August 2014 Events

July 25-4: 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, which has 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.

July 26-3: St. Louis Beer Week, St. Louis, MI

St. Louis Beer Week 2014 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around St. Louis. The headline event is a series of “Chef’s Choice” beer and food pairings at establishments throughout the area. There will also be many other events such as educational programs, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

July 31-3: Yarnbury Beer Festival, Horsforth, England

The Yarnbury (Horsforth) Rugby Football Club presents the fifth annual Yarnbury Beer Festival, which will take place at the club's grounds in Horsforth. This four-day event, which coincides with Yorkshire Day, will feature more than 60 Real Ales and ciders from around Yorkshire. There will also be live entertainment throughout the weekend. The festival is a benefit for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity.

1-2: Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, Cary, NC

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the 2014 Cary stop on the Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival tour. It will take place at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park. Friday evening's "VIP Whole Hog Session" will feature a barbecue dinner, unlimited bourbon and beer tasting, and four pit masters on hand. Saturday's regular afternoon session will feature unlimited sampling of 60 beers and 40 bourbons; live rock and blues music; barbecue; and seminars led by master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters. Saturday VIP tickets, with early admission, and all-session "Grand Poobah" tickets, are available. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.

1: Beer Camp Across America, New England Edition, Portland, OR

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company presents the New England Edition of Beer Camp Across America. This afternoon event, the fifth stop in the brewery's seven-city traveling beer festival, will take place at Thompson's Point in Portland. It will feature beers from Sierra Nevada, the 11 other breweries with which it collaborated on a mixed 12-pack, and dozens of other breweries, most of them from the region. There will also be live music, circus acts, and other entertainment; and local food will be available for purchase. 

1-3: Bierbörse, Schwelm, Germany

The inaugural Schwelm edition of Bierboerse, a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place in the city center. Hundreds of beers, including hard-to-find German microbrews, will be served in a Biergarten atmosphere. There will also be food and live entertainment, breweriana, and artisans' stands. The Bierboerse website is entirely in German.

1: Brew at the Zoo, Columbia, SC

The Riverbanks Zoo, in Columbia, will host Brew at the Zoo 2014. 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. "How to Do Brew" VIP tickets, with food and a special selection of beers, are available.

1: Brew at the Zoo...and Wine, Too!, Syracuse, NY

The Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo present the 18th 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 a variety of craft beers (there have been around 50 at recent events), along with wines from the region. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.

1-3: Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival, Ludlow, VT

Okemo, a resort in Ludlow, will host its sixth annual Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival. This event, which has been expanded to three days, will be held at Jackson Gore Paleo Field. It will feature more than 50 beers from regional craft breweries, along with a selection of wines. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and craft vendors. On Saturday, local restaurants will compete for the title of Okemo Valley Chicken Wing Champion.

1-3: International Berlin Beer Festival, Berlin, Germany

The 18th annual International Berlin Beer Festival will be held along 2.2 kilometers of Berlin's Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin. The festival, which has been described as "the world's longest beer garden," will feature around 2,000 beers from Germany and over 80 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 multiple stages. The festival website is entirely in German.

1-9: Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, MI

Imperial Beverage, Visit Ypsi, the Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rave Associates present the inaugural Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week. It will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. There will be a number of events such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

2: Beer and Bacon Fest, Omaha, NE

The Omaha Jaycees and the Old Mattress Factory present the second annual Beer and Bacon Fest, which will take place at the Old Mattress Factory. This late-afternoon event, which is a fund-raiser for the Jaycees and the Ronald McDonald House, will feature more than 40 local craft beers, a judged competition of bacon dishes submitted by local restaurants, and live music.

2: Beer Camp Across America, Mid-Atlantic Edition, Philadelphia, PA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company presents the Mid-Atlantic Edition of Beer Camp Across America. This afternoon event, the sixth stop in the brewery's seven-city traveling beer festival, will take place at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia. It will feature beers from Sierra Nevada, the 11 other breweries with which it collaborated on a mixed 12-pack, and dozens of other breweries, most of them from the region. There will also be live music, circus acts, and other entertainment; and local food will be available for purchase. 

2-3: Bones and Brew, Portland, OR

Rogue Ales presents the 20th annual Bones and Brew, which will take place at the Rogue Distillery & Public House in Portland. This event is a family- and dog-friendly street festival, and is also the annual meeting of Rogue Nation Citizens. Recent editions of this festival have featured beer from more than 30 microbreweries, along with barbecue vendors and a barbecue competition, dog-related vendors, and a charity dog wash.

2: Brew & Barbecue Fest, Evansville, IN

The 11th annual Brew and Barbecue Fest will be held at historic Bosse Field in Evansville. This evening event, which is a benefit for the Southwest Indiana Regional Council on Aging, will feature a wide selection of beer (there were more than 150 in recent years), along with wines and spirits. There will also be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

2: Brew Haven, New Haven, IN

Trion Tavern presents Brew Haven 2014, which will take place in downtown New Haven. This afternoon event will feature more than 300 craft beers from over 55 breweries, including a selection of beers from the Fort Wayne homebrew club. Food trucks will be at the festival site. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.

