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Event Recap | 2022 Side Project Invitational

April 14, 2022 |

It has been just over two years since the inaugural Side Project Invitational came and went, setting a new standard for craft beer festivals. Not long after its debut on February 2, 2020, the entire world was shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic, the effects of which are continuing to bare their teeth even into the early parts of 2022. It hasn’t all been bad, though. On January 31, Side Project announced the second Invitational, which was to include not only Barrel-Aged Stouts & Barleywines, but instead all varieties of oak-aged beer. This, to the joy of many, was set to include the wild, the funky and the sour.

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Event Recap | Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine 2022

April 13, 2022 |

Cover photo courtesy of @brianlantzphotography

The Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine festival is as much about good food and beer as it is a demonstration of the many things Wilmington, NC, has to offer. Alongside retired battleships, gardens, and terrific sunsets, one can enjoy the city’s many fine restaurants and breweries. Indeed, the festival is held in one of Wilmington’s treasures: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Beers With(Out) Beards Festival Turns Five

April 7, 2022 |

If you’re in Portland, Maine this weekend, clear your schedule. The Beers With(Out) Beards Festival turns five this year. BW(O)B began as the idea for a grad school thesis by Grace Weitz during her senior year at NYU. Since its conception in 2018, it has grown to become the nation’s largest women-in-craft beer festival. The event aims to create space for women and femme-identifying people to feel welcome in craft beer, while highlighting and celebrating the accomplishments of those already paving the way.

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2022 Side Project Invitational Announces Insane Pour List

April 6, 2022 |

Beer lovers rejoice; this weekend, some of the best breweries & brewers converge on Maplewood – St. Louis, MO, for the second annual Side Project Invitational. After taking off 2021 due to COVID, Side Project is coming back with a bang. This year rather than just featuring Barrel Aged Stouts & Barleywines, the format shifts to welcome all Oak-Aged Beers including the wild, funky and sour beer.

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2022 Wisconsin Pink Boots Collab Brews

April 6, 2022 |

The Wisconsin chapter of the Pink Boots Society celebrated International Women’s Month in March with five individual and unique Collaboration Brew Days across the state. For these brew days, independent craft brewery hosts created their own recipes using the Yakima Chief 2021 Pink Boots Blend of hops. Malteurop Malting Co. of Milwaukee donated grain for each of the brews. A portion of proceeds from sales of Wisconsin PBS Collab beers will help fund educational scholarships for local women in the fermented beverage industry.

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Illinois Craft Beer Week 2022 | New Events & New Location for Beer Under Glass

April 1, 2022 |

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild announced today the return of Illinois Craft Beer Week (ICBW), which will take place May 13-20. For those who forgot what ICBW was like before the global pandemic wreaked havoc on the world, the week-long celebration features a lineup of signature festivals and events that support Illinois breweries and ostensibly kick-off the state’s craft beer season. One can expect breweries to host other events and offer specials during the week, too. Unlike the last two years, with festivals operated virtually or during untraditional times, Beer Under Glass (“BUG”) will again serve as the ceremonial start to Illinois Craft Beer Week 2022 on May 13. However, one difference will be its new (temporary) location: Chicago’s Union Station. The Guild has also provided info on its Passport Program and a host of other events, which are detailed below.

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Can’t-Miss Beers to Try at the 2022 Collaboration Fest

April 1, 2022 |

Over the years, Collaboration Fest not only serves as an exciting opportunity for like-minded breweries to team up on one-of-a-kind beers, but the fleeting low-stakes nature of the event also allows more freedom for exploration, creativity and fun.

This year’s return of Collab Fest picks up exactly where the event left off three years ago with a several breweries trying out Cold IPAs for the first time, a slew of culinary inspired beers like a Ramen Beer, Ice Cream Stout and event a Nashville Hot Chicken beer.

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Event Preview | Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine

March 31, 2022 |

Craft Beer Week is upon us! That is, if you’re near Wilmington, North Carolina. The Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance, through their Craft on the Coast initiative, is continuing the annual, week-long event. And, this weekend, craft beer fans can attend the unique Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine, held at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Event Preview | Georgia Craft Brewers Festival

March 31, 2022 |

The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild invites you out to the first ever Georgia Craft Brewers Festival happening April 1-2. April 1 will be a VIP preview event from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This VIP experience will allow attendees to taste 20+ special collaboration beers from brewery participants, as well as hear from brewers about the beers, their process, ingredients and inspiration. A panel of 15 experienced Beer Judge Certification Program-certified judges will award gold, silver and bronze to the top three winners of the collaboration contest.

