Some people think fall was simply made for apple picking, hay rides, pumpkin everything, and football. We think fall was made for beer festivals. Here are a few that we know are a good time.
Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO
The Great American Beer Festival is known for being the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served at a public tasting. This year’s festival is expected to see over 2,800 beers from 600 breweries. Taking place October 10-12, the event features beer, competitions, live music, games, insane antics and just all around awesomeness. This year’s tickets sold out in a matter of minutes but if you’re dedicated (like we are) you can still find tickets on resale sites.
Detroit Fall Beer Festival, Detroit, MI
It’s no secret that Michigan is a major player in the craft beer world. The 5th annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival showcases 400 craft beers from more than 50 Michigan craft breweries. The event, taking place October 25-26, features beer, food from local restaurants and live music. Sounds like the ultimate craft beer party. Get your tickets now.
The Great International Beer Festival, Providence, RI
This beer festival in the smallest state touts itself as “America’s Largest International Beer Festival.” We don’t think that’s 100% true, but for now, we’ll let them have it. The Great International Beer Festival takes place on November 9 and your ticket gets you unlimited sampling of more than 250 brewers, live music and plenty of food. You can also feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that all proceeds from the festival benefit a few local charities.
Charlotte Oktoberfest, Charlotte, NC
The 15th annual Charlotte Oktoberfest takes place on September 28 and they’re trying out a new inside venue this year at the NC Music Factory. Sample beers from more than 100 breweries, enjoy some live music and venture over to the Creative Loafing Beerlympic Village to try your hand at some table tennis, foosball, corn hole and other classic drinking games.
The Fresh Hop Ale Festival, Yakima, WA
The Fresh Hop Ale Festival is extra cool because it only features beers produced with fresh, Yakima Valley hops (the world’s largest hop-growing region). All of the beers must be produced with Yakima Valley hops that have been moved from vine to vat in 24 hours, so you know the brews you’re drinking are ultra fresh. The festival takes place on October 5 and will feature 30 breweries, 16 food vendors, 5 local wineries and two live bands.
Fall and beer festivals were made for each other. Which festivals are you traveling to this year? Tell us below.