2: Gnarly Barley Brew Festival, Loveland, CO

The 2014 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. There will also be a sanctioned homebrew competition, live music, and food and beer mini-pairings; and food will be available for purchase throughout the fairgrounds. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beer and food, are available. A Beer Master Dinner, featuring Black Bottle Brewing, will take place the evening before the festival itself.

2: Grand Tasting at the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluespalooza, Mammoth Lakes, CA

The Mammoth Brewing Company presents the 19th 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, held among the pines at an elevation of 8,000 feet, will feature beer from a variety of breweries (around 70 in recent years). A lineup of blues and country acts are scheduled to perform, and food will be available for purchase. In addition to the festival itself, there will also be blues performances on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday by a number of nationally-known acts.

2-3: Great Japan Beer Festival, Nagoya, Japan

The Japan Craft Beer Association presents the fourth annual Great Japan Beer Festival-Nagoya, which will take place at Nagoya International Congress, Shirotori Hall. Organizers expect to have more than 120 microbrewed beers to sample.

2: Griffin Session Muskoka Craft Beer Festival, Bracebridge, ON, Canada

The sixth annual Griffin Session Muskoka Craft Beer Festival will be held at Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 30 Ontario craft breweries, along with Ontario wines, ciders, and spirits. There will also be an educational program, live acoustic entertainment, brewers’ competitions, and food for purchase.

2: Highwood Craft Beer Festival, Highwood, IL

Chicago Scene magazine presents the second annual Highwood Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at Everts Park. This afternoon event will feature more than 80 craft beers from around 40 breweries, most of them from the Chicago area. There will be live music from two bands, and food from Highwood's best restaurants. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

2: Magic Valley Beer Festival, Twin Falls, ID

The Blue Lakes Rotary Club presents the third annual Magic Valley Beer Festival, which will take place in City Park in Twin Falls. This afternoon event, which is a fund-raiser for Rotary Club charities, will feature more than 100 beers from over 30 breweries. There will also be live bands, food for purchase, a prize raffle, and a silent auction. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

2: Olympia Brew Fest, Olympia, WA

The third annual Olympia Brew Fest will be held at the scenic Port Plaza in Olympia. This daytime event will feature more than 60 beers from over 30 Northwest breweries. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will support the Thurston County Chamber Small Business Development Program.

2: Springs Beer Fest, Colorado Springs, CO

The eighth Springs Beer Fest will be held at America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 45 craft breweries. There will also be live music, food from area restaurants and food trucks, and games. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Proceeds will go to the Care and Share Food Bank.

2: SugarBrew, Sugar Mountain, NC

Sugar Mountain Resort, in North Carolina, will host SugarBrew 2014. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 20 breweries, along with a selection of wines and spirits. There will also be live music, food for purchase, 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.

2: WaZoo, Tampa, FL

J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc., presents the 19th annual WaZoo, which will take place at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. This evening event will feature 275 beers and other beverages from around the world. There will also be food sampling from local restaurants, and live music on multiple stages. "Beastly Beverage Club" (VIP-level tickets), with early entry and an air-conditioned tasting area, are available.

3: Avery Brewing Company’s 21st Anniversary Party, Boulder, CO

Avery Brewing Company, in Boulder, will host its 21st Anniversary Party, which will take place in the Tap Room. This afternoon event will feature an assortment of Avery beers, including rare, vintage, and sour beers. There will also be live music, and food trucks will be on hand.

3: Beer Camp Across America, Southeast Edition, Mills River, NC

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company presents the Southeast Edition of Beer Camp Across America. This afternoon event, the final stop in the brewery's seven-city traveling beer festival, will take place at Sierra Nevada's new North Carolina brewery in Mills River. It will feature beers from Sierra Nevada, the 11 other breweries with which it collaborated on a mixed 12-pack, and dozens of other breweries, most of them from the region. There will also be live music, circus acts, and other entertainment; and local food will be available for purchase.

7-10: Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival, Marietta, OH

The 2014 Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival will be held in historic downtown Marietta. It begins Thursday evening with a kick-off party at the Marietta Brewing Company, and beer and music at other locations in town. There will also be a mini-beer fest at the brewery on Saturday afternoon. In addition to beer sampling, the weekend's events will include biking and river adventures, live music, games, and a Merchants and Artists Walk.

7-9: Worcester Beer, Cider & Perry Festival, Worcester, England

The Worcester Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 15th annual Worcester Beer, Cider & Perry Festival, which will take place at Worcester Racecourse. This three-day event will feature more than 200 Real Ales, along with over 100 Real Ciders and Real Perries. Food vendors will be on hand, and there will be live entertainment each day.

8-11: Bierbörse, Leverkusen-Opladen, Germany

The 28th annual Opladen edition of Bierboerse, a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place on the banks of the Wupper River in Leverkusen. Hundreds of beers, including hard-to-find German microbrews, will be served in a Biergarten atmosphere. There will also be food and live entertainment, breweriana, and artisans' stands. The Bierboerse website is entirely in German.

8-10: Blaydon Festival, Blaydon, England

The Blaydon Rugby Football Club will host the fifth annual Blaydon Festival. This three-day event, to be held under a large marquee, will feature around 50 beers and ciders from the Northeast of England, along with a selection of wines. There will also be live entertainment, food for purchase, and children’s activities. The festival charity is FACT (Fighting All Cancers Together).

