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Continue the Seasonal Celebrations with Three Winter Beer Festivals

January 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM | by | ()

Of course the majority of the holidays have come and gone, but that just means we need something new to entertain us until the spring and summer warmth returns. There's still plenty of special winter beers and brews to sample, so here’s our picks for three festivals from which to take a sip or two this January.

Columbus Winter Beerfest – Columbus, Ohio

It’s January 11-12 for this year’s edition of the Columbus Winter Beerfest over at the Columbus Convention Center. Two nights mean even more beers, as organizers are promising over 60 breweries, more than 300 craft beers, and 10,000 hop heads enjoying each and every sip and sample.

Regular admission sets you back $35 per person, and that’ll get you a sampling cup and a generous allotment of tasting tickets—25 to be specific. The list of beers is still a work in process, but we’d expect some local options like Barley’s, Columbus Brewing Company, and Four Strings Brewing to make an appearance.

The Winter Jubilee – Boston, Massachusetts

There are 63 different breweries—or more—getting way to make the drive over to Boston on January 18 and 19. There’s one event on Friday evening, and then organizers double down on Saturday with drinks at both 12:30pm and 5:30pm. Over 200 beers will be yours for the tasting, and tickets start at $42.50 per person for regular admission. Bay State, Trinity Brewhouse, and Newport Storm are just some of the breweries set to be in attendance, but with plenty more on hand be sure to pace yourself.

Winter Brew Fest – Denver, Colorado

Those who call Denver home know their beer, and they’re ready to celebrate their love of the sudsy stuff at the end of January. On Friday, January 25 the annual Winter Brew Fest is ready to welcome both craft brewers and mega breweries to Mile High Station to celebrate ales, lagers, and stouts. Tickets are still available, but we’d act quickly, as some of the fancy pants options have already sold out. Tickets are $30 in advance and include unlimited tastings of the festival’s best brews. You’ll even get a souvenir tasting glass, and that’ll be a good thing with breweries like Great Divide Brewing Company, Strange Brewing Company, and Colorado Native rolling out their kegs.

[Photo: Denver Winter Beer Fest/Mackinnon Photography/Facebook]

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