3-4: Ancient Mariner Inn Beer Festival, Old Hunstanton, England
The Ancient Mariner Inn, a traditional village pub in Old Hunstanton, will host a Beer Festival. This two-day event will feature eight Adnams ales, along with the pub’s regular selection of ales. Food, including a Saturday barbecue, will be available; and there will hopefully be some live music.
3-5: Bierbörse, Haltern am See, Germany
The second annual Haltern am See edition of Bierboerse, a series of beer festivals held across Germany, will take place in the Cardinal von Galen Park. Hundreds of beers, including hard-to-find German microbrews, will be served in a Biergarten atmosphere. There will also be live entertainment, food for purchase, breweriana, and artisans' stands. The Bierboerse website is entirely in German.
8-11: Ealing Beer Festival, Ealing, England
The West Middlesex Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 26th annual Ealing Beer Festival, which will take place in Walpole Park. This four-day event will feature more than 300 Real Ales, including many from local breweries, along with bottled beers from smaller European breweries. There will also be a selection of ciders, English meads, and fruit wines. Food will be available for purchase, and there will be pub games and a CAMRA stall. The festival charity is St John Ambulance.
10-11: Because Beer Craft Brew Festival, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Sonic Unyon presents the 2015 Because Beer Craft Brew Festival, which will take place at a bayfront venue, Pier 4 Park in Hamilton. This two-day event will feature beer from 30 Ontario craft breweries, including a selection of cask-conditioned ales. Brewery representatives and guest speakers will be on hand. There will also be a BJCP-sanctioned homebrew competition, a music stage, and food vendors.
10-12: Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, Louisville, KY
Bisic Impact Group Festivals presents the Four Roses Bourbon Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, which will take place at Water Tower Park. This three-day, family-friendly event will feature a selection of beers, along with live music and a variety of barbecue styles from area smokehouses.
10-11: Newt Beer Festival, North Newton, England
The 24th annual Newt Beer Festival will be held at a new location, the A38 between Taunton and Bridgewater on the outskirts of North Newton. This two-day event will feature more than 100 Real Ales, along with local ciders, bottled beers, and wines. Live bands will perform, and there will be food for purchase. Camping is available at the festival site.
10-18: Ohio Brew Week Festival, Athens, OH
The tenth annual Ohio Beer Week will be celebrated at breweries, bars, restaurants, and other venues in and around Athens. More than 50 Ohio craft breweries, pouring over 200 beers, will be represented at this nine-day celebration, and brewers will be in attendance. This year’s keynote speaker is Patrick Conway, founder of the Great Lakes Brewing Company. There will be dozens of daily events such as beer dinners and brunches, educational programs, tap takeovers, releases and special tastings.
10-12: Seattle International Beer Festival, Seattle, WA
The 2015 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.
11: Chetek Brew & Rib Fest, Chetek, WI
The Chetek Community Club presents the 18th annual Chetek Brew & Rib Fest, which will take place at Phillips Park. This afternoon, rain-or-shine event will feature beer from more than 25 microbreweries, many of them from Wisconsin. There will also be live entertainment, along with rib tasting from teams competing for "Best of the Fest" and "People's Choice" honors. Proceeds will go to local charities.
11: Seven Sisters Fest, San Luis Obispo, CA
The third annual Seven Sisters Fest, a celebration of the region's homegrown culture, will be held at El Chorro Regional Park and Campground in San Luis Obispo. The Grand Beer Tasting, to be held Saturday afternoon, will feature beer from more than 40 craft breweries and wineries. All weekend long, there will also be eclectic music and dancing; outdoor activities; and food, retail, and art vendors. The festival benefits Woods Humane Society and the Infinite Music Foundation.
17-18: Burning Can Beer Festival, Hendersonville, NC
Oskar Blues Brewery presents the 2015 North Carolina edition of the Burning Can Beer Festival, which will take place at Oscar Blues’ Reeb Ranch in Hendersonville. This two-day event will feature canned beer from more than 50 craft breweries from around the country. There will also be live music, food for purchase, a 5-K running-and-drinking endurance trail, and paddling and mountain biking. Proceeds will benefit Can’d Aid, Oskar Blues’ charity.
