Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the 2016 Cary stop on the Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival tour. It will take place at the Booth Amphitheatre. Friday evening's "VIP Whole Hog Session" will feature a barbecue dinner, unlimited bourbon and beer tasting, and four pit masters on hand. Saturday's regular afternoon session will feature unlimited sampling of 60 beers and 40 bourbons; live rock and blues music; barbecue; and an educational program led by master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters. Saturday VIP tickets, with early admission, and all-session "Grand Poobah" tickets, are available.
5-7: International Berlin Beer Festival, Berlin, Germany
The 20th annual International Berlin Beer Festival will be held along 2.2 kilometers of Berlin's Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin. This event entered the Guinness Book of Records as "the world's longest beer garden.” This year’s festival, which marks the 500th anniversary of the German beer purity law, will feature more than 2,400 beers from Germany and 86 other countries, including beer from German Privatbrauereien (small independent breweries). Food will be available, and there will be live music and other entertainment on multiple stages.
9-13: Great British Beer Festival, London, England
The Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2016 Great British Beer Festival, which will take place at the London Olympia. This five-day event is Britain's biggest beer festival, with more than 900 Real Ales, ciders, perries and international beers from over 350 British producers. The festival serves as the venue for the Champion Beer of Britain competition. There will also be tutored tastings, live music, food and merchandise for sale, and pub games and quizzes.
13: Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, WI
The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild presents the 30th annual Great Taste of the Midwest, which will take place at Olin-Turnville Park, a lakeside venue in Madison. This afternoon event will feature more than 1,000 beers from over 100 breweries from the Great Lakes and Midwest regions, and brewery representatives in attendance. There will also be live music, food for purchase, a celebrity brewer dunk tank, and an exhibit by the Museum of Beer and Brewing. "Great Taste Eve," a series of pre-festival events, will take place at local establishments before the festival itself. Tickets go on sale May 1.
13: Lake Arrowhead Brewfest, Blue Jay, CA
The Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce, Blue Jay Merchants, and the Mountain Brew Club present the seventh annual Lake Arrowhead Brewfest, which be held in Blue Jay Village. This afternoon event, which takes place high in the mountains of southern California, will feature 100 commercially- and home-brewed beers. There will be live music, and food vendors will be at the festival site. Cabins and campsites are available.
13: Montana Brewers Summer Festival, Helena, MT
The 2016 Montana Brewers Summer Festival will be held at Memorial Park in Helena. This evening event will feature an all-Montana-brewed selection of craft beers, with brewers in attendance. There will also be live music and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and an opportunity to meet the brewers, are available.
13: Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival, Carpenteria, CA
Deep, the surf magazine, presents the fourth annual Trek Bikes of Ventura Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival. It will take place on Linden Field at Carpenteria State Beach. This surfing-themed afternoon event will feature 150 beers from 55 breweries, along with a selection of wines. Local surfboard shapers will be on hand, and boards will be on display. There will also be live bands and DJs, food trucks and merchandise vendors, and games. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Proceeds will go to several local charities.
14-16: Tour de Upland, Nashville, IN
Upland Brewing Company presents the 2016 Tour de Upland, which will take place in the hills of Nashville. This three-day event consists of beer tasting, mountain biking or road cycling, and live music Saturday evening. Tour de Upland is a benefit for Bicycle Indiana and IndyCog.
19: Stone 20th Anniversary Brewers Reception, San Marcos, CA
Stone Brewing Company presents the 20th Anniversary Brewers Reception, which will be held at Cal State University-San Marcos. This Friday evening event, which takes place the evening before the Stone Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival itself, will feature 40 beers, including 12 cask-conditioned Stone ales and many beers that will not be served on Saturday. The price of admission includes a complimentary gourmet meal from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. There will also be live music, complimentary gourmet food, and a panel discussion featuring Greg Koch.
20: Stone 20th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival, San Marcos, CA
Stone Brewing Company presents the Stone 20th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival, which will take place on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. This event is the brewery’s biggest charity fund-raiser of the year. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more 100 beers from over 60 guest breweries. The selection includes vintage, cask, and one-off Stone beers, along with Stone’s 5th, 10th, and 15th Anniversary IPAs. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and a cigar lounge. All-Access passes, with admission to both sessions, a special selection of beers, and complimentary gourmet food, are available.
23-27: Peterborough Beer Festival, Peterborough, England
The Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 39th annual Peterborough Beer Festival, which will take place at The Embankment. This five-day event will feature more than 400 draft Real Ales and a selection of ciders, perries, and foreign bottled beers, all served under massive marquees on the riverside. In addition, there will be live music, along with food and merchandise for purchase.
27: Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, National Harbor, MD
Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the seventh annual Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, which will take place at National Harbor. There will be afternoon and evening sessions, each with more than 50 beers, wines, and spirits; all-you-care-to-eat crabs, along with other food for purchase; live music; and arts and crafts vendors. VIP tickets, with unlimited beverage tasting, are available.
27: Colorado Cider & Beer Circus, Copper Mountain, CO
The second annual Colorado Cider & Beer Circus take place inside the Center Village at the Copper Mountain Resort. This afternoon event, to be held at the base of Copper Mountain, will feature more than 75 beers and ciders, and cidery representatives will be on hand. There will be entertainment, including live music and circus acts; hiking and zip-lining; and dinner at the resort’s restaurants. First Pour tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Part of the proceeds will benefit Team Summit.
27: Great Nebraska Beerfest, Papillon, NE
The eighth annual Great Nebraska Beerfest will be held at Werner Park in Papillion, the home of the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 80 breweries, most of them from Nebraska and the Midwest. There will also be live entertainment, an educational program, and food and merchandise for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. An after-party will take place at the Nebraska Brewing Company brewpub. The festival charity is the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Global Blindness Prevention Division.
27: Sierra BrewFest, Grass Lake, CA
Music in the Mountains Alliance presents the 27th annual Sierra BrewFest, which will take place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Lake. This afternoon event, held under tall pines in the Sierra foothills, will feature more than 100 beers, with an emphasis on small microbreweries in northern California. SoLS Band will perform, food trucks and local restaurants will be on hand, and there will be a Bag-O tournament. The festival is a benefit for Music in the Mountains.