What would be a good weekend beer fest to go to?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by geneseohawk, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    I live in Illinois- but I am willing to travel (drive or fly) somewhere for a weekend to go to a beer festival. What is your favorite beer fest that is pretty well organized, lots to taste, not too expensive, and just a great time?
     
  2. BlackBelt5112203

    BlackBelt5112203 Jan 2, 2012 Michigan

    Brewvival in Charleston, SC! This year it's February 23.

    I think it's a great beer festival with lots to offer. Tix last year were $50 and were well worth it. Most breweries brought some rare offerings, gave generous pours, and had brewers or reps pouring the beer so you could talk to them about their products. We got a nice tasting glass to take home, too. This year, tickets are $65 but I think they're promising more beer and significantly less people (1000 less I think). As there were some overcrowding problems in some rare beer lines and the food lines, $15 for less people would be well spent.

    Also while you're in Charleston, you could visit Charleston Beer Exchange (one of the best beer stores I've ever been to), some nice beer bars like Closed for Business, and one or more of the 4 local breweries around here.

    You can check out brewvival.com for more info and to see beers of years past.
     
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  3. trevorjk

    trevorjk Aug 28, 2009 Netherlands
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    Great Lakes Brewfest in Racine Wisconsin is a damn good one as well. I believe its in August.
     
  4. rjknyy

    rjknyy Nov 7, 2009 Georgia
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    I'll second Brewvival, I cannot wait.
     
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  5. joeseppy

    joeseppy Oct 20, 2012 Illinois

    Two Brothers Hop Juice Festival @ the Roundhouse in Aurora, Ill. Look for it around June. Very affordable with option for VIP tasting. Food was decent. Last year saw the Freddy Jones Band and the Hop Juice Black was exceptional. Difficult to find Hop Juice retail, though local stores sold limited btls. Will go again this year.
     
  6. bird22

    bird22 Jan 2, 2011 California
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  7. DaKur

    DaKur Nov 15, 2012 Rhode Island

    I have high hopes for the 1st Rhode Island Brew Fest on Feb 2. in Pawtucket. Not just because there down the street from me but they will have New Englands best and Pawtuckets newest breweries, Foolproof and Bucket Brewery. Foolproof just opened and Bucket has a Coffee Milk Stout you must try. Coffee Milk you ask? Its a Rhode Island thing.
     
  8. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Belgium comes to Cooperstown
    At the Brewery Ommegang
     
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  9. Kuemmelbrau

    Kuemmelbrau Aug 2, 2008 Louisiana

    National home brewers conference.

    I've been to pretty much every big beer fest there is and none have ever topped this. There is just something special about a metric ton of brewers all getting together and trying to impress each other. It's divided into 3 nights- pro brewer night, home brewer night, and a beer dinner. The city it is in changes annually, but it is always worth it. Where else would you find vinnie from Russian river chugging the last bit out of a 6L temptation bottle?
     
  10. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    When is that one?
     
  11. eyebereej

    eyebereej Dec 2, 2010 California
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    I second the FW Invitational Beer Fest. Great breweries and great food. The way all beer fests should really be done.
     
  12. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Sep 8, 2007 New York

    1st weekend in August usually
     
  13. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Vermont Brewer's Festival is loads of fun. Awesome people, awesome venue, awesome food, awesome town and above all awesome beer! Two words: Heady Topper.

    Also, the Belgian Beerfest that BA puts on was a blast.
     
  14. JimDH

    JimDH Feb 7, 2011 Kentucky

  15. CASK1

    CASK1 Jan 7, 2010 Florida

    Great Taste of the Midwest - Madison, WI in August.
     
  16. bamadog

    bamadog Oct 21, 2008 Kentucky

    I really enjoyed FoundersFest. Granted, it's only Founders brew there, but the HopCat is just down the road and the atmosphere is pretty top notch. Definitely not snobbish at all, tons of cool people and some fun music too. Plus, Grand Rapids doesn't get abysmally hot in the summer.
     
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