The 31st annual Farsons Great Beer Festival will be held at Ta'Qali Park in Malta. The event, which is one of the island's largest outdoor music festivals, will feature 14 bars serving local Cisk beers and a variety of international brands. More than 40 live acts will perform on five stages, and a food court will offer dishes from around the world. All ages are welcome (the festival grounds include a "kids' fantasyland"), and admission and parking are free.
2: Brew Love, Minneapolis, MN
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest presents the 2012 Brew Love, which will take place at a new venue, the Metropolitan Club at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This Thursday evening event, which is sponsored by the Twins, ESPN1500, and Minnesota Monthly, will feature beer from Midwest craft breweries along with food to pair with the beer. All proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile dental clinic serving underserved children.
2: Hart House Craft Beer Festival & Summer BBQ, Toronto, ON, Canada
Hart House, located on the campus of the University of Toronto, will host the fifth annual Craft Beer Festival & Summer BBQ. The Thursday evening event will feature Canadian craft-brewed ales and lagers served in a historic setting; an assortment of barbecued foods prepared by Hart House Chef Marco Tucci, and summer music played by CIUT 89.5 DJs.
2-4: Stafford Beer Festival, Stafford, England
The Heart of Staffordshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the fifth annual Stafford Beer Festival, which will take place at Blessed William Howard School. Organizers expect to have 75 Real Ales, including a LocAle bar, along with ciders, perries, and country wines. Food will be served, and there will be live music Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.
3-4: Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, Cary, NC
The Cary stop on the 2012 Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival tour will take place at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Regency Park in Cary. There will be a "Whole Hog Friday Night Pig Pickin'" VIP session Friday evening, with unlimited sampling of 60 beers and 40 bourbons, including a rare bourbon tasting table; and a barbecue dinner, with four pitmasters on site. Saturday afternoon's general admission session will feature 40 bourbons and 60 beers, demonstrations at the Tasting Theater, and live rock and blues on the Main Stage. VIP tickets, with early admission to Saturday's session, specialty beer and bacon tastings, and special bourbon tasting and educational sessions, are available.
3-4: Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, Cooperstown, NY
Brewery Ommegang will host Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2012. This event is a celebration of Belgian beer culture, in which 50 breweries and distributors around the world are invited to showcase their best Belgian and Belgian-style beers. There will be a VIP dinner with on Friday evening, with music, dancing, and beer. The tasting session itself will take place on Saturday afternoon. It will be followed by an After Party, open to all tasting ticket holders, with local food, music and dancing, a bonfire, and a late-night movie. The brewery's cafe will serve brunch on Sunday morning.
3: Beverly Homecoming Craft Brewers Invitational, Beverly, MA
The inaugural Beverly Homecoming Craft Brewers Invitational will be held at the Beverly Masonic Building. This evening event will feature more than 50 beers from nearly 20 breweries from around New England. Brewery representatives will be in attendance.
3: Brew at the Zoo, Columbia, SC
The Riverbanks Zoo, located in Columbia, will host the 2012 Brew at the Zoo. This evening rain-or-shine event will offer a wide variety of imported, domestic, and microbrewed beers, along with live music, food for purchase, and an opportunity to encounter animals up-close and attend animal presentations.
3: Brew at the Zoo...and Wine, Too!, Syracuse, NY
The Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo present the 16th annual Brew at the Zoo...and Wine, Too!, which will take place at the zoo. This evening event, which is a fund-raiser for the zoo, will feature more than 50 beers, along with over a dozen wines from the region. The festivities will also include food and live music.
3-5: International Berlin Beer Festival, Berlin, Germany
The 16th annual International Berlin Beer Festival will be held along 2.2 kilometers of Berlin's Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin. The festival, described as "the world's longest beer garden," features 2,000 beers from Germany and 85 many other countries, including beer from German Privatbrauereien (small independent breweries). Food will be available, and there will be live music and other entertainment on stages. The festival website is entirely in German.
3-5: Smarden Beer Festival, Smarden, England
The Flying Horse, a traditional village pub located in Smarden (near Ashford), will host the 12th Smarden Beer Festival. Twenty Real Ales from around England will be available, along with local cider. The festivities will also include food and live music. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Smarden Sports Pavilion.
3-4: Willamette Valley Blues and Brews Festival, Eugene, OR
The fourth annual Willamette Valley Blues and Brews Festival will be held at Island Park in Springfield. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 40 beers from the area's local and regional microbreweries, music from more than 130 Northwest blues musicians, food vendors on the festival grounds, and a KidZONE on Saturday.
4-5: Bones and Brew, Portland, OR
Rogue Ales presents the 18th annual Bones and Brew, which will take place at the Buckman Botanical Brewery in Portland. This family- and dog-friendly event, which benefits the Oregon Zoo, will feature beer from more than 30 microbreweries. The festivities will also include barbecue vendors and a barbecue competition, a Kobe Bleu Ball eating contests, dog-related vendors, and a charity dog wash.
4: Brew Fest Encinitas, Ectinitas, CA
The Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club presents the 2012 Brew Fest Encinitas, which will take place at Mira Costa College's San Elijo Campus. This afternoon/evening event will feature an expanded selection of beer (11 San Diego breweries were represented last year), along with food trucks. Free parking will be available. All profits from the festival will be donated to charity.
4: Craft Lager and Small Batch Festival, Manitou Springs, CO
The tenth annual Craft Lager and Small Batch Festival will be held at Memorial Park in Manitou Springs. There will be morning and afternoon tasting sessions, each with beer from more than 30 breweries, including gluten-free and "R&D" beers, along with whiskey, rum, and vodka from Colorado microdistilleries. The festivities will also include food and live music.
4: Gnarly Barley Brew Festival, Loveland, CO
The 2011 Gnarly Barley Brew Festival will be held at the Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland. This afternoon event, which is part of the Larimer County Fair, will feature beer from more than 25 breweries, many of them from Colorado and the West; an AHA/BJCP-sanctioned homebrew competition; four live bands; food and beer pairings; and a VIP area. There will be a Beer Master Dinner the evening before the festival itself.
