April 2012 Events

5-8: Egham Real Ale & Cider Festival, Engham, England

The 11th Ehgam Real Ale & Cider Festival will be held at the Egham United Services Club. This event, which takes place three times a year, will feature more than 60 beers from 25 breweries, mostly from Britain's newest breweries, along with a selection of ciders and perries. The festivities will also include live music Friday evening and on Saturday; and hot and cold food at all sessions.

5-8: Hop Pole Easter Beer Festival, Aylesbury, England

The Hop Pole Inn, a public house that is also the home of the Aylesbury Brewhouse Company, will host an Easter Beer Festival. There will be 30 Real Ales, including several from Aylesbury Brewhouse, along with eight scrumpy ciders. Live musical acts will perform Friday and Saturday evening, and food will be available all weekend.

6-7: Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival, Margate, England

The Thanet Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival, which will take place at Winter Gardens in Margate. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 200 Real Ales, including a special festival ale, along with ciders, perries, and continental bottled beers. The festivities have also included live entertainment, hot and cold food, and a giant pub-style quiz on Saturday.

6-7: Spring Beer and Wine Fest, Portland, OR

Rosewood Productions, Inc., presents the 18th annual Spring Beer and Wine Fest, which will take place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. This event will feature from more than 40 breweries, most of them from the Northwest. The festivities will also include gourmet food, including the Tour de Cheese; cooking demonstrations on the Chefs' Stage; live music and dancing; and cigars for sale.

6-7: Star City Volunteer Fire Department Brewfest, Morgantown, WV

The 2012 Star City Volunteer Fire Department Brewfest will be held at Mylan Park Expo Center in Morgantown. There will be a Friday evening session and an all-day Saturday session, each with more than 50 beers, including some brewed in West Virginia; a selection of local wines; two live bands on Saturday; and merchandise vendors. The festival will benefit the Star City Fire and EMS.

6-9: Upwey Beer Festival, Upwey, England

The 2012 Upwey Beer Festival will be held at The Royal Standard Inn in Upwey. This Easter weekend event will feature more than 30 Real Ales, many of them from local breweries, along with live entertainment.

7: Brew Woo, Worcester, MA

The second annual Brew Woo, Worcester's craft beer festival, will take place at the DCU Center's Convention Center. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from more than 30 breweries along with live music, a "Bar-Brew-Que Corner," and traditional concessions.

7: CityBeat Festival of Beers, San Diego, CA

CityBeat magazine presents the 2012 CityBeat Festival of Beers, which will take place in front of the Lafayette Hotel in San Diego. This afternoon event will feature unlimited tastings of beer (more than 25 breweries were represented last year), live music on the Bar Pink Stage, and food available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the San Diego Music Foundation.

7: Glens Falls Brewfest, Glens Falls, NY

The third annual Glens Falls Brewfest will be held at the Queensbury Hotel. This evening event will feature beer from more than local and national breweries, along with complementary food from area restaurants. Proceeds will go the Adirondack Theatre Festival and the Feeder Canal Alliance.

7: LA Beer Festival, Los Angeles, CA

DrinkEatPlay presents the fourth annual LA Beer Festival, which will take place at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from more than 75 domestic and international breweries, along with food trucks and music from two bands. Part of the proceeds will support Noah’s Bark Animal Rescue.

7: Missouri Beer Festival, Columbia, MO

Missouri Life and Tom Bradley present the inaugural Missouri Beer Festival, which will take place at Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia. This afternoon event will feature dozens of booths with local and national beers and food and beer pairings. The festivities will also include live music and door prizes.

7: Spring Ale Fest, Minneapolis, MN

The inaugural Spring Ale Fest will be held at the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 30 beers form eight local craft breweries. There will also be a raffle and door prize giveaways.

7: White County Cork & Keg Festival, Helen, GA

The third annual White County Cork & Keg Festival will be held at the Festhalle in Helen. This afternoon event will more than 40 beers, along with a selection of wines. The price of admission includes a small plate from two of the region's best restaurants, with more food available for purchase. There will also be live music. The festival is a benefit for the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association.

11-14: Maldon Beer Festival, Maldon, England

The Dengie Hundred Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the tenth annual Maldon Beer Festival, which will take place at Town Hall at the top of Market Hill. Recent editions of this festival featured more than 50 Real Ales and ciders, along with food and live music.