8-9: Halifax Seaport Beerfest, Halifax, NS, Canada

The eighth annual Halifax Seaport Beerfest will be held at the Cunard Centre/Pier 23 on the waterfront. This two-day, three-session outdoor event will feature more than 275 beers and ciders, with an emphasis on those made in The Maritimes, Ontario, Quebec, Maine, and Ireland. Brewery representatives will be on hand. There will also be live entertainment, an appearance by beer expert Nicholas Pashley, and East Coast food. Part of the proceeds will go to Prostate Cancer Canada Atlantic.

8-10: Portland International Beer Festival, Portland, OR

The 2014 Portland International Beer Festival will be held at a new and larger venue, Holladay Park at Lloyd Center. This three-day event will feature more than 200 beers from 16 countries, including rare, hard-to-find, and locally-brewed beers. Live bands are scheduled to perform all weekend. There will also be a Grande Beer Garden; food for purchase; a huge lawn for picnickers; and games, including darts, backgammon, checkers, chess, and cards. The festival is a benefit for PetCross.

8-10: Vancouver Brewfest, Vancouver, WA

The third annual Vancouver Brewfest will be held at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. This three-day event will feature beer and cider from more than 30 Washington and Oregon breweries and cideries. There will also be live music, food for purchase, games, and craft vendors. The festival is a fund-raiser for local charities.

9: Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, Cooperstown, NY

Brewery Ommegang will host Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2014. This afternoon event is a celebration of Belgian beer culture, in which breweries and distributors around the world are invited to showcase their Belgian and Belgian-style beers. Around 50 breweries have taken part in recent years. This year, the grounds will be transformed into “Sin City” for a Las Vegas-themed event; and there will also be a “Game of Thrones” experience to celebrate the release of the brewery’s fourth Game of Thrones beer. The tasting session 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. There will also be a VIP dinner on Friday evening, with music, dancing, and beer.

9-10: Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest, Squaw Valley, CA

Squaw Valley USA will host its 13th annual Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest. This two-day event, to be held in a mountain setting, will feature beer from more than 35 breweries, and four live acts will perform each day. The festival is a benefit for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

9-10: Bronze Blues & Brews, Joseph, OR

The 18th annual Bronze Blues & Brews returns will be held at City Park in Joseph, within walking distance of downtown. This two-day event will feature more than 20 microbrews, along with local wine. There will also be a lineup of blues performers, and food will be available for purchase.

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

California Beer Festival, LLC, presents the fourth annual Santa Cruz edition of the California Beer Festival, which will take place at Aptos Village Park. This afternoon event will feature more than 80 craft beers, along with live entertainment, food for purchase, and bocce ball. There will also be a “Hamburger and Hops Festival,” with live entertainment and food and beer for purchase, the day after the festival itself. Proceeds will benefit the Gen Giammanco Foundation.

9: Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival, Cape May, NJ

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities presents the third annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival, which will take place at the Emlen Physick Estate. This all-day event will feature a variety of beers from local and regional craft breweries. There will also be food for purchase, including a crab boil and pulled pork; entertainment, including music on the outdoor stage and an old-fashioned Victorian circus, with jugglers and acrobats; and craft vendors. Admission to the grounds is free. The festival is a fund-raiser for MAC's educational outreach programs.

9-10: Fermentation Festival & Market, Denver, CO

The second annual Fermentation Festival & Market will be held at the Highlands Masonic Center in Denver. This two-day event will feature more than 50 fermented foods and beverages, including craft beer, distilled spirits, wine, and food items. There will also be an educational program. Saturday VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Proceeds will benefit Carpenters Cupboard.

9: Fleet Lions "Pieces of Eight" Beer Festival, Fleet, England

The Fleet Lions present their eighth annual festival, the "Pieces of Eight" Beer Festival, which will take place at The Harlington. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with 40 or more Real Ales and local ciders. Barbecue will be available for purchase, and there will be live music at both sessions. The festival is a fund-raiser for Sailability and local charities. 

9: Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, WI

The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild presents the 28th annual Great Taste of the Midwest, which will take place at Olin-Turnville Park, a lakeside venue in Madison. This afternoon event will feature 1,000 beers from over 100 breweries from the Great Lakes and Midwest regions, many of them with representatives in attendance. There will also be live music, food for purchase, a celebrity brewer dunk tank, and an exhibit by the Museum of Beer and Brewing. "Great Taste Eve," a series of pre-festival events, will take place at local establishments before the festival itself. Tickets go on sale May 1, and this festival will sell out.

9: Microfestivus, Roanoke, VA

The Square Society presents the 17th annual Microfestivus, which will take place at Elmwood Park in downtown Roanoke. This afternoon event will feature more than 130 micro- and craft-brewed beers from over 50 breweries, many of them from the Mid-Atlantic region. There will also be live music, an expanded variety of food for purchase, and merchandise vendors. Proceeds will benefit Center in the Square.

