Whether this is your first beer festival or your 100th, we’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest, oldest and best beer festivals out there to keep in mind for your next big summer adventure. Click below for an extended list of festival descriptions, and let us know the next time you plan to get up, get out and grab a beer!
Date: June 5 – 6, 2015
Location: Washington, D.C.
About: This two-day, food-centered festival summons over 70 breweries and pairs them with top chefs from around the nation, celebrating beer and the food that goes best with it.
Claim to Fame: Largely considered the classiest affair on the beer festival circuit, Savor kicks up the sophistication by offering world-class food pairing menus, meet and greets with the brewers themselves and limited release tastings in elegant salon rooms. In a nutshell, Savor isbeer heaven for foodies.
Date: June 6, 2015
Location: Idaho Falls, ID
About: Each year, the North American Brewers Association (NABA) welcomes breweries from Idaho’s mountainous surroundings to swap brews at the Sandy Downs racetrack.
Claim to Fame: In addition to being one of the country’s oldest and most established festivals, the Mountain Brewers Fest is also a non-profit event that donates all proceeds to local charities. Who could say no to good beer for a good cause?
Date: June 12 – 13, 2015
Location: St. Louis, MO
About: For almost a decade, the St. Louis Brewers Guild has been transforming the scenic Forest Park into a beer-lover’s paradise, featuring 35 local breweries, over 100 beer styles and nine local bands.
Claim to Fame: Located in one of America’s most historical beer cities, the Heritage Festival keeps the St. Louis legacy going strong with a village of six local homebrew clubs to demonstrate how some of our most iconic beer styles are made.
Date: June 19 – 21, 2015
Location: Del Mar, CA
About: Now in its ninth year, this festival has quickly made its mark on the national and international brewing scene. Picture 200 breweries and 400 beers from 15 different countries, all descending on the Del Mar Fairgrounds to host one amazing, beer-tasting weekend.
Claim to Fame: As luck would have it, the San Diego International Beer Fest is situated right next door to the San Diego County Fair, giving festivalgoers two exciting venues for the price of one. When’s the last time you sampled world-renowned beers, hopped on amusement rides and tried crazy fair foods during the course of one day?
Date: July 24 – 25, 2015
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
About: Every summer, the Michigan Brewers Guild sets up this ode to beer along the banks of the Huron River, rallying 100 of the state’s breweries to bring over 1,000 beers.
Claim to Fame: At 18 years, the Summer Beer Festival is the oldest of the four festivals that the Michigan Brewers Guild puts on each year, giving it a classic feel that’s only heightened by its proximity to the historic Depot Town.
Date: August 8, 2015
Location: Madison, WI
About: This old school festival packs 150 breweries, 1,000 beers, and plenty of local food and music into America’s cheese capital.
Claim to Fame: At 29-years-old, the Great Taste of the Midwest is considered one of the longest beer festivals running in America. Beer-lovers keep coming back year after year to enjoy its scenic lakeside setting, view of the state capitol and Midwest hospitality.
Date: June, October, January, April
Location: Cleveland, Durham, Columbia, Raleigh (respectively)
About: For each season out of the calendar year, All About Beer Magazine throws four epic events in the Southeast and Midwest, showcasing top domestic and international beers from many different regions.
Claim to Fame: The World Beer Festival began as the largest festival in the Southeast, and has since expanded to the Midwest. Known for bringing the best local food and entertainment to the table, the World Beer Festival is also popular for its educational seminars about our favorite beverage. Who knew studying could be so much fun?
Date: July 22 – 26, 2015
Location: Portland, OR
About: The Oregon Brewers Festival ships in 90 different beers from across the country and conveniently collects them along the banks of the Willamette River in Portland, one of America’s premier beer towns.
Claim to Fame: The Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the oldest in the nation, beginning shortly after the Great American Beer Festival in 1988. Consequently, it’s also become one of the biggest, attracting approximately 85,000 guests in 2014.
Date: July 17 – 18, 2015
Location: Burlington, VT
About: Now celebrating over 20 years, this classic festival invites 50 breweries and an international crowd of 8,000 beer drinkers to enjoy top-notch beers along the shores of Lake Champlain.
Claim to Fame: Coming from the state with the most breweries per capita, this festival means business, and its tickets regularly sell out within minutes each year.
Date: August 29, 2015
Location: Breckenridge, CO
About: Most tourists flock to the beautiful town of Breckenridge in the dead of winter. Beer lovers, on the other hand, come to visit at the tail end of summer, when the Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival teams up with 40 breweries and a slew of local eateries and bands.
Claim to Fame: Now turning a decade old, this Colorado festival is known for its beautiful mountainous backdrop, its family-friendly environment and its status as one of the summer’s last great beer celebrations.
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