11-14: New England Real Ale Exhibition (NERAX), Somerville, MA

The Cask-Conditioned Ale Support Campaign (CASC) presents the 16th annual New England Real Ale Exhibition (NERAX), which will take place at the George Dilboy VFW Post in Somerville. There will be four tasting sessions in a pub-like atmosphere; and organizers expect to have around 90 cask-conditioned ales, comprised of over 50 beers from England, Scotland, and Wales, and about 40 American beers, mostly from New England. The festivities will also include musical entertainment and barbecue from Redbones.

12-14: Bexley Beer Festival, Sidcup, England

The Bexley Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the seventh annual Bexley Beer Festival, which will take place at the Sidcup Rugby Club. Organizers expect to have 67 ales and 12 ciders, along with hot and cold snacks, a tombola, skittles, and shut the box.

12-14: Doncaster Beer Festival, Doncaster, England

The Doncaster Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 22nd annual Doncaster Beer Festival, which will take place at The Hub, Doncaster College. Recent editions of this festival have been themed, with more than 100 beers, (including a selection from the local area), along with continental bottled beers, ciders, and country fruit wines. Food will be available, and there will be live entertainment Friday evening and all day Saturday.

12-14: Isle of Man Beer Festival, Douglas, Isle of Man

The Isle of Man Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the inaugural Isle of Man Beer Festival, which will take place at Freemasons Grand Hall in Douglas. Organizers expect to have more than 60 Real Ales from the Seven Kingdoms. There will be live music Friday and Saturday evening. Thursday's session is open to CAMRA members only.

12-15: Middle Earth Beer Festival, Hurst Green, England

The fourth Middle Earth Beer Festival will be held at Hurst Green Memorial Hall. This four-day event honors JRR Tolkien, who was a frequent visitor to Stonyhurst College in Hurst Green. It will feature a selection locally-brewed ales and ciders, many with Tolkien-inspired names, along with imported beverages; live music; local food; and Saturday afternoon activities including the Hobbit Olympics, a falconry demonstration, and a theatrical performance.

12-14: Walsall Real Ale and Cider Festival, Walsall, England

The Walsall Banch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 31st annual Walsall Real Ale and Cider Festival, which will this year returns to Town Hall. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 150 beers, plus ciders and foreign bottled beers; food; and entertainment.

13-14: Boston BeerSummit, Boston, MA

BeerSummit presents the 13th annual Boston Beer Summit, which will take place at the Park Plaza Castle. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 200 beers, including seasonal beers, from over 60 breweries. This event is expected to sell out.

13-14: Coventry Beer Festival, Coventry, England

The Coventry and North Warwickshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Coventry Beer Festival, which will take place at Butts Park Arena on the Coventry Rugby Football Ground. Organizers expect to have 90 or more beers, along with traditional ciders, perries, and country wines.

13: Friday the Firkenteenth, Philadelphia, PA

Friday the Firkenteenth, held at the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, has become a Friday the 13th tradition, with 20 or more firkins of cask-conditioned beer to sample. This is the only known beer event in the world whose frequency and timing are entirely at the mercy of the calendar.

13-14: Guisborough Beer Festival, Guisborough, England

The Cleveland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the inaugural Guisborough Beer Festival, which will take place at Guisborough Parish Hall. Organizers expect to have 35 cask-conditioned ales, along with Real Cider, perry, and fruit wines. There will be entertainment during the evening sessions.

13-14: Okanagan Fest-of-Ale, Penticton, BC, Canada

The 17th annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale will be held at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 75 beers from around 20 breweries, voting for the "People's Choice" winning beers, food from the Penticon area's restaurants, and continuous live entertainment. Proceeds from the festival will go to local charities.

13-14: Pizza Port Real Ale Festival, Carlsbad, CA

Pizza Port's Carlsbad Village location will host its 15th annual Real Ale Festival. More than 50 cask-conditioned ales will be served at this two-day event, and food will be available. VIP tickets, with early admission to Saturday's session, are available.

