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.

Albuquerque, NM: May 26-June 5

The sixth annual ABQ Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Albuquerque. The headline event of this ten-day celebration is Albuquerque Brews and Blues. There will be dozens 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.

Asheville, NC: May 27-June 4

The fifth annual Asheville Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Asheville. This nine-day celebration, which is a subsidiary of the Asheville Brewers Alliance, culminates with the Beer City Festival. There will be many other events such as beer dinners, meet-the-brewer events, pub crawls, beer releases, and special tastings.

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.

Athens, OH: July 15-23

The 11th annual Ohio Beer Week will be celebrated at breweries, bars, restaurants, and other venues in and around Athens. More than 50 Ohio craft breweries pouring over 200 beers will be represented at this nine-day celebration, and brewers will be in attendance. This nine-day celebration officially begins with an official kick-off event, and closes with a “Last Call” street party. There will be dozens of other events such as a celebrity keynote speaker (TBA), beer and food pairings, educational sessions, walking tours, and happy hours.

Berlin, Germany: July 22-30

Berlin Beer Week 2016 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Berlin. Events during this nine-day celebration will include beer dinners and beer and food pairings, meet-the-brewer events, tutored tastings, tap takeovers, art and music, and games and contests.

Central Oregon (Bend and vicinity): May 20-29

The 2016 Central Oregon Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Bend and surrounding areas of central Oregon. This headline event of this ten-day celebration is SMaSH, a festival of single-malt, single-hop beers. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, educational sessions, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Charlotte, NC: March 11-20

The seventh annual Charlotte Craft Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Charlotte. There will be many events, such as mini-festivals, beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Chicago, IL: May 19-29

The seventh annual Chicago Craft Beer Week will be celebrated at more than 400 breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Chicago. This 11-day celebration kicks off with Beer Under Glass, and closes with the Welles Park Craft Beer Festival. There will be over 500 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.

Cincinnati, OH: June 19-25

The fifth annual Cincinnati Beer Week has been moved from the spring to June. It will take place at more than 100 venues, including breweries, bars, restaurants, stores in Cincinnati, southwest Ohio, and northern Kentucky. This year’s seven-day celebration includes multiple collaboration beers from Cincinnati breweries. There will be many other events, such beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, and tastings.

Cleveland, OH: October 14-23

The eighth annual Cleveland Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout greater Cleveland. This ten-day celebration opens with Collaboration Kickoffs, and the headline event will be Brewzilla: A Monster of a Beer Tasting. There will be more than 350 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. Proceeds from flagship events will benefit the Malone Scholarship Fund.

Colorado Beer Week, CO: March 19-27

The Colorado Brewers Guild presents Colorado Beer Week 2016, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout the state. Headline events of this nine-day celebration include the Collaboration Fest and Pint Day. 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.

Columbia, SC: March 18-26

The second annual Soda City Suds Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Columbia. This celebration, which has been expanded to nine days, will include dozens of events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Columbus, OH: May 13-21

The 2016 Columbus Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Columbus. This nine-day celebration begins with a kickoff party at Grandview Yard Market District. There will be many other events such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, educational sessions, 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.

Harrisburg, PA: April 22-30

Harrisburg Beer Week 2016 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Harrisburg. The headline event of this nine-day celebration is Little Big Beer Fest. There will be dozens of other events, such beer and food pairings, educational programs, film showings, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Idaho Beer Week, ID (statewide): May 30-June 4

Idaho Beer Week 2016 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout the state. This headline event of this celebration is the North American Brewers Festival. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, educational sessions, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

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.

Knoxville, TN: June 11-18

Knoxville Craft Beer Week 2016 will be celebrated at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Knoxville. The headline event of this eight-day celebration is the Knoxville Brew Fest. There will be many other events such as beer dinners and brunches, tap takeovers, releases and special tastings, beer education, and competitions.

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.

Los Angeles area, CA: June 18-28

The eighth annual L.A. Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout the Los Angeles area. This nine-day celebration begins with the L.A. Beer Week Kickoff. There will also be many other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, a scavenger hunt, and tap takeovers.

Madison, WI: April 29-May 8

Isthmus magazine presents the sixth annual Madison Craft Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Madison. There will be many events during this ten-day celebration promoting Madison's craft beer culture, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, beer walks, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Massachusetts (state-wide): November 4-13

Beer Advocate magazine presents the inaugural Mass Beer Week, which will will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout Massachusetts. There will be many events during this ten-day celebration, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, and tastings.

Milwaukee, WI: April 16-23

The fifth annual Milwaukee Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Milwaukee. There will be hundreds of events during this eight-day celebration, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Minnesota, various locations: May 9-15

The Minnesota Brewers Guild presents the 2016 edition of 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout the state. This seven-day celebration will include a number of events such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, firkin tappings, and specially-priced drinks.

Missoula, MT: April 30-May 7

Craft Beer Promotions, LLC, presents the fifth annual Missoula Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Missoula. The headline event of this eight-day celebration is the Garden City Brewfest. There will 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 games and contests.

Montgomery County, MD: April 20-30

The inaugural Montgomery County Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in the county. This 11-day celebration begins with a kickoff party at Gilly’s. 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.

Montreal, QC, Canada: April 29-May 8

Montreal Beer Week 2016 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Montreal. This ten-day celebration begins with a kickoff party at Atwater Market. 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.

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.

