Upcoming Beer Festivals

2 Jan

SF Beer week

Oktoberfest isn’t the only time for masses of beer drinkers to gather and play ridiculous games while downing liter after liter of delicious brew.  In fact, beer festivals happen year round all over the world and thanks to certain cities that recognize the importance of their local breweries as well as the significance of beer culture in general, there are entire weeks dedicated to beer.  Check below for an upcoming celebration near you in January and February.  If you don’t see anything nearby, have a look at beerfestivals.org for some smaller but still great festivals around the world.

Bay Area Events

Seattle Events

January

14-21 : Kalamazoo Beer Week (Kalamazoo Michigan)

Whether you are a long-time lover of craft beer or are new to the craft beer experience, Kalamazoo Beer Week offers a host of special, one-time-only style experiences.  Kalamazoo’s independently owned and operated restaurants and retail locations, together with craft breweries and brewers, develop a unique craft beer experience for patrons. Among the programming for this exciting week of events are beer dinners, demonstrations, tastings, and meet-the-brewer functions. Intended to educate, offer insight into the craft beer movement, beers styles, or the industry at large, these events are open to the public.

 February

3-12 : Omaha Beer Week (Omaha Nebraska)

As the craft beer scene in Omaha grows, the idea was born to create an Omaha Beer Week to bring Craft beer bars, retailers and Breweries across Omaha together and offer 10 beer packed days with many specials and new and exciting beery events all over town.
Each participating business will be creating their own calendar of events to run during the Omaha Beer Week creating a multitude of events and possibilities for Omaha area Craft Beer Drinkers to experience.
The few joint “events” will be the Craft Beer Bus Crawl and the Commemorative Pint Glasses.

10-19 : San Francisco Beer Week (San Francisco California)

On February 10, 2012, over 60 Northern California breweries will converge on the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco for the Opening Celebration of SF Beer Week, which kicks off a nine day marathon of beer tastings, festivals and food pairing dinners across the Bay Area. From 6-10pm, beer lovers will discover newly minted nanobrewers pouring alongside legendary craft brewing pioneers.  Early bird tickets are now available for $55. Each attendee will receive a commemorative glass and enjoy unlimited samples of new, rare and classic beers.

18-25 : Arizona Beer Week (Phoenix Arizona)

Drinking in the massive success of the inaugural Arizona Beer Week in 2011, the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild has announced the dates of next year’s weeklong celebration. The celebration of the craft beer movement boasted over 250 buzz-worthy events in every corner of the state including Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott, Tucson, Phoenix, Bisbee and every brew-loving burg in between.  The thirst grows this year.  New events will expand the event with more focus on craft beer education, the artistry of brewing and unveiling never-before-seen suds.

24 – March 4 : Sacramento Beer Week (Sacramento California)

Sacramento Beer Week is here to celebrate our rich Sacramento beer culture with more than 400 events capped off by the Capital Beerfest at Cal Expo on February 25th 2012, the largest beer festival in Sacramento history.  Stay tuned as events are planned and added!  In addition to daily activities, we have the Hopheads Scavenger Hunt in Sacramento’s beer-centric locations.  Great prizes for winning teams!

27 – March 5 : Portsmouth Beer Week (Portsmouth New Hampshire)

The Portsmouth Beer Week is a celebration of beer, culminating in the release of Kate the Great at the Portsmouth Brewery on Monday, March 5. With the help of local establishments and partnerships with breweries, our goal is the increase Portsmouth’s footprint on the national craft beer map. To get updated information on Twitter, check out #pbw12 and @portsbeerweek

 

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