Beer Fests of the Month

For 2015, It’s In With the New (and Inaugural) Beer Fests

Published January 27th, 2015

Each year brings with it an exciting 12 months packed with the country’s best beer fests, which we all know, love and celebrate. But each new year also brings with it the opportunity for the new kids on the block to enter the fray, and contribute their part to the ever growing phenomenon that is the beer fest.Below we highlight the 2015 newcomers to the beer fest world, ad encourage you to add these to your “can’t-miss” calendars.

And, if we missed any inaugural beer fests, make sure to let us (and the world) know, by joining the conversation below.

Stowe Brewers Festival (Stowe, VT, Aug. 14 – Aug. 15)
Stowe is known for being a vacationer’s paradise during winter months, when the powder serves the perfect backdrop for a ski and snowboard getaway. But this little hamlet in the mountains will now be home to Green Mountain Events’ inaugural Stowe Brewers Festival, which will feature not only a chance to try out some fine craft beer, but an opportunity to meet the brewers as well.

Brewhibition (Knoxville, TN - May 2)
Celebrate the end of Prohibition Tennessee style - with beer! This one of a kind event will feature beer cocktails concocted just for the event. The unique 10-station Mixology Bar will give you the opportunity to have your beer your way (including adding French Broad Chocolate shavings, Boba Balls, a dash of Bloody Mary Mix, and more). Beyond beer, Brewhibition will also feature great music and a 1920's Costume Contest.

Craft Brew Races (Savannah, GA - March 15)
Savannah's newest beer fest is so much  more than a day of drinking - it's also a 5k road race, where walkers are welcome. Your prize for completing the 5k race is a local craft beer festival featuring more than 20 breweries. Of course, not everyone wants or is able to partake in a race. Not a problem, beer festival-only tickets are also available.

Gettysburg Firkin Fest (Gettysburg, PA - April 11)
What the heck is a firkin, you may ask. It comes from the Dutch word vierdekijn, meaning fourth, and is a small barrel of beer that's one-quarter the size of a stand-full barrel of beer. The beer housed in a firkin is usually not cold-filtered, pasteurized, or carbonated by outside equipment. The first ever Gettysburg Firkin Fest will be an exclusive, limited event, where 250 guests will sample rare, small-batch and one-off brews, and enjoy a catered cuisine.

Hop-a-Tui (Milwaukee, WI - April 12)
Dubbing itself as the Ultimate Beer Social, Hop-a-Tui gives you the opportunity not only to enjoy some of your favorite beers, but to share them with fellow attendees. Known as "bottle sharing," you'll be able to fill the glasses of folks around you (if you choose), thus evolving the notion of breaking bread into the beer-loving 21st century. The festival will also feature unlimited samplings and a live DJ.

Bonita Brew Fest (Bonita Springs, FL - Feb. 7)
Some inaugural beer fests have an advantage just because of location, location, location. Case in point - the Bonita Brew Fest, which takes place in the dead of winter, down in sunny Florida. More than 100 beers and hard ciders from the region and across the country will be on display, as will a number of food trucks to add to the festive air. Bonita will also offer rare firkin cask-conditioned ales, giving you the opportunity to taste how beer was served in taverns more than a century ago.

Tri Cities on Tap Craft Beer Festival (Kennewick, WA - March 7)
With two sessions to choose from (afternoon or evening), there's no reason for you to miss out on the opportunity to sample 100+ beers from more than 50 American craft breweries. America on Tap organizes premium beer festivals across the country (with more than 70 planned in 2015), with the Tri Cities festival being the first in Kennewick.  Enjoy live music, delicious food and more from a beer fest organizer that has all but perfected the art of the beer fest.

Reading Craft Beer Festival (Reading, PA - April 18)
Downtown Reading has never been the site of a craft beer festival of this size and scope ever before ... until now. Featuring 100 fresh beers of all colors, styles and tastes, the inaugural Reading Craft Beer Festival is sure to make waves at the Santander Arena, were not only will there be beer samplings, but access to a full pay-as-you-go bar for VIPs.

Moo & Brew Craft Beer & Burger Festival (Charlotte, NC - April 11)
I bet we had you at "beer and burger" didn't we? That's right. What do you get when you combine samplings from 40 breweries, as well as tastes from local restaurants all vying for the title of "Creative Loafing's Best Burger"? You get just about the collect idea since ice-cold beer. Not only is Moo & Brew bringing together a better combination than peanut butter and jelly, but proceeds from the festival will be given directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank to help fight hunger.

KC Brew Fest (Kansas City, MO - March 14)
Kansas City is no stranger to local beer, which is why it only makes sense that they have the KC Brew Fest. Featuring more than 40 breweries, 100 beers, music and food, KC Brew Fest will surely help bring to light why so many people love the local flair of this mid-western city. VIPs will enjoy an additional hour of beer fest enjoyment, as well as access to speciality beers poured during that first hour.

Connecticut's Extreme Beerfest (Seymour, CT - March 7)
Smoke in the Valley isn't new to the Beer Fest game - they put on one heck of a Smoke in the Valley Craft Beer and Chili Festival in downtown Seymour, CT in the fall. But in 2015, they wanted to do something a little different, which is why they're introducing the Extreme Beerfest this March. Featuring your staple beer fest items (beer, music and food), the folks at Smoke in the Valley haven't fully disclosed all the details of what to expect. But, knowing what they're capable of, be prepared for one killer March beer fest.\

Tell us about your new beer fest!

Be sure to add the beer fests listed above to your calendar for 2015, and while you're at it, let us know which new beer fests we didn't cover. Comment below to add to the conversation and to let the world know about the latest beer fests to hit your neck of the woods.

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