Raise a Glass to Spring with March Beer Festivals
March has arrived, and believe it or not—the weather will get warmer. We already have spring on the brain, so what better way to celebrate then with some seasonal libations. Take some time out of your schedule, and raise a glass at a pair of spring beer festivals:
Spring Craft Beer Festival - Long Island, New York
Make your plans for the weekend now, as the Spring Craft Beer Festival is arriving on Long Island this weekend. The taps begin flowing on March 9 at the Nassau Coliseum, as local hop-heads look to toast to the warmer weather—and flavor—of springtime. The festival has been doing its thing for around the last seven years or so, and they promise that 2013 will be the best year yet.
In total there will be well over 100 different beers from which to choose, and they’ll be arriving from around 50 different breweries. There’s both an afternoon and an evening section, and tickets will set you back $45 if you order in advance online. Otherwise it’ll be $55 at the front door. With your ticket you’ll enjoy all-you-care-to-drink samples right out of your souvenir tasting glass, but we’d recommend bringing some extra cash for the food that’ll also be available. Just be sure to go slow and steady, as sips and samples from Montauk Brewing Company and Long Ireland Brewing Company shouldn’t be missed.
Spring Beer and Wine Fest – Portland, Oregon
It’s no surprise that Oregon knows a thing or two about beer, after all some of the key ingredients that turn beer into beer can be found right in their own backyard. They’re turning their focus on spring, as they’re looking to celebrate the return of the warmth with a festival on March 29 and March 30 at the Oregon Convention Center.
The fun runs between 12pm and 11pm on both days, and tickets will set you back around $25 if you’re looking for 10 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass; however, those eager beavers that are among the first 500 to head into the festival on Friday—they’re free. In total there should be 80 different beers to sip and sample, and they’ll also be plenty of chocolate, cheese, and other goodies on handle to munch on as well. Georgetown Brewing Company, Hopworks Urban Brewery, and Rusty Truck Brewing Company will be just a few of those in attendance, and there will be plenty of vineyards and wineries hanging out as well—don’t forget them.
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