13-14: Rothwell Beer Festival, Rothwell, England

The third annual Rothwell Beer Festival will be held at Holy Trinity Church Parish Hall in Rothwell. Organizers expect to have an expanded range of 44 Real Ales, along with bottled beers, ciders, and perries. The festivities will also include live music and food. Proceeds will go to Lions Club charities and upkeep of the church.

14: Big Texas Beer Fest, Dallas, TX

Chad and Nellie Montgomery present the Big Texas Beer Fest, which will take place at the Fair Park Automobile Building on the Texas State Fairgrounds in Dallas. This afternoon event will feature more than 300 beers from 80 to 100 breweries, including many beers from Texas craft breweries. Many food trucks will be at the venue, free cheese will be available at a sampling station, and local Dallas performers The O's will perform. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

14: Blue Chip Brewfest, Michigan City, IN

The Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa, located in Michigan City, will host the second annual Blue Chip Brewfest. This afternoon event will feature beer from a wide variety of craft breweries from around the country. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beer and food, and an assortment of gift items, are available.

14: Erie Micro Brew Festival, Erie, PA

The Brewerie at Union Station and WQLN-FM present the sixth annual Erie Micro Brew Fest, which will take place at Union Station. There will be two sessions, each with beer from more than 25 breweries, with owners or brewers on hand. This year's event will showcase beer from New York's Finger Lakes region. The festivities will also include People's Choice awards for best beer and best brewery, the Beer Belly Dancers, Rocket 101 personalities, and the One Man Band.

14: Gitchee Gumee Brewfest, Superior, WI

The 15th annual Gitchee Gumee Brewfest will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Superior's Wessman Arena. The late afternoon event, which is a fund-raiser for the Superior Jaycees, will feature more than 100 beers from over 35 breweries. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

14: Hogtown Craft Beer Festival, Gainesville, FL

The Hogtown Brewers, Gainesville's homebrew club, presents the inaugural Hogtown Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. This afternoon event will feature beer from most Florida craft breweries and brewpubs, along with beer from outside Florida; a beer education program; homebrewing demonstrations; two live bands; and food and beer pairings from Gainesville-area restaurants and caterers. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of food and beer, are available. Part of the proceeds will go to the Alachua Conservation Trust and Saint Johns Riverkeepers.

14-15: National Capital Craft Beer Festival, Canberra, NCT, Australia

The fifth annual National Capital Craft Beer Festival will take place at the Mercure Canberra, formerly the Olims Hotel. This outdoor event (indoor in case of rain) will feature more than 80 craft-brewed beers, live entertainment throughout the day, food from local gourmet stores, beer and food pairings, games and contests, and prize giveaways. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group.

14: Red Wing Wings and Brew Fest, Red Wing, MN

KWNG-FM presents the inaugural Red Wing Wings and Brew Fest, which will be held at the National Guard Armory in Red Wing. There will be three tasting sessions, each with beer from 15 breweries, and attendees are invited to take part in the People's Choice Awards for best brewery. The festivities will also include a wing tasting, with samples from ten area restaurants.

14: Taming of the Brew, Bloomsburg, PA

The 11th annual Taming of the Brew will be held at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg. This evening event, which is a fund-raiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, will feature beer from more than 25 breweries and distributors, food available for purchase, "People's Choice Award" voting, and a silent auction for items donated by local businesses and craftspeople.

14: Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza, Johnson City, TN

Thirsty Orange will host the 2012 Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza, which will be held at 2929 North Roan Street in Johnson City. Organizers expect to have more than 40 craft-brewed beers, including some infused with fresh ingredients such as mango, jalapeno, and chocolate. The festivities will also include music from four live acts, an "Iron Brewer" competition, and Mellow Mushroom pizza for sale. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and an artisan cheese tasting, are available. All proceeds from the festival will go to Pints for Prostates.

14: Wickham Charity Beer Festival, Wickham, England

The spring 2012 edition of the Wickham Spring Beer Festival will be held at the Wickham Centre. The festival consists of afternoon and evening sessions, each with 30 or more Real Ales and ciders; food, including a barbecue staffed by the Meon Valley Lions Club; and live music in the evening. Proceeds will go to local organizations and charities.