4: Grand Tasting at the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluespalooza, Mammoth Lakes, CA
The Mammoth Brewing Company presents the 17th annual Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluespalooza, which will take place at Sam's Wood Site on Mammoth Lakes near Yosemite National Park. The Saturday afternoon Grand Tasting is an afternoon event, held among the pines at an elevation of 8,000 feet, with beer from 70 breweries, food, and a lineup of blues and country performers.
4: Hops in the Hills Beer Festival, Ludlow, VT
Okemo, a resort in Ludlow, will host its fourth annual Hops in the Hills Beer Festival. This afternoon event, to be held at Jackson Gore in the scenic Okemo Valley, will feature local and regional microbrewed beers, live bands, and local restaurants competing in the Chicken Wing Challenge.
4: Mile High Beer Festival, Denver, CO
The inaugural Mile High Beer Festival will be held at the Ogden Theatre in Denver. There will be two tasting sessions, each with more than 60 beers from around the world, along with live music. Each participating brewery will contribute to the charity of its choice.
4: New Almondsbury Beer Festival, Almondsbury, England
Brizzle Beer Festivals presents the inaugural New Almondsbury Beer Festival, which will take place at Almondsbury Parish Hall. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with 14 ales and four ciders from the region. There will be food, including a hog roast, at both sessions; and The Gecko Blasters will provide live music during the evening session.
4-October 28 (Saturdays and Sundays, plus Labor Day): Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Manheim, PA
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, presents the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, which will take place in Manheim. Microbrewed beer, period foods, and a variety of wines will be available at 23 Royal Kitchens and from scores of Renaissance merchants. The festival grounds are an re-creation of a 16th century English village, with dozens of authentic Tudor buildings. More than 90 acts, including musical performances, magic acts, fire-breathing stunts, puppet shows, Shakespearean plays and, comical mud beggars will be presented on 12 stages.
4-13: Shellfish and Beer Festival, Fão, Portugal
The 16th annual Shellfish and Beer Festival will be held at the Alameda do Sr. Bom Jesus de Fão. This ten-day event will feature beer; a variety of shellfish-based dishes, served in a covered area; and music and other entertainment every day. The festival coincides with Fao's annual Handicraft Market, with craft and culinary items for purchase.
4: SugarBrew, Sugar Mountain, NC
Sugar Mountain Resort will host the 2012 SugarBrew. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 30 breweries and a number of local wineries; live music by The King Bees, The Johnson Brothers, and Soul Benefactor; food; and ski-lift rides to the resort's 5,300-foot peak. General admission and parking are free. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Sugar Mountain Ski & Snowboard Foundation.
4: WaZoo, Tampa, FL
J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc., presents the 17th annual WaZoo, which will take place at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. Recent editions of this festival have been evening events with more than 200 beers and other beverages from around the world, food from local restaurants, and live music from area artists. "Beastly Beverage Club" (VIP-level tickets), with early entry and an air-conditioned space tasting area, are available.
4: Wheaton Ale Fest, Wheaton, IL
The Wheaton Park District and BrewFest Partners present the second annual Wheaton Ale Fest, which will take place downtown on Front Street. This afternoon event will feature more than 125 beers, including guest beers and homebrew samples; voting for Favorite Illinois Beer; live music; and food available for purchase. VIP tickets, with an exclusive VIP area and a special selection of beer and food, are available.
7-11: Great British Beer Festival, London, England
The Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Great British Beer Festival, which will take place at a new venue, the London Olympia. (This year's festival will take place during the London Olympics.) This event is Britain's biggest beer festival, with more than 1,000 Real Ales, ciders, perries and international beers. The festivities also include the Champion Beer of Britain competition, tutored tastings, live music, food and merchandise for sale, and pub games and quizzes. Thursday, the traditional anniversary of the GBBF, is Hat Day.
9-12: Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival, Marietta, OH
The 2012 Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival will be held in historic downtown Marietta. This four-day event begins Thursday evening with a kick-off party at the Marietta Brewing Company and beer and music at a number of locations in town. In addition to beer sampling, the weekend's events will include biking and river adventures; games, including a Tortoise and Hare race; live music; and a Merchants and Artists Walk.
10-12: Aces and Ales Strong Beer Festival, Las Vegas, NV
Aces and Ales, a bar in Las Vegas, will host the third annual Strong Beer Festival. This three-day, 24-hours-a-day event will feature more than 80 beers from the United States and Europe, selected by the owners. New beers will be added to the lineup at noon each day of the festival.
10-12: Blaydon RFC Music & Beer Festival, Blaydon, England
The Blaydon Rugby Football Team will host the third annual Blaydon RFC Music & Beer Festival. This three-day event, to be held under a large marquee, will feature around 50 beers, with an emphasis on those brewed in the north. In addition, there will be a dozen ciders and perries and a wine tent. The festivities will also live music; pub games; food, including pub snacks; and a number of events for children. The festival is a fund-raiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
10: Buffalo Brewfest, Buffalo, NY
Craft Beer Exchange presents the Buffalo Brewfest, which will take place on the first two floors and the outdoor plaza area of the First Niagara Center (formerly the HSBC Arena). This evening event, to be held in an expanded layout, will feature more than 150 beers to sample, live music, and food. The festival is a benefit for the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center.
The sixth annual Halifax Seaport Beerfest will be held at the south end of the Harbourwalk in Halifax's historic Seaport District. This is a two-day, three-session outdoor event. Last year's edition featured more than 200 beers and ciders, with an emphasis on those made in The Maritimes, Ontario, Quebec, and Maine; live entertainment; a "Taste of Nova Scotia" booth selling beer-friendly food; and a Ladies VIP Tour. There was also a beer dinner the evening before the festival, and a beer brunch on Sunday.
10-11: Vancouver Brewfest, Vancouver, WA
The inaugural Vancouver Brewfest will be held at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA. This two-day event will feature beer from Northwest breweries, live music, food from local providers, and craft vendors. The festival is a fund-raiser for local charities.
11: Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival, Snowshoe, WV
Snowshoe Mountain presents the 2012 Blues, Brews & BBQ festival. This afternoon event will feature beer from six West Virginia breweries and distributors, a meal at one of the resort's restaurants, and barbecue to sample. The festival will be followed by a concert by blues legend John Mayall (separate admission).
