Summer beer festival touring presents only one problem - because there are so many to choose from, keeping track of them all actually becomes a challenge.
We’re revealing a few of our top picks to get the Memorial Day weekend "unofficial official" summer beer fest hopping:
- Let’s begin May 25th to June 1st with Asheville Beer Week, located in Asheville, North Carolina. Also known as Beer City USA this will be their second annual festival featuring some incredible craft brewery tours. The week of events will include tastings, dinners, beer education, keynote speakers, and other beer-related fun - See more at: ashevillebeerweek.com
- 5th Annual International Great Beer Expo in Philadelphia June 1st: This international beer tasting event will feature an incredible variety of beers from some of the finest U.S. and international breweries while raising money for the Committee To Benefit The Children. This local Philly charity provides resources for the treatment and care of children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. 50+ International Brewers/100+ Beers greatbeerexpo.com/philly/
- Boston’s American Craft Beer Fest May 31st-June 1st The 6th annual ACBF is the east coast’s largest celebration of American craft beer, featuring over 640 craft beers from more than 140 American brewers! acbf.eventbrite.com/
- The 3rd annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival will be held on June 8th and 9th during Portland Beer Week and feature over 25 participating breweries and more than 40 delicious beers. Highlighting the spectacular flavors and variety that fruit can offer from locally grown Oregon berries to exotic and rare you have never experienced anything like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival. portlandfruitbeerfest.com/
- June 21-23: Taste the world at the San Diego International Beer Festival, pouring 300-plus brews from Spain, New Zealand and beyond. This year, participating breweries are represented by 16 countries and 22 states. sdfair.com/
- 2nd annual Westport Summer Beer Festival June 15th Over 30 breweries from around the world will be highlighted during the event. beerkc.com/beerfest/summer-beer/
- Epic Beer Festival Denver June 28th-29th at the Colorado Convention Center for Epic Beer Festival! This event will host 120+ Craft Breweries and 300+ Craft Beers from around the world and 10,000 attendees. This event is sure to be epic! epicbeerfestival.com
- 17th Annual Great European Beer Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania June 29th. The country’s only all European Beerfest of it’s kind for 17 years, we feature only European beers that are brewed in Europe. Last year we had 135 different beers of which 40 were Belgian. sharpedgebeer.com
- June 30th, the 9th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival, Portland, Oregon Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF serves up more than 60 organic beers and ciders from around the nation. There’s also live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers, and a children’s area with crafts and face painting. www.naobf.org/
- Atlanta Beer Festivals hosts the 4th Atlanta Summer Beer Fest at Masquerade Music Park on June 22, 2013 We will have over 150 beers, featuring the local Atlanta Breweries and plenty of music on two stages. atlantasummerbeerfest.com
- Seattle International Beerfest July 5th-7th, 2013 SIB is a high end 3-day beer festival specializing in rare, hard-to-find, exotic beers. Over 200 world-class beers from 16 countries will be on hand, hailing from all over the planet, many from right here in the Pacific NW. Stroll around our beautiful grounds with a cold one as you listen to great bands play all weekend. seattlebeerfest.com
- Summer Jazz & Craft Beer tasting comes to Webster Hall in New York City's East Village, July 20th, 2013. Don't miss out. In the tradition of the Grand Tasting, each attendee will be given a tasting glass and have the opportunity to try unlimited 2 oz tastings of approximately 150 craft beers from all over the country. nyccraftbeerfest.com
- 4th Annual Milwaukee Brewfest July 27th, 2013 held at the Old Coast Guard Pavilion Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. In addition to unlimited sampling of hundreds of craft beers, micro brews, and ciders from around the world, there will also be a number of other on-site activities including silent auctions benefiting local charities, lots of food sampling and live musical performances. milwaukeebrewfest.com
- California Beer Festival Aptos Village Park, Santa Cruz August 10th, 2013 With over 70 craft brews on tap, mouth watering food, bocce ball and live entertainment with plenty of live music. californiabeerfestival.com
- The Washington Beer Commission is proud to put on six beer tasting festivals around the state as a way to showcase many of the 170 craft breweries in Washington. Washington Brewers Festival June 14-16, 2013 – Redmond, WA; Bremerton Summer BrewFest July 13, 2013 – Bremerton, WA; Everett Craft Beer Festival August 17, 2013 – Everett, WA; Spokane Oktoberfest September 27-28, 2013 – Spokane, WA washingtonbeer.com/festivals/
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