14: World Beer Festival-Raleigh, Raleigh, NC

All About Beer magazine presents the Raleigh edition of the World Beer Festival, which will take place downtown at Moore Square. There will be two tasting sessions, each with more than 200 beers from over 100 world-class domestic and international breweries. The festivities will also include food from local restaurants and music from several live bands. VIP tickets, with a hot catered buffet and a special selection of beers, are available. This year's festival charity is Artplosure.

15: Classic City Brew Fest, Athens, GA

The 17th annual Classic City Brew Fest will be held at the Foundry Park Inn in downtown Athens. This afternoon, mainly indoor event, which organizers describe as one of the Southeast's favorite beer festivals, will feature 250 regional and international beers, plus (new this year) a cask ale pavilion. There will be live music. All proceeds will benefit the Athens Area Humane Society. This event is likely to sell out.

15: Electric City Craft Brew Fest, Scranton, PA

The 2012 Electric City Craft Brew Fest will be held at the Scranton Cultural Center. This afternoon event will feature more than 50 craft-brewed beers, including a selection of locally-brewed beers. The festivities will also include live entertainment, beer information sessions, homebrewing demonstrations, beer and food pairing, and food vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beer, are available.

18-21: Newcastle Beer Festival, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

The Tyneside & Northumberland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 36th annual Newcastle Beer Festival, which will take place at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne. Last year's festival featured more than 100 Real Ales, along with over 100 ciders and perries.

19-21: Hull Real Ale & Cider Festival, Hull, England

The Hull & East Yorkshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2012 Hull Real Ale & Cider Festival, which will take place at Holy Trinity Church. There will be 60 Real Ales, along with 20 ciders and more than 20 foreign bottled beers. Admission is free Thursday and Friday afternoon and on Saturday.

19-21: Maltings Beer Festival, Newton Abbot, England

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), South West Branch, presents the 2012 Maltings Beer Festival, which will take place at Tuckers Maltings in Newton Abbot. Recent editions of this festival have featured about 250 beers, along with live music. The winning beers at the festival will go on to represent the South West Region at the SIBA National Final.

19-23: St George's Day Beer Festival, Clifton, England

The Victoria, a public house located in Clifton, will host its annual St George's Day Beer Festival. Organizers expect to have more than 20 ales and ciders from around England.

19-21: Skipton Beer Festival, Skipton, England

The Keighley and Craven Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the sixth annual Skipton Beer Festival, which will take place at Town Hall. Organizers expect to have more than 65 Real Ales (including a range of mild ales), along with traditional ciders and perries, foreign bottled beers, and British wines. Hot and cold food will be available. CAMRA members will be admitted free, and admission is free to all on Thursday.

19-22: Strongroom London Beer Festival, London, England

The Strong Room Bar, located in Shoreditch, London, will host the 2012 Strongroom London Beer Festival. This four-day event will feature more than 25 beers, all from London brewers, served in the bar's large outdoor courtyard. The festivities will include live music; and food, including locally-sourced pie, mash, and beer sausage. Admission is free.

20-21: Hook Beer Festival, Surbiton, England

The third annual Hook Beer Festival will be held at the Hook Scout Hall in Surbiton, a venue with both an indoor and an outdoor drinking area. The festival, which is supported by the Kingston & Leatherhead Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, will feature 50 beers and ciders. Food will be available at all sessions. Proceeds will go to The Surrey Air Ambulance and other charities.

20-21: Malmo Olfestival, Malmo, Sweden

The Swedish Association of independent microbreweries presents the inaugural Malmo Olfestival, which will take place at Malmo Brygghus. Twenty breweries will be represented, and each will offer four different draft beers.

20-27: Milwaukee Beer Week, Milwaukee, WI

GreatBrewers.com presents the 2012 Milwaukee Beer Week, which will take place at various locations in and around Milwaukee. Beer Week will kick off with the Milwaukee Taste of Great Brewers on Friday evening (listed separately on the calendar). Other events will include beer dinners, beer and cheese pairings, special tastings, discounted pints and pitchers, fish fries, and a golf outing. This year, a a Beer Week passport is available; holders qualify for prizes by visiting participating locations.

20: Milwaukee's Taste of Great Brewers, Milwaukee, WI

GreatBrewers.com presents the third annual of Milwaukee's Taste of Great Brewers, which will take place at the Harley-Davidson Museum. This evening event will feature more than 200 beers from over 50 domestic and international breweries, including many from Wisconsin.