9: Millvale Brew Festival, Millvale, PA

The Borough of Millvale and The Millvale Borough Development Corporation will host the eighth annual Millvale Brew Festival, which will take place at Riverfront Park on the shore of the Allegheny River. There will be two tasting sessions, each with more than 180 craft beers from around the country. There will also be live entertainment; food, including barbecue and vegetarian and vegan offerings; and merchandise vendors. VIP tickets, with a special selection of beers and complimentary food, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Borough Development Corporation.

9: North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Festival, Cutchogue, NY

Starfish Junction Productions presents the eighth annual North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ and Wine Festival, which will take place at the Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 50 domestic and foreign breweries, along with local wines. The price of admission includes a complimentary dish from Maple Tree BBQ, and other food will be available for purchase. There will also be live music, a beer education program, and a silent auction. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and an opportunity to meet the brewers, are available. The festival charity is the Beer For Brains Foundation.

9-24: Quingdao International Beer Festival, Quingdao, China

The 2014 Quingdao International Beer Festival will take place at Beer Passion Square. This celebration, which has been described as Asia's largest beer festival, features beer from all over the world. The festival begins with a grand opening ceremony. There will also be musical entertainment, karaoke, drinking competitions, and a themed final ceremony. Both Chinese and Western food will be available.

9-10: Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival, Toronto, ON, Canada

Steam Whistle Brewing Company presents the 2014 Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at Roundhouse Park in downtown Toronto. There will be an all-Ontario selection of craft beers, with around 20 breweries participating, along with food from the city's food trucks. The festival will benefit the Toronto Railway Heritage Museum.

9: Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival, Carpenteria, CA

Deep, the surf magazine, presents the second annual Trek Bikes of Ventura Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival. It will take place on Linden FIeld at Carpenteria State Beach. This surfing-themed afternoon event will feature products of more than 55 breweries and wineries. Local surfboard shapers will be on hand, live bands will perform, food will be available for purchase, and boards will be on display. Proceeds will go to several local charities.

9: Winter Park Beer Festival, Winter Park, CO

The Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, The LIFT FM, and KRKY “Colorado Country” present the fifth 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 30 microbreweries, most of them from Colorado. Three live bands will perform, and food and merchandise will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with a special selection of beers and a catered lunch, are available. The festival is a fundraiser for the Grand Foundation.

9-10: Zoo Brew, Brookfield, IL

The Brookfield Zoo will host the third annual Zoo Brew. This two-evening event will feature more than 60 craft beers, along with live music and a silent auction for specialty beers and other items. The price of admission all-day admission to the zoo.

12-16: Great British Beer Festival, London, England

The Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2014 Great British Beer Festival, which will take place at the London Olympia. This event is Britain's biggest beer festival, with more than 1,000 Real Ales, ciders, perries and international beers. The festival will also serve as the venue for the Champion Beer of Britain competition. There will be tutored tastings, live music, food and merchandise for sale, and pub games and quizzes.

13-17: Belgrade Beer Fest, Belgrade, Serbia

The Belgrade Cultural Network presents the 12th annual Belgrade Beer Fest, which will take place at Usc'e, near the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers, three kilometers from the city center. This five-day event will feature 50 beers from around 20 breweries, along with live and DJ music, food for purchase, and games and contests. Admission to the festival is free.

14-16: Bend Brew Fest, Bend, OR

The tenth annual Bend Brew Fest will be held at Les Schwab Amphitheater on the banks of the Deschutes River. This outdoor event will feature more than 140 beers from over 60 breweries, most of them from the Pacific Northwest. Festival-goers are invited to meet brewery representatives at the "Brewtality Tent." Food will be available for purchase, and there will be a brewing demonstration. Proceeds will go to several local non-profits.

14-17: Festibiere de Quebec, Quebec City, QC, Canada

Houblon & Cie. presents the fifth annual Festibiere de Quebec, which will take place at Espace 400e, Port de Quebec, in downtown Quebec City. This four-day celebration will feature beer from more than 35 breweries, most of them from Quebec. There will also be a beer education program, live music and other entertainment, food and other products from the province, and demonstrations by local chefs. Admission to the festival is free.

14-17: London Craft Beer Festival, London, England

The 2014 London Craft Beer Festival will be held at Oval Space, an arts venue in East London's Bethnal Green. This event, which has been expanded to four days, will feature more than 100 beers from 24 breweries from the UK, the Continent, and the U.S. There will also be music from live bands and DJs, and a street food menu featuring locally-sourced products.

15: Art & Ale Brew Festival, Parker, CO

The Wildlife Experience, in Parker, will host its 11th annual Art & Ale Brew Festival. This evening event will feature craft beer from dozens of breweries, many of them from Colorado, along with an assortment of other beverages. There will also be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. Festival-goers are invited to visit the Wildlife Experience's galleries and exhibits.

15-17: Bierbörse, Düsseldorf-Benrath, Germany

The 23rd annual Düsseldorf-Benrath edition of Bierboerse, a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place in Benrath's pedestrian zone. Hundreds of beers, including hard-to-find German microbrews, will be served in a Biergarten atmosphere. There will also be food and live entertainment, breweriana, and artisans' stands. The Bierboerse website is entirely in German.

