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The Top 10 August Beer Fests in 2014 You Can’t Miss

Published July 23rd, 2014

Unless you live in Northern Alaska, chances are that as August comes around, you’ll be facing temperatures in the 90s (or beyond), and humidity that leaves you soaking wet as if you just dove - fully clothed - into a pool. Isn’t there a way to find relief from the heat?

Of course there is, and it comes in the form of the mighty, mighty beer fest. No matter where you are in the country, chances are there’s a unique and worthy beer fest nearby that’ll help you quench your summer thirst and keep you cool and happy until September rolls in. While we’re certain there are dozens and dozens of beer fests happening during August, we’ve complied what we believe to be the top 10 2014 beer fests for this month. 

Belgium Comes to Cooperstown Cooperstown, NY - Friday, Aug. 8 - Saturday, Aug. 9
The BCTC is an annual summer beer fest - which began in 1999 - that features the best in Belgian and Belgian-style beers (it’s time to let go the results of the World Cup). More than just about beer, Belgium Comes to Cooperstown is an entire Belgian experience, featuring live music, weekend camping, a 500-person VIP dinner, lectures and more. This year, BCTC is introducing a Game of Thrones Experience, which runs in conjunction with the newly released Fire and Blood Red Ale. As part of the experience, guests will enjoy a sneak peek (and  tasting) of the yet-to-be-named fourth Game of Thrones-inspired ale, slated for release in the fall of 2014. Guests will also get a commemorative Game of Thrones glass, as well as a photo of themselves on the Iron Throne from the actual show. For more information visit https://beerfests.com/events/belgium-comes-to-cooperstown-2014/.

Festival of Farmhouse Ales Greensboro Bend, VT - Saturday, Aug. 16
The Festival of Farmhouse Ales is a chance for beer enthusiasts to see Vermont in its most natural and beautiful state - honoring the timeless farmhouse. Vermont’s known for its intimacy, and the Festival of Farmhouse Ales is no different. There are only a few tickets available, in order to keep this event as intimate as possible, making the Festival of Farmhouse Ales unique in the beer fest world. A lottery-style submission form and random drawing will decide who gets to go. Those who do get to go will get to experience the world famous beer from Hill Farmstead Brewery. Other beers available include Sante Adarius Rustic Ales, Crooked Stave, Tired Hands Brewing and others, as well as a stemware glass giveaway and live music. For more information visit https://beerfests.com/events/festival-farmhouse-ales-2014/.

Great Taste of the Midwest Madison, WI - Saturday, Aug. 9
It’s time to venture away from the east coast for a bit, and head on to Olin Park, located in Madison, Wisconsin. Here at Olin Park, more than 100 brewpubs and microbreweries that call the Midwest home congregate to form one of the premier beer festivals in the entire country. While the Festival of Farmhouse Ales keeps their numbers small and intimate, the Great Taste of the Midwest is such a popular event that for the last several years it’s difficult to accommodate all of the people who come by - but somehow, the Great Taste of the Midwest makes it happen. They’re so successful, in fact, that it’s believed to be the second longest running craft beer festival in the country. Impressive. Learn more at https://beerfests.com/events/great-taste-of-the-midwest-2014/.

Beer Our Brewer for a Day Festival Allentown, PA - Aug. 23
Often times, at beer fests featuring beer competitions, professional judges dictate and decide who wins the crown as “best beer.” At the Beer Our Brewer for a Day Festival, however, fest attendees get to judge the winning brew. And, what’s even cooler, the winning beer will be chosen to be brewed beginning in January, 2015, and will be dubbed LVBW3 (as its release will tie in with the opening day of Lehigh Valley Beer Week in February of 2015). The beer will be available at restaurants, pubs and through distributors throughout Feb. 2015. Learn more about how you can help dictate the beer that will commemorate the 2015 edition of the Lehigh Valley Beer Week by visiting https://beerfests.com/events/be-our-brewer-for-a-day-festival-homebrew-competition-2014/.

