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The 6 best beer festivals you need to check out this summer

By / 06.06.14

best beer festivals america

Summer is officially here! And that means bikinis, burgers and beer festivals. So today we’re going to take a look at the best beer festivals in America you need to check out this summer. Cheers!

6. Snowmass Mammoth Fest – Snowmmass, Colorado

Camp out under the stunning mountain backdrop and enjoy live music, chili tastings, beverages provided by over 25 breweries, and the great outdoors at Snowmass Mammoth Fest.

When: June 13-15. Check it out here.

5. Oregon Brewers Festival – Portland

Oregon Brewers Festival

Portland, Oregon’s Waterfront Park hosts the Oregon’s Brewers Festival on the banks of the sun-drenched Willamette River, surrounded by mountains and cityscape. 88 craft beers from around the country will be available. For a real insiders taste, spring for the Oregon Brewers Brunch and Specialty Tent access with another 40+ beers inside. There will also be live entertainment and a parade.

When: July 23 – 27. Check it out here.

4. Lower Hudson Valley Craft Beer Festival – New York

The LHV Craft Beer Festival will have live music, barbecue, a craft beer supplies shop, and a souvenir gill (a tasting glass that holds a tidy 4 oz. of beer to serve you on your 50+ brewery journey).

When: June 7. Check it out here.

3. California Beer Festival – Santa Cruz

California Beer Festival

The Santa Cruz edition of the California Beer Festival is split into two separate and distinct days. On August 9, it’s Craft Beer Heaven with samplings of over 85 craft beers, plus live music and tasty eats. On August 10, the festival changes into an a la carte affair, the Hamburger & Hops fest featuring Rolling Stones and Tom Petty tribute bands, hamburgers and sliders, and of course, plenty of beer for purchase.

When: August 9-10. Check it out here.

2. Jungle Jims International Beer Expo – Cincinnati

As one of the largest beer festivals in the country, with 350+ beers from 100+ breweries, Jungle Jim doesn’t mess around. A picnic-style meal is included, there will be expert cigar retailers on hand, and a bonus beer section with rare, limited edition and barrel-fermented selections.

When: June 13-14. Check it out here.

1. Great Northern Beer Festival – Eagle River, Wisconsin

Great Northern Beer Festival

Grab a wristband, commemorative tasting glass, and event program and head off for 2-3 oz. samples from local Wisconsin and Minnesota breweries. You can even bring a DD for free free.

When: June 14. Check it out here.



Snowmass Mammoth Fest image: Snowmassmammothfest.com
Oregon Brewers Festival image: Oregonbrewfest.com
California Beer Festival image: Californiabeerfestival.com
Great Northern Beer Festival image: Greatnorthernbeerfestival.com


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