20-21 Peoria Jaycees International Beer Festival, Peoria, IL

The Peoria Jaycees present the 20th annual International Beer Festival, which will take place at the Peoria Exposition Gardens. Recent festivals have featured about 150 beers at Friday evening's session, along with food from a dozen local restaurants and live music; and a Saturday beer garden session with over 300 craft- and homebrewed beers; several bands, including bagpipers; a concession area; and beer-related merchandise. VIP tickets are available. A large portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to local charities.

20-22: Ship Inn Spring Beer Festival, Lathom, England

The Ship, a public house located at Lathom, will host its inaugural Spring Beer Festival. This weekend event will feature more than 35 Real Ales from around the country, all of them on handpull, along with 12 ciders. The festivities will also include a marquee; live music throughout the weekend; and food, including barbecue and a hog roast.

21: A Night At The Brew-seum, McAllen, TX

The International Museum of Art and Science, located in McAllen, will host the fourth annual A Night At The Brew-seum. This evening event will pair beer from around the world with food from some of the area's best restaurants, accompanied by the "World's Most Dangerous Dueling Pianos" from Howl At The Moon. This year's "Brew-seum Week" also includes the Brew-seum Beer Dinner on Thursday, April 19, along with the judging of the Brew-seum "Battle of the Brew" homebrew competition on Tuesday, April 17.

21: Bay Area Craft Beer Festival, Martinez, CA

Main Street Martinez presents the 2012 Bay Area Craft Beer Festival, which will take place on the waterfront in Martinez's historic Cannery District. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 30 breweries west of the Mississippi, live music from two bands, and food available for purchase. A free shuttle will run between the festival venue and the North Concord BART station and the Best Western John Muir Inn.

21: The Big Tap-In Real Craft Beer Festival, Youngstown, OH

The third annual Big Tap In Real Craft Beer Festival will be held at a new venue, the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. "The biggest craft beer festival between Pittsburgh and Cleveland" will feature beer from more than 75 different breweries, along with food vendors, local artists, and entertainers. Proceeds will benefit Making Kids Count, Inc.

21: Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival, Kenosha, WI

The fifth annual Dairy State Beer and Cheese Festival will be held at The Brat Stop in Kenosha (intersection of Highway 50 and I-94). This afternoon event will feature beer from breweries in and around Wisconsin (about 40 were represented at recent festivals), cheese from around the state, a biergarten food menu, music by two live bands, and merchandise for sale. The festival is a benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha.

21: Great Vegas Festival of Beer, Las Vegas, NV

Motley Brews presents the second annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer, which will take place at Tivoli Village, a complex of restaurants and stores in Las Vegas. This evening event, to be held in an expanded venue, will feature more than 150 beers from over 40 breweries, along with food for purchase from local restaurants. Part of the proceeds will be donated to area non-profits. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

21: Hickory Hops, Hickory, NC

Olde Hickory Brewery and Downtown Hickory present the tenth annual Hickory Hops, which will take place at Union Square. This afternoon-long, rain-or-shine festival will feature beer from more than 40 microbreweries, most of them from North Carolina, and including cask-conditioned and seasonal beers. The festivities will also include food from local restaurants, live music, and beer-related merchandise for sale. On the evening before the festival, the winners of the Carolinas Championship of Beer will be honored at a private brewers' dinner.

21: Leavenworth Ale-Fest, Leavenworth, WA

The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum presents the sixth annual Leavenworth Ale-Fest, which will take place at the Festhalle in the German-themed town of Leavenworth. This all-day event will feature beer from more than 20 Northwest breweries; food, including cheese, sausage, and smoked salmon; and live music. Proceeds will go to the museum.

21: Memphis Brewfest, Memphis, TN

The third annual Memphis Brewfest will be held in the courtyard of AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis. This late-afternoon event, which organizers describe as "an international beer festival," will feature a variety of domestic and imported craft beers. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, and Nashville's Brit Stokes Band will entertain. All net proceeds will benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the Memphis Redbirds Foundation.

