July 2012 Events

June 29-1: Beer Passion Weekend, Antwerp, Belgium

Beer Passion magazine presents Beer Passion Weekend, which will take place at Groenplaats in downtown Antwerp. This three-day event will feature around 200 beers, most of them brewed in Flanders, along with beer cuisine and musical entertainment. The Beer Passion magazine website is entirely in Dutch.

June 29-1: Bierbörse, Hückeswagener, Germany

The second Hückeswagener edition of Bierboerse, part of a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place on Bahnhofsstraße and Bahnhofsplatz. 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.

June 29-1: Billericay Lions Beer Festival, Billericay, England

The Lions Club of Billericay presents the third annual Billericay Beer Festival, which will take place on the grounds of the Billericay Football Club. Last year's festival featured more than 40 Real Ales, ciders, and perries, along with a hog roast all weekend. All profits will be donated to worthy causes.

June 29-1: Chicago Craft Beer Festival, Chicago, IL

The inaugural Chicago Craft Beer Festival will be held on the grounds of St. Michael's Parish in Chicago's Old Town. This event, modeled after an authentic Belgian beer fest, will feature more than 50 craft-brewed beers, with an emphasis on small Midwestern breweries. The festivities will also include live music all three days, food for purchase, and artisans and crafters.

June 29-1: North American Organic Brewers Festival, Portland, OR

The eighth annual North American Organic Brewers Festival will be held at Overlook Park in Portland. This outdoor event, which is designed to raise awareness of organic brewing and sustainable living, will feature more than 50 organic beers from around the country. The festivities will also include live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, and a children's area. Admission is free. The festival benefits the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Oregon Food Bank.

June 29-1: Walthamstow Cricket Club 150th Anniversary Beer Festival, Wahthamstow, England

The Walthamstow Cricket Club will celebrate its 150th anniversary by hosting its first-ever Beer Festival. More than ten Real Ales and specialty beers will be available at the club over the weekend. The festivities will also include cricket matches Saturday and Sunday afternoons, local live music Friday and Saturday evenings, and a traditional pub quiz on Sunday.

6-8: Beer on the Wye VIII, Hereford, England

The Herefordshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents Beer on the Wye VIII, the Herefordshire Beer Festival, which will take place at the Hereford Rowing Club, a big-top style marquee pitched on a riverside meadow. Organizers expect to have more than 140 beers from throughout the UK, along with 100 ciders and perries. Last year's festival also featured seven live music acts; food, including a hog roast; and a number of stalls and exhibitions.

6-8: Bierbörse, Viersen-Dülken, Germany

The sixth annual Viersen edition of Bierboerse, part of a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place in Dülken. 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.

6-8: Brentwood Beer & Music Festival, Brentwood, England

The 2012 Brentwood Beer & Music Festival will be held at the Brentwood Centre. Organizers expect to have more than 200 beers and ciders, and have booked more than 50 musical acts. This year's festival charity is Help for Heroes.

6-7: Chorlton Beer Festival, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, England

The Trafford & Hulne Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the eighth annual Chorlton Beer Festival, which will take place on the grounds of St Clement's Church in Chorlton-cum-Hardy. The festival, run in conjunction with the church, will feature more than 75 Real Ales, at least 30 ciders and perries, and a wide selection of bottled foreign beers. The festival is a fund-raiser for the church.

6-7: Guildford Beer Festival, Guildford, England

The Guildford Cricket Club will host the third Guildford Beer Festival, which will take place under marquees on the club's grounds. The festival, held on the weekend before Guildford Cricket Week, will feature more than 50 cask ales from independent breweries in Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, and Hampshire, along with hand-crafted ciders, wines, and soft drinks. Food, including hog roast, will be available, and the entertainment lineup will include a brass band and a jazz quartet.

6-7: Haydon Bridge Beer Festival, Haydon Bridge, England

The third annual Haydon Bridge Beer Festival will be held at Low Hall Park Ground in Haydon Bridge. This CAMRA-supported event will feature 36 local ales, 14 ciders from around the UK, and wines from around the world. The festivities will also include live entertainment Friday evening and Saturday; and food, including barbecue on Friday evening. The festival is a fund-raiser for several sports and community organizations.

6-8: Ribfest and Craft Beer Show, Barrie, ON, Canada

The 11th annual Ribfest and Craft Beer Show will be held at Memorial Square in downtown Barrie. The Craft Beer Show is part of a four-day festival that features a Celebrity Cookoff and a Judge's Choice Award event for best sauce, ribs, and pulled pork.

6-8: Seattle International Beer Fest, Seattle, WA

The 2012 Seattle International Beer Fest will be held at a new venue, the Fisher Pavilion and lawn in Seattle Center. This outdoor event will feature a "Grande Beer Garden" with more than 200 beers from 16 countries, including exotic and hard-to-find beers. The festivities will also include live bands performing all weekend; food from local restaurants; and free games, including darts, backgammon, checkers, chess, and cards. The festival is a benefit for Pet Cross, an animal charity.

6-7: Wakefield Cub Scouts Beer Festival, Wakefield, England

The 15th Wakefield Cub Scouts present their 16th annual Beer Festival, which will take place at Scout Headquarters in Wakefield. This event, which is a fund-raiser for the Scouts, will feature Real Ales from West Yorkshire microbreweries, along with lagers and wines. Hot food will be available both days.

7: 2nd Shift and Friends 23rd Annual Beerfest, New Haven, MO

The 23rd annual 2nd Shift and Friends Beerfest which will be held at the brewery, which is located in New Haven. This afternoon event will feature beer from 20 regional breweries, plus a special guest, the Weeping Radish Brewery from North Carolina. Proceeds will go to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri.

