Showing posts with label Beer Festivals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beer Festivals. Show all posts

August 9, 2012

Nashville, TN: Flying Saucer Presents BeerFeast 2012

Tickets are on sale today for BeerFeast 2012, taking place September 22 at the Flying Saucer in Nashville.

Obsidian PR announces:
Flying Saucer will host its third annual beer festival, BeerFeast 2012, on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. in front of the Flying Saucer location in downtown Nashville at 111 Tenth Ave. South. BeerFeast 2012 will feature an unlimited beer tasting session highlighting more than 40 breweries and 60 beers carefully selected by Flying Saucer’s own resident beer guru, Keith Schlabs, and Nashville Flying Saucer general manager, Brandi Allen. 
 “This event allows us to showcase a large selection of rare and unique brews for Nashville craft brew lovers to enjoy,” Allen said. “With more than 60 different craft beers on hand for this event, we are more than doubling the amount of beers we have had at festivals in previous years, and it will be a great opportunity to sample and experience some really fantastic brews.”
Among the hard-to-find brews being served at this year's festival are Ommegang's Belgian Strong Ale Art of Darkness (98 points on RateBeer), Rogue's Dad's Little Helper Black IPA (90 points), and Left Hand's Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout. Plus, be on the lookout for a number of local Nashville beers.

Visit to take advantage of the early-bird discount or pick up your tickets at the Saucer.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please call 615-259-3039 or visit

August 1, 2012

5 Craft Beer Festivals to Attend This August

It's the first day of August and Fall is in sight! Don't let the summer go by without attending at least one beer festival!

Beer festivals are a great way to get outdoors, spend some quality time with friends, and enjoy some cold microbrews. Here are just a handful of beer festivals happening this August so you can start thinking about where you might soak up some suds this summer:

July 31, 2012

Great American Beer Festival: Pre-Sale Starts Today!

Today marks the beginning of the Member Pre-Sale for the Great American Beer Festival, taking place this October 11-13, in Denver, Colorado.

Members (as of July 27) of the American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association may buy tickets starting today at Have your 9-digit member number handy.

Tickets for the general public start August 2nd at 10am MDT.

Tickets include entry to the festival, a festival program, a commemorative tasting cup, and unlimited one-ounce samples from a selection of over 2,000 beers from more than 500 breweries.

Get 'em quick! The 2011 Festival sold out in just 10 days!

Going? Stay up-to-date with the GABF on Twitter and Facebook.

May 7, 2012

Get your vote on: BeerCity USA 2012

The taps at organic Pisgah Brewing, a stone's throw
from Asheville, NC.
In case you haven't already done so, go ahead and get your vote in for the BeerCity USA 2012 poll.  Any beer fan can vote, with a limit of one vote per computer.

Asheville, NC, is the reigning champion and, at the time of writing, has a narrow lead over Grand Rapids, MI.

The fact that this past week's Craft Brewer's Conference and World Beer Cup were held in San Diego, CA, should be considered, though one might also want to check out Food Republic's Craft Beer Power Rankings, which include representation from ten breweries in six different states.

I just made it harder to choose, didn't I?

May 1, 2012

VA: 5th Annual BrewRidge Music & Craft Beer Festival

In the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of my home state, this weekend is the 5th Annual BrewRidge Music & Craft Beer Festival in Pembroke, VA.  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Mountain Lake Conservancy with five Virginia microbreweries and live bluegrass music.  There's nothing quite like live music and craft beer in a beautiful setting.

Breweries in attendance will be Williamsburg Alewerks (Williamsburg, VA), Jefferson Street Brewery (Lynchburg, VA), The River Company (Radford, VA), Wolf Hills Brewery (Abingdon, VA), and Lost Rhino Brewing Company (Ashburn, VA).

More info on the Mountain Lake Conservancy website.

Buy your tickets here.

Now, if we could just get some bluegrass here in Panama...

April 26, 2012

Costa Rica: La Primera Festival Cerveza Artesanal

While craft beer is taking the US by storm, the movement in other parts of the world is just starting to gain momentum. This past Saturday was the first ever Festival Cerveza Artesanal in Costa Rica, organized by the small but growing community of craft breweries, homebrewers, retailers, and enthusiasts in this Latin American country known for its ecotourism and laid back, Pura Vida attitude. (Pura Vida translates to "the good life" or "the pure life" and can be used to say hello, goodbye, or in response to the question "how's it going?")

The festival was held outdoors on the swanky shopping strip Avenida Escazú, in a suburb of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. The weather was perfect, with a good mix of both Ticos and foreigners arriving for the event right on time.

April 10, 2012

This Weekend in Virginia: New River Brewfest

Festival season is certainly upon us.

Six great breweries from my home state of Virginia will be featured this weekend at the New River Brewfest in Radford, VA.

