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Set on the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, the Door County Beer Festival boasts one of the most unique backdrops of any beer fest in the nation. Door County has been a destination vacation for many years due to its beautiful location, but it’s the recent rise of the local craft beer scene that has added to the luster of the premiere Wisconsin peninsula getaway spot. The Door County Beer Festival celebrates all of this by combining locally sourced food, local beer and a good vibe to create a truly unique beer festival experience.
Part of being an adult is understanding what your priorities are in life. That is exactly why my wife and I are heading down to Paso Robles, California for the Firestone Walker Invitational one day after closing on our house. Yes we could spend the weekend moving out from the in-laws and settling into our first house, but we can do that anytime. And this is the Firestone Walker Invitational, a beer festival described as “An epic yet intimate gathering of 50+ leading brewers from around the nation & world celebrating craft beer in our hometown of Paso Robles.”
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Get ready! Tickets for the 2017 Great American Beer Festival will go on sale August 1 and 2. Last year, GABF sold out in 1 hour and 7 minutes so be sure to mark your calendars!
In 2016, GABF celebrated its 35th anniversary where 60,000 attendees brought down the house at the convention center. That means 3,800+ beers were poured and 780 breweries pouring those beers, all of which hit a new record. We can only expect more for 2017.
This year, the most anticipated beer event takes place October 5 – 7. Choose from four sessions over the span of three days and sample brews from more than 800 breweries.
More than twenty Denver-area craft breweries are joining together to support the construction of affordable homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver this year. The need for affordable housing has never been greater in Denver. In fact, metro Denver has the highest home prices of any U.S. city not located on a coast. Habitat for Humanity is experiencing the effects of the affordable housing crisis first-hand, with more than 2,000 families reaching out for help in 2016 alone.
A new Chicago Craft Beer Week event is set to highlight the breweries on Chicago’s South side. The inaugural South Side Craft Beer Fest will take place Saturday May 20th outside of Baderbräu and bring together the breweries that call the South side home.
Festivities to run from March 18 through March 25
Every week in Denver feels like a version of the best-of-the-best events but for one week in March, everyone in Colorado celebrates Colorado Craft Beer Week. For CCBW 2017, there will be hundreds of brewery supported events throughout the state from educational panels at neighborhood breweries to the highlight event of the week, the fourth annual Collaboration Fest at the National Western Stock Show Complex.
When I turned 21, I spent the night drinking way too much blue-ribbon winning beer while slightly intoxicated coeds did their best Carrie Underwood karaoke. It was just about as much of a mess as it sounds. This year, Ska Brewing turned 21, and they decided to celebrate with some gold-medal winning beer and some legendary punk and ska bands. It was just about as amazing as it sounds.
As the gate opened, it revealed a welcome invitation into the belly of the beast. Salt Lake City Weekly’s 7th Annual Utah Beer Festival 2016 was ready to rage. We prepared to soak up some sun, listen to solid tunes, gobble great eats and drink world class beer.
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St. Louis has its fair share of beer festivals, but few incorporate music as well as Schlafly Beer‘s HOP in the City festival, which will hit our town on September 17th.
What: 7th Annual Utah Beer Festival
When: Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Utah State Fair Park – 155 N 1000 W, Salt Lake City, UT
Price: General Admission – $20 advance ($25 day of), includes 5 tokens and taster mug Early Beer Drinker Entry – $30, includes 1 hour early entry, 8 tokens and taster mug VIP $50 – Includes all GA benefits, access to the Devour VIP Lounge with exclusive samples, food pairings and Brewer Q&A. VIP Designated Driver – $20, all VIP entitlements excluding beer tokens and beer tastings in the VIP lounge Designated Driver Ticket – $5, includes admission and pats on the back for being a good friend. Purchase tickets here.
Burning Can returns for the third straight year to the Oskar Blues Brewery REEB Ranch in Brevard, NC. In less than two weeks Oskar Blues will wrap up its trio of summertime festivals. Following impressive events held in Lyons, Colorado and Austin, Texas (their newest addition to the OB production sites) there are high expectations for this grand finale. For anyone wondering what exactly Burning Can is, as their site aptly states…
It’s THE celebration of Craft Beer in a Can, Live Music, and the Adventurous Lifestyle.
Like a symphony orchestra that brilliantly melds the sounds of a drum, bassoon and violin together into one harmonious musical piece, the Chicago Ale Fest proved most enjoyable because from tent to tent; one could sample a black or red IPA, porter, an ale with green tea and lemongrass, fruit-forward beers, barrel-aged brews, helles, pils, maibocks, saisons, sours and gose…and a partridge in a pear tree, I think. Each beer was good on its own, but collectively it makes for one terrific beer experience.
Feature Image credit to Casey Jones & Savannah Craft Brew Fest
Grab your pretzel necklace and get your liver ready for one of the Southeast’s premier events! This year marks the 9th annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest presented by Southbound Brewing Co. and Habersham Beverage. Located in Historic Savannah, Georgia across from the infamous River Street, this festival boasts a large pour list, generous VIP offerings, and several exciting activities to keep you busy for the afternoon.
Labor Day Weekend | Saturday September 3rd, 2016 | 1PM-5PM
Savannah International Trade & Convention Center | Savannah, GA
When: Saturday, June 11th from 3:30 – 10:30PM (VIP/Stout Ticket Holders, Doors Open 2:30PM)
Where: Panther Island Pavilion
Happy Birthday to me! Untapped is back and furious than ever hosting five events through out Texas returning to Fort Worth for its fourth year this upcoming Saturday. Lucky for me, this date falls exactly on my birthday so you know a full, blown celebration is ahead. Featuring 80 breweries and over 300 beers to choose from plus a stellar lineup of musical guests. Eight bands are scheduled to appear such as Built to Spill, David Ramirez, Rayland Baxter, The Hendersons, Hayes Carll, Grupo Fantasma, White Reaper and Bummer Vacation. For more information on the lineup visit here.
The collaborative spirit of the craft beer industry has long been one of my favorite topics to cover, so I was ecstatic to learn about the first-ever Washington Beer Collaboration Festival put on by the Washington Beer Commission. The two-day festival featured 25 collaboration beers from 50 different Washington breweries and celebrated the collaborative and creative culture among Washington brewers. I attended the inaugural festival on a sunny Saturday afternoon and sampled about half of these unique brews. Read on for some of my favorite concoctions from this innovative festival.
Odell Brewing Company last hosted Small Batch Festival in 2012, and while the event was an amazing success, the brewery has been quite busy in the years since — They expanded their footprint (Iowa and Texas,) updated their seasonal lineup (Brombeere here, Double Pilsner gone,) released a handful of new bombers (such as Brazzle and Pina Agria,) created a seasonal variety pack (Montage,) and completed brewery construction. Having accomplished so much the past few years, Odell is ready to bring back the Small Batch Festival and hopes to make it an annual event. Adam D’Antonio from Odell said “production comes first and festivals second. We didn’t want to bring Small Batch back until we were ready and could do it right.”
Once billed as the American Beer Classic, Chicago’s largest beer festival returns in May, but with a brand new name. Now re-branded as the Chicago Beer Classic, the Red Frog Events run festival returns to Soldier Field on May 7.