· Philadelphia’s Winter Beer Festival 2011:
Beer fans in Philly are still digging out from the remnants of the Snowpocalypse, but hopefully by January 22 the roads will be clear for the city’s Winter Beer Festival. There’s two sessions at the Starlight Ballroom where all the season’s leftover holiday ales will be available to sample. Expect beers aged in oak barrels as well as plenty of seasonally spiced ales. Plenty of breweries will be represented, but there’s quite a few locals making appearances as well—be sure to check out the seasonal offerings from Sly Fox Brewery.
As of now, admission is $40 per person, but if want to buy your tickets at the door expect to shell out $50 for each session. Samples appear to be unlimited, so you’ll be more than welcome to overindulge on some of your favorite offerings. You’re even free to bring along a personal designated driver, and these folks can get in for just $10. Munchies will be available including hamburgers, hot dogs, and pretzels—hopefully some awesome PA-style soft pretzels.
· Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival :
It might be a little far away for most of the country’s beer lovers, but with over 200 beers and barley wines to sample, it could be worth it to buy a plane ticket and make a trip up north. It’s the 17th year that fans have been gathering in Anchorage to celebrate a way to keep warm during the winter, and this year’s events will be held at the William Egan Convention Center. Expect plenty of different opportunities to sample, but remember to take it easy as some of those barley wines are way stronger than that Coors Light in the back of your fridge.
Tickets to this year’s event are $45 per session, and that will get you access to all the samples you can handle. There will be food and entertainment as well, just in case you get tired and need a break from all the boozing. This year’s festival runs on January 14 and 15, with one session on Friday and two sessions on Saturday. Maybe after two or three you can even see how the locals really feel about Sarah Palin.
· Winter Beer Festival Philadelphia [Official Site]
· Winter Beer Fest Denver [Official Site]
· Great Alaska Beer Festival [Official Site]
· Beer Travel coverage [Jaunted]