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Prepare for a Hangover Thanks to These Three August Beer Festivals

August 11, 2011 at 10:05 AM | by | ()

The summer is slowly winding down, but there’s still lots of August left to experience. If you’re still a little behind on your summer drinking schedule look to the few beer festivals left where you can combine the warm weather with some cold brews. Here’s just three festivals where you can enjoy the remaining days of the season:

· North Folk Craft Beer, BBQ, and Wine Festival:
If you’re headed to the Hamptons this weekend—and, ha, who isn’t—you might want to skip the water and stick to the events on the land. This Saturday, August 13 the Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead, New York is bringing 50 different brewers and 100 different beers to comingle with all those grapevines.

It’s rain or shine—and the weather looks fine—and tickets will set you back $70 at the gate or $55 in advance. You’ll get plenty of two-ounce samples of all the beer you can handle along with a BBQ sandwich from Maple Tree BBQ complete with choice of side dish.

Local beer options include Blue Point Brewing Company, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, and Great South Bay Brewery, and of course there will be a few different wines to sample for those with a more sophisticated palette. Just be sure to make your mind up soon, as it's only a few days away and last year’s event sold out.

· Bend Brewfest:
Beer Festivals in Oregon are way too big to take up just one day, so the Bend Brewfest carries on for three days on August 18, 19, and 20 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend. Organizers are promising at least 80 different craft breweries along with plenty of food, so the eighth annual festival looks to be the best one yet.

Tickets to the fun are totally free, but you do need to buy a souvenir mug in order to enjoy all the lagers, ales, and porters. Tasting tickets will set you back $1—they’re sold in packets of five—and that will you get you a four-ounce pour. The kids and furry friends are welcome as well during the afternoon, but just get them home in time for bed as after 7pm it’s adults only. If you have leftover tickets—no problem—as you can just come back the next day to down a few more samples.

· Cincinnati Brew-Ha-Ha:
For the fifth year in a row the Cincinnati Brew-Ha-Ha is combining comedy and booze right on the city’s waterfront in Sawyer Point Park. There’s still plenty of time to book your flight or plan your road trip, as the even takes place on August 26 and 27. There’s going to be 50 different comedians—including headliners like Bret Kreischer and Caroline Rhea—along with 100 different beers. With that many beverages on-tap the jokes can only get better as the afternoon carries on.

The funny is free, but the beers are going to cost you. It’s $5 to get an admission wristband and after that it’s going to be $1 per ticket. Each ticket will get you a sample, but if you cash in four tickets you can score a full glass. Tickets are on sale until 10:30pm each evening, but remember to use them before 11pm, as that’s when the taps are scheduled to run dry.

Local beer options include ales and lagers from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, Alltech Brewery, and Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company. There’s food too—don’t worry—and we bet there’s got to be at least one place serving up some decent three-way chili.

[Photo: Official Sites]

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