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The weather is getting warmer, and May has officially arrived on the calendar. That means it’s time to head outdoors and reconnect with nature—or at least just visit the critters over at the neighborhood zoo. Sure we love to see the animals do their thing, but it’s even better with a beverage in one hand. Here’s three brew at the zoo events taking place this May.
Brew at the Zoo – Zoo Miami
It’s already time for Zoo Miami to do their brew at the zoo thing, as the animals and exhibits are waiting for you to swing by on Saturday, May 4 between 7 and 11pm. Despite its location at the zoo, it sounds like this event is one of the biggest beer festivals in the city. Plenty of brewers and breweries will be in attendance, and they’re promising more than 100 different lagers and ales to sip and sample. Unlimited samples are yours to enjoy for just $35—in advance—or $40 at the door. The fun rounds itself out with plenty of live music including an appearance by Naughty by Nature—remember them?
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At least according to the calendar we’ve officially made it through the winter, and now that April is here it’s time to move the beer festivals outdoors. The lagers, ales, and everything in between have been rolled into parks, squares, and plazas across the country. So pick a festival and raise a glass to the season at these three beer festivals—cheers!
Los Angeles Beer Festival
Start figuring out what you and your friends are doing this weekend, as it’s already time for the Los Angeles Beer Festival. Things are scheduled to start flowing on April 6, and there are a couple sessions from which to choose. Stuff takes place at Paramount Studios, and it’s $40 per person for the afternoon session as well as the evening session—the latter runs between 5pm and 8pm.
Local and international beers will be on tap, there will be plenty of food from trucks, and there’s even music to keep you motivated as you work through unlimited samples and sips. Angel City Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Lost Coast Brewery are just some of the breweries scheduled to be in attendance, so you know this is going to be a good time.
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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.
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February doesn’t have too much going on, so it’s a great month to head somewhere warm to escape the winter weather. We realize that might not be in the cards, so that’s why we’re suggesting the old standby—drinking—to get you through this month. Here’s three beer festivals where you can toast to February:
San Diego Winter Beer Festival
It doesn’t get quite that chilly during the winter over in San Diego, but the city still has plans for their very own winter beer festival. This year’s events are scheduled to do their thing on Friday, February 8, so if you don’t have plans for this weekend—you do now. Brewers in attendance include Ballast Point, Black Market Brewing Company, and Mission Brewery.
Tickets will set you back $40 in advance, but it’s going to be around $10 more if you’re getting them at the door. Things run between 7pm and 10pm, and it all takes place over at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Live music from bands like Three Fiths Sober, 22 Kings, and YOVEE round out the event, so cheers to that.
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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.
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You know we love us a good beer festival, but sometimes we could use a little more entertainment than just the ales and lagers. That’s why we were excited to hear about some of these more unique options going down this month, so let’s raise our glasses to three November beer festivals that offer up a little extra.
Auto and Ales – Hershey, Pennsylvania
Everyone knows it’s not a good idea to mix drinking with driving, but as long as you keep the automobiles and alcohol separate it’s totally fine. That’s what is scheduled for this Friday—November 9—over in Hershey, Pennsylvania at the Antique Automobile Club of America. It’s what they’re calling Auto and Ales, and it’s ready to do its thing between 6pm and 10pm.
It’s the third year of the festival, as organizers promise to bring together some of the area’s best craft brewers and best classic cars. There’s no getting behind the wheel at this event, but you are encouraged to savor a few sips while enjoying the view. Appalachian Brewing Company, Lancaster Brewing Company, and Snitz Creek Brewery are just a few of those scheduled to be in attendance, and the sips and samples can be yours for just $40.
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Most nights NYC's famous Webster Hall lives up to its one-time nickname of "the devil's playhouse," but next month they'll class things up with their first annual booze tasting event.
The venue's Beer and Whiskey Festival, called East Ville Des Folies, will kick off on Monday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. and include Trapeze and Circus acts, Burlesque dancers, a Speakeasy, and Swing Jazz Bands, along with 4 floors of Obscure Beers and Whiskeys to sample.