15-17: National Capital Beer Festival, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Alliance Events presents the third annual National Capital Beer Festival, which will take place at Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall in downtown Ottawa. The festival, which has been expanded to three days, will feature more than 100 beers from over 25 Ontario breweries, many of them from the National Capital Region. Brewmasters will be in attendance. There will also be an educational program, live local entertainment, and artisanal food from local restaurants.

15-16: Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival, San Marcos, CA

Stone Brewing Company presents the Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival, which will take place on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. Friday evening’s Brewery Reception will feature dozens of special beers, many of which will not be available the next day, along with live music and gourmet food from Stone Brewing World Bistro. Saturday’s 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival will consist of afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with 100 beers from 60 breweries, including a selection of Stone’s cask-conditioned beers. There will also be food for purchase and complimentary home-brewed sodas and beer cheese samples.

16: Brew @ the Zoo, Boston, MA

Boston's Franklin Park Zoo will host the fifth annual Brew @ the Zoo. This afternoon/evening event will feature beer from nearly 30 breweries, many of them from Massachusetts. There will also be a DJ, and food from local restaurants will be available for purchase. The entire zoo will be open during the festival. Proceeds will support the zoo's education and conservation programs.

16: Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, National Harbor, MD

Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the fifth annual Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, which will take place on the waterfront at National Harbor. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 50 beers, wines, and spirits. There will also be 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. The festival charity is the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.

16: Everett Craft Beer Festival, Everett, WA

The Washington Beer Commission presents the third annual Everett Craft Beer Festival, which will take place downtown at Hoyt and Hewitt Avenues. This daytime event will feature more than 70 beers from 30 Washington State breweries. There will be live entertainment, and food trucks will be at the festival site.

16-17: Las Cruces Tour de Beer, Las Cruces, NM

Helping Hands Event Planning presents the third annual Las Cruces Tour de Beer, which will take place at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. This two-afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from across the country, including a selection of beers brewed in New Mexico. There will also be live music, food for purchase, arts and crafts vendors, and misters and shade tents to cool off festival-goers.

16: Lighthouse Brewfest, Lincoln City, OR

McMenamins presents the 19th 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.

16: Monticello Lions Brewfest, Monticello, MN

The Monticello Lions Club presents the third annual Monticello Lions Brewfest, which will be held on the banks of the Mississippi at West Bridge Park. This late-afternoon event will feature beer from dozens of breweries, many of them from the Upper Midwest. There will also be live music, local food for purchase, and games. All proceeds will go to Lions Club charities.

16: Oak Park Micro Brew Review, Oak Park, IL

Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild present the seventh Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review, which will take place on Marion Street in downtown Oak Park. This late-afternoon, zero-waste event will feature more than 150 craft beers from over 70 Midwest microbreweries. The ReplicAle project, in which 15 brewers will participate, will debut at this event. There will also be live entertainment and small plates from local restaurants. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers and food, are available. Proceeds will support Seven Generations Ahead's sustainable-communities projects.

16: Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest, Hudson, MA

The second annual Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest will be held in the parking of Avadia Bank in downtown Hudson. This late-afternoon event will feature more than 100 craft beers, ciders, and malt beverages from around 40 breweries and cideries. There will also be a live DJ, and food from local restaurants will be available for purchase. Parking is free. Proceeds will benefit the Hudson Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Neshoba Valley. 

16: State College Microbrewers Expo, Boalsburg, PA

The 16th 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, many of them from Pennsylvania. There will also be an educational program and live music. VIP tickets, with expedited admission and a special selection of beer, are available. Proceeds will benefit Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer.

16: Steinley Cup Microbrewery Competition, Saratoga, WY

The 19th 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 are invited to taste the competition beers, along with a selection of other 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 Saratoga Bullfest.

16: Suds on the Shore, Ludington, MI

The Suds On The Shore Committee presents the sixth annual Suds on the Shore, which will be held at North Gaylord Avenue and West Court Street in Ludington. This afternoon event will feature the products of 40 Michigan breweries and cideries, along with a selection of Michigan wines. There will also be live music. The festival is fund-raiser for The United Way of Mason County.

17-24: D.C. Beer Week, Washington, DC

The sixth annual D.C. Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Washington, D.C. The headline event of this eight-day celebration of craft beer is a Potomac River beer cruise. There will be hundreds of other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, panel discussions, and specially-priced drinks.

19-23: Peterborough Beer Festival, Peterborough, England

The Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 37th annual Peterborough Beer Festival, which will take place at The Embankment. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 350 draft Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders, perries, and foreign bottled beers, all served under massive marquees on the riverside. In addition, there will be live music, and food and merchandise vendors will be on hand.

20-23: Clacton-on-Sea Real Ale and Cider Festival, Clacton-on-Sea, England

The Tendring Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 19th annual Clacton-on-Sea Real Ale and Cider Festival, which will take place at St. James' Hall. This four-day event will feature more than 65 Real Ales, including a “London Corner,” along with ciders, perries, Essex wines, and beers from the Continent. There will also be live music, and hot and cold food will be available for purchase.

22-24: Alba Real Ale Festival, Broughy Ferry, Scotland

The Royal Tay Yacht Club, in Broughty Ferry, will host the third annual Alba Real Ale Festival. This three-day event will be held in the clubhouse, with a view across the River Tay. There will be 40 Real Ales from 18 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. All proceeds will go to local charities.