21: Old School Beer Fest, Delray Beach, FL

The Old School Beer Fest will be held at the Old School Square Pavilion in Delray Beach. This afternoon/evening event, which is a benefit for Entertainment Pavilion community programs, will feature an assortment of craft beers, along with live music and gourmet food trucks.

21: Parkville Microbrew Fest, Parkville, MO

The Main Street Parkville Association presents the ninth annual Parkville Microbrew Fest, which will take place in historic downtown Parkville. This afternoon event, to be held under the cottonwoods in the heart of Old Towne Parkville, will feature beer from breweries throughout the Midwest. Food will be available, and there will be live music.

21: Patchway Beer Festival, Patchway, England

Brizzle Beer Festivals presents the inaugural Patchway Beer Festival, which will be held at the Patchway Community Centre. There will be two tasting sessions, each with 20 ales and eight ciders, along with wine and soft drinks. Food, including a hog roast, snacks, and nibbles, will be available, and a live band will perform during the evening session.

21: San Clemente Beer Festival, San Clemente, CA

Left Coast Brewing Company presents the second annual San Clemente Beer Festival. This afternoon event will feature a selection of microbrewed beer from throughout southern California, homemade food provided by local non-profit organizations, and a live band. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

21: Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival, Tinley Park, IL

The Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce presents the third annual Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival, which will take place at the Convention Center. This day-long event will feature a selection of craft beers and wines, many from the area; gourmet food from local restaurants; local artisans; and live entertainment.

22: Stone Oakquinox, Escondido, CA

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens will host the third annual Stone Oakquinox. This daytime event will feature more than 100 barrel-aged and wood-infused beers, both on tap and in bottles, chosen by Stone's "Dr." Bill Sysak.

25-28: Paisley Real Ale Festival, Paisley, Scotland

The Renfrewshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 25th annual Paisley Real Ale Festival, which will take place at Town Hall. This event will feature "a vast range of beers" (recent festivals have featured around 170 Real Ales from across the U.K., along with foreign beers, cider, mead, and perry). The festivities will also include live music, food, and a meet-the-brewers event before Wednesday's session. The festival is a fund-raiser for charity.

26-28: Beer Festival With Bangers, Burton on Trent, England

The Burton Bridge Inn, a public house located in Burton on Trent, will host its sixth Beer Festival With Bangers. Twenty-four Real Ales, including favorites from the Burton Bridge Brewery, will be served over three days. In addition, a selection of locally-sourced sausages will be available. Admission is free.

26-29: Black Country Arms Spring Beer Festival, Walsall, England

The Black Country Arms, a public house named Walsall CAMRA Pub of the Year three years running, will host a Spring Beer Festival. More than 40 ales and ciders (26 at any one time) will be served; these ales never before been featured at the pub. Hot and cold food will be available between noon and 7 pm.

26-27: Stourbridge Beer Festival, Stourbridge, England

The Stourbridge & Halesowen Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 15th Stourbridge Beer Festival, which will take place at Town Hall. Organizers expect to have 90 casks of Real Ale, along with 20 ciders. Hot and cold food will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Mary Stevens Hospice.

27: Brewski Festival, Seven Springs, PA

The 11th annual Brewski Festival will be held at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort. This evening event will feature beer from a variety of breweries, with an emphasis on those in Pennsylvania and the Northeast. A buffet dinner will be served with the beer samples.

27-28: Chippenham Beer and Cider Festival, Chippenham, England

The North West Wiltshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 21st annual Chippenham Beer and Cider Festival, which will take place at the Olympiad Leisure Centre--Monkton Park. Recent editions of this two-day, three-session event have featured more than 90 Real Ales, ciders, and perries.

27-28: Edmonton International Beer Fest, Edmonton, AB, Canada

The 2012 Edmonton International Beer Fest will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre. Recent editions of this festival have feature more than 200 beers, with Edmonton's most popular beer serving establishments represented, along with live music. This festival has sold out each of the last three years.

27: Night of Great Thirst, Eizeringen, Belgium

Friends of the Gueuze, in cooperation with the High Council for Artisanal Lambic Beers (HORAL), present the fifth De Nacht van de Grote Dorst (the "Night of Great Thirst"), which will take place at the Church Square in Eizeringen. This evening event, which is held every other year, celebrates the gueuze and kriek beers of Belgium's Payottenland. More than a dozen breweries are expected to participate. Admission is free, and a free shuttle will run between the Ternat and Liedekerke train stations and the festival venue.