7: Brews n' Blues, Oshkosh, WI

The Oshkosh Jaycees present the 17th annual Brews n' Blues, which will take place at Leach Amphitheater. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 100 beers from 30 breweries, along with performances by several local "blues-esque" bands and food available for purchase. A limited number of VIP tickets are available. Proceeds will go to local charities.

7: Chetek Brew & Rib Fest, Chetek, WI

The Chetek Community Club presents the 15th annual Chetek Brew & Rib Fest, which will take place at Phillips Park. This afternoon, rain-or-shine event will feature beer from regional and national microbreweries, with brewery representatives on hand; rib tasting from teams competing for "Best of the Fest" and "People's Choice" honors; and live music. Proceeds will go to local charitable organizations.

7: Del Norte Brewing Company Summer Concert Series, Denver, CO

Del Notre Brewing Company, located in Denver, presents the July edition of its Summer Concert Series. This afternoon event will feature the Kentucky Street Parlor Pickers, who play a blend of bluegrass, rock, and blues. The price of admission includes three pints of Del Norte Beer. A local food truck will be at the event.

7-10: Ealing Beer Festival, Ealing, England

The West Middlesex Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 23rd annual Ealing Beer Festival, which will take place in Walpole Park. Organizers expect to have more than 200 cask beers, ciders and perries, and draft and bottled foreign beers. Hot and cold food will be available, and there will be pub games and a CAMRA stall.

7: Haddenham Summer Real Ale Festival, Woodways, England

The 2012 Haddenham Summer Real Ale Festival will be held at the Village Hall complex in Haddenham. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 40 Real Ales; ciders, perries, and foreign bottled beers; food; and live music. Proceeds will go to local charities.

7-8: Leyland Festival, Leyland, England

The 2012 of the Leyland Festival will take place at Worden Park in Leyland. The festival celebrates Leyland's transport heritage, including British Leyland vehicles. There will be a variety of events, including a beer festival which, in recent years, has featured more than 30 beers and ciders from around the U.K.

7-8 and 21-22: White Rock Beer Festival, Sevenoaks, England

The White Rock Inn, a family-run public house and restaurant in Sevenoaks, will host the White Rock Beer Festival. This two-weekend event will feature beer brewed in Kent, music from local bands, taster offers, pudding plates, and barbecue and other pub grub.

8: Stone Sour Fest, Escondido, CA

Stone Brewing Company will host the sixth annual Stone Sour Fest. This Sunday daytime event, which the brewery describes as one of the biggest festivals ever to feature this style, will feature a lineup chosen by the brewery's "Dr." Bill Sysak (there were more than 40 bottled and over 50 draft beers at last year's event). Food will be available at the brewery's restaurant.

10-14: Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival, Chelmsford, England

The Chelmsford & Mid-Essex Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale present the 2012 Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival, which will take place at a new venue, the Chelmsford Social Club. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 300 Real Ales, along with over 100 ciders and perries, an assortment of Belgian beers, and local wines; food; and live entertainment.

11-15: Derby City Summer Beer Festival, Derby, England

The Derby Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 35th annual Derby Summer Beer Festival, which will take place at the Assembly Rooms. This year's event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Recent editions of this festival have featured 150 Real Ales, including rare and locally-brewed beers, along with a selection of ciders and continental drinks, and live entertainment. Proceeds will be given to charity.

12: Brew at the Zoo, Washington, DC

The Friends of the National Zoo Young Professionals present 2012 Brew at the Zoo, which will take place at Lion/Tiger Hill inside the zoo. This Thursday evening event will feature beer from more than 40 microbreweries. Food will be served, and there will be live music. Proceeds will support animal care, conservation science, education, and sustainability at the zoo.

12-15: Dumfries Folk 'n Ale Festival, Dumfies, Scotland

The Dumfries & Stewartry Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Dumfries Folk 'n Ale Festival, which will take place at various locations in town. The festivities will include the Dumfries Real Ale Trail, with 11 pubs pouring more than 60 cask-conditioned ales; an open-air folk music concert, a street busking competition, and sing-along sessions.

12-15: Festival of Beer and Flowers, Lasko, Slovenia

The 48th annual Festival of Beer and Flowers will be held in the Old Town Center of Lasko (population 3,600). The festival, which is Slovenia's biggest tourist event, will feature beer tents, live performances by Slovenian and international bands, including Gov't Mule; flower displays throughout the town; a parade; and evening fireworks.

12-15: Griffin Beer Festival Attleborough, Norfolk, England

The Griffin, a free house in Norfolk that was once an Elizabethan coaching Inn, will host a Beer Festival. Thirty Real Ales will be available, and there will also be live music and food.

12: Hops on the Hill, Green Bay, WI

Heritage Hill State Historical Park and Dean Distributing present the fifth annual Hops on the Hill, which will take place on the grounds of Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Green Bay. This evening event, which is a fund-raiser for the park, will feature 50 craft beers and food from 15 area restaurants; entertainment by "Big Mouth"; and an auction for a variety of items, including Packers tickets and memorabilia and spa and golf packages.

12-15: Pivofest Prilep, Prilep, Macedonia

The tenth annual Pivofest Prilep will take place in downtown Prilep. Recent editions of this festival have featured about 15 local and international beers; live entertainers every day; and stands selling grilled food.

13-15: Bierbörse, Mainz, Germany

The 14th annual Mainz edition of Bierboerse, part of a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place on Rheinufer, behind City Hall. 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.