22-24: Bierbörse, Dorsten, Germany

The fifth annual Dorsten edition of Bierboerse, a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place in the city center. Hundreds of beers, including hard-to-find German microbrews, will be served in a Biergarten atmosphere. There will also be food and live entertainment, breweriana, and artisans' stands. The Bierboerse website is entirely in German.

22-24: Bierbörse, Hildesheim, Germany

The inaugural Hildesheim edition of Bierboerse, a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place in the city’s pedestrian zone. Hundreds of beers, including hard-to-find German microbrews, will be served in a Biergarten atmosphere. There will also be food and live entertainment, breweriana, and artisans' stands. The Bierboerse website is entirely in German.

22-23: Brew NZ Beervana, Wellington, New Zealand

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand presents Brew NZ Beervana 2014, which will take place at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. This two-day, four-session event will feature more than 200 beers from over 80 New Zealand and Australian breweries, along with a selection of ciders and a beer brewed in collaboration with Portland, Oregon, brewers. There will also be an educational program, homebrew and media-brewer team competitions, a Pink Boots Society meeting, live entertainment, and a beer-themed food menu.

22-23: Bruegala, Bloomington, IL

The Bloomington-Normal Jaycees present Bruegala XV, which will take place downtown at the Bloomington Center for The Performing Arts. This two-evening event will feature more than 200 beers, including special festival releases, along with a wide selection of wines. Live local musicians will perform, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site. Profits will be distributed to local charities.

22-23: Cincy Brew-Ha-Ha, Cincinnati, OH

The eighth annual Cincy Brew Ha-Ha will be held at Sawyer Point on the riverfront in downtown Cincinnati. This two-evening event will feature more than 100 beers, sold at stands located throughout the venue. Fifty comedians will perform on four stages. There will also be live music and food for purchase. The festival is a benefit for The Cure Start Now.

22-24: Galtres Parklands Festival, Helmsley, England

Crucial Events Promotion, Ltd., presents the tenth annual Galtres Parklands Festival, which will take place at Duncombe Park in Helmsley. This three-day event, to be held in a rural setting overlooking the North York Moors, will feature more than 100 beers and ciders, all from Yorkshire. There will also be 100 acts performing on eight stages, locally-sourced food, family activities, and crafts vendors. Camping is available at the site. The festival is a fund-raiser for several local charities.

22-24: Germania Society Oktoberfest, Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati's Germania Society presents its 44th annual Oktoberfest, which will take place at Germania Park. This three-day event, which the society describes as "Cincinnati's Original," will feature German and domestic beer, wine, and schnapps; food, including homemade dinners and grilled chicken and sausage; live music and other entertainment, including a group from Germany; games and contests; and an appearance by this year's Burgermeister, Brian Thomas of 55 WKRC.

22-25: Hoylake Beer Festival, Hoylake, England

The second Hoylake Beer Festival will be held at the Parade, a seaside venue in Hoylake, the site of the 2014 British Open golf tournament. This four-day event, supported by Peerless Brewery, will feature more than 80 beers on handpumps, along with a selection of ciders from across the UK and a selection of wines. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

22-24: Seattle International Beer Festival, Seattle, WA

The 2014 Seattle International Beer Festival will be held at Fisher Pavilion & Lawn at Seattle Center. This three-day event will feature more than 200 beers from 16 countries, including rare, hard-to-find, and locally-brewed beers. Live bands are scheduled to perform all weekend. There will also be a Grande Beer Garden; food for purchase; a huge lawn for picnickers; and games, including darts, backgammon, checkers, chess, and cards. The festival is a benefit for PetCross.

22-23: Southern Brewers Festival, Chattanooga, TN

The 20th annual Southern Brewers Festival will be held at Ross's Landing on the riverfront in downtown Chattanooga. This two-day festival will feature more than 100 beers from more than 40 breweries, most of them from the South. Live bands will perform, and food and merchandise vendors will be on hand. VIP tickets are available. Proceeds will go to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block and Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

22-23: Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival, Traverse City, MI

Porterhouse Productions presents the seventh annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival, which will take place at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. This two-evening event will feature more than 200 beers, ciders, and meads from around 45 producers, most of them from Michigan. The lineup will include a number of rare and sour beers. There will also be a selection of wines, live musical entertainment, food and beer pairings, and local food vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. A kickoff event will take place the evening before the tasting itself.

23: Annual Beer Event at Fonthill Castle, Doylestown, PA

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, in Doylestown, will host its Annual Beer Event. This afternoon event, to be held on the grounds of the Castle, is a celebration of local food and beer. Organizers have invited neighborhood breweries, homebrewers, and local food purveyors to take part.

23: Blues, Brews & BBQs, Napa, CA

Blue Moon Brewery and the Downtown Napa Association present the 2014 Blues, Brews & BBQ, which will take place at First and Main Streets in downtown Napa. This afternoon event will feature 30 microbrewed beers, along with Napa Valley wines. There will also be live music on three stages; food, including barbecued beef, chicken, and seafood; a rib-eating contest; and children's activities. Admission and parking are free.

