8-12: Great British Beer Festival, London, England
The Campaign for Real Ale presents the 40th anniversary 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.
12: Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, WI
The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild presents the 31st 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 will be 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.
22-26: Peterborough Beer Festival, Peterborough, England
The Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 40th annual Peterborough Beer Festival, which will take place at The Embankment. This five-day event will feature more than 400 Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders, perries, and foreign bottled beers; they will be served under massive marquees on the riverside. In addition, there will be live music, along with food and merchandise for purchase.