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Wind Down Your Summer with Three August Beer Festivals

August 9, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | ()

Unfortunately the summer is starting to wind down; however, that doesn’t mean that there still isn’t time to score a few more summery sips. Before the lagers and ales turn a little darker and richer for the cooler weather, be sure to check out where to toast to the final days of summer with these August beer festivals:

Buffalo Brewfest

Beer fans from all over will be heading to Buffalo on August 10, as 150 craft brews will be in attendance at the 2012 Buffalo BrewFest. This year all the sudsy stouts and pale ales are doing their thing at the First Niagara Center, and the samples and sips run between 5:30pm and 9:30pm.

There will be food vendors eager to help you pair up something with your 3-ounce beer samples. Tickets will set you back $30 in advance, and that will get you access, a souvenir tasting glass, program, and 20 tasting tickets. If you want to try your favorite—or favorites—a couple more times, there are additional tickets available for $1 each. An extra sip might just be necessary with solid options from Erie Brewing Company, Flying Bison, and Lake Placid Brewing Company.

Bend Brewfest

One day just isn’t enough for the Bend Brewfest, as the 9th annual event is scheduled to roll out the kegs and cups between August 16 and 18. Everything takes place at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, as organizers are hoping to have at least 125 different options from around 50 or more breweries.

Admission to this year’s festival is free, but to start sampling you’ll have to pay $10 in for a festival wristband, beer tokens, and mug. Extra beer tickets are available are sold in packages of 5 for $5, and if you have leftovers you can always use them the next day. Just be sure to pace yourself, as you’ll want to sample and sip plenty from Bend Brewing Company, Double Mountain Brewery, and Phat Matt’s Brewing Company.

Ballpark Festival of Beers

We think that beer tastes a little bit better at the ballpark than it does anywhere else, so it only makes sense to attend this year’s Ballpark Festival of Beers in Charleston, South Carolina. Organizers have lined up more than 100 different varieties of breweries from around the country, so you’ll have plenty of ales, lagers, pilsners, and more from which to choose. All the sampling takes place at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, as the fun runs between 6-10pm on Saturday, August 25.

Admission will set you back $25 if you pick up your tickets at local Piggly Wiggly locations—they’re one of the sponsors. Otherwise it’s going to set you back $30 if you get them through the box office. Of course we’re eager to try a few different beers from different breweries, but we’re also interested in checking out the food options. The local food trucks are rolling in, and The Magic Cheese Truck, Pot Kettle Black, Tokyo Crepes, and Geechee Island will all be setting up shop—so bring some extra cash.

[Photos: Official Sites/Facebook]

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