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Thirsty Thursday: Festivals tap into Boston’s role in fermenting craft beer movement

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Thirsty Thursday: Festivals tap into Boston’s role in fermenting craft beer movement

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Thirsty Thursday: Festivals tap into Boston’s role in fermenting craft beer movement

TOASTING THEIR SUCCESS: Beer Summit organizers Shawn Rich, Conor Brennan and Mike Munnelly, from left, share a pre-festival brew at Bukowski Tavern. Boston’s passion for great beer bubbles over this week with not one but two venerable beer festivals highlighting the best in both progressive American brewing and Old World beer-making artisanship.

The 19th New England Real Ale Exhibition (www.nerax.org) kicked off yesterday and, for the first time, is held outside Somerville. The 2015 version of NERAX takes place at the South Boston Lithuanian Club (368 W. Broadway). It features about 100 “real ales” from leading American and British brew­eries.

Real ales are beers conditioned and poured from the cask without the aid of added gas, much like beer had been for centuries. These “cask ales” are still common in the UK.

The Boston Beer Summit (www.beersummit.com), meanwhile, returns tomorrow to the Castle at Park Plaza, where it’s been held each year since 1999. The boisterous beer bash pours hundreds of the best offerings from top American and international beer makers, with a focus on those made […]

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