North Carolina (state-wide): April 1-30

The fourth annual North Carolina Beer Month will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues across the state. Dozens of North Carolina breweries will participate in this month-long celebration. There will be numerous events such as festivals, beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

Norwich, England: May 26-June 5

Norwich City of Ale 2016 will be held at dozens of public houses in the "Fine City" of Norwich. This 11-day celebration kicks off with a Launch Party at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Other events will include beer walks, a Brewers' Market, beer and food pairings, pub quizzes, barbecues, and meet-the-brewer events.

Nottingham, England: July 4-10

The second annual Nottingham Craft Beer Week will be held at more than 30 venues in Nottingham. Breweries from the Nottingham area and throughout the UK will be represented. During this seven-day celebration there will be meet-the-brewer events, tap takeovers, bottle shares, guided tastings, and a micro festival in an antiques shop. Admission to most events is free.

Oklahoma City, OK: June 11-19

The third annual Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Oklahoma City. The headline event of this nine-day celebration is the Oklahoma Craft Beer 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.

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.

Ontario, Canada: June 10-19

The seventh annual Ontario Craft Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout the province. More than 70 Ontario breweries will participate in this ten-day celebration of craft beer. Beer Week begins with a kickoff party at Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto. There will be hundreds of other events, such as festivals, beer dinners and beer and food pairings, brewery tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, and tastings.

Orange County, CA: June 10-17

The Orange County Brewers Guild presents the 2016 Orange County Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout the county. The headline event of this eight-day celebration is the OC Brewers Guild Festival. There will also be other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, a scavenger hunt, and tap takeovers.

Outer Banks, NC: May 30-June 5

The 2016 Outer Banks Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The headline events of this seven-day celebration are the OBX Brewfest and the Brewathlon. There will be a number of other events, including beer dinners, a craft brewers’ retreat, tap takeovers, tasting events, a can swap on the beach, and artistic events.

Philadelphia, PA: June 3-12

The ninth annual Philly Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Philadelphia. This ten-day celebration kicks off with the Opening Tap. Other headline events will include the Hammer of Glory Relay and the International Great Beer Expo. There will be around 1,000 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.

Pittsburgh, PA: April 15-24

Pittsburgh Beer Week 2016 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Pittsburgh. This ten-day celebration begins with a Kickoff Party at Rock Bottom. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, collaboration beers, release parties, and specially-priced drinks.

Portland, OR: June 9-19

The sixth annual PDX Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Portland. Headline events of this 11-day celebration include a Kickoff Party, the Rye Beer Festival, and the Beer & Cheese Festival. There will be many other events such as educational programs, beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, pub crawls, release parties, tap takeovers, and special tastings.

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.

Reno, NV: May 13-22

The second annual Reno Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Reno. This celebration, which has been expanded to ten days, will kick off with the Backwash homebrew competition. There will be more than 70 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.

Rochester, NY: June 10-19

The Business Association of the South Wedge Area and staff of the Tap & Mallet present the fourth annual Rochester Real Beer Week. It will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Rochester. The headline event of Beer Week is the Rochester Real Beer Expo. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, educational programs, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, and games and contests.

Roseburg OR: May 7-14

The 2016 Roseburg Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Roseburg. This eight-day celebration will kick off with the Hammer N'Ales Brewfest. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, live music, meet-the-brewer events, brewery tours, release parties, tap takeovers, and trivia.

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.

St. Louis, MI: July 29-August 6

The St. Louis Brewers Guild and Bailey’s Restaurants present STL Beer Week 2016, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around St. Louis. Headline events of this nine-day celebration include the Midwest Belgian Beer Fest. There will be dozens of other events such as a brewers’ picnic, educational programs, tours, trivia contests, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

San Antonio, TX: April 2-10

The sixth annual San Antonio Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around San Antonio. The headline events of this nine-day celebration are the Kick Off Party in the city’s Main Plaza, and a closing ceremony in which the area’s craft breweries will be represented. Area brewers will offer a special collaboration beer. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners, pub crawls, tap takeovers, educational seminars, and special releases.

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 15-21

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.

Seattle, WA: May 12-22

The eighth annual Seattle Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Seattle. The headline event is Cask-O-Rama, which kicks off this 11-day celebration. Other events will include appearances by beer celebrities, beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, release parties, tap takeovers, and specially-priced drinks.

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.

Tennessee (state-wide): April 1-30

The second annual Tennessee Beer Month will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout the state. There will be more many events, such as festivals, competitions, beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, and tastings.

Toronto, ON, Canada: September 16-24

Toronto Beer Week 2016 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Toronto. Some 70 venues, including 35 breweries, will participate in this nine-day celebration of craft beer. There will be more than 100 events such as beer dinners and beer-pairing events, a beer cruise, history tours, an educational program, a scavenger hunt, and pub crawls.

Vancouver, BC, Canada: May 27-June 5

The seventh annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in metropolitan Vancouver. This ten-day celebration begins with VCBW Opening Night. and the headline event is the VCBW Beer Festival. There will be many other events, including beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, rock concerts, release parties, and tap takeovers.

Victoria, BC, Canada: March 4-12

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.

Western Massachusetts, four western counties: June 11-18

The Western Mass Beer Week will take place in four counties in western Massachusetts. This eight-day celebration begins with the Berkshire Craft Beer Festival. There will be a number of other events, such as beer dinners and food and beer pairings, brewery open houses, collaboration beers, and release parties; and many of these events will be hosted by the area’s breweries.

Winchester, VA: June 11-17

Winchester Beer Week 2016 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Winchester. The headline event of this week-long celebration is the Hop Blossom Craft Beer 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.

Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, MI: October 7-14

The second annual Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. There will be a number of events such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, hard-to-find beers, and specially-priced drinks.