Beer Fests of the Month

You Can't Afford to Miss These Top 8 February Beer Fests

Published February 3rd, 2015

Some may say that February has a Napoleon complex, what with it being the shortest month of the year. But what it lacks in calendar girth, it makes up for in the sheer magnitude of its beer fests. We scoured the country, dipped our toes in both oceans and traversed the Great Plains to find the top 8 beer fests going on during the month of February. Now we’re excited to share our findings with you:

SF Beer Week Opening Gala (San Francisco, CA, Feb. 6)
Northern California is well known for its die-hard local brewers. So imagine what happens when they all come together for the largest, most prestigious gathering of the year. This opening gala is the kickoff to a nine-day marathon of beer happenings all throughout the Bay Area. Come check out the best of the best that North California has to offer, alongside some of the Bay Area’s best in cuisine. Click here for more info

Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival (Plainfield Township, MI, Feb. 27)
The Winter Beer Festival is the largest and most popular Michigan Brewers Guild festival, and has grown even larger this year, to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Nearly 100 Michigan breweries will offer more than 800 craft beers, to keep you happy as you listen to local music and soak in the winter the best way you can: watching ice carving demonstrations while you stand beside fire pits. Click here for more info

North American Belgian Beer Festival (Westland, MI, Feb. 7)
Go big or go home. That’s what the North American Belgian Beer Festival believes, which is why they are the largest, exclusively Belgian beer fest in all of North America. Count it: more than 200 different beers, all brewed from Belgium from more than 80 brewers. If Belgian beer is your drink of choice, this is your championship game. You simply can’t afford to miss it but be aware, you only get one shot: the festival takes place for one session only. Click here for more info

Beertopia’s 9th Annual Extreme Beerfest (Omaha, NE, Feb. 21)
The biggest beer fest in Omaha happens to take place in the shortest month of the year. With more than 300 different beers to choose from – including some truly extreme concoctions – you’ll be hard-pressed to find another festival that offers so much. Your GA ticket includes up to four hours of unlimited sampling as you take in the vibrant homebrew scene that Omaha has to offer. Click here for more info

Brewbies Festival (Oceanside, CA, Feb. 14)
Nothing says love like local beer, so why not head to the 6th-annual Brewbies Festival on Valentine’s Day, where not only will you take in rare and delicious beers from across the country, but you’ll be drinking in support of fighting breast cancer. A great cause; great beer; and the ideal location for a winter getaway (coastal California). You really can’t lose, can you? Click here for more info

Fond du Lac Brewfest (Fond du Lac, WI, Feb. 7)
Aptly named (for being at the bottom of Lake Winnebago), Fond du Lac is far from at the bottom of the local beer world. In fact, the FDL Brewfest is in its 6th year, and will feature nearly 200 brews, all represented by respected brewers. There’ll even be a competition for best state home brew. Come discover what Wisconsin has to offer. Spoiler alert: it’s way more than cheese. Click here for more info

Naperville Winter Ale Fest (Naperville, IL, Feb. 28)
Why run and hide from winter when you can embrace it, especially in its waning days at the end of February? If you think you have what it takes to survive the frozen tundra, check out the 2nd annual Naperville Winter Ale Fest, being held at Naperville’s Frontier Park. You’ll enjoy 120 unique beers from across the country, as well as food from Chicagoland’s famed food trucks. Just be sure to pull out your long johns and parkas; this is not for the faint of heart. Click here for more info

Tailspin Ale Festival (Louisville, KY, Feb. 20 & 21)
Kentucky is certainly no stranger to alcohol – it’s famed for some of the finest liquor America has ever innovated. But a growing number of local craft brewers are ready to take center stage and show the world that Kentucky can be the king of craft beers. New to this year, the festival will be spread out over 2 nights, each night offering something unique for festivalgoers (such as a barrel role on Friday night). Be a part of the emerging and passionate local beer scene of Kentucky! Click here for more info

Wait, what? We missed a beer festival you think deserved to be in the top 8? Excuse us while we take our 40 lashings. In the meantime, feel free to add your festival to the comments to let the world know!

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