NERAX 2016

April 6 to 9, 2016

South Boston Lithuanian Club

368 W. Broadway, South Boston MA 02127

The longest running Real Ale Festival in the United States, proudly serving an outstanding selection of rarely seen, award-winning cask ales. We serve over 100 firkins of Real Ale and Cider, comprised of over 50 British beers from England, Scotland, and Wales; and over 50 American beers, mostly from New England. All the beers are cask-conditioned, served by gravity or hand-pump.


Tickets will be available starting March 1


NERAX Sessions & Pricing

Tickets are available at the door for all NERAX sessions! See our hours below. During the festival, new casks of American and British beer will be tapped every day, for a wide selection from Wednesday to Saturday. Since much depends on how quickly beers get ready to be served, it’s hard to predict how many and which beers will be on during a particular session. Generally, each session will offer between 40 to 60 cask-conditioned beers and ciders available for you to choose from.

The character of each session varies from day to day. Wednesday evening is a pleasant time to enjoy a pint or two of freshly tapped beers. If you’re looking more for the British beers, Thursday has generally been a good night. Friday nights the hall fills with the energy of cask lovers. If you’re keen to try American beers on cask, Saturday is the day to come to NERAX!

For every session, we do our best to ensure a pleasant, pub-like atmosphere. Advanced sales will open about a month before the festival. Admission will also be available at the door.

Tickets will be available starting March 1

Session Hours Admission (Online and at the Door)
Wednesday, April 6
Evening Session
6:30 – 10:00 p.m. $5
Thursday, April 7
Evening Session*
6:30 – 10:00 p.m. $5
Friday, April 8
Evening Session
6:30 – 10:30 p.m. $10
Saturday, April 9
Afternoon Session*
12:00 – 4:00 p.m. $5
Saturday, April 9
Evening Session*
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. $5

Tickets will be available starting March 1

*TUTORED TASTINGS:  There will be a special Tutored Tasting held during the Thursday evening session and both Saturday sessions. Cost for the Tutored Tastings is $12 which includes four quarter-pints. Space is limited to 50 people. Paid attendance at the pertinent regular session is required in order to participate in a Tutored Tasting.

No physical tickets will be issued. If you purchased advanced admission, please come to the Will Call line. Your name and the number of tickets you purchased will be on the list. All you need is your ID.

Admission does not include beer or samples. At NERAX festivals you purchase beer at a cash bar. Our beer prices are:

$8 for an Imperial pint
$4 for a half pint
$3 for a quarter pint

Beers and ciders of 7-10% ABV are limited to half pints ($5) and quarter pints ($3).
Beers, ciders and mead over 10% ABV are limited to quarter pints ($4).

There is a $5 refundable deposit on your festival glass.

Proceeds from each event are invested in maintaining and upgrading our equipment, educating the public, and starting the next event.

Please remember that NERAX festivals accept cash only.  There are a number of ATMs nearby if you need one.

NERAX festivals are for adults AGE 21 AND OVER.  Valid Photo ID is required.

Please see our Festival Policies page for more details.

Directions to NERAX


South Boston Lithuanian Club

368 W. Broadway
South Boston MA 02127

Located in historic South Boston, the South Boston Lithuanian Club has plenty of room for the New England Real Ale eXhibition. Our amazing array of cask-conditioned beers and ciders will be served in the third floor hall. Food and seating will be available on the fourth floor, along with a nice view. The venue is handicapped accessible.
CLICK HERE for Transportation and Parking Details
To reach the South Boston Lithuanian Club, we recommend you take the MBTA. The nearest subway station is Broadway, about a ten minute walk away along West Broadway. The Route 9 bus runs along West Broadway, and can drop you off at West Broadway and E Street, right on the corner by the Club. You can catch the bus at Broadway Station on the Red Line, or Copley Square on the Green Line. The subways and the Route 9 bus will have extended hours on Friday and Saturday, running until 1 am.

If you are driving, you may wish to park at Alewife and take the Red Line to Broadway, or park at Riverside and take the Green Line to Copley. At either Broadway or Copley, you can catch the Route 9 bus and take it to West Broadway and E Street.


This being South Boston, parking is limited. The nearest parking garage is the Channel Garage near the Epicenter. There is also a municipal lot on West Broadway and some street parking. If you are driving, please drink responsibly!

NERAX Sponsors

Our sponsors have graciously stepped up to help us present cask ale to you, and we gratefully thank them for their support.

Staff/Volunteer T-shirt Sponsors:

Homebrew Emporium
Cambridge, MA
Weymouth, MA
W. Boylston, MA
Rensselaer, NY

We would also like to thank:

CAMRA and Shelton Brothers for their assistance in procuring the British casks.

Beer Advocate for festival promotion.

Redbones for their support since the beginning.

…. and last but not least,  we wish to thank all the American breweries who have sent casks to this year’s festival. If you are interested in sponsorship or advertising possibilities with NERAX, please contact .