Beer Weeks 2016

Beer Weeks are city, or regionally organized, multi-event celebrations showcasing craft beer. They've become increasingly popular over the last year, as they offer even more opportunities to quaff great locally brewed beers over the course of several days at different venues and establishments. Although they all appear in the monthly event calendars, we've organized them here alphabetically for you. Click on the location to show the details and a link.



Alaska, throughout AK: January 15-24

The sixth annual Alaska Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout the state of Alaska. The headline event of this ten-day celebration, sponsored by the Brewers Guild of Alaska, is the Great Alaska Beer & Barleywine Festival. There will be a number of other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

American Craft Beer Week, nationwide: May 16-22

The Brewers Association presents American Craft Beer Week 2016, which will take place at establishments across the country. This seven-day celebration, which kicks off the summer craft beer season, will be observed by hundreds of craft brewers and beer retailers, thousands of beer fans, and a congressional resolution honoring the nation's craft brewing industry.

Annapolis, MD: April 1-8

Annapolis Beer Week 2016 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Annapolis. The headline event of this eight-day celebration is the Maryland Chicken Wing and Beer Festival. There will be many other events, such as a Beer Run, beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, and tastings.

Arizona, various locations: February 11-20

The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild presents the sixth annual Arizona Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout the state. The kickoff event of this ten-day celebration is the Arizona Strong Beer Festival. There will be more than 150 other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Athens, GA: April 4-10

The sixth annual Athens Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Athens. Major events during this seven-day celebration are the Classic City Brew Fest and Terrapin Brewing’s 14th Anniversary Carnival. There will also be other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Grand Rapids, MI: February 17-28

Experience Grand Rapids presents Cool Brews. Hot Eats. It includes GR Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Grand Rapids. The headline event of Beer Week is the two-day Michigan Brewers Guild's Winter Beer Festival, along with pre- and post-festival parties. There will be many other events such as brewery tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks. In addition, dozens of restaurants will offer special menus during this 12-day celebration.

Johnson City and Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA: April 1-9

The 2016 Tri-Cities Craft Beer Week will take place at at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol, and nearby communities. This nine-day celebration, to be held in one of the nation’s fastest-growing craft beer regions, will feature events such as beer dinners, beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Kalamazoo, MI: January 16-23

The sixth annual Kalamazoo Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Kalamazoo. There will be more than 250 events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Lehigh Valley, PA: February 20-27

The fourth annual Lehigh Valley Beer Week will take place at at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in the Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton areas. More than 50 establishments will host events such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

New York, NY: February 19-28

The New York City Brewers Guild and the New York State Brewers Association present the eighth annual New York City Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in the city. Headline events include the Beer Week Cask Fest and Awards Gala. There will be more than 400 other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, historical tours, lectures, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, and tastings.

Omaha, NE: February 19-28

The fifth annual Omaha Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in the Omaha metropolitan area. The headline event of this ten-day celebration is Beertopia’s Extreme Beerfest. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Portsmouth, NH: February 20-29

2BeerGuys presents the seventh annual Portsmouth Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Portsmouth. The headline event of this ten-day celebration is the Seacoast Winter Brew Fest. There will also be other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Sacramento, CA: February 25-March 6

The seventh annual Sacramento Beer Week will take place at at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in the Sacramento Valley. The headline events are the Sacramento Brewers Showcase, which opens this 11-day celebration, and the Capital Beerfest, which closes it. There are hundreds of other events such as beer and food pairings, beer trains, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

San Francisco Bay Area, CA: January 22-31

The San Francisco Brewers Guild presents San Francisco Beer Week 2016, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout the Bay Area. This ten-day celebration gets underway with the Opening Gala. There will be hundreds of other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Saratoga, NY: February 16-20

The 2016 edition of Saratoga Beer Week will take place at bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in the Saratoga Springs area. The headline event of this celebration is the Saratoga Beer Summit. There will be many other events, such as Cider Night, food and beer pairings, special tastings, and reduced-price pints.

Tampa Bay Area, FL: February 5-13

The fifth annual Tampa Bay Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in the Tampa Bay area. The headline event of this nine-day celebration is the Florida Brewers Guild Beer Festival. There will be more than 200 other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Victoria, BC, Canada: March 4-13

The Victoria Beer Week Society presents the 2016 Victoria Beer Week. It will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Victoria. This celebration, which has been expanded to ten days, will feature beer from more than 50 craft breweries from across British Columbia. There will be an expanded schedule of events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, an educational program, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, and tastings.

Volusia County, FL: January 29-February 7

The seventh annual Volusia Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in DeLand and Volusia County. The headline event of this ten-day celebration is the DeLand Craft Beer Festival. There will be many other events, including “Brews and Botwies”, a “Drink Volusia Bus Tour”, a homebrew competition, educational and meet-the-brewer events, beer dinners and brunches, special tastings, and pint nights.