8-12: Great British Beer Festival, London, England
The Campaign for Real Ale presents the 40th anniversary Great British Beer Festival, which will take place at the London Olympia. This five-day event is Britain's biggest beer festival, with more than 900 Real Ales, ciders, perries and international beers from over 350 British producers. The festival serves as the venue for the Champion Beer of Britain competition. There will also be tutored tastings, live music, food and merchandise for sale, and pub games and quizzes.
12: Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, WI
The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild presents the 31st annual Great Taste of the Midwest, which will take place at Olin-Turnville Park, a lakeside venue in Madison. This afternoon event will feature more than 1,000 beers from over 100 breweries from the Great Lakes and Midwest regions, and brewery representatives will be in attendance. There will also be live music, food for purchase, a celebrity brewer dunk tank, and an exhibit by the Museum of Beer and Brewing. "Great Taste Eve," a series of pre-festival events, will take place at local establishments before the festival itself. Tickets go on sale May 1.
12: Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival, Carpinteria, CA
Deep, the surf magazine, presents the 2017 Carpinteria edition of the Trek Bikes of Ventura Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival. It will take place at Carpinteria Beach in Carpinteria. This surfing-themed afternoon event will feature more than 200 products of over 55 breweries and cideries, along with a selection of wines. Local surfboard shapers will be on hand, and boards will be on display. There will also be live and DJ music, food trucks and merchandise vendors, and games. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. The festival charity is the California Avocado Festivals' Youth Scholarship Foundation.
19: Washington Beer Collaboration Festival, Seattle, WA
The Washington Beer Commission presents the second annual Washington Beer Collaboration Festival, which will take place on the lawn of the South Lake Union Discovery Center in Seattle. This two-day outdoor tented event will feature 25 collaboration beers from 50 Washington State breweries. Food trucks and food vendors will be at the festival site.
22-26: Peterborough Beer Festival, Peterborough, England
The Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 40th annual Peterborough Beer Festival, which will take place at The Embankment. This five-day event will feature more than 400 Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders, perries, and foreign bottled beers; they will be served under massive marquees on the riverside. In addition, there will be live music, along with food and merchandise for purchase.