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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TBA: 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, described as "the world's longest beer garden," will feature around 2,000 beers from Germany and 85 many other countries, including beer from German Privatbrauereien (small independent breweries). Food will be available, and there will be live music and other entertainment on multiple stages. The festival website is entirely in German.