13-14: Biergarten Festival, Morrison, CO

The German American Chamber of Commerce (Colorado) presents the 16th Annual Biergarten Festival, which will take place at the TEV Edelweiss Pavilion in Morrison. This all-day event is a family cultural event with beer, featuring Paulaner beer; food; entertainment; traditional German music; German dance groups; and games for children.

13: Breckenridge Beer Festival, Breckenridge, CO

KSMT-FM, "The Mountain," presents the 2012 Breckenridge Beer Festival, which will take place at Main Street Station. This afternoon event, which organizers describe as "a festival of brews and views," will feature beer from 25 Colorado and Western microbreweries along with live music by three bands.

13-14: Camberley Summer Ale Fest, Camberley, England

The Camberley Town FC Supporters present the 2012 Camberley Summer Ale Fest, which will take place at Krooner Park. Organizers expect to have Real Ales and ciders from a number of local breweries, along with bacon and spam rolls. There will be live music Saturday evening.

13: Friday the Firkenteenth, Philadelphia, PA

Friday the Firkenteenth, held at the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, has become a Friday the 13th tradition, with 20 or more firkins of cask-conditioned beer to sample. This is the only known beer event in the world whose frequency and timing are entirely at the mercy of the calendar.

13-15: Great Dunmow Flitch Cider and Beer Festival, Great Dunmow, England

The Angel and Harp, a bar and restaurant located in Great Dunmow, will host the Great Dunmow Flitch Cider and Beer Festival. The festival coincides with the Great Dunmow Flitch, a competition held once every four years in which a couple wins a side of bacon if they can prove they have not argued for year and a day. There will be ciders and beers, along with live music and a hog roast all weekend.

13-14: Newt Beer Festival, North Newton, England

The 21st annual Newt Beer Festival will be held at Mill Cottage in North Newton. Recent editions of this festival, which organizers describe as "the largest of its kind in Somerset," have featured more than 90 Real Ales; live bands both days; and food, including cooked breakfast for campers and hot dogs and burgers for festival-goers.

13-15: Hopped Up Caribou Beer Fest, Lutsen, MN

Caribou Highlands Resort, located on Lake Superior’s North Shore, will host the inaugural Hopped Up Caribou Beer Fest. Last year's festival featured a beer garden on Saturday, with a number of Upper Midwest breweries represented and brewmasters on hand; food, including barbecue; live music; and the presentation of the Lake Superior Beer Cup. Other events over the weekend included a meet-the-brewers social Friday evening, and a Brewers Bloody Mary Breakfast on Saturday morning.

13: Hops 'n' Clocks, Columbia, PA

The National Watch and Clock Museum, Library & Research Center, located in Columbia, will host the 2012 Hops 'n' Clocks. This evening event, which is a fund-raiser for the museum, will feature beer from around 20 breweries, along with music by Irish folk musicians Fire in the Glen. The price of admission includes entry to the museum.

13-14: Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews, Loveland, CO

The 2012 Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews will be held on Railroad Avenue (between 5th and 4th Streets) in downtown Loveland. This weekend celebration will feature craft beer; food, including barbecue; live bands, with a headline act on Saturday evening; a shopping marketplace; a car show; and a kids' area and amusements. This year's festival sponsors are the House of Neighborly Service and the Larimer County Boys and Girls Club.

13-15: Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival, Shackerstone, England

The Hinckley & Bosworth branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, along with the Battlefield Line, presents the 2012 Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival, which will take place at Shackerstone Station. Last year's festival featured 20 locally brewed beers, ciders, and perries, spread between the Goods Shed (adjacent to Market Bosworth station), Shenton Station, and on the Steam Trains, along with "Seaside Attractions" at both Market Bosworth and Shackerstone stations.

13-14: Plymouth Beer Festival, Plymouth, England

The Plymouth Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 19th annual Plymouth Beer Festival, which will take place at the Plymouth Pavilions. More than 120 Real Ales will be served, along with over 50 ciders and perries and (new this year) a foreign bottled beer bar. The Supreme Champion Beer and Cider of the Festival will be chosen, along with the LocAle Champion Beer of the Festival. There will be live music both evenings, along with other entertainment including bar games and a tombola. Hot food will be available.

13-15: Poppy Line Beer Festival, Sheringham, England

The North Norfolk Railway presents the 2012 Poppy Line Beer Festival, which will take place at the Sheringham steam railway station. Recent editions of this festival have featured a selection of beers from East Anglia and the rest of the U.K., food, and live entertainment. There will be frequent service on the Bittern Line from Norwich via North Walsham and Cromer to Sheringham.

13-15: SIBA South East Beer Festival, Tonbridge, England

The Society of Independent Brewers will hold its sixth annual South East Beer Festival, which will take place at Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club. Organizers expect to have more than 100 beers from over 30 independent breweries, along with a selection of local ciders. Food and soft drinks will be available at all sessions.

14: BreastFest, San Francisco, CA

The 12th annual BreastFest will take place at the Festival Pavilion in San Francisco's Fort Mason. This afternoon event will feature beer from 50 to 60 breweries, many of them from the Bay Area, along with live music, food, and a prize raffle. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival is a benefit for the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, which serves low-income women with breast cancer.

14: Charlbury Beer Festival, Charlbury, England

The 2012 Charlbury Beer Festival will be held at the Charlbury Cricket Club. Organizers expect to have around 50 Real Ales, along with a variety of ciders, perries, and wines. The festivities will also include the second annual World "Aunt Sally" Open Singles competition ("Aunt Sally" is a traditional pub game); ten live musical acts; play sessions for children; and food, including locally-sourced sausage. Proceeds from the festival will go to charity.