27-28: North Leeds Charity Beer Festival, Leeds, England

The Rotary Club of Roundhay and Lord Mayor of Leeds present the inaugural North Leeds Charity Beer Festival, which will take place at the Community Hall of St Aidan’s Church in Leeds. This event, produced with the assistance of the Campaign for Real Ale, will feature 30 West Yorkshire Real Ales. A number of bands are scheduled to perform, and locally produced food will also be available at all times.

27-29: Old Farm Inn Beer Festival, Totternhoe, England

The Old Farm Inn, a centuries-old public house in Totternhoe, will host a Beer Festival. This three-day event will feature ten Real Ales along with the pub's three regular Fuller's Ales. Food, including pork roast rolls, pies, and sausage 'n' mash, will be available all weekend.

27-28: Oldham Beer Festival, Oldham, England

The Rochdale, Oldham and Bury Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale and the Mayor of Oldham’s Charity Appeal Committee present the Oldham Beer Festival, which will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the center of Oldham. There will be 60 cask ales from around the country, along with ciders, perries, and a wide range of continental bottled beers. Traditional food will be available at all sessions. This year's festival charities are Dr. Kershaws Hospice, Promobility Oldham, and Barnardos Oldham.

27-28: Oregon Garden Brewfest, Silverton, OR

The Oregon Garden Resort will host the eighth annual Oregon Garden Brewfest, which will take place at the J. Frank Schmidt, Jr., Pavilion. This two-day event will feature more than 90 beers and ciders from over 45 breweries. The festivities will also include live music on two stages; food; beer trivia and tasting lessons by Women Enjoying Beer; and a homebrew competition presented by Capitol Brewers. A Connoisseur Tasting, with brewers in attendance, will take place on Saturday afternoon. The inaugural Brewer’s Tasting Dinner will take place the evening before the festival itself.

27-29: Royal Beer Festival, Tarleton, England

The Rotary Club of Southport Links presents the Royal Beer Festival, which will take place at Mere Brow Village Hall in Tarleton. The festival, which celebrates the first wedding anniversary of Prince William and Kate Middleton, will feature more than 30 beers and ciders, a selection of European bottled beers, and wine. There will also be food and live entertainment. All profits will go to local and international charities.

28: Beertopia Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

The inaugural Beertopia Hong Kong will take place at the Western Market in Sheung Wan. This all-day event will feature more than 60 beers from around the world, along with a beer education program, live music, food, and games.

28: Between the Bluffs: Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival, La Crosse, WI

The La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau presents the tenth annual Between the Bluffs: Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival, which will take place at 1 Oktoberfest Strasse in La Crosse. This afternoon event will feature unlimited sampling of beer, wine, and cheese from more than 60 vendors. The festivities will also include live music, a bean bag tournament, an "Between the Bluffs" apparel shop, food for sale, and cooking demonstrations by area chefs. VIP tickets, which include pre-fest activities on Friday night, early admission to the festival, and food and special samples, are available.

28: Brew at the Zoo, Miami, FL

Miami New Times and Zoo Miami present the third annual Brew at the Zoo, which will take place at Miami Metrozoo. This evening event will feature a variety of beer (there were more than 50 at last year's festival), along with live entertainment headlined by Alien Ant Farm. VIP tickets, with early admission, unlimited beer and spirits tasting, and catered food, are available.

28: Brew on the Bay, Key Largo, FL

The Rotary Club of Key Largo presents the inaugural Brew on the Bay, which will take place at Rowell's Marina (mile marker 104.5, bay side, on the Overseas Highway). This afternoon event, which will fund Rotary Club scholarships, will feature an assortment of craft beers, along with food and live music. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

28: Dark Lord Day, Munster, IN

Three Floyds Brewing Company presents Dark Lord Day 2012, which will take place outside the brewery. This afternoon event, which celebrates the annual release of Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout, will feature beer from a number of breweries from around the world along with live music. Admission is limited to those holding tickets, which go on sale March 19. Part of the proceeds from Dark Lord Day will be donated to charity.