11: Bobcats, Bears, and Brews, Watertown, NY
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery presents the fourth annual Bobcats, Bears, and Brews, which will take place at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown. This evening event will feature a selection of beer provided by New York State breweries and distributors, live music, food, and an opportunity to tour the zoo at sunset.
11-12: Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest, Squaw Valley, CA
Squaw Valley USA presents its 11th annual Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest. This two-day event will feature a wide selection of beer, along with live performances by jazz and funk musicians, in a beautiful mountain setting. The festival is a benefit for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.
11: Bronze Blues & Brews, Joseph, OR
The 16th annual Bronze Blues & Brews returns will be held at City Park in Joseph, which is within walking distance of downtown. This all-day event will feature more than 20 microbrews, local wine, food vendors, and bronze sculptures provided by TW Bronze. This year's lineup of blues acts will be headlined by Ana Popovic. Food will be available for purchase.
11: Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, WI
The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild presents the 26th annual Great Taste of the Midwest, which will take place at Olin-Turnville Park, a lakeside venue in Madison. This afternoon event traditionally features around 500 beers from over 100 breweries from the Great Lakes and Midwest regions, food, an all-acoustic lineup of entertainers, a celebrity brewer dunk tank, and an exhibit by the Museum of Beer and Brewing. Tickets go on sale May 1, and this festival will sell out.
11: Heritage Sandy Springs Brewfest, Sandy Springs, GA
The third annual Heritage Sandy Springs Brewfest will be held at Heritage Green on the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn. This late afternoon event will feature more than 70 beers, two live bands, and local food for purchase. The festival is a fund-raiser for HSS.
11: It's Beer-Thirty in the Verde, Cottonwood, AZ
The second annual It's Beer-Thirty in the Verde will take place at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood. This late-afternoon event will feature a variety of craft-brewed beers, along with food and live music. Proceeds will go to the Verde Valley Fair Association Scholarship Fund, and a canned food drive during the event will benefit the Central Arizona Food Bank.
11: Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, Soldotna, AK
The Rotary Club of Soldotna presents the second annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, which will take place at a new venue, the Soldotna Sports Center. This afternoon/evening event will feature beer from throughout Alaska, along with specialty beers from around the world. The festivities will also include music by local bands, and food vendors will be at the venue. Proceeds will fund Rotary Club projects.
11: Microfestivus, Roanoke, VA
The Square Society presents the 15th annual MicroFestivus, which will take place at Elmwood Park in downtown Roanoke. Last year's festival was an afternoon event with more than 100 micro- and craft-brewed beers from two dozen breweries from the Mid-Atlantic region.
11: Millvale Brew Festival, Millvale, PA
The Borough of Millvale, Millvale MainStreet, and The Millvale Borough Development Corporation will host the sixth annual Millvale Brew Festival, which will take place at Riverfront Park. Last year's festival consisted of two sessions, each with more than 80 craft-brewed and imported beers from over 25 breweries; live entertainment; food and merchandise vendors; and a homebrew competition. Proceeds will help revitalize Millvale, which was devastated by flooding from Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
11: North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Festival, Riverhead, NY
Starfish Junction Productions presents the sixth annual North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Festival, which will take place at the Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 50 domestic and overseas breweries, including a number from Long Island, along with local wines. The festivities will also include barbecue prepared by Maple Tree BBQ, live music, and a beer education program. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and brewers on hand, are available. This year's festival charities are the Beer For Brains Foundation, the Kent Animal Shelter, and the Terry Farrell Fire Fighters Fund.
11-12: Old Farm Inn Beer & Music Festival, Totternhoe, England
The Old Farm Inn, a public house in Totternhoe, will host its second Beer & Music Festival. It will take place in the marquee and gardens. The event, which complements the OFI Music Festival, will feature 14 cask ales, folk and contemporary music, and barbecue pork roast over the weekend.
11-26: Quingdao International Beer Festival, Quingdao, China
The 2012 Quingdao International Beer Festival will take place at Qingdao International Beer City. This celebration, which has been described as Asia's largest beer festival, begins with a grand opening ceremony. Festivities include musical entertainment, karaoke, drinking competitions, and a themed final ceremony. Both Chinese and Western food will be available.
11: Rock Hops, West WIndsor, NJ
Rock Hops, a celebration of craft beer and music, will be held at Mercer County Park in West Windsor Township. This afternoon event will feature around 30 craft beers; a lineup of rock and blues musicians headlined by Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead tribute band; and barbecue for purchase at the "Ring of Fire." Connoisseur VIP tickets, with a special selection of beers selected by curators John Holl (author of Indiana Breweries) and John Kleinchester (Beertography.com,) are available.
11: Springs Beer Fest, Colorado Springs, CO
The 2012 Springs Beer Fest will be held at Antlers Park in downtown Colorado Springs. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 50 breweries; live music from Andy Clifton & Co.; food from a number of area restaurants; merchandise vendors; and family-friendly activities including a rock climbing wall, bungee jump, slide, and jumping castle.
11: State College Microbrewers Expo, Boalsburg, PA
The 14th State College Microbrewers Expo will be held at the Tussey Moutain Ski Resort in Boalsburg. This evening event will feature beer from more than two dozen breweries, an educational program, and live music. Proceeds will benefit Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer. VIP tickets, with expedited admission and a special selection of beer, are available.
11: Twin Cities Beer Festival, Bloomington, MN
Brownie Boy Productions presents the second annual Twin Cities Beer Festival, which will take place in the parking lot of Old Metropolitan Stadium at the Mall of America in Bloomington. This afternoon event will feature more than 400 beers from 65 domestic and international breweries. The festivities will also include food from Twin Cities-area food trucks. VIP tickets, with an exclusive selection of keg and firkin beers, are available. All profits will go to the Emergency Food Shelf Network via Finnegans Community Fund.
11: Twin City Taps, Winston-Salem, NC
The second annual Twin City Taps will be held at BB&T Ballpark in downtown Winston-Salem. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 20 breweries, all from North Carolina; three live bands and DJ music; and ballpark food. VIP tickets, with access to the ballpark's air-conditioned club level, are available. The festival is a benefit for the North Carolina Brewers Guild.