14: City View Brewfest, Des Moines, IA

The 2012 City View Brewfest will be held at Principal Park in Des Moines. This afternoon event will feature more than 450 beers from 150 breweries around the country, including new products and limited-release specialty beers.

14: Colorado Brewers Rendezvous, Salida, CO

The Colorado Brewers Guild presents the 16th annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous, which will take place at Salida Town Park. This afternoon event, which is also sponsored by the Salida Chamber of Commerce, will feature beer from more than 45 Colorado breweries, along with live music and food vendors, in a historic outdoor setting.

14: Cuddington Beer Festival, Worcester Park, England

The 2012 Cuddington Beer Festival will be held at Rowe Hall in Worcester Park. There will be lunchtime and evening sessions, each with more than 30 ales and ciders, along with food for purchase. The festival is a benefit for the Second Cuddington Scout Group.

14: Craft Beer Comes to Boothbay, Boothbay, ME

The Maine Brewers' Guild presents the second annual Craft Beer Comes to Boothbay event, which will take place at Boothbay Craft Brewery. This afternoon event will feature beer from Maine craft breweries, including some new ales; a New England style summer barbecue prepared by the Boothbay Resort; a silent auction; and an opportunity to tour one of Maine's newest breweries. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

14: Delaney's Chili Cook-Off & Beer Festival, New Haven, CT

Delaney's Tap Room, a bar in New Haven, will host its eighth annual Chili Cook-Off & Beer Festival. This afternoon outdoor event (the street will be closed) will feature more than 100 beers from over 65 breweries, along with live music and a chili competition with the winner selected by festival-goers. All proceeds will benefit local cancer charities.

14: Elford Hall Gardens Beer and Folk Festival, Elford, England

Elford Hall Gardens, a walled Georgian garden, will host the 2012 Beer and Folk Festival. This day-long atmospheric event will feature a good range of Real Ales, music in the afternoon and evening; food, including an evening hog roast; games storytelling for children; and cream teas in the rose garden. Festival-goers are invited to bring their instruments and play by the riverside. All proceeds will go toward the restoration of the garden.

This event has been cancelled.

14-15: Festival of Ale at the Woodcote Rally, Woodcote, England

The South Oxfordshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the Festival of Ale at the Woodcote Rally. Organizers expect to have more than 25 ales, lagers, and ciders. The Festival of Ale is part of the 49th Woodcote Rally, a celebration of steam, vintage, and veteran transport. The festivities will also include crafts, trade stands, children's entertainment, protected animals, live bands, and a traditional fun fair.

14-16: Great Japan Beer Festival, Osaka, Japan

The Japan Craft Beer Association presents the Great Japan Beer Festival 2012-Osaka, which will take place at Kyosera Dome Sky Hall. More than 120 microbrewed beers will be available for sampling.

14: Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival, Lutsen, MN

The second annual Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival will be held at the Caribou Highlands Lodge on Lutsen Mountains, located on the north shore of Lake Superior. This afternoon event will feature beer from a dozen breweries, most of them from Minnesota; educational presentations by beer experts; presentation of the Lake Superior Beer Cup; live music; barbecue and other food; an after-party. Shuttles will run between local lodgings and the festival. The Beer Garden is part of a weekend-long celebration at the Lodge.

14: Indiana Microbrewers Festival, Indianapolis, IN

The Brewers of Indiana Guild presents the 17th annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival, which will take place at Opti-Park in Broad Ripple (Indianapolis). Recent editions of the festival have featured more than 200 beers from more than 35 breweries, most of them from Indiana, with brewers in attendance; a cask-conditioned table, with up to 16 firkins served on gravity; a replicale, with Indiana breweries using a mutual recipe; and games, food and live music, and door prizes.

14-15: International Craft-Brewed Beer Festival, Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana Brewery and Stone Brewing Beer Company present the eighth annual International Craft-Brewed Beer Festival, which will take place at the Caliente Casino. This two-day event, which has now become a Tijuana tradition, will feature the products of more than 30 American and Mexican breweries and restaurants.

14: Nando's Canada Cup of Beer, Vancouver, BC, Canada

JustHereForTheBeer.com presents the 2012 Nando's Canada Cup of Beer, which will take place at Thunderbird Stadium on the University of British Columbia campus. Recent editions of this festival, which organizers described as "Vancouver's largest beer festival," have attracted more than 30 breweries and vendors, with brewmasters in attendance; a selection of over 150 beers; and, in addition to the festival itself, a number of satellite events in the Vancouver area.

14: Southern New Hampshire Brew-Fest, Hooksett, NH

White Birch Brewing, located in Hooksett, will host the second annual Southern New Hampshire Brew-Fest. This evening event, which will be held under the big top, will feature beer from White Birch and more than 15 other breweries, along with food from local restaurants. Parking is free. VIP tickets, with early admission and an opportunity to meet the brewers, are available.

14: State of Jefferson Brewfest, Mt. Shasta, CA

The Mt. Shasta Rotary presents the 20th annual State of Jefferson Brewfest, which will take place at Mt. Shasta Ski Park at the base of the mountain. This afternoon event will feature more than 50 beers from local and regional breweries, including special beers not widely distributed. The festivities will also include live music, food from the Ski Park's Coyote Cafe, and barbecue. Proceeds will be used to fund Rotary projects.

14: Summertime Brews Festival, Greensboro, NC

Rock 92 presents the eighth annual Summertime Brews Festival, which will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Recent editions of this afternoon/evening event have featured 250 beers from around 100 breweries, along with live entertainment and food and merchandise vendors. A limited number of early entry tickets are available. Part of the proceeds from the festival will go to charity.