Saturday, April 14

$20 in advance/$25 at the gate

Participating breweries:

Bull & Bones

The River Company

Lost Rhino

Starr Hill

Legend Brewing Company

April 9, 2012

Announced: First Ever Costa Rican Microbrewery Festival

I'm telling ya, craft beer is becoming a world-wide phenomenon.  The people want it fresh and they want it local.

Costa Rica is just a little ahead of Panama in terms of craft beer, with five or so microbreweries to Panama's three. The festival, which takes place April 21, is sure to be a good time.  Anyone want to spot my airfare?

Click here for the festival website.

UPDATE [May 25, 2012]: Yes, I made it to the festival and it was awesome.  Check out my review of the festival here.

Also, I got quoted in the Costa Rica Star!

April 2, 2012

NC Event - Casks for a Cure 2

This North Carolina craft beer event benefits Pints for Prostates, which seeks to elevate prostate health issues through the medium of beer.  Casks will be featured from several soon-to-open North Carolina craft breweries, such as Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Steel String Brewery, Four Saints Brewing Company, Deep River 
Brewing, Sub Noir Brewing, and Fortnight Brewing Company.

March 28, 2012

Win Tickets to the River City Brewer's Festival!

That's right folks, up for grabs I have TWO FREE TICKETS to the River City Brewer's Festival in Memphis, TN, this weekend.  It's a $60 value!

The small print:

To enter, all you need to do is submit a few sentences on why you deserve to win the tickets.  You can leave a comment on this blog post, on the Facebook post, or send an email to  I'll pick the most deserving candidate, then send them instructions on how to receive their tix.

In exchange for the free tickets, I'll simply ask the winner to submit some photos and a few comments about their experience to post on the Local Beer Blog.

Good luck!!!

March 23, 2012

1st Annual Virginia Cask Ale Festival

Passing along this announcement from the blog Yours for Good Fermentables.

The First Annual Virginia Cask Ale Festival will be held April 21, 2012, at the Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA.

WHO: Devil's Backbone, Hardywood Park, LegendMad FoxO'ConnnorPort CityStarr HillWilliamsburg AleWerksWild Wolf

WHAT: each brewery will bring at least one cask for sampling
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2012.  There will be two, 4-hour sessions: 12pm-4pm and 6pm-10pm
WHERE: 623 East Main StreetRichmond, VA 23219 
WHY: The Festival will benefit the Virginia Brewer's Guild

Tickets: May be purchased at Hardywood Park or Capital Ale House
Admission is $20 in advance, and $25 day of fest
Admission includes 8 two-ounce samples and a tasting glass
Additional tasting tickets will be sold at $2 each

(max. 200 people per session)

March 18, 2012

American Craft Beer Fest: June 1 & 2

WHO: BeerAdvocate & Harpoon Brewery present...
WHAT: The 5th Annual American Craft Beer Fest, the east coast's largest celebration of American beer, featuring over 100 American brewers and over 500 beers!
WHEN: June 1 & 2, 2012 - 3 sessions:

  • Session A | June 1, 2012; 6-9:30pm
  • Session B | June 2, 2012; 1-4:30pm
  • Session C | June 2, 2012; 6-9:30pm

WHERE: Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA
WHY: Because beer is awesome!
HOW: Tickets

In-between sessions at the 2011 ACBF.
Had a great time at last year's event.  Consider volunteering to save a little $$ and meet some industry folks (you might even get a little free beer out of it!).

March 12, 2012

More Craft Beer Events

Coming up, two events to combat some pretty detrimental diseases.  Fight 'em both with beer!

Find these events and more on the Craft Beer Events page of this blog!

BreastFest at Terrapin! - 90% of money raised in Athens, STAYS in Athens for breast health programs through the St. Mary’s Women’s Diagnostic and Imaging Center
March 24, 2012
12pm - 7:30pm
Terrapin Brewery, Athens, GA

More info and buy tickets here.
Going?  RSVP on Facebook and tell your friends here.

Pints for Prostates - The tasting event, which benefits the Pints for Prostates campaign, features pale ales from a dozen Oregon breweries and a dozen breweries from around the globe.
July 25, 2012
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, OR

More info and buy tickets here.

March 9, 2012

Sweetwater Event Tomorrow!

TOMORROW, March 10th, Sweetwater Brewery will be hosting its Brew Your Cask Off Cask Ale Festival at it's Atlanta facility.  The event runs from 6pm-10pm and will feature 90 unique cask ales from 90 special guest brewers.  The night also features SweetWater's award-winning lineup of "lip-smackin" brews, live music, and tours of the brewery.  Sounds like an event not to be missed!

More info here:

Buy your tickets 

($35 in advance/$40 day of event)

March 7, 2012

Tickets on Sale for the River City Brewer's Festival

For those of you in the South, there's a great opportunity coming up to try over 100 different beers AND to support a good cause.  The 3rd Annual River City Brewers Festival will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.

Tickets can be purchased from the festival website ($30 for one session or $55 for both).  Or, for anyone interested in volunteering, you can sign up here. I volunteered at the 2010 event and had a great time working the Dos Equis tent.