17-18: Cuddington Beer Festival, Worcester Park, England
The 2015 Cuddington Beer Festival will be held at Rowe Hall in Worcester Park. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 30 ales and 12 ciders. Food will be available for purchase. The festival is a fund-raiser for the 2nd Cuddington (Rowe) Scout Group.
17-18: Dog & Grog-Montana Microbrew Festival, Virginia City, MT
The 12th annual Dog and Grog-Montana Microbrew Festival will be held under the big tent at the Bale of Hay Saloon in historic Virginia City. There will be a Wee Dog pint on Friday evening, with Montana-brewed beer and live music. On Saturday afternoon there will be beer from ten Montana breweries, along with live music and a complimentary Polish dog. After the festival itself, there will be live music inside the bar.
The 12th anniversary Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show will be held at Victoria Park. This three-day event will feature more than 50 beers from over 15 Ontario breweries. There will also be food for purchase, including barbecued ribs and chicken, along with live entertainment. Admission is free, but attendees are urged to make a donation to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
17: The Grove Craft Beer & Wine Festival, Glenview, IL
The Grove, a nature preserve and National Historic Landmark, will host a Craft Beer & Wine Festival. This evening event will feature 70 beers, ciders, and wines, with 35 craft breweries represented. Many of the beers will be from the Chicago area. Local restaurants and food trucks will provide food for purchase. Festival-goers are invited to tour The Grove’s historic buildings and wildlife center. VIP tickets, with early admission and complimentary food, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Grove Heritage Association.
17-18: Vermont Brewers Festival, Burlington, VT
The Vermont Brewers Association presents the 23rd annual Vermont Brewers Festival. It will take place at Burlington's Waterfront Park, on the shore of Lake Champlain with the Adirondack Mountains in the background. This two-day, three-session event will feature nearly 200 beers from around 50 invited breweries, most of them from Vermont, the Northeast, and Canada. There will also be live entertainment, educational and "meet the brewer" programs, and food and merchandise vendors.
18: Bremerton Summer Brewfest, Bremerton, WA
The Washington Beer Commission presents the fifth annual Bremerton Summer Brewfest, which will take place downtown. This all-day festival will feature more than 70 summer-style beers from over 30 Washington State breweries, many of them containing unusual ingredients and poured through “Randalls.” There will be live music, and food will be available for purchase.
18: Hops, Vines & Wines Festival, Selinsgrove, PA
The eighth annual Hops, Vines & Wines Festival will take place in historic downtown Selinsgrove. This afternoon event will feature beer from more 40 breweries, most of them from Pennsylvania, along with a selection of local wines. There will also be live music, and food and merchandise for purchase.
18.: Indiana Microbrewers Festival, Indianapolis, IN
The Brewers of Indiana Guild presents the 19th annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival, which will take place at Opti-Park in Broad Ripple in Indianapolis. This afternoon event will feature around 300 beers from dozens of breweries, most of them from Indiana and many with brewers in attendance. The beer lineup also includes a cask-conditioned table, with up to 16 firkins served on gravity; and a “replicale,” with Indiana breweries using a mutual recipe. There will also be live music, food for purchase, games, and door prizes.
18: Naperville Ale Fest, Naperville, IL
Lou Dog Events presents the second annual Naperville Ale Fest, which will take place on the grounds of the Naper Settlement. This afternoon event will feature more than 200 beers from craft breweries around the country. There will be live entertainment, and food from Naperville restaurants will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a food voucher, are available. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Naper Settlement and the Naperville Heritage Society.