11: UNICO Microbrew Festival at Zona Rosa, Kansas City, MO
UNICO, Kansas City's Italian-American service organization, and Zona Rosa present the fourth annual Microbrew Festival, which will take place at the Zona Rosa Courtyard. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 60 microbrewed beers, live music by Almost KISS, and Italian sausages by Scimeca's. All proceeds will benefit the local Kansas City UNICO Chapter. This event is expected to sell out.
11: Visalia Beer Festival, Visalia, CA
The inaugural Visalia Beer Festival will be held at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia. This afternoon event will feature beer and food from around 30 suppliers. The lineup will include extreme beers. Food will be available, and Electric Grease and Motel Drive are scheduled to perform. Proceeds will go to the Vintage Bicycle Association of California.
11: WGRD Summer Beer Festival, Grand Rapids, MI
97.9-GRD and D&W Fresh Market present the 2012 WGRD Summer Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids. This all-day event will feature beer from 20 breweries, many of them brewed in Michigan. The festivities will also include live music, brewing seminars, and food from area restaurants.
11: Winter Park Beer Festival, Winter Park, CO
NRC365, LIFT106, KRKY "Colorado Country," and the Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce present the third annual Winter Park Beer Festival, which will take place at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 25 breweries, along with food and live music. "VIP Experience" tickets, with a special selection of beers and a catered lunch, are available.
12-18: D.C. Beer Week, Washington, DC
The fourth annual D.C. Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, and restaurants throughout the nation's capital. This seven-day celebration of craft beer will include more than 180 events including a Potomac River cruise, beer dinners, special tastings, happy hours, and panel discussions.
15: American Underground Beer Garden, San Diego, CA
The American Comedy Company, located in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, will host the American Underground Beer Garden. This Wednesday evening event will feature a dozen beers from five San Diego-area breweries (Stone, AleSmith, Ironfist, Lost Abbey, and Port Brewing). A live comedy show will follow the tasting. Proceeds will benefit the National Marrow Donor Program.
15-19: Belgrade Beer Fest, Belgrade, Serbia
The Belgrade Cultural Network presents the tenth annual Belgrade Beer Fest. The festival, which organizers describe as "the most-visited festival in Europe," will take place at Usc'e, near the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers, three kilometers from the city center. Recent editions of this festival have featured about 45 beers from 20 breweries, along with live and DJ music. Admission to the festival is free.
16-18: Bend Brew Fest, Bend, OR
The eighth annual Bend Brew Fest will be held at Les Schwab Amphitheater on the banks of the Deschutes River. This outdoor event, which has been expanded to three days, will feature 80 beers, most of them from the Pacific Northwest; voting for the People's Choice Award; and food for purchase. Admission to the festival is free.
16-19: Festibiere de Quebec, Quebec City, QC, Canada
The third annual Festibiere de Quebec will take place at Espace 400e, Port de Quebec, in downtown Quebec City. Recent editions of this festival have featured beer from Quebec microbreweries, food and other products from the province, live music and other entertainment, demonstrations by local chefs, and beer education programs. Admission to the festival is free. The festival website is entirely in French.
16-19: Ipswich Beer Festival, Ipswich, England
The Ipswich & East Suffolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 30th annual Ipswich Beer Festival, which returns to Orwell Quay at the Ipswich docks. The festival venue is close to the moorings of various tall ships that will be visiting as part of the Ipswich Maritime Festival. Organizers expect to have a wide range of local beers, and some beers and ciders will have a nautical theme. A variety of food vendors will be on hand.
16-18: South Devon Beer Festival, Kingsteignton, England
The South Devon Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 29th annual South Devon Beer Festival, which will take place at Newton Abbot Racecourse in Kingsteignton. Recent editions of this festival have featured around 100 Real Ales and ciders, along with entertainment and food for purchase.
16-18: Worcester Beer, Cider & Perry Festival, Worcester, England
The Worcester Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 13th annual Worcester Beer, Cider & Perry Festival, which will take place at Worcester Racecourse. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 200 Real Ales, along with over 100 Real Ciders and Real Perries; food vendors on hand; and live entertainment Thursday and Friday evenings and at both Saturday sessions. The beer festival is part of the annual Worcester Festival.
17-18: Brew NZ Beervana, Wellington, New Zealand
The Brewers Guild of New Zealand presents the 2012 Brew NZ Beervana, which returns to Westpac Stadium in Wellington. This two-day, four-session event will feature more than 200 beers from over 80 breweries New Zealand and Australia. At last year's festival there was a Real Ale bar, a Festival Brew bar, an Australia bar, and a cider bar; and along with beer, the festivities will included food for sale, live brewing demonstrations, an awards ceremony, and "beer enlightenment" seminars.
17-18: BrewsFest, Kellogg, ID
Silver Mountain Resort, in Kellogg, will host the 2012 BrewsFest. The festival, which has been expanded to two days, will feature more than 35 microbrewed beers from 16 breweries; a live show with Mark Hummel and Ana Popovic on Friday evening, and performances by Big Mumbo, Simon Tucker, and Peter Karp/Sue Foley on Saturday; and a scenic ride on North America's longest gondola.
17: Eat and Drink Local: A World of Beer, Doylestown, PA
Fonthill Castle, located in Doylestown, will host Eat and Drink Local: A World of Beer. This year's festival, which is an outdoor evening event, is a celebration of local food, beer and spirits. Organizers have invited neighborhood breweries, homebrewers, farm to table groups, and cheese makers; and musician Dallas Vietty will perform. This event is expected to sell out.
18: Brew @ the Zoo, Boston, MA
Boston's Franklin Park Zoo will host the third annual Brew @ the Zoo. This evening event will feature beer from a dozen or more breweries, many of them from Massachusetts, along with music by DJ BK and food from local restaurants and caterers. Attendees will have the opportunity to walk among the animals in the zoo's Tropical Forest Pavilion, and to visit the zoo's "Zoorassic Park" exhibit with life-size animatronic dinosaurs.
18: Brews & Blues, Westford, MA
The 11th annual Brews & Blues will be held at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford. Recent editions of this festival have been afternoon rain-or-shine events with beer from dozens of regional craft breweries, including a special booth serving cask-conditioned ales. The festivities have also included live blues music, raffles, games, homebrew demonstrations, and craft and vendor booths. Proceeds will be donated to local charities.
