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Three July Beer Festivals for Warm Weather and Summer Sips

July 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

The summer is fully underway, and if you’re anything like us the warm weather has you yearning for a frosty adult beverage. Thankfully breweries large and small have already read our minds, and they're pumping out pints of the finest summer ales and lagers. While there are plenty of places to indulge in a few summery sips, here’s three summer beer festivals worth the price of admission:

Summertime Brews Festival

It gets pretty darn toasty down in North Carolina, so what better way to cool down than with a few cold ones in Greensboro. To celebrate the season, both tourists and locals alike will be hitting the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Saturday, July 14 for what organizers bill as the state’s favorite beer festival. The fun runs from 2:30pm to 8pm which is plenty of time to learn a little but about craft beers, and to indulge in one too many.

The festival will offer up unlimited samples and sips from over 50 different breweries, and of course there will be plenty of music, food, and other entertainment to keep everyone upbeat and happy. Tickets to this year’s event will set you back $30 if you order online in advance, but if you are having a little analysis paralysis about attending there just might be $35 options available at the gate. Thomas Creek Brewery, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, and Boone Brewing Company are just some of the vendors prepared to provide plenty of samples—cheers!

All Pints North Summer Brew Fest

Around 2,000 of your closest beer loving friends are making their final plans to attend this year’s All Pints North Summer Brew Fest in Duluth, Minnesota. The cool breeze off the lake should keep the summer sun in check, as the beer begins to flow on waterfront at Bayfront Festival Park. The tipsy tasting event is set to do its thing on Saturday, July 21 from 3pm to 7pm, so now might be the perfect time to add it to your calendar.

Tickets will set you back $30 in advance, and admission will get you access to unlimited samples of all the craft beers you can handle along with a commemorative tasting glass. Of course there will be plenty of food vendors on hand as well to assist with your beer munchies, so be sure to bring along some spending cash along with your ID—it’s 21 and over only. The Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild is behind the event, so we’d only expect the best of the best when it comes to participating breweries. Big Wood Brewery, Great Waters Brewing, and Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery are just a few that are scheduled to be in attendance.

Summer Brew Fest

You don’t have to be a total beer nerd to know that Denver is high on the list of must-visit craft beer cities. So it’s no surprise that the city is getting ready to show off their kegs on Friday, July 27 at the annual Summer Brew Fest at Mile High Station. Colorado’s finest breweries and brewers will be in attendance, so be sure to pace yourself as you sip and sample your way through the seasonal selections.

Organizers are promising at least 125 different ales and lagers, and they’ll be coming from at least 45 craft breweries from around the state and beyond. Expect refreshing options that are perfect accompaniments to a burger off the grill, or something that’s just refreshing after you’re done mowing the lawn. Offerings from Colorado Native and Great Divide are just a couple of the beverages that will be served up. Tickets are $30 for the basic admission, but be sure to act quickly and scoop up your tickets—it’s usually a sell out.

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