Beer Camp Across America Portland, ME/Philly/NC/ - Various dates
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. did something extremely unique this year - they invited hundreds of craft brewing counterparts on a nationwide beer festival tour that aimed to visit sea to shining sea (well, almost) of the good ol’ US of A. Beer Camp Across America will visit three cities in August: Portland, Me (August 1st); Philadelphia, PA (August 2nd); and Mills River, NC (August 3rd). The goal of Beer Camp Across America is to make it the largest craft beer celebration in history, but of course, the only way to make that a reality is by attending one of the many festivals. Learn more about the festival by going to https://beerfests.com/profile/BeerCampAcrossAmerica/.

Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival
San Marcos, CA - Aug. 15 - Aug. 16 Unique to the Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival is that it’s held on a campus - Cal State University, to be exact - which serves as a pretty phenomenal backdrop to a festival that continues to expand because of its success. Stone 18’s festival features typical beer fest amenities (beer, music, food) but also features an “upper level cigar lounge.” Learn more at https://beerfests.com/events/stone-18th-anniversary-celebration-invitational-beer-festival/.

19th Annual Steinley Cup Microbrew Festival & Competition Saratoga, WY - Aug. 16
Hockey might have the coveted Stanley Cup, but in Wyoming, microbreweries strive for the ultimate prize in beer making - the Steinley Cup. Unlike many other beer fests across the country, The Steinley Cup Festival is open to people of all ages (children 12 and under go for free). The fest will, of course, feature the competitive beer-off, as well as a root beer competition, chili cook-off, a playground for kids and much, much more. While so many other beer fests are an adult-only affair, The Steinley Cup Festival gives folks a chance to invite the whole family. For more information visit https://beerfests.com/events/19th-annual-steinley-cup-microbrew-festival-competition/.

8th Annual Cincy Brew Ha-Ha Cincinnati, OH - Aug. 22 - Aug. 23
Beer and laughs go hand in hand, which is why the Cincy Brew Ha-Ha makes perfect sense. Located on the waterfront at Cincinnati Sawyer Point, the Brew Ha-Ha combines free comedy with beer (it’s only $5 for a beer wristband and $1 per beer ticket (1 beer ticket  = a sampling, while 5 beer tickets = a full beer serving)). Aside from the comedic approach to beer fests, the Cincy Brew Ha-Ha’s proceeds go to support the Cure Starts Now Foundation to cure cancer. For more information visit https://beerfests.com/events/8th-annual-cincy-brew-ha-ha/.

2014 South East Craft Beer Fest Columbia, MO - Aug. 23
Don’t let the name fool you. The South East Craft Beer Fest isn’t located in Louisiana or Mississippi. It’s located in Missouri, and here’s why. The purpose behind the South East Craft Beer Fest is to introduce more than 40 craft beers (from 13 breweries), based in the South East, that aren’t currently available in Missouri.  But why Columbia, MO, you might ask? Because Columbia is home to a pretty substantial population of beer enthusiasts. With 5 craft breweries, 130 bars and more than 300 restaurants, Columbia knows how to celebrate local beer. Here’s your opportunity to taste beers that might never return to this little MO city. Learn more at https://beerfests.com/events/2014-south-east-craft-beer-fest/.

25th Annual Squaw Valley Foam Fest Squaw Valley, CA - Aug. 30
Getting to see nationally revered bands such as Hot Buttered Rum and Miner is an event all in itself; however, when you get to add a beer fest featuring samples fro more than 40 craft breweries, well, then you have a beer fest that only Squaw Valley can create. The entire Tahoe region comes alive when the Foam Fest comes to town, as part of the event’s happenings is raffles that offer up season passes, lift tickets, skis, snowboards and winter gear. Learn more at https://beerfests.com/events/25th-annual-squaw-valley-foam-fest/.

What? We missed out on a beer fest? Here’s your chance to right our wrongs. Let us know where else the ever-growing beer enthusiasts should head to this August. 

Image supplied by Squaw.com. 

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