14: Sunfest Summer Beer Celebration, Omaha, NE

Beer Corner USA presents the sixth annual Sunfest Summer Beer Celebration, which will take place at Beertopia in Omaha. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 200 beers, including rare beers, new releases, and beers available only at the festival. More than 40 brewery representatives will be on hand. Food will be available, and live music will be provided by the Night Shaker Trio.

14-15: Taste Tavern at Taste of Dallas, Dallas, TX

A Taste Tavern has been added to this year's Taste of Dallas, which will take place inside a large, air-conditioned space at Fair Park. More than 100 beers from 30 breweries, including a number of Texas craft breweries, will be available, along with 50 wines from around the country. Taste Tavern will also feature cooking with beer and wine demonstrations, an opportunity to speak with craft beer experts, and musical entertainment.

14-21: Wilmington Beer Week, Wilmington, DE

The second annual Wilmington Beer Week will take place at various locations in and around Wilmington, Delaware. This summer celebration of food and craft beer will showcase the city's breweries, beer bars, and restaurants. Events will include beer dinners, tap takeovers, meet-the-brewer events, special tastings, and a trivia quiz.

16: St. Paul Summer Beer Festival, St. Paul, MN

The fourth annual St. Paul Summer Beer Festival will return to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds-International Bazaar. This afternoon event will feature craft beer testing (more than 70 breweries were represented in recent years), live music, hot and cold food, and a silent auction benefitting the YMCA of Midway. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

19-22: Festival des Bieres du Monde de Saguenay, Saguenay, QC, Canada

The fourth annual Festival des Bieres du Monde de Saguenay will be held in the Zone Portuaire in Saguenay. Recent editions of this festival, which attracts 45,000 visitors, have featured more than 200 beers, live entertainment every evening, more than 60 vendors selling more than 150 products from the region, and appearances by local chefs. The festival website is entirely in French.

19-21: Kent CAMRA Beer Festival, Canterbury, England

The Kent Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Kent CAMRA Beer Festival, which will take place at Merton Farm, a working farm outside Canterbury. This event, which the second-oldest CAMRA festival, will feature beer from more than 40 breweries throughout the U.K., including more than 20 from Kent, along with a range of ciders. There will be live entertainment; and food stalls will offer curry, hot snacks, and local cheese.

19-21: Reading Real Ale and Jazz Festival, Reading, England

The Reading Hockey Club, in association with The Reading Post, presents the 2012 Reading Real Ale and Jazz Festival, which will take place at in Christchurch Meadow. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 30 Real Ales, along with cider, wine, and Champagne; a variety of jazz musicians performing each evening; and food, including barbecue, a hog roast, and chocolate.

19-21: Rutland Multum-in-Parvo Beer Festival, Oakham, England

The Rutland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the second annual Rutland Multum-in-Parvo Beer Festival, which will take place at the Rutland County Museum in Oakham. Organizers expect to have more than 40 Real Ales, including a selection of LocAles, along with ciders and perries. Entertainment is planned for evening sessions and Saturday afternoon, and food will be available. Admission is free on Thursday and on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

20-22: Bierbörse, Bonn, Germany

The 17th annual Bonn edition of Bierboerse, part of a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place in Rheinaue. 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.

20-21: Bollington Beer Festival, Bollington, England

The 2012 Bollington Beer Festival will be held at the Bollington Arts Centre. This event, which is part of the 50th Bollington Festival, will feature 20 beers and ten ciders, live music, and food. Proceeds will go to the Bollington Festival.

20-22: Cotswold Beer Festival, Winchcombe, England

The Gloucestershire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 36th annual Cotswold Beer Festival, which will take place at Postlip Hall, near Winchcombe. Recent editions of this festival have featured around 80 Real Ales and 20 Real Ciders; food, including barbecue; and live entertainment.

20-22: Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show, Kitchener, ON, Canada

The 2012 Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show will be held at Victoria Park. Recent editions of this festival have featured around 50 Ontario-brewed beers, barbecued ribs and chicken, and live entertainment. Admission is free, but donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region will be accepted at the gate.

20: Empire State Brewing & Music Festival, Syracuse, NY

The 2012 Empire Brewfest will be held in Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse. Recent editions of this evening event, sanctioned by the New York State Brewers Association, have featured around 300 beers, tents dedicated to Belgian-style and cask-conditioned beers, national and international brewery representatives on hand to answer questions, live bands performing on two stages, brewing-related merchandise, and food from local restaurants.

20-22: Mark Cross Beer Festival, Mark Cross, England

The Mark Cross Inn, a public house located in Mark Cross (near Tunbridge Wells), will host a Beer Festival. This three-day event will feature a selection of beers and ciders; food, including a hog roast and barbecue; and live music.

20-22: Portland International Beer Fest, Portland, OR

The 2012 Portland International Beer Fest will be held in the North Park Blocks in Portland's Pearl District. This outdoor event will feature a "Grande Beer Garden" with 150 beers from 16 countries, including many beers from the Pacific Northwest. The festivities will also include live music; food from local eateries; and free darts, chess, and other bar games. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival is a benefit for Pet Cross, an animal charity.

20-22: Reedham Beer Festival, Reedham, England

The Humpty Dumpty Brewery presents the 2012 Reedham Beer Festival, which will take place at the Reedham Village Hall and Playing Fields. This family-friendly event will feature more than 40 Real Ales from local and regional microbreweries; ciders and perries from Norfolk producers; live music at every session; and food, including Samphire pork pies.

