LearnYourBeer.com presents the 2012 Maine Brewers Festival, which will take place at the Portland Expo. On Friday evening, there will be an Evening with the Brewers VIP Session. On Saturday, there will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from about 20 Maine breweries along with live music, food and merchandise vendors, and prizes.
9: Boulder IPA Fest, Boulder, CO
Avery Brewing Company will host the second annual Boulder IPA Fest. Last year's festival was an afternoon event that featured traditional and experimental India pale ales from around the country, along with live music.
9: Brew Your Cask Off, Atlanta, GA
SweetWater Brewery, in Atlanta, will host Brew Your Cask Off 2013. This is an evening event. The brewery will invite around 90 special guests--including homebrewers and local celebrities--to create a one-of-a-kind cask ale under the direction of SweetWater's brewers. These ales, along with SweetWater's regular lineup of beers, will be served at the festival; the brewery will be open for tours; and food will be available.
TBA: Portland Holiday Ale Festival, Portland, OR
The Oregon Brewers Guild presents the 2013 Portland Holiday Ale Festival, which will take place downtown in Pioneer Square. Recent editions of this festival have featured 50 strong ales including Imperial IPAs, barleywines, winter warmers, and Scotch ales. The venue itself is heated, contains one of the region's largest decorated Christmas trees, and has a clear tent that allows views of the city lights. The festivities also include a "Beer and Brunch" event on Sunday.