18: Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, National Harbor, MD
Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the third annual Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, which will take place on the waterfront at National Harbor. This event will consist of afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 50 beers, wines, and spirits; a chilled tequila tasting bar; all-you-can-eat crabs; other food, including hamburgers, sausages, and barbecue; live music on the main stage; and a kids' area and family fun zone.
18: Ed Fest, Edwards, CO
Ed Fest 2012, Crazy Mountain Brewery's second annual beer and community festival, will be held at the Riverwalk in Edwards. This afternoon/evening festival will feature beer from more than 25 craft breweries, live music from a nationally-touring headline band, and food and other vendor booths. There will also be an after-party at E-Town sponsored by Bulleit Bourbon and Kettle One.
18: Everett Craft Beer Festival, Everett, WA
The Washington Beer Commission presents the inaugural Everett Craft Beer Festival, which will take place in downtown Everett. This daytime event will feature more than 50 beers from 25 Washington State breweries. Food will be available for purchase, and there will be live entertainment.
18: Lighthouse Brewfest, Lincoln City, OR
McMenamins presents the 17th annual Lighthouse Brewfest, which will take place at the Lighthouse Brewpub in Lincoln City. This all-day festival will feature beers created by McMenamins brewers, food and drink specials, and brewery tours. By tradition, brewers are assigned a beer style, drawn at random from a hat, to brew for the festival; and each participating brewery is asked to submit a tiny image to represent its beer.
18: Magic Valley Beer Festival, Twin Falls, ID
The inaugural Magic Valley Beer Festival will be held in the City Park in Twin Falls. This afternoon event, which is a fund-raiser for Twin Falls' Senior Center and Rotary Club, will feature a variety of beers to sample, along with live bands, food, and prize raffles.
18: Monticello Lions Brewfest, Monticello, MN
The Monticello Lions Club presents the inaugural Monticello Lions Brewfest, which will be held on the banks of the Mississippi at West Bridge Park. This late-afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers, along with live music, local food for purchase, and games. All proceeds will go to Lions Club charities.
18: Moore RUFC Beer Festival, Warrington, England
Let's Go Party presents the 2012 Moore RUFC Beer Festival, which will take place at the club's grounds in Warrington. The festival, which begins at 2 pm, will feature a selection of Real Ales and ciders, along with food and live music.
18: Olympia Brew Fest, Olympia, WA
The 2012 Olympia Brew Fest will be held at the scenic Port Plaza in Olympia. This all-day event will feature beer from more than 30 breweries, live music all day, and three food vendors. Free parking is available. Proceeds will support the Thurston County Chamber Small Business Development Program.
18: Sarasota Beer Festival, Sarasota, FL
FloridaBeerFestivals.com and Gold Coast Eagle Distributing present the 2012 Sarasota Beer Festival, which will take place at Robarts Sports Arena on the Sarasota Fairgrounds. This evening event will feature more than 100 beers from around the world, food from area restaurants, and live music. Tickets for Growler's VIP area, with a special selection of beer, catered food, and a cigar, are available.
18: Smokin' Blues and Brews Festival, Manheim, PA
The Lancaster Liederkranz, a German-themed picnic grounds in Manheim, will host the inaugural Smokin' Blues and Brews Festival. There will be afternoon and evening sessions, each with beer from 20 breweries; food, including brisket and pulled pork; and three rhythm and blues groups.
18: Steinley Cup Microbrewery Competition, Saratoga, WY
The 17th annual Steinley Cup Microbrewery Competition will be held at Kathy Glode Park in Saratoga. This afternoon event is Wyoming's official state microbrewery competition, with the Saratoga Steinley Cup going to the winner. Festival-goers will be able to taste the competition beers, along with a selection of Wyoming-brewed beers. There will also be a chili cook-off and activities for children. The Steinley Cup is part of a weekend-long celebration in Saratoga, which also includes the Chili Cook-Off and the Saratoga Bullfest.
18: Suds on the Shore, Ludington, MI
The Suds On The Shore Committee presents the fourth annual Suds on the Shore, which will be held in Ludington City Park. This afternoon event will feature microbrewed beer (about 25 breweries were represented at recent festivals), Michigan wine, and live music. The festival is fund-raiser for The United Way of Mason County.
19-25: Lansing Beer Week, Lansing, MI
I'm a Beer Hound and Motor City Tour Company present the inaugural Lansing Beer Week, which will take place at various locations in and around Lansing. Events will include a boat cruise, a pub crawl, a beer bus ride, beer and food pairings, tap takeovers, beer sampling, and a Short's Brewing bike ride.
21-25: Peterborough Beer Festival, Peterborough, England
The Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 35th annual Peterborough Beer Festival, which will take place at The Embankment. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 350 Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders, perries, and foreign bottled beers, served under massive marquees on the riverside. The festivities have also included food and merchandise vendors and live music.
22-25: Clacton-on-Sea Real Ale and Cider Festival, Clacton-on-Sea, England
The Tendring Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 17th annual Clacton-on-Sea Real Ale and Cider Festival, which will take place at St. James' Hall. This year's festival will feature more than 65 Real Ales, with a special themed "West Country Corner," along with ciders, perries, and Belgian beers. Hot and cold food will be available, and there will be live music Thursday evening and at both Saturday sessions.
23-26: Quy Beer Festival, Stow cum Quy, England
The White Swan at Quy, a freehouse and restaurant in Stow cum Quy, is the new host of the Quy Beer Festival. This event will feature a selection of new beers from leading brewers, locally-brewed ales, and a beer from France's Le Brewery. There will also be food, including Caribbean barbecue and the restaurant's regular menu; and blues, folk, and jazz music. The festival is in support of a local charity.
23-27: Rutland Beer Festival, Oakham, England
The Grainstore Brewery, located in Oakham, will host the 2012 Rutland Beer Festival. This August Bank Holiday celebration will feature more than 70 Real Ales from around the UK, along with a wide selection of traditional ciders. There will be live entertainment and barbecues every day of the festival. Admission is free.
