The DoubleTree Bristol hosts a "Homecoming Hop Fest" beer festival Nov. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., with beer and food tastings.
Representatives from 21 participating breweries will be pouring samples of their beers; the DoubleTree will also offer samples of its cookie martini, along with complimentary snacks. Connecticut breweries include Back East, Black Hog, City Steam, Firefly Hollow, Half Full, Olde Burnside, Overshores and Shebeen; featured others include Berkshire Brewing, Blue Point, Goose Island, Long Trail, McKenzie's Hard Cider, Ommegang, Otter Creek, Pioneer, The Shed, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Wolaver's and Yuengling.
Tickets are $25 in advance, available online or at the hotel's Time Out Sports Bar. Tickets at the door will be $30. A portion of proceeds will benefit Bristol Community Organization Inc's energy assistance program. For information and tickets, visit willowsbristol.com.