New England Real Ale eXhibition

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.

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Directions to Lord Hobo Brewery

Please join us at:

Lord Hobo Brewing

5 Draper Street
Woburn MA 01801

While there is plenty of available space to host NERAX at the brewery site, the brewery itself is still under construction - keep tabs on its progress via Facebook and Twitter.


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The easiest way to approach Lord Hobo Brewing from the south is to use Route 93 via the Montvale Ave exit, however this route can become quite clogged with traffic during rush hour.  Those traveling from the Cambridge/Arlington area may have better luck using Mystic Valley Parkway and Washington St, where traffic is much lighter.


Both street parking and lot parking are available, but please don't drink and drive!  Complementary shuttle service to and from one of the MBTA train stations will also be available.  Check back here at a later date for details.


The MBTA also runs a Woburn Express bus (route 354) which leaves from downtown Boston at the State Street train stop on the Blue/Orange lines.  The Central St/Montvale Ave stop is a 10-minute walk from Lord Hobo Brewery.  This bus line stops running early and runs only on weekdays, so it would only be a valid option for arriving at the festival, and only for the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday sessions.


The closest MBTA commuter rail stop is Winchester Center on the Lowell line, 2.8 miles away.


You may reserve a ride with the Uber app for your mobile device.


You may request a car-share with the Lyft app for your mobile device.


Please remember that NERAX accepts cash only.  The nearest ATM is at TD Bank on Montvale Ave at Central St.


Food options:

As always Redbones sandwiches will be at the festival.


NERAX 2015

NERAX is looking for a new location!

Spring, 2015

The New England Real Ale eXhibition

It is with a heavy heart that we report that our planned location will not be able to host the New England Real Ale eXhibition.We are hunting for a replacement. If you have an idea, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will post further details as they are determined.

We deeply regret the inconvenience.


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NERAX Tickets

Advance ticket sales for NERAX 2015 will open about a month before the festival. There will be a Large Number of admission tickets available at the door for every session. Even if you missed your chance to buy advanced tickets, come on in any time!

You know you don't want to miss out on the finest in cask-conditioned beers at NERAX!

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.

This year we expect to serve over 100 cask-conditioned beers and ciders over the course of the festival. With the wide array of American and British beers we acquire, our cellar team adds new beers to every session, providing an interesting and changing selection of Real Ale throughout the festival.

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Volunteer for NERAX

We want to thank everyone who has volunteered already. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are currently looking for a new location to hold the festival. Volunteering is on hold for the moment. When we find a new host, we will open the call for volunteers again. Thank you!

Volunteering at NERAX is a great way to support the festival and enjoy it too! 

Volunteers make the festival happen. Volunteers help us throughout the week of NERAX, from setup to breakdown. If you work as a volunteer, you may attend one session of the festival as our guest. No matter which shift you work, all volunteers are invited to the Staff Party on Saturday night.

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NERAX Sessions and Admission


 Martin Ogley, owner of Elland Brewery, holding a Tutored Tasting
Martin Ogley, owner of Elland Brewery, leading a Tutored Tasting

We will have TWO Tutored Tasting sessions! One on Thursday evening, and one on Friday evening, both at 8:00 p.m. These entertaining and educational Tutored Tasting sessions have been a great success at NERAX North, and we are pleased to add them to the spring festival. Enjoy four half pints of selected beers, and learn about them, and cask-conditioning with your friends!

Tickets will be available in advance and at the door.

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