Beertakes center stage on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Martha’s Vineyard Craft Beer Festival.


On Saturday, around 350 people arrived at MV Wine and Spirits, the Island's newest liquor store to smell, sip and savor a vast selection of craft beer. Rachel White said her favorite was Purple Monkey Dishwasher Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, created by the Evil Genius Beer Company.


A pint of beer is a science class in a glass. On the macro level, there are the biology and chemistry lessons: fungi and plants collide to kick-start the fermentation process that produces alcohol. And the individual characteristics of those fungi (yeast) and plants (hops and malt) each affect how a beer will taste.

Todd Ruggere sat by himself at the bar of the Plane View Restaurant at Martha’s Vineyard Airport. Normally his visits cause quite a stir, but it was a Wednesday afternoon and nobody knew he was coming ­— he just needed a place to get a beer.

Mr. Ruggere is touring the state of Massachusetts and drinking a beer in each of the 351 towns, all in under a year.

Move over Martha, there’s a new gal in town: Bad Martha, a new craft beer company. The company is premiering two beers this month in Island package stores and restaurants, a summer ale and an extra special pale ale. Beer will be available for tasting at the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust annual Taste of the Vineyard Stroll on Thursday night.
This Sunday learn everything you want to know about classic beer as the Martha’s Vineyard Museum offers Pints of the Past at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs on from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Beer historian and master brewer Christopher Bowen will provide samples of classic beer recipes for the public to taste. He will discuss how beer is made and has changed over time from old England to New England and highlight local New England breweries, too. Pints from the Past is $15 for museum members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call 508-627-4441, ext. 110.