20-21: Styal Beer Festival, Styal, England

"The Pride of Cheshire" Styal Football Club will host the fourth annual Styal Beer Festival. Organizers expect to have 50 ales from 25 Cheshire breweries (the largest-ever selection of Cheshire Ales in one place), along with Derbyshire "Moravka" lager, ciders, and perries. The festivities will also include music by three live bands; an expanded sporting program, including football and cricket competitions; a local pub tug-of-war; and food, including a hog roast. Afternoon sessions are family-friendly, with free admission.

20-21: Vermont Brewers Festival, Burlington, VT

The Vermont Brewers Association presents the 20th annual Vermont Brewers Festival, which will take place at Burlington's Waterfront Park, located on the shore of Lake Champlain with the Adirondack Mountains in the background. This two-day festival traditionally features beer from more than 30 invited breweries based in Vermont, the Northeast, and Canada. The festivities also include live entertainment, a "Meet the Brewer" program, and food vendors.

20-22: Windsor LocAle Festival, Old Windsor, England

The Windsor & Maidenhead Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the third annual Windsor LocAle Festival, which will take place at the Windsor Farm Shop. This three-afternoon event will feature 45 Real Ales from local breweries, along with ciders and perries. Food will be available on Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

21: All Pints North Summer Brew Fest, Duluth, MN

The Minnesota Brewers Guild presents the inaugural All Points North Summer Brew Fest, which will take place at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. This afternoon event will feature beer from Minnesota microbreweries and brewpubs, along with select regional and national craft brands. Brewers will be in attendance. The festivities will also include live music and entertainment, beer-centered activities and educational programs, and food vendors.

21-30: Annafest, Forchheim, Germany

Annafest, the Festival of Saint Anne, was first held in Forchheim in 1446. This ten-day festival takes place at the Kellerwald, a beer garden with a capacity of 30,000. There will be 23 beer gardens, live music on six stages, food from local restaurants, carnival rides, and family activities. The festival website is entirely in German.

21: Bremerton Summer Brewfest, Bremerton, WA

The Washington Beer Commission presents the second annual Bremerton Summer Brewfest, which will take place downtown on Pacific Avenue between Burwell and Sixth Street. This all-day festival will feature more than 50 summer-style beers from 25 Washington State breweries, along with live music from three bands and food for purchase.

21: Brew Fest, Evanston, WY

The Evanston Main Street Promotions Committee presents the fourth annual Evanston Brew Fest, which will take place in the city's historic downtown. This afternoon event will feature 25 beers from around 15 breweries. The festivities will also include live music, food, a homebrew competition, and the Big Deal on a Big Wheel competitions. After-parties will continue into the evening.

21-22: Burning River Fest, Cleveland, OH

The 12th annual Burning River Fest will take place at the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island. This two-day event, which marks the burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969, will feature more than 30 musicians and bands, beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company, fresh food from local farms and eateries, and educational environmental exhibits. Proceeds will benefit the Burning River Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the sustainable future of waterways.

21: Dog & Grog-Montana Microbrew Festival, Virginia City, MT

The ninth annual Dog and Grog-Montana Microbrew Festival will be held under the big tent at the Bale of Hay Saloon in Historic Virginia City. This daytime event will showcase beer from ten Montana breweries; classic rock from Comstock Lode; and live music inside the bar after the festival itself.

21: Hook Norton Festival of Fine Ales, Hook Norton, England

The Hook Norton Brewery presents the 19th annual Hook Norton Festival of Fine Ales, which will take place at Rural Fayre Field. The festival, which runs from noon "until we run out of beer," will feature a wide selection of beer (recent festivals have featured more than 100). There will be live music all day and two pig roasts, along with other food. Proceeds will be donated to Leukaemia Research and Lymphoma Research and other charities.

21: Hops, Vines & Wines Festival, Selinsgrove, PA

The fifth annual Hops, Vines & Wines Festival will take place in historic downtown Selinsgrove. Recent festivals have been afternoon events featuring beer from about 30 breweries, along with locally-made wine; food; and live music. Last year's festival sold out.

21: Michigan Bier Celebration, Frankenmuth, MI

Frankenmuth Brewery and Charity Celebration present the inaugural Michigan Bier Celebration, which will take place at Heritage Park’s Harvey Kern Pavilion in downtown Frankenmuth. This all-day event will provide a "sneak peak" at Oktoberfest-style beer from more than 25 breweries, most of them from Michigan. The festivities will also include live music from traditional German and modern American bands, DJ music, and food. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for a number of local charities.

21: Milwaukee Firkin Craft Beer Festival, Milwaukee, WI

East Town Association and BrewFest Partners present the third annual Milwaukee Firkin Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at Cathedral Square Park in downtown Milwaukee. This afternoon event will feature more than 90 cask-conditioned beers from Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin. The festivities will also include the "Big Firkin" award, historic Milwaukee brewing exhibits and tours, breweriana on display, and an appearance by beer historian Len Jurgensen. VIP tickets, with early admission and an opportunity to meet the brewers, are available.

21: Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival, Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Zoo presents the fourth annual Summer Ale Festival, which will take place at the zoo. This evening event will feature a selection of seasonal ales and local cuisine, presented in a garden that is home to 1,300 rare and endangered species. The festivities will also include live music, voting for Philadelphia's favorite summer beer, and local food. VIP tickets, with early admission and an exclusive VIP area, are available.

21: Phinney Neighborhood Association Beer Taste, Seattle, WA

The Phinney Neighborhood Association will host its seventh annual Beer Taste, which will take place in the Lower PNA Lot. This late-afternoon event will feature beer from more than 20 Northwest breweries, live music, pub-style snacks, and bratwurst provided by the Barking Dog Alehouse, a co-sponsor of this event.

