Annafest, the Festival of Saint Anne, was first held in Forchheim in 1446. This ten-day event 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.
1: Grand Tasting at the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluespalooza, Mammoth Lakes, CA
The Mammoth Brewing Company presents the 20th 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 more than 75 breweries, may of them from California. A lineup of blues and country acts will 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, headed by Buddy Guy.
8: Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, WI
The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild presents the 29th annual Great Taste of the Midwest, which will take place at Olin-Turnville Park, a lakeside venue in Madison. This afternoon event will feature more than 1,000 beers from over 100 breweries from the Great Lakes and Midwest regions, and brewery representatives will be in attendance. There will also be live music, food for purchase, a celebrity brewer dunk tank, and an exhibit by the Museum of Beer and Brewing. "Great Taste Eve," a series of pre-festival events, will take place at local establishments before the festival itself. Tickets go on sale May 1.
7-9: International Berlin Beer Festival, Berlin, Germany
The 19th annual International Berlin Beer Festival will be held along 2.2 kilometers of Berlin's Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin. The festival, described as "the world's longest beer garden," will feature more than 2,400 beers from Germany and 80 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.
11-15: Great British Beer Festival, London, England
The Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2015 Great British Beer Festival, which will take place at the London Olympia. This five-day event is Britain's biggest beer festival, with more than 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 also be tutored tastings, live music, food and merchandise for sale, and pub games and quizzes.
13-16: North American Organic Brewers Festival, Portland, OR
The 11th annual North American Organic Brewers Festival will be held at Overlook Park in Portland. This four-day event, which is designed to raise awareness of organic beer and sustainable living, will feature more than 50 organic beers from around the country. There will also be live music, organic food for purchase, sustainability-oriented vendors, non-profit booths, and a children's area. Admission is free. The festival benefits the Oregon Food Bank and the Overlook Village Business Association.
22: Taste of Brews—Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Taste of Brews presents the fifth Taste of Brews—Long Beach, which will take place at Shoreland Aquatic Park. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 55 breweries, many of them from California. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.
25-29: Peterborough Beer Festival, Peterborough, England
The Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 38th annual Peterborough Beer Festival, which will take place at The Embankment. This five-day event will feature more than 400 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.
28-29: Bruegala, Bloomington, IL
The Bloomington-Normal Jaycees present Bruegala XVI, which will take place downtown at the Bloomington Center for The Performing Arts. This two-evening event will feature more than 300 beers, including special festival releases, along with 100 wines. Local musicians will perform, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival site. Profits will go to local charities