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2022 Collaboration Fest Full Pour List + PorchDrinking Secret Tappings

March 30, 2022 |

Just over two years ago, on March 12, members of the Colorado Brewers Guild gathered to make the difficult decision to cancel one of their most lucrative fundraising events of the year at the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. Over the course of the previous seven years, Collaboration Fest, had grown to become one of the country’s most inventive festivals by featuring beers produced exclusively for the event by collaborating breweries. In hindsight, the decision to cancel the festival in 2020 was the right call, serving as the first of a flood of cancellations and postponements that have spanned the past 24 months.

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Fire Maker Brewing Co. | Second Annual Grand-iversary Party

March 24, 2022 |

Beer, Live Band and a Baby… Oh My! Atlanta-based Fire Maker Brewing invites you to come out and help them celebrate their Second Annual Anniversary dubbed “GRAND-IVERSARY” on Saturday, March 26, with doors opening at noon.

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Over 175 Breweries Participating in April 6 Colorado Pint Glass Day

March 22, 2022 |

The return of Colorado Pint Day will occur on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. The annual fundraiser takes $1 from each pint glass sold going to the Colorado Brewers Guild. Excitingly, over 175 brewery locations across Colorado will be selling these collectible pint glasses.

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Grand Opening | New Image Opens in Wheat Ridge

March 18, 2022 |

Another Denver area brewery will be expanding their local footprint when New Image Brewing opens their Wheat Ridge taproom. The grand opening celebration will occur this Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Expect an impressive draft list and delicious Neapolitan pizza from this six-year-old brewery opening a second taproom in their existing production facility.

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Do-It-4-MDOG Aims Big in 2nd Annual Fundraiser

March 16, 2022 |

For the second year in a row, Jack’s Bottle Shop of Rochester, Minnesota is putting together its Do-It-4-MDOG fundraiser. This year the beneficiary is Children’s Minnesota, a place Jack’s Bottle Shop owner Jack Lester is very close to.

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Events Recap | Brewmaster Dinner Series at The Eddy

March 15, 2022 |

Walking into The Eddy, I’m greeted by the wagging tail of the adorable four-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Aspen. The Eddy Taproom & Hotel, which opened in Golden, CO in 2021, offers an atmosphere bustling with furry friends, vibrant local beers on tap and great conversation with friends old and new. The Eddy also hosts a variety of unique experiences, from wine tastings to Meat Smoking 101 classes. And for the beer lovers out there, they have recently launched a Brewmaster Dinner Series. This four-course beer dinner and reception is hosted by Eddy Executive Chef Ben Shapiro and partners with a rotating cast of local brewing legends.

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2022 WeldWerks Invitational Announces Return and Brewery Lineup

March 9, 2022 |

The best things come to those who wait, and unfortunately for beer festival-goers, the past two years have been excruciating. However, as COVID rates begin leveling out, most of society has slowly begun inching toward some sense of normalcy, and with that shift, we’re seeing more beer festivals re-emerging as well. Today WeldWerks Brewing announced its intent to revive the WeldWerks Invitational. This marquee event, which first made its debut in 2018, has in just two years of operation, skyrocketed to become a can’t miss on the national beer festival circuit.

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2022 Collaboration Fest Announces List of Collaborating Breweries

March 2, 2022 |

As temperatures in Colorado climbed back into the 70’s for the first time in the new year, it feels like a fitting representation of the proverbial thaw that’s beginning to take place across American society as a whole from the past two years.

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Burns Family Ales Puts Collaboration Fest Beer To A Vote

February 25, 2022 |

The Collaboration Fest season started off strong for Burns Family Artisan Ales last Sunday. In an interesting twist on the typical theme of two breweries brewing together, Burns hosted Media Collaboration Day where the media got to have a say in the brew. Read More

Event Recap | East Bay Kick-off Party SF Beer Week

February 21, 2022 |

With Covid numbers surging yet again in the winter of 2021, the Bay Area Brewers Guild knew that they would have to go with an alternate plan for the kick off to Beer Week. The usual opening gala for the start of San Francisco Beer Week would have to be split up, five different venues, each one in a different region of the Bay Area. As I did not have the time or liver to do all five in a night, only one was attended.
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Event Preview | San Francisco Beer Week 2022

February 11, 2022 |

With somehow only a year without San Francisco Beer Week, this weekend marks its comeback. February 11-20 brings with it 10 days of beer fests, brewery activities, and beer releases. Although the usual grand, almost 150-brewery attended, gala that usually kicks off the week has had to be altered, it’s good to see that such an anticipated yearly event has returned.

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