23: Brew at the Zoo & Wine, Too!, Louisville, KY

The Louisville Zoo will host the 2014 Brew at the Zoo & Wine, Too! This afternoon/evening event will feature beer from dozens of breweries from the region, along with a selection of local wines. There will also be live music, food from local restaurants, and a silent auction. The price of admission includes entry to the zoo. VIP tickets, with a special selection of beers and complimentary food, are available. All proceeds will benefit the Zoo.

23: Canfest, Reno, NV

Mammoth Brewing Company presents the sixth annual Canfest, which will take place at Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno. This evening event will feature more than 100 beers from around the world, all poured from cans. There will also be live music, a DJ, and a silent disco, and a prize raffle; and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with dinner and early admission, are available. The festival is a benefit for the Reno Bike Project.

23: Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition, Nashua, NH

The 2014 Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition will be held at Holman Stadium in Nashua. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 40 breweries and beverage providers, many of them from the area. There will also be a wing competition among local restaurants; entertainment, including live music and games; and information about homebrewing. A number of Nashua establishments will host beer-related events after the festival itself.

23: German Bier Fest, Atlanta, GA

The German American Chamber of Commerce South presents the 11th annual German Bier Fest, which will take place at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta. This afternoon event, which organizers describe as "Atlanta's only German-style beer festival," will feature more than 40 German beers, along with live music, traditional food, and games and activities. The festival is family-friendly, with a kids' zone and free admission for children.

23: Gettysburg Brew Fest, Gettysburg, PA

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg presents the inaugural Gettysburg Brew Fest. It will take place at the Seminary Ridge Museum on the Gettysburg battlefield. This afternoon/evening event, held in a location with spectacular views of the battlefield and South Mountains, will feature a selection of beers and hard ciders from the region. The festival will close with the sounding of Taps from the museum’s cupola by world-renown bugler Jari Villanueva.

23: Great Nebraska Beerfest, Papillion, NE

The sixth annual Great Nebraska Beerfest will be held at a new venue, Werner Park in Papillion. This afternoon event will feature more than 400 beers from over 80 breweries, with an emphasis on beer from Nebraska and the region. The lineup includes several breweries not seen before in the area. There will also be live entertainment; an educational program, headlined by Fred Bueltmann of New Holland Brewing; and food and merchandise for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

23: Hops in Humboldt, Fortuna, CA

The tenth 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 more than 100 beers from 35 breweries from around the country. Festival-goers are invited to vote for the "People's Choice" award. There will also be entertainment, including four live bands and the “Hops Games”; and food, art, and crafts vendors will be at the festival site. The festival is a fund-raiser for local charities.

23: Liquid Desires, St. Petersburg, FL

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg will host the fourth annual Liquid Desires. This is an evening event, the theme of which celebrates the museum’s “Marvels of Illuision” exhibit. It will feature a selection of craft beers (there were more than 50 last year), and brewers will be in attendance. There will also be live music, dancing, food tastings, and a prize raffle. The price of admission includes admission to the museum’s collections and exhibits. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special presentation by local brewers, are available. Proceeds will benefit the museum and its education programs.

23: Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Fest, Des Moines, WA

The Des Moines Rotary Club presents the fifth annual 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 around 25 local breweries. Local blues bands will perform; and bratwurst, tri-tip, and other food will be served. The festival is the primary fund-raiser for the Rotary Club's Music4Life program.

23: Sierra Brewfest, Grass Valley, CA

The 25th annual Sierra Brewfest will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. This late-afternoon event, which takes place under the Ponderosa pines, will feature more than 100 beers from over 30 microbreweries, many of them from California. Blues musicians will perform, and food from local restaurants and food trucks will be available for purchase.

23: South Padre Island Beer Fest, South Padre Island, TX

The 2014 South Padre Island Beer Fest will take place at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. This event will feature more than 200 beers. There will also be live music, as well as unlimited food from restaurants from South Padre Island and surrounding areas. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beer, are available.

23: Taste of Brews in Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

The 2014 Long Beach edition of Taste of Brews will take place at Shoreline Aquatic Park. This afternoon event will feature beer from dozens of craft breweries, along with live musical entertainment and food from local restaurants and food trucks.

23: Virginia Craft Brewer's Festival, Roseland, VA

The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and the Virginia Manufacturers Association present the third annual Virginia Craft Brewers Festival, which will take place at the Concert Grounds at the Devils Backbone Brewery in Roseland. This all-day event, to be held in the Blue Ridge Mountains, will feature beer from more than 35 Virginia breweries. The festival program includes the judged Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition. There will also be live local bands, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

24: Ballpark Festival of Beers, Charleston, SC

The Kickin’ Chicken presents the 12th annual Ballpark Festival of Beers, which will take place at Joseph C. Riley, Jr., Park, the home of the Charleston River Dogs baseball team. There will be afternoon (family-friendly) and evening (adults-only) sessions, each with more than 100 domestic and imported beers. There will be live music, and food trucks will be at the ballpark.