21: Rhythm & Brews, Solon, OH

Friends of Solon Center for the Arts and the Ohio Craft Brewers Association present Rhythm & Brews, which will take place at Solon Community Park. This afternoon event will feature beer from 15 breweries, wine tastings from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, local food vendors, and Mary Coyle beer-infused ice cream. The festivities will also include music by Seven Mile Isle and Abby Normal and the Detroit Lean, along with an artists' marketplace and juried art show.

21: Roadhouse Brewfest Hillsboro, OR

The Cornelius Roadhouse & Imbrie Hall will host McMenamin's 11th annual Roadhouse Brewfest. This all-day event is a "non-competitive celebration of beer," with McMenamins' brewers on hand. In addition to McMenamins' ales, the festivities will include live music, food from Imbrie Hall, and activities for children. Admission is free.

21-22: Saraveza's IIPA Fest, Portland, OR

Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern, located in Portland, will host its third annual IIPA Fest. This two-day event will feature around 40 Imperial India Pale Ales over the two days, with 20 or more--including special fest beers--on draft at all times. The festivities will also include live music and B.B.L.T.s (Bacon, Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwiches).

21: Summer Beer Dabbler at Highland Fest, St. Paul, MN

The Beer Dabbler presents the fourth annual Summer Beer Dabbler at Highland Fest, which will take place at Hillcrest Park in St. Paul. This outdoor afternoon event, held in partnership with Highland Fest and the Highland Business Association, will feature beer from more than 50 local, regional, and national breweries, including a selection of special-release beers. The festivities will also include a BJCP/AHA-sanctioned homebrew contest, gourmet food trucks, beer education, live music, and games and activities. Part of the proceeds will go the Highland Business Association.

21: Weston RFC Beer Festival, Weston-Super-Mare, England

Brizzle Beer festivals presents the inaugural Weston RFC Beer Festival, which will take place at Weston Rugby Football Club. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with 32 ales and six ciders. Along with Hog Roasts, the evening session will feature West Country humor from the band Shag Connor and the Carrot Crunchers.

25: Pints for Prostates Portland Pale Ale Invitational, Portland, OR

Beer West magazine, in conjunction with the Oregon Brewers Festival, present the inaugural Pints for Prostates Portland Pale Ale Invitational, which will be held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. This evening event, which takes place before the Brewers Festival itself, will feature beer from 24 breweries, half from Oregon and half from around the globe. All net proceeds will support the Pints for Prostates campaign.

26-29: Beer Festival at the Redoubt, Harwich, England

Harwich Town Brewing Company presents the second annual Beer Festival at the Redoubt. It will take place at the Harwich Redoubt, a circular fort dating from the Napoleonic era. The festival will feature beers from Harwich Town and a number of other microbreweries, along with live music and food.

26: Queer Beer Festival, Toronto, ON, Canada

Toronto's Festival of Beer presents the second annual Queer Beer Festival, which will take place at the Bandshell on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition. The afternoon/evening event, described as "the first of its kind in North America," will celebrate the queer and trans communities and Canada's brewing history. More than 200 beers will be available. The festivities will also include live entertainment; food, ranging form barbecue to oysters; and sessions hosted by beer experts.

26-28 (provisional): Stortford Beer Festival, Bishops Stortford, England

The Bishops Stortford British Legion and the Herts & Essex Borders Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale present the fourth annual Stortford Beer Festival, which will take place at the British Legion Club in Bishops Stortford. Last year's festival featured more than 45 Real Ales, along with Real Cider. Admission is free.

26-29: Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland, OR

The Oregon Brewers Guild and the Oregon Brew Crew present the 25th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, which will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. The event traditionally features beer from about 80 breweries invited by organizers. The festivities also include food for purchase; are industry exhibits by hop growers, homebrewers, breweriana collectors, and national beer writers; live music throughout the weekend; and merchandise vendors. The festivities also include the Brewers Dinner and the Oregon Brewers Brunch & Parade, which officially kicks off the festival.

26-29: Yarnbury Beer Festival, Horsforth, England

The Yarnbury (Horsforth) Rugby Football Club presents the third annual Yarnbury Beer Festival, which will take place at the club's grounds in Horsforth. This event, which has been expanded to four days, will feature 50 Real Ales and ciders from around Yorkshire; live entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and the "Yarnbury Sevens" tournament on Sunday afternoon. The festival charity is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity.

27-29: Bierbörse, Düsseldorf-Benrath, Germany

The 20th annual Düsseldorf edition of Bierboerse, part of a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place in Benrath. 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.

27-August 5: The Farsons Great Beer Festival, Malta

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.

27-28: Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival, Ypsilanti, MI

The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the 15th annual Summer Beer Festival, which will take place at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. This two-day event will feature more than 450 beers from over 60 Michigan-based breweries, with an emphasis on "big" and hard-to-find beers. The festivities will include hourly releases of special festival beers; food; and live entertainment, including the "Drink Michigan Beer" Fight Song. 

27-29: Romiley Beer Festival, Romiley, England

The ninth annual Romiley Beer Festival will be held at the Duke of York, a public house in Romiley. There will be more than 40 Real Ales and ciders. The festivities will include three days of live music; themed food specials and food stalls in addition to the Duke of York's home-cooked menu; and games and contests on Sunday.