23-25: Swansea Bay Beer Festival, Swansea, Wales
The Swansea and Neath Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Swansea Bay Beer Festival, which will take place at Brangwyn Hall. This August Bank Holiday weekend event will feature more than 100 Real Ales, along with a wide selection of ciders and perries. There will be live music every evening.
24-26: Bierbörse, Köln, Germany
The 14th annual Dormagen edition of Bierboerse, part of a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place at MediaPark. Hundreds of beers, including hard-to-find German microbrews, will be served in a Biergarten atmosphere. Festivities also include food and live entertainment, breweriana, and artisans' stands. The Bierboerse website is entirely in German.
24-25: Brew-Ha-Ha, Cincinnati, OH
The sixth annual Brew Ha-Ha will be held at Sawyer Point Park on the riverfront in downtown Cincinnati. This two-evening event will feature 100 beers, sold at stands located throughout the park; 50 comedians, performing on three stages; live music; and food. Admission is free.
24-25: Bruegala, Bloomington, IL
The Bloomington-Normal Jaycees present the 12th annual Bruegala. This "festival of international beer" returns to the Bloomington Center for The Performing Arts. Organizers expect to have more than 200 beers and nearly 100 wines; local food; and live musical performances headlined by The Young Dubliners (Friday) and J.C. Brooks and The Uptown Sound (Saturday). All profits will be distributed to local charities.
24-27: The Farm @ Friday Street Beer Festival, Eastbourne, England
The Farm @ Friday Street, a public house located in Eastbourne, will host a Beer Festival. This weekend event will feature a selection of beers and ciders; food, including a hog roast and barbecue; and live music.
24-26: Festibroue de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
The inaugural Festibroue de Sherbrooke will be held at Parc Jacques-Cartier. This three-day event will feature beer from 80 Quebec microbreweries, along with local ciders and wines. The festivities will also include regional food and live entertainment. The festival website is entirely in French.
24: Massachusetts Brewers Summerfest, Boston, MA
The Massachusetts Brewers Guild presents the third annual Massachusetts Brewers Summerfest, which will take place at the World Trade Center Head House Concourse in Boston. This outdoor, seaside celebration of craft beer will feature beer from at least 20 Massachusetts brewers, along with food and live music.
24-25: Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival, Traverse City, MI
Porterhouse Productions presents the fourth annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival, which will take place at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Both sessions will feature more than 200 beers, ciders, meads, and wines; live local and national music acts, headlined by Dierks Bentley; a variety of local food vendors; the Hop 'N Brew tasting shack; and a silent disco tent.
25-26: Alba Real Ale Festival, Broughy Ferry, England
The Royal Tay Yacht Club, located in Broughty Ferry, will host the inaugural Alba Real Ale Festival. This two-day, family-friendly event will held in the clubhouse, with its panoramic views across the River Tay. There will be 40 Real Ales from 15 independent Scottish breweries; live music including jazz, rock, folk, and a ceilidh band; hot food from the club's barbecue area; and family and children's activities on Sunday. All proceeds will go towards safety and training afloat and to support two local charities.
25: Albuquerque Hopfest, Albuquerque, NM
The 2012 Albuquerque Hopfest will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This event will feature beer from 30 breweries, six local bands performing on three stages, vendor and craft booths, and raffles and prize drawings. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for the New Mexico Chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
25: AleFest, Dayton, OH
The 14th annual AleFest will be held at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton. This afternoon event will feature more than 350 beers from over 150 domestic and international breweries, including beer from all seven Trappist monasteries, a selection of cask ales, and gluten-free selections; brewery representatives on hand; an educational program; live music; cheeses, breads, tapenades, and olives to sample; food available for purchase; a homebrew exhibition; breweriana and other merchandise; and a prize raffle.
25: Ballpark Festival of Beers, Charleston, SC
Piggly Wiggly presents the fourth annual Ballpark Festival of Beers, which will take place at Joseph C. Riley, Jr., Park, the home of the Charleston River Dogs. This evening event will feature more than 100 American specialty beers along with a wide variety of malt beverages, wines, and liquors. Food trucks will be at the ballpark, and The Blue Plantation Band will play bluegrass music.
25-27: Black Swan Love Our Local Ales Festival, Ockham, England
The Black Swan, a pub-restaurant in Ockham, will host a Love Our Local Ales Festival. This Bank Holiday weekend event will feature at least nine local ales (there are five small breweries in the immediate vicinity), along with a couple of local ciders. There will be a barbecue every day, including a wild boar hog roast on Sunday evening.
25: Blues, Brews & BBQs, Napa, CA
The Napa Downtown Association presents the 2012 Blues, Brews & BBQ, which will take place at First and Main Streets in downtown Napa. This afternoon event will feature 20 microbrewed beers; Napa Valley wines; live music on three stages; food, including barbecued beef, chicken, pork, and oysters; and a rib-eating contest with a field of ten winemakers. Admission to the festival is free.
25: Brew at the Zoo & Wine, Too!, Louisville, KY
The Louisville Zoo will host the 2012 Brew at the Zoo & Wine, Too! This evening event, which benefits Friends of the Zoo, will feature beer from dozens of local and regional breweries, along with a selection of locally produced wines. There will also be live '70s and '80s music by 100% Poly, pub games, and food from local restaurants. The price of admission includes entry to the zoo. VIP tickets, with a special selection of beers, are available.
25: Chinnor Summer Beer Festival, Chinnor, England
The 2012 Chinnor Summer Beer Festival will be held under the marquee at the Chinnor Playing Fields. This afternoon/evening event will feature 26 locally-brewed ales, along with cider, Pimm's and soft drinks. Live bands will perform, and barbecue and other food will be available. The festival is a fund-raiser for local youth projects.
25: German Bier Fest, Atlanta, GA
The German American Chamber of Commerce South presents the ninth annual German Bier Fest, which will take place at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta. This afternoon event is described as Atlanta's only German-style beer festival. More than 30 German beers will be available, and there will be food and live music. The festival is family-friendly, with a kids' zone and free admission for children.