28: Hodag Hops & Vines, Rhinelander, WI

The 2012 Hodag Hops & Vines will be held at the Northwoods Banquet Center in Rhinelander. This evening event will feature a variety of craft beers, along with wines to sample; food from area restaurants; entertainment; and a prize raffle.

28: Lake Lanier Islands Music and Beer Festival, Lake Lanier Islands, GA

Thrive Media Partners presents the inaugural Lake Lanier Islands Music and Beer Festival. This afternoon event, to be held on the sandy beach of Lake Lanier, will feature more than 150 beers, live music, and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and a sampling of beer-inspired food, are available.

28: McCoole's Spring Beer Festival, Quakertown, PA

The 2012 McCoole's Spring Beer Festival will be held at McCoole's Arts and Events in Quakertown. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 60 beers and a selection of Barefoot wines, along with live music, food, beer trivia, and a homebrew competition. Parking is free.

28: Manayunk Brew Fest Extravaganza, Philadelphia, PA

The 14th Annual Manayunk Brew Fest Extravaganza, a/k/a "Beers Gone Wild!", will be held at the Manayunk Brewery in Philadelphia. This afternoon event will feature more than 50 beers, most of them from the Philadelphia area, along with select beers from the rest of the country. Attendees will be given a food voucher.

28: Maryland Laughs and Drafts, Annapolis, MD

The inaugural Maryland Laughs and Drafts will be held at the Maryland National Guard Armory in Annapolis. This evening event will feature more than 50 craft beers, many of the from Maryland, along with performances by some of the region’s best comedians. Area brewmasters will give presentations and host Q-and-A sessions, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and seating near the stage, are available.

28: PA Flavor, Harrisburg, PA

The Pennsylvania Brewers Guild, the American Culinary Federation, and the Department of Agriculture’s PA Preferred Program present the 2012 PA Flavor, which will be held at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. This afternoon event is a Pennsylvania food and beer pairing that will feature beer from 40 breweries along with 20 PA Preferred food producers and 20 PA Preferred restaurants. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers and hors d’oeuvres, are available.

28: San Francisco International Beer Festival, San Francisco, CA

The 29th annual San Francisco International Beer Festival will be held in the Festival Pavilion at San Francisco's Fort Mason. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 300 beers from around the world, along with food from some of San Francisco's best restaurants. The proceeds will go to the teaching and learning programs at the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School. This event sold out last year.

28: Texas Beer Fest, Humble, TX

The 2012 edition of the Texas Beer Fest will be held at a new venue, Discovery Green in Humble. Last year's inaugural festival was a day-long event, described by organizers as "a craft beer festival that hopes to bring as many craft breweries as possible to one place," along with local music and food.

28-29: TAP New York Hunter, NY

Hudson Valley Beer & Fine Food Festival, Inc., and Hunter Mountain present the 2012 TAP New York, which will take place at Hunter Mountain. This two-day event will feature well over 100 beers from 40 invited breweries; food; daily cooking demonstrations; and a judged competition, with the presentation of Matthew Vassar Cup and the F.X. Matt Memorial Cup to the winning beers.

28-29: Zythos Beer Festival, Leuven, Belgium

Zythos, the Flemish beer consumers' organization, presents the Zythos Beer Festival, which will take place at a new location, Brabanthal in Leuven. There will be about 300 beers from 100 breweries along with food, a beer shop, and a tombola. Admission is free.

29: WIDR Sliders and Beer, Kalamazoo, MI

The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, a beer bar located downtown, will host the second annual WIDR Sliders & Beer. This Sunday evening event will feature beer from 14 Michigan craft breweries, with brewers and brewery representatives in attendance. This event is a fundraiser for WIDR-FM, a non-profit, student-run radio station. The price of admission includes beer sampling and a plate of sliders.

Helsinki Beer Festival, Helsinki, Finland

This festival has been cancelled.

The 15th annual
Helsinki Beer Festival will be held at the Cable Factory in downtown Helsinki. Recent editions of this festival have featured hundreds of beers from around the world; numerous ciders and whiskeys; professionally judged beer, cider, and whiskey competitions; food and cigar stands; and appearances by the beer world's leading personalities. The festival website is entirely in Finnish.