18: Real, Wild & Woody Beer Festival, Phoenix, AZ
The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild presents the second annual Real, Wild & Woody, which will take place in an expanded venue inside the Phoenix Convention Center. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 70 breweries, many of them from Arizona. The selection will include seasonal, high-gravity, and small-batch beers. The price of admission includes food pairings provided by local restaurants.
18: Yellowstone Beer Fest, Cody, WY
The 2015 Yellowstone Beer Fest will be held on the lawn of the Park County Complex in Cody, the eastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. This afternoon event will feature beer from around 30 breweries from Wyoming and the West. Three live acts will perform, and food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be donated to local charities.
22-26: Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland, OR
The Oregon Brewers Guild and the Oregon Brew Crew present the 28th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, which will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. This five-day event features beer from 90 breweries invited by festival organizers, with each brewery sending one beer to the event. There will also be a Specialty Tent with 100 beers, and an International Tent showcasing beer from New Zealand. There will also be food and merchandise for purchase; industry exhibits by hop growers, homebrewers, breweriana collectors, and national beer writers; and live music throughout the weekend. In addition to the festival itself, there will be a Brewers Dinner and the Oregon Brewers Brunch & Parade that officially kicks off the festival.
23-25: Birmingham Beer Bash, Birmingham, England
The third annual Birmingham Beer Bash will be held at The Bond Company. This three-day event will feature more than 100 beers. There will also be a "fringe" with speakers, tastings, and food-pairing sessions; and food will be available for purchase.
23: Brew at the Zoo, Washington, DC
The Friends of the National Zoo Young Professionals present Brew at the Zoo 2015, which will take place at Lion/Tiger Hill inside the zoo. This Thursday evening event will feature beer from more than 60 craft breweries. There will also be live music, food trucks, animal demonstrations, and lawn games. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Proceeds benefit animal care and conservation at the Zoo.
24-August 3: Annafest, Forchheim, Germany
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.
24-26: Maidenhead Beer Festival, Maidenhead, England
The Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2015 Maidenhead Beer Festival, which will take place at a new venue, Desborough College. This three-day event will feature more than 100 Real Ales, along with “a host of ciders.” There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.
24-25: Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival, Ypsilanti, MI
The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the 18th annual Summer Beer Festival, which will take place at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. This two-day event will feature more than 800 beers from over 90 Michigan-based breweries, with an emphasis on "big" and hard-to-find beers. There will also be hourly releases of special festival beers; live entertainment, including live bands and the "Drink Michigan Beer" Fight Song; and food and merchandise vendors.
24-26: Toronto's Festival of Beer, Toronto, ON, Canada
Toronto's Festival of Beer 2015, which organizers describe as "Canada's leading beer festival," will be held on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto. This three-day event will feature more than 300 beers from over 60 domestic and foreign breweries, including a special “World of Beer” pavilion featuring Irish beers. There will also be live music and other entertainment, brewmaster sessions, and food for purchase. During festival week, a number of satellite events will take place throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
25: GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival, Nashville, IN
The sixth annual GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival will be held on Valley Branch Road in Nashville. This all-day outdoor event will feature commercially-brewed and home-brewed beer from Indiana, along with local wines. Brewery representatives will be in attendance. Indiana musicians will perform, local artists will exhibit their works, and there will be games and activities. Hiking, fishing, and primitive tent camping are available at the festival site.
25: Milwaukee Brewfest, Milwaukee, WI
The sixth annual Milwaukee Brewfest will be held at the Old Coast Guard Pavilion in McKinley, a venue with a view of Lake Michigan. This late-afternoon event will feature beer from more than 100 American breweries, along with German, cider, and mead rows. There will be live music, food from local restaurants and vendors, a silent auction, and games. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.
26-27: Empire Brewfest, Syracuse, NY
The 2014 Empire Brewfest will be held at Chevy Court on the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. This event, which is New York State’s only two-day summer beer festival, will feature 75 breweries serving two beers each. The lineup will include special-release beers. There will also be a “meet the brewers” tent, special appearances by craft beer celebrities, live music, and food and merchandise for purchase.