27-29: Strathmore Arms Beer Festival, Holwick, England

The Strathmore Arms, a century-old public house in Holwick Middleton-In-Teesdale, will host a Beer Festival. A large range of northern English beers, porters, stouts, and ciders will be available, and there will be live music all weekend.

27: Summer Brew Fest, Denver, CO

RightOn Productions presents the sixth annual Summer Brew Fest, which will take place at Mile High Station, near Invesco Field. This evening event will feature more than 125 beers from over 45 breweries, along with live music and food and merchandise vendors. VIP Power Hour tickets, with early admission and a cheese sampling, are available. This event benefits the Swallow Hill Music Association.

27: Toronto's Festival of Beer, Toronto, ON, Canada

Toronto's Festival of Beer, described as "Canada's leading beer festival," will be held on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 200 beers, Southern-style barbecue, live entertainment, and appearances by television personalities. During festival week, a number of satellite events will take place throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

28: Beer on the Bay, Erie, PA

The fifth annual Beer on the Bay will be held at Burger King Amphitheater on the bayfront in Erie. There will be two tasting sessions, each with beer from more than 35 regional microbreweries, along with food and live entertainment.

28: Blues & Brews, Akron, OH

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company and the Winking Lizard Tavern present the eighth annual Brews & Blues, which will take place at Lock 3 Park in Akron. This afternoon event will feature more than 200 craft beers, including a wide selection from Ohio breweries, along with live blues music by The Bluestones. Brewers Circle tickets, with early admission, lunch, and a special selection of beers, are available.

28: Bobtown Beer Bash, Roberttown, England

The Roberttown Road Runners present the third annual Bobtown Beer Bash, which will take place at the Roberttown Community Centre. This all-day event, presented with the support of the Heavy Woolen Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, will feature 35 or more barrels of Real Ale, including festival specials and one-off beers, along with ciders and perries. Food will be served, and there will be live music.

28: Brews for Books, Telford, PA

The 2012 Brews for Books Beer Festival will be held at the Indian Valley Public Library in Telford. This evening event will feature a variety of beers from both the East and West Coasts, presented by beer writer Don Russell, a/k/a "Joe Sixpack." The festivities will also include a homebrewing competition, live music, and food from local vendors. The festival is a benefit for the library.

28: California Beer Festival-Santa Cruz, Aptos, CA

California Beer Festival, LLC, presents the Santa Cruz edition of the California Beer Festival, which will take place at Aptos Village Park in Aptos. This afternoon event will feature more than 60 craft beers, along with live entertainment and food.

28-29: The Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue, Windsor, VT

The Harpoon Brewery will host the 12th annual Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue. More than 40 barbecue teams "from all over" will compete for cash and trophies, and some teams will be offering samples; Vermont bands will perform; fresh beer will be served, and brewery tours will be offered all weekend.

28: Lac du Flambeau Lions Club Brewfest, Lake Minocqua, WI

The Lac du Flambeau Lions Club presents the eighth annual Brewfest, which will take place in the pavilion at Torpy Park on the shores of Lake Minocqua. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 35 breweries, most of them from Wisconsin. The festivities will also include food, including bratwurst and hamburgers; voting for the "People's Choice Award," live music; and prize raffles. All proceeds will go to state and local charities.

28: Milwaukee Brewfest, Milwaukee, WI

The third annual Milwaukee Brewfest will be held at the Old Coast Guard Pavilion. This afternoon event, which will take place at a venue with a view of Lake Michigan, will feature more than 170 beers from over 50 breweries; homebrewing demonstrations; live music; food from local restaurants and vendors; exhibits and games; a Brewfest Queen competition; and local artists and craftspeople. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. This year's festival charities are One Step at a Time Camp/Children’s Oncology Services and The Museum of Beer and Brewing.

28: Music City Brewer's Festival, Nashville, TN

Mafiaoza's 11th annual Music City Brewer's Festival will be held at Music City Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each will beer from local, national, and international breweries (more than 50 were represented at recent festivals). The festivities will also include a "Beer 101" educational program and homebrewing demonstration; two live bands performing at each session; food from local restaurants; a "Beer Garb" costume contest; and a "Cool Zone" on the grounds.

28: Newark Food & Brew Fest, Newark, DE

The Delaware Lottery presents the ninth annual Newark Food & Brew Fest, which will be held at various downtown locations. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 40 beers from two dozen breweries, along with food from 17 of the city's restaurants. The festivities will also include live music, sidewalk performers and a sidewalk sale.

28: Summerfest, Washington, NJ

The 2012 Summerfest will be held at Hawk Pointe Country Club in Washington. This afternoon/evening event, which is sponsored by Warren County Liquors, will feature more than 100 craft-brewed beers, along with over 40 wines and 15 summer mixed drinks. The festivities will also include live music, food, a 50/50 raffle, and prizes. Summerfest is a fund-raiser for Visiting Homemaker Service of Warren County.

28: Top of the Hops Beer Festival, Jackson, MS

The second annual Jackson edition of the Top of the Hops Beer Festival will be held at the Jackson Convention Center. The afternoon/evening event will feature unlimited sampling of more than 150 craft beers in the Lazy Magnolia Beer and Blue Moon Beer Gardens; the Brew University Education Area with presentations on cooking with beer, food pairings, and "Brewing 101"; live music; and games. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.

28: Yankee Homecoming Brewfest, Newburyport, MA

The 2012 Yankee Homecoming Brewfest will be held on the waterfront in Newburypost. This evening event will feature more than 30 craft beers from regional breweries, served under a gigantic tent; food; live music by the Pete Kilpatrick Band; and door prizes. All proceeds will support Yankee Homecoming, Newburyport's annual week-long summer celebration.