO, bringing their great Italian menu, and Zapata offering wonderful Mexican food.

An added attraction this year will be desserts from Shirley’s own  Bisousweet Confections. The Holdenwood Trail Run takes place the next day, Sept. 29, with 2K, 5K and 10K races for runners and walkers of all ages.

Brew Fest admission is $15 which includes a tasting glass and sample craft beer tasting tickets, with additional tasting tickets available for purchase.

Admission tickets for this 21+ event can be purchased online at or at the gate.  Proceeds support preservation of the Shirley Meeting House with a portion of each ticket purchased online supporting the Ayer Shirley Education Foundation.  Be sure to watch for Ales & Trails Brew Fest updates on Facebook at Ales & Trails Brew Fest.

The Ales & Trails Brew Fest is pleased to begin a partnership with the annual Holdenwood Trail Run ( which benefits the Ayer Shirley Education Foundation.

After enjoying the Brew Fest on Saturday afternoon, take in this annual fall tradition with a run or walk through beautiful Holdenwood in Shirley Center on Sunday.

The last weekend in September is shaping up to be a wonderful couple of days in Shirley!  Please join family, friends and neighbors at these fund raising events for the Shirley Meeting House and the Ayer Shirley Education Foundation.