25-26: Great American Nano Festival, Portland, OR
The 2012 Great American Nano Festival will be held at Buckman Botanical Brewery in Portland. This two-day event celebrates beers made by nanobreweries, defined as breweries that produce less than 996 barrels per year. Recent editions of this festival have featured the presentation of homebrew contest awards, brewery tours, live music, food, and games and raffle prizes. The festival is kid- and dog-friendly.
25: Great Nebraska Beer Festival, Papillon, NE
The Nebraska Brewing Company presents the fourth annual Great Nebraska Beer Fest, which will take place "in the shadow of" the Shadow Lake Towne Center Mall in Papillon. This festival will feature more than 200 beers. All of Nebraska breweries will be represented, along with regional breweries whose beer is not normally available in the state. Many breweries will have breweries or other representatives on hand. The festivities will also include educational seminars and live entertainment.
25: Hops in Humboldt, Fortuna, CA
The ninth annual Hops in Humboldt will be held at Rohner Park in Fortuna. This afternoon event, which takes place in the heart of the redwoods, will feature beer from more than 35 breweries from around the country, voting for the "People's Choice" award, five bands performing on stage, food, arts and crafts vendors, and the Hops Games.
25: Keweenaw Brewfest, Houghton, MI
The Keweenaw Brewfest Organization presents the third annual Keweenaw Brewfest will take place at East Houghton Waterfront Park in Houghton. This afternoon event will feature a wide selection of beer (there were 75 beers from 28 breweries at last year's festival), along with live music and food available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Keweenaw Community Foundation. This festival sold out last year.
25: Midwest Brewers Fest, Plainfield, IL
The second annual Midwest Brewers Fest will take place at the Plainfield Riverfront Park on the banks of the DuPage River. Last year's festival was an afternoon/evening with around 200 beers from more than 50 breweries, brewpubs, and homebrew clubs; artisanal food; local musical artists; brewing expos; and river activities including kayaking and fishing. The festival is a benefit for the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation.
25: New York Craft Beer Experience, Painted Post, NY
The 2012 New York Craft Beer Experience will be held at the Heritage Restaurant and Meeting Place, located at Indian Hills Golf Course in Painted Post. This afternoon event will feature beer from local, regional, and international breweries, with a regional beer judging; a homebrew competition; a beer education video; and a food and beer pairing, prepared by staff of the Meeting Place. Limited overnight camping is available.
25: Port of Potosi Brew Fest, Potosi, WI
The fourth annual Port of Potosi Brew Fest will take place at the Holiday Gardens Event Center in Potosi. This afternoon event will feature many of the beers brewed in the Tri-State region, along with wine and Wisconsin cheese. There will also be live music by Mr. Baber's Neighborhood: The Solar String Band. The festival is a benefit for the Potosi Brewery Foundation.
25: Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Fest, Des Moines, WA
The Des Moines Rotary Club presents the 2012 Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Fest, which will take place at Des Moines Beach Park on the shores of Puget Sound. This daytime outdoor festival will feature beer from local breweries (more than ten were represented last year). Local blues bands will perform; and bratwurst, tri-tip, and other barbecue items will be served. The festival is the primary fund-raiser for the Rotary Club's Music4Life program.
25: San Juan Brewfest, Durango, CO
CookManFood and United Way of Southwest Colorado present the 14th annual San Juan Brewfest, which will take place on Main Avenue in front of Buckley Park in downtown Durango. This afternoon event will feature more than 60 beers from 30 breweries, along with live music. VIP tickets, which include early admission, free food at the Brewfest, and an invitation to Friday evening's Brewer's Only party, are available. The festival is a benefit for United Way.
25: Sierra Brewfest, Grass Valley, CA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company presents the 23rd annual Sierra Brewfest, which will take place under Ponderosa pine trees at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Last year's festival was an afternoon event with more than 100 beers from over 30 microbreweries; live blues music; and food, including sausages, barbecue, and Mexican dishes.
25: Southern Brewers Festival, Chattanooga, TN
Big River Grille & Brewing Works presents the 18th annual Southern Brewers Festival, which will take place at Ross's Landing on the riverfront in downtown Chattanooga. Recent editions of this all-day festival have featured beer from more than 30 breweries, most of them from the South, along with live music and food. Proceeds will go to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block.
25: Taste of Brews-Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Taste of Brews in the Inland Empire will take place at Lighthouse Park, a waterfront venue in Long Beach. This event will feature beer from dozens of craft breweries, live musical entertainment, and free food samples (while supplies last) and free snacks.
25: Virginia Craft Brewer's Festival, Roseland, VA
The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and the Virginia Manufacturers Association present the inaugural Virginia Craft Brewers Festival, which will take place at the Concert Grounds at Devils Backbone in Roseland. This daytime event, to be held in the Blue Ridge Mountains, will feature a variety of Virginia-brewed beer; live local bands; food presented by The Rock Barn; and the Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition, with competitions in five categories. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Camping is available on the festival grounds.
26: City Weekly Utah Beer Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
City Weekly magazine presents the Utah Beer Festival, which will take place downtown at the Gallivan Center. This afternoon event will feature a variety of craft beers, including full-strength versions. VIP tickets, with an exclusive selection of beers, food pairings, and beer education, are available. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Local First Utah.
26: Zoo Brew, Brookfield, IL
The Brookfield Zoo will host the inaugural Zoo Brew. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 40 beers, live music by Modern Day Romeos, and a silent auction for items donated by participating breweries. The price of admission also includes parking and all-day admission at the zoo.
29: Long Ashton Beer Festival, Long Ashton, England
Brizzle Beer Festivals presents the inaugural Long Ashton Beer Festival, which will take place at the Long Ashton Community Centre. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with 18 local and "not so local"ales along with five locally-produced ciders. The festivities will also include music at both sessions and a live band in the evening; and food, including a hog roast. The festival is a fund-raiser for Community Hall.
30-September 1: Ale at Amberley, Amberley, England
The Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre will host the seventh annual Ale at Amberley. A variety of Real Ales, ciders, and perries will be available (there were more than 70 at last year's festival). Entertainment will include live music Saturday evening, along with Morris dancers, classic buses, vintage vehicles, a bric-a-brac shop, and food and crafts vendors. The museum will be open on Saturday afternoon. If any ale is left, there will be a "drink-up" session on Sunday, and the museum will be open.
