6 Craft Beer Festivals To Check Out This Year

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craft beerDid you know there are actually craft beer festivals all over the country each year? It’s true and they’re awesome. What better way to join the craft beer revolution then attending a craft beer festival? At its core, beer is social. Just a few solid hours into a good beer festival and you’ll find yourself surrounded by an entire craft beer lover community and probably a few new friends. You can discovert up and coming breweries, meet the faces behind the beer, find some cool merch and meet fellow craft beer enthusiasts.

Whether you’re looking for a reason to hit the road and travel or you just want to add another event to your itinerary, here are some of our favorite craft beer festivals in the United States to add to your calendar!

Add These 6 Craft Beer Festivals to Your Calendar

AZ Strong Beer Festival

Where: Phoenix, AZ

When: Saturday, Feb 10, 2018 | 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

For our special localites, the AZ Strong Beer Festival is one of our personal local favorites. Designed for the craft beer lover who enjoys a variety of beers or loves discovering new boutique breweries and beers, the Strong Beer Festival boasts many memorable and astounding brews that provide the perfect respite for the winter weary. With top-notch food vendors and music to keep the party rockin’, Arizona’s “Best Beer Festival” has quickly become one of the state’s can’t miss hospitality and tourism events. Be sure to check out AZ Strong Beer Festival and get a taste of what’s on tap for AZ craft beer’s biggest week-long southwestern celebration.

(Purchase tickets here)

Bay Short Craft Spirits Fest

Where: Bay Shore, NY

When: Friday, Jan 26, 2018 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Bay Shore Craft Spirit Fest features over 100 styles of spirits. This is your chance to taste craft-distilled spirits from moonshine to mezcal. High end rum, cognac, whiskey, vodka, gin, tequila and even Great South Bay Brewery’s extensive beer portfolio. Meet the distillers, master blenders, and other experts who will be in attendance. (Purchase tickets here)

Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival

Where: St. Paul, MN

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The rarest of the bunch, this festy features limited, vintage and one-off specialty beers from a carefully-curated list of craft breweries, the Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases the creativity and skill of a select group of top brewers in the country.

This 5th Annual, special one-night tasting will take place on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at the beautiful MN History Center in downtown St Paul.

Thirty craft breweries, including ten from Minnesota, were invited to participate – each brewery will offer two beers, which will be rare offerings.

(Purchase tickets here)

Denver Bacon and Beer Classic

Where: Denver, CO

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cannonball Productions is bringing its highly acclaimed, nationally-touring Bacon and Beer Classic back to Sports Authority Field on Saturday, February 24th. Unlike other food and drink fests, the Classic is known for taking over entire football fields and baseball stadiums, offering attendees a uniquely all-inclusive experience with unbeatable views. Indulge in unlimited bacon dishes from 30+ Denver restaurants, 100+ craft beers from regional breweries, music, games, and more on the Broncos’ iconic home turf. Bob for bacon, sample beer in a blind taste test, strut in the bacon beauty pageant, and compete in the Hormel® bacon eating contest. Choose from all-inclusive General Admission, Power Hour, or VIP tickets starting at $59.

(Purchase tickets here)

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival

Where: Atlantic City, NJ

When: Friday, March 23, 2018 – Saturday March 24, 2018 | Check Website for Times

Voted two years in a row as one of the best U.S. Beer Festivals by USA Today Readers, Atlantic City is gearing up to swim in oceans of beer for the 13th consecutive year at the 2018 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival! The Good Time Tricycle Productions team has worked long and hard to compile some of the top names in the craft beer industry and gather them under one roof in the Atlantic City Convention Center. Nearly 1,000 different beers from over 150 breweries across the country will pour their delicious brews for thousands of thirsty beer lovers. Over the years, the Festival has grown to include featured musical artists that set a beertastic soundtrack to drink to! For 2018, ACB&MF will welcome The Descendents, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Pepper to their main stage.

If beer and music isn’t enough, the 2018 Festival will promote and educate attendees on craft beer and the brewmasters that create them; perfect for beer geeks, and beer beginners. Also featured will be well-known Atlantic County restaurants serving up their world-famous cuisine, culinary demonstrations, and educational seminars. Some additional “off the wall” activities, include: free play arcade, hot wing eating contests, yoga, larger-than-life corn hole, Silent Disco and so much more! In addition, non-brewery festival vendors will offer unique beer-related apparel and goods, sure to appeal to everyone. 

(Purchase tickets here)

Honolulu On Tap

Where: Honolulu, HI

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The 3rd annual Honolulu on Tap is back on Saturday, March 24th, at the Neal Blaisdell Center. Sample 130+ craft beer styles from 65 of America’s favorite breweries. Pick from three pouring sessions this year: the always popular VIP early-access session from 12-4pm or one of the general admission sessions from 1-4PM and 6-9PM.

(Purchase tickets here)

Find one you love? Start making plans to attend one (or all if you’re super thirsty) and share your experiences with us on social media by tagging Greenwoodbrewing. We’ll be drinking vicariously through you!

Greenwood Brewing has passion for great craft beer along with the meaningful conversations and stories that it creates. Try one of our signature brews; we’d be honored to be part of your story.






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