There are some fantastic craft beers working throughout the U.S., and those beers deserve to be celebrated. That’s why craft beer festivals are such a no-brainer, getting beer and food lovers together to share a common bond with some great live music in the background. If a festival road trip is something you’re interested in, here are the best ones going to make your plans around:
- Pils & Love- Portland, Maine (July 20th) –Presented by Oxbow Brewing Company at the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse. It’s all pilsner from 60 of the nation’s best.
- Fresh Fest- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (August 10th) –They’re among the first to celebrate diversity in the brewing community and have had a massive amount of success in the process.
- Great American Beer Festival– Denver, Colorado (October 3rd– 5th) –It’s no mistake that they’re in their 37th year with this one, with 4,800 beers and over 800 breweries from every state.
- WakeFest Invitational– Miami, Florida (February 15th) –Wakefield Brewing leads the charge here. Last year’s event featured 120 brewers from all over the planet, with a good number of Rate Beer’s top 100 in attendance.
- Wild West Brew Fest– Katy, Texas (Spring 2020) – Incredibly organized from both a customer and vendor standpoint.
- Common Grounds– Virginia Beach, Virginia (May 2020)– It’s an overnight campout and that makes this one stand-out more than a little.
- Savor– Washington, DC (May 2020)– Held in the National Building Museum with amazing food and beer pairings all night.
- Green City–Brooklyn, New York (June 2020)– Brought to you by the Other Half Brewing Company and focuses its attention on IPAs.
- Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest– Paso Robles, California (June 2020)– Just wrapped its 8th year and already has a rep for being a premiere festival in the craft brewing world.
- The Great Taste of the Midwest– Madison, Wisconsin (August 10th) – A great party on a picturesque lake setting with more than a little quality beer. What more do you need?