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May is the Month for Outdoor Beer Festivals in SC, PA and CA

May 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM | by | ()

The weather is starting to warm up and the days are getting longer, and that means the beer festivals are starting to get bigger and better. The stouts and pilsners are moving from conference centers and auditoriums, and the fun is starting to move outdoors. If you don’t already have hoppy plans this month, here’s three beer festivals worth the road trip:

Pints For Pets

Support your love for furry friends while supporting your love for all things beer, as you raise a pint for the pets in Blair County, Pennsylvania. On tap will be around 70 different lagers and ales from all over the state, country, and world. All the fun goes down during two sessions on May 12 at People Natural Gas Field, so not only do you get to support the local Humane Society while drinking some beers but there’s also the chance to stroll around the local baseball field.

Tickets will set you back $35 per person in advance, and it’s going to be $40 if you wait to score tickets at the gate. All the profits from ticket sales go to help the doggies and kitties, so you might as well bring a few friends as well. 4oz samples seem to be the norm, and all the stadium’s concession stands will be open to serve up plenty of hotdogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks. Sly Fox, Boakes Brewing, and even New Planet Brewing Company will be pouring some of their gluten-free options. Cheers!

Hilton Head Beer Festival

It might not be time to officially celebrate summer just yet, but don’t tell that to the residents of Hilton Head, South Carolina. It’s already pretty warm down south, so they’re getting ready to celebrate the season with the Hilton Head Beer Festival on May 19. Organizers are promising a “Taste of Summer,” so be prepared for plenty of refreshing beverages. We wouldn’t even be surprised to see a couple fruit infused options, as it seems like the summer months also brings out the citrus flavors when it comes to new brewery recipes.

This year’s festival takes place at the city’s Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, but please don’t get any good ideas when it comes to commandeering a vessel after enjoying one too many. The plan is to have 60 different beers or so from around 20 different brewers and breweries. Tickets to the suds shindig are going for $30 at the gate, but it’s only $25 if you buy them ahead of time. Local options include plenty of sips from Palmetto Brewing Company and something known as Piggly Wiggly’s Pig Swig. A whopping 15 sample pours—around four ounces—are included with your admission, but if you’re just thirsty for more it’s going to be another $1 per tasting ticket.

West Coast Brew Fest

The West Coast Brew Fest is only a couple weeks away, so it might be time to start thinking about how to get over to Sacramento on May 19. This year’s edition of the annual beer festival takes place at the city’s Miller Park where you and plenty of your friends will be enjoying live music, local food, and obviously way too many sips and samples of beer. There’s going to be like 120 beers or so available and on tap, and this festival has no tickets or tokens. All samples are included with your $35 ticket, so just be sure to pace yourself and not overdo it.

Cheesesteaks, BBQ, and Mexican will all be some of the options from local food vendors, and of course there will be plenty of alcohol as well. Bison Brewing Company, Black Diamond Brewing Company, and North Coast Brewing Company all just a few of the options from California. However, there are plenty of other options available from a little bit farther away—like Ireland and the Czech Republic. We’re not sure if we’ll be able to get ourselves out to Sacramento to enjoy a sunny afternoon of sips and samples, but we’re already thinking about a way to do so.

[Photos: Pints For Pets and Yelp]

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