General admission tickets are $35, VIP tickets including a private tasting and gift bag are $45. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Third Street Music School Settlement.
Tickets can be purchased at Ticketweb.com.
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Labor Day has come and gone, and with its passing marks the unofficial end of the summer season. Sure we’re a little sad to see the sun retreat earlier each and every day, but the cooler weather isn’t too shabby. If anything it just gives us the opportunity to enjoy a new season of beer festivals. The summer ales have disappeared, but there’s still plenty of brews—and sunshine—to enjoy at these outdoor beer festivals in September:
Great Atlanta Beer Fest – Atlanta, Georgia
We’re only a few days away, as this year’s Great Atlanta Beer Fest is set to do its thing on September 8 at Turner Field. The baseball stadium will transform itself into an outdoor beer garden, as organizers are expecting at least 150 different varieties of lagers, ales, stouts, and pilsners. There will be a focus on those brewed close to home with several options from Georgia and the Southeast, and there will even be a few wine and hard cider options as well.
Most of the action is scheduled to go down within the Grand Entry Plaza and the Monument Grove sections of the stadium, and organizers are even planning to beam the weekend’s college football games straight to the televisions across the park. Tickets will set you back $40 in advance, and that will get you access to your souvenir cup, all the entertainment, and plenty of beer samples. Sounds like a decent investment to us especially with breweries like Sweetwater, Abita, and Atlanta Brewing in attendance.
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If you wanted to get drunk with a skunk this summer there’s still time to do it. Animal parks across the country have started to add booze to their usual offerings, and now it’s time to take it all in. There’s at least a few warm weekends left this summer so now’s the time to cool off with a refreshing adult beverage while watching the lions, tigers, and bears do their thing. Here’s our picks for three “zoo brew” events that might just be worth your time:
Franklin Park Zoo – Boston, Massachusetts
It’s almost time for the third annual Brew at the Zoo event at Franklin Park Zoo, so now’s the time to start planning a little trip to Boston. The critter cocktail party is set to do its thing on August 18—that’s this weekend—between 5 and 9pm. Of course you’ll be able to check out what the lemurs are up to and gawk at the giant anteater, but this zoo also has some prehistoric friends as well. Festival attendees are welcome to stroll around Zoorassic Park which features around 15 animatronic dinosaurs, so be sure not to spill your drink—they’re probably expensive to replace.
Tickets are $50 per person, and that includes all the samples that you can comfortably—or uncomfortably—handle. There’s live music and plenty of food to purchase, so they’ve got your entertainment covered from all angles. Peak Organic Brewing Company, Blue Hills Brewery, and Long Trail Brewing Co., are just a few of the breweries scheduled to be in attendance. Of course there will be an appearance from none other than Samuel Adams as well—the brewery, not the historical figure.
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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:
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.
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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!
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Summer has finally arrived, and the need to cool off with a refreshing adult beverage is now almost a daily necessity. There’s plenty of events from which to choose where you can celebrate lagers, ales, and everything in between, but we think these three beer festivals are worth your time this June::
Houston Beer Festival
On June 9 the city of Houston gets ready to raise their glasses, and they’ll be doing their thing between 10am and 11pm. Of course there will be plenty of samples and sips to take in at the city’s Hermann Square Park, but there’s even a theme to go along with the festival—this year they’re going with a Mardi Gras motif. In addition to the beer organizers promise plenty of live local music and plenty of food options for when your belly needs something a little more substantial than another sudsy sample.
Tickets will set you back $25 and that will get you 10 tickets that you can exchange for 2.5 ounce samples, as well as a festival guide and snazzy wristband. There will also be $10 options available on the day of the event that you can exchange straight up for beer samples. The festival is expecting 13,000 beer enthusiasts to invade the park this weekend, so you might need to make a game plan if you’re going to attend. There’s a pretty decent map telling you where all the breweries will be doing their thing, so be sure to think ahead if you want to sip and sample options from Abita, Dogfish Head, Jester King, Left Hand, Southern Star, and plenty more.