30-September 1: Durham Beer Festival, Durham City, England
The Durham Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 32nd annual Durham Beer Festival, which will take place at Dunelm House (Durham Students' Union) in Durham City. Organizers expect to have 120 cask beers, along with 40 different ciders and perries. There will also be a "Battle of the Beers" competition featuring beers brewed especially for the festival. Hot and cold food will be available.
30-September 2: Key West Brew Fest, Key West, FL
The Southernmost Hotel Collection, together with the Key West Sunrise Rotary of the Conch Republic, presents the 2012 Key West BrewFest, which will take place at several locations in Key West. The signature event, on Friday evening, is the Grand Tasting on South Beach, with more than 100 beers served on the beach. Other events over the weekend include a kickoff party at the Bottlecap Groove Lounge, beer dinners, tastings led by brewmasters, brunches, a pool party, and after-parties.
30-September 2: Savannah Craft Brew Festival, Savannah, GA
The fifth annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest will be held at the Esplanade at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center overlooking the Savannah River. This festivities begin on Friday evening with a Craft Brew and Food Pairing Dinner featuring Lowcountry cuisine. On Saturday afternoon, The Grand Tasting will take place, with nearly 150 different craft beers along with live entertainment and food and souvenir items for sale. On Sunday, there will be an International Craft Brew Tasting with beer from several different countries.
30-September 1: Ulverston Charter Beer Festival, Ulverston, England
The Furness Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Ulverston Charter Beer Festival, which will take place at Coronation Hall. Recent editions of this festival have featured about 60 beers, plus ciders and perries; a "Beer of the Festival" competition; and a darts tournament.
31-September 2: Ashford Beer Festival, Ashford, England
The tenth annual Ashford Kent Beer Festival, a three-day event featuring beer, music, and rugby, will be held on the grounds of the Ashford Rugby Club. Organizers expect to have more than 60 Real Ales, including many rarely seen in Kent and a number of summer bitters; a selection of Real Ciders; live music each day; and a veterans', ladies', first team, and youth rugby tournaments.
31-September 2: Belgian Beer Weekend, Brussels, Belgium
The Belgian Brewers Association and the Knighthood of the Brewers' Mash present the 14th annual Belgian Beer Weekend, which will take place at the Grand'Place in Brussels. Belgian breweries of all sizes will be represented, with brewers in attendance; and beer will be sold at reasonable prices. Festival events include a celebration of St. Arnold, the patron saint of brewers and consecration of the beer; a display of historic brewery carts and beer wagons; and a brewers' parade in the city center. Admission to these events is free.
31-September 2: Bierbörse, Karlsruhe, Germany
The 11th annual Karlsruhe edition of Bierboerse, part of a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place at Schlossgarten. Hundreds of beers, including hard-to-find German microbrews, will be served in a Biergarten atmosphere. Festivities also include food and live entertainment, breweriana, and artisans' stands. The Bierboerse website is entirely in German.
31-September 3: Brewmasters International Beer Festival, Galveston, TX
Spec's Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods presents the second annual Brewmasters International Beer Festival, which will take place at Moody Gardens Golf Course in Galveston. Saturday afternoon's Brew-Ha-Ha Grand Tasting will showcase more than 300 beers from around the world. Other events include BrewLicious in the Ballroom on Friday evening, with chef-prepared food and a wide selection of beers; a Texas Brewery Tasting Tour before the Grand Tasting; and beer seminars Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The BrewTopia Beer Garden will be open all four days of the festival.
31-September 8: Choctaw Oktoberfest, Choctaw, OK
Old Germany Restaurant, the City of Choctaw, and the Choctaw Chamber present the 2012 Choctaw Oktoberfest, which will take place at Choctaw Creek Park. This nine-day celebration, to be held under tents in a 160-acre park, will feature German beer and wine; traditional food prepared by Old Germany; live music and dancing every day; and a huge children's area.
31-September 3: Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest, Berea, OH
The 2012 Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest will be held at the Berea Fairgrounds. The four-day celebration will include German food, beer, and entertainment; "People's Choice" awards for beer; local musicians and German dance groups; and competitions, including the Bavarian Strong Man/Woman Contest and the Oktoberfest 5K Bier Run.
31-September 1: Harbury Beer Festival, Harbury, England
The Heart of Warwickshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 22nd annual Harbury Beer Festival, which will take place at Harbury Village Hall. Organizers expect to have more than 60 ales, ciders, and perries. The theme for this year's festival is "Ale at Sea," featuring beers with nautical names along with beers from breweries within the Heart of Warwickshire area. Hot and cold food will be available at all sessions, and there will be live music Saturday evening.
31-September 2: La Fete Bieres et Saveurs, Chambly, QC, Canada
La Fete Bieres et Saveurs (the Beer and Flavour Fest) will be held at historic Fort Chambly, on the banks of the Richelieu River near the center of Montreal. This event will feature beer from local microbreweries and homebrewers; Quebec cheese, wine, and cider, and other food products; appearances by local chefs; artisans and craftspeople; children's activities; live music; and acrobats, magicians, and other entertainers. The festival website is entirely in French.
31: Lexington Fest of Ales, Lexington, KY
The fourth annual Lexington Fest of Ales will be held at Cheapside Square in downtown Lexington. This evening event will feature a variety of domestic and imported beer (there were about 100 last year, with 40 breweries represented), along with food from downtown restaurants and vendors. There will also be an official after-party at Pazzo's starting at 9 pm.
31-September 1: Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer Festival, Bend, OR
The 2012 Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer Festival will be held at the Des Chutes Historical Museum in downtown Bend. The festival will feature oak-, wine-, and whiskey-barrel aged beers from more than a dozen local breweries, along with a selection of bourbons and Oregon wines. Local restaurants will be serving food, and there will be live music both days of the festival. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Historical Society.
31-September 1: Portland Brew Festival, Portland, ME
The second annual Portland Brew Festival will be held at the Portland Company complex, a former locomotive factory on the eastern edge of city's Old Port. This Labor Day weekend event will feature beers, ciders, and meads from more than 30 New England breweries. There will also be homebrewing demonstrations and food and homebrewing supplies for sale.