Cider Mag Winter 2015 Issue 52 - Page 37

HOP JAM Aug. 22 Natalie Cressman Pappy Biondo (banjo) and Dylan Skursky of Cabinet the four beer stations, each with two taps, as even as possible. To do this they had to gauge the popularity of the offering with the style of beer itself, trying for example, to keep IPAs in separate lines so if that was the style you wanted you had four lines to choose from rather than one ridiculously long one. People did tend to congregate at the end where the lines formed as it was well shaded and nice and cool which could lead to aggravations when some realized they were standing behind a group of people that were just chatting and not waiting to be served. Other than that there was little to complain about. The food offered was affordable, varied, and delicious. There was plenty of water on hand to keep the crowd hydrated, and there were ample facilities for the inevitable trip to the penalty box--a steady reminder the beer is merely rented. The music continued with some truly great acts such as Soule Monde, a two-piece made up of keyboard and organ player Russ Lawton and drummer Ray Packowski. The two are based out of Burling- ton and met while playing with the Trey Anastasio Band. Another favorite was Natalie Cressman. Something about the energy of the band and the appeal of Cressman was really special. Other acts included Cabinet, The Southern Belles, and the Mallet Brothers. DJ Paul Nice kept the energy flowing between sets, and Ryan Montbleau and Friends, which seemed perfect for the cool evening, closed the whole thing. The sway of the crowd for Montbleau’s set was at half volume due to the marathon beer drinking, which had entered hour 10 for some. All in all, Hop Jam 2015 seemingly went off without a hitch. For two years now Bolton Valley has been graced by an amazingly well executed music festival with an impeccable selection of beer that even the most spoiled of palates would get excited over. Hop Jam plans to return for a third year next summer. ■ Cabinet The Southern Belles Winter • 2015 • CIDER MAG • 37