27-30: Durham Beer Festival, Durham City, England

The Durham Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 34th annual Durham Beer Festival, which will take place at Dunelm House (Durham Students' Union) in Durham City. Organizers expect to around 120 Real Ales, along with 30 ciders and perries and a selection of wines. Hot and cold food will be available. There will be a special trade and CAMRA session on Wednesday afternoon.

28-September 1: Key West Brew Fest, Key West, FL

The Southernmost Hotel Collection, together with the Key West Sunrise Rotary of the Conch Republic, presents the fifth annual Key West BrewFest. It will take place at multiple locations in Key West. The signature event is Saturday’s Grand Tasting on South Beach, with more than 150 beers served on the beach. Other events on the tentative schedule include a kickoff party at the Smokin' Tuna Saloon, beer breakfasts and dinners, beer and food pairings, an educational program, a homebrew competition, tap takeovers, parties, and games and contests.

28: Kiwanis Brew Fest, Thousand Oaks, CA

The Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks presents the third annual Brew Fest, which will take place at Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks. This Thursday afternoon/evening event will feature beer from around 15 breweries. Festival-goers are invited to vote for the "Best Beer in the Valleys." There will also be live music, food samples from local restaurants, and games.

28: Taste of Petaluma, Petaluma, CA

The ninth annual Taste of Petaluma will take place in the city’s historic downtown. This afternoon event, which is a benefit for the Cinnabar Theater, will feature around 60 participants, including local microbreweries, wineries, chefs, artists, and craftspeople.

29-31: Ale at Amberley, Amberley, England

The Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre will host the ninth annual Ale at Amberley. This three-day event, to be held in the heart of the Sussex Downs, will feature more than 80 Real Ales, ciders, and perries. Festival-goers are invited to ride the narrow-gauge railway and heritage bus. There will also be live entertainment, including live music and Morris dancers; hot and cold food for purchase; and crafts vendors.

29-31: Bierbörse, Karlsruhe, Germany

The 13th annual Karlsruhe edition of Bierboerse, 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. There will also be food and live entertainment, breweriana, and artisans' stands. The Bierboerse website is entirely in German.

29-September 6: Choctaw Oktoberfest, Choctaw, OK

Old Germany Restaurant, the City of Choctaw, and the Choctaw Chamber present the 2014 Choctaw Oktoberfest, which will take place at the 160-acre Choctaw Creek Park. This nine-day celebration, to be held under tents, will feature German beer and wine; traditional food prepared by Old Germany; live music and dancing every day; and a children's area.

29-September 1: Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest, Berea, OH

The 2014 Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest will be held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. The four-day celebration will include German food, beer, and entertainment; local musicians and German dance groups; games and competitions; children's activities; and midway attractions. Admission and parking are free.

29-September 1: 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 four-day 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.

29: Lexington Fest of Ales, Lexington, KY

The sixth 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 beers (there were around 200 beers, from more than 60 breweries, in recent years). There will also be live music, along with food for purchase from downtown restaurants and vendors.

29-30: Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer Festival, Bend, OR

The sixth annual Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer Festival will be held next to the Des Chutes Historical Museum in downtown Bend. The festival will feature oak-, wine-, and whiskey-barrel aged beers from around 20 local breweries, along with a selection of bourbons and ryes. Local restaurants will serve food, live bands will perform, and there will be a golf tournament on Sunday. VIP tickets are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Historical Society.

29: Mass Brewers Guild Fest, Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Brewers Guild presents the fifth annual Mass Brewers Guild Fest, which will take place at the World Trade Center Head House Concourse on Boston's waterfront. This outdoor, seaside celebration of craft beer will feature an all-Massachusetts beer lineup, with more than 100 beers from around 50 breweries. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.

29-30: Portland Brew Festival, Portland, ME

The fourth 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 two-day, three-session event will feature more than 110 beers, ciders, and meads from over 40 New England breweries. There will also be a beer education program and a homebrewing demonstration.

30: High Country Craft Food and Beverage Festival, Boone, NC

The seventh annual High Country Craft Food and Beverage Festival will be held at the High Country Fairgrounds in Boone. This late-afternoon event will feature beer from a variety of domestic and international breweries (around 60, many of them from North Carolina, have been represented in recent years). There will also be an educational program, music by local performers, and food for purchase. The festival is part of Ivory Tower Science, Appalachian State University's Fermentation Science Program.

30-31: Mount Snow Brewers Festival, West Dover, VT

Mount Snow Resort, in West Dover, will host its 20th annual Brewers Festival. This two-afternoon event will feature more than 90 beers from over 30 breweries. There will also be live music both days, and food will be available for purchase.

30: Savannah Craft Brew Festival, Savannah, GA

Abita presents the seventh annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest, which will be held at the Esplanade at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. This afternoon event, to take place at a venue overlooking the Savannah River, will feature a wide selection of craft beers (more than 50 breweries have been represented in recent years). There will also be an educational program, mixology and cider gardens, food and souvenir items for sale, and a corn hole tournament.

31: Festival of Iowa Beers, Amana, IA

The Millstream Brewery, in Amana, will host the tenth annual Festival of Iowa Beers. This afternoon event will feature more than 80 beers from at least 22 Iowa craft breweries, some of which are new to this event. Brewers will be in attendance. There will also be live music and food for purchase.