Here are the event details:

Date: Saturday March 31, 2012
Time: SESSION A: 12N – 4PM, SESSION B: 6PM – 10PM
Location: Handy Park, Beale Street, Memphis, TN

February 14, 2012

Announced: 5th Annual NOVA Summer Brewfest

I attended and volunteered at the Northern Virginia festival last summer and had a fantastic time.  You can find more information and/or sign up to volunteer (starting May 10) through the website.

Here are the dates:

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 

Morven Park, Leesburg, Virginia

November 15, 2011

Homebrew for Hunger Festival Recap

First of all, welcome to all new subscribers!  Glad to have you on board!

This past Saturday was the 1st Annual Homebrew for Hunger Festival and it was a blast! I really enjoyed sharing my beer, getting feedback, and talking to people about homebrewing in general. Best of all, the event raised close to $6,000 and collected about 200 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. That's enough for over 25,000 individual meals, or three meals a day for over 8,500 people dealing with hunger!

October 23, 2011

Homebrew for Hunger

Hey folks, just want to share with you an event happening next month.  The first annual Homebrew for Hunger festival will place on November 12th in Chapel Hill, NC, benefitting the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.  Homebrewers from around the area will be sharing their concoctions.

WHO: Sponsored by several North Carolina businesses, the event will feature over 30 homebrewers and at least four craft breweries teaming up to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
WHAT: A beer festival focused on homebrewing, with tastings, educational sessions, and raffles.  Tickets are just $20 ($25 day of the event).
WHEN: 12pm-5pm, November 12th, 2011
WHERE: West End Public, 462 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC
WHY: To share the art of homebrewing while preventing hunger this upcoming holiday season.

Homebrewers who bring their beer can get into the festival for free.  Also, attendees may earn free raffle tickets for bringing in a canned food donation (max of 3).

Now I love drinking for a good cause, but I'm also bringing down three of my latest brews to get some feedback from the public:

Walker's Chocolate Stout - a dark, roasty stout brewed with cocoa powder
Oregano Hoptoberfest - a smoky pale ale with a heavy dose of oregano - won 2nd Place in the Spice, Herb, Vegetable Beer Category at the Virginia Beer Blitz!
Amarillo Pale - This is a remake of the base beer from the Amarillo Peach I did a while back.  The original came out pretty well; this time around I want to reduce the body and increase the hops.

It should be a great event!  More info at the festival website.  Go ahead and get your tickets here.

September 10, 2011

Remembering Oktoberfest 2006 in Munich

Exactly two years ago yesterday, I brewed my very first batch of beer, an Oktoberfest Märzen. It was the right time of year for the style, but it was also a great way to remember a 2006 visit to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. So, last night, to commemorate two years of brewing, I made an Oregano Pale Ale, dubbed Oregano Hoptoberfest and inspired by a recipe in The Homebrewer's Garden. I'll get into that shortly, but first, a trip down memory lane...

Oktoberfest was one hell of a celebration. The event typically lasts for a couple weeks and draws millions of visitors. I had a week off from classes, so I bought a Eurail train pass and visited Holland and Germany. I met up with a college buddy, whom we'll call Double G (aka Gregg), and we descended on Munich without much of a plan, but with a massive appetite for beer.

I was surprised to find there was more to Oktoberfest than just beer -- there were rides and games and really incredible food, too, but of course we started with beer: Spaten Oktoberfest in giant, 1-liter steins.

After several liters of beer, a few turkey legs, a roller coaster ride, and a bratwurst or two, we took a quick break to recharge for the evening festivities.

Our mission for the night was to get into one of the giant beer tents, which we were able to do without too much delay (I seem to recall sneaking in).

That's when things got a little out of hand...

Soon after this picture was taken, Double G and I followed some Australians to figure out our accommodations, but we managed to get split up.  I ended up sleeping in public areas all over the city: inside the train station, outside the train station, in an ATM kiosk, in a church.  But we met up again the next day and an Erdinger Weissbier made everything better:

We even got to see some sights:

A famous clock, the Rathaus Glockenspiel, at Marienplatz.
View of Marienplatz, the inner city square, from a tower in the Frauenkirche.
The sun going down in the English Gardens.

Oktoberfest was a blast and I wouldn't change a thing about that trip.  I would, however, like to return and plan the accommodations ahead of time.  I plan on going back sometime in the next three years.  Anyone up for an adventure?

Thanks, GG, for the photos and the good times.

Alright, next up, the Oregano Hoptoberfest experiment...

June 28, 2011

NOVA Brew Fest

A beautiful day, beautiful people, and lots of delicious beer.  Not a bad way to spend a weekend.

The Northern Virginia Brew Fest was held this past Saturday and Sunday in Leesburg, VA, about an hour west of Washington, DC.  Roughly 50 breweries were in attendance, plus arts & crafts vendors and some local bands.  I went up to volunteer, but had plenty of time to sample brews before, during, and after the event.