Beer Weeks 2012

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.



American Craft Beer Week: May 14-20

The Brewers Association presents 2012 American Craft Beer Week, which will take place at establishments across the country. American Craft Beer Week, which kicks off the summer craft beer season, will be celebrated by hundreds of craft brewers and beer retailers, thousands of beer fans, and a congressional resolution honoring the nation's craft brewing industry.

Arizona: February 18-25

The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild presents the second annual Arizona Beer Week, which will take place at various locations in cities throughout the state. Last year's Beer Week had more than 250 events including special tastings, beer dinners, a "Kegs and Eggs" breakfast, educational seminars, a Light Rail Pub Crawl, and the Arizona Strong Beer Fest (listed separately on the calendar). This year, organizers are emphasizing craft beer education and unveiling never-before-seen beers.

Asheville, NC: May 24-June 3

The inaugural Asheville Beer Week will take place at various locations in and around Asheville. Events include the Brews Cruise, a brewery tour taking place daily; a scavenger hunt; beer dinners and food and beer pairings; a beer knowledge quiz; the Beer 101" educational program; sports and games; and special tastings. The celebration culminates with the Beer City Festival (listed separately on this calendar).

Athens, OH: June 17-23

The seventh annual Ohio Brew Week Festival will take place at various locations in around Athens. This year's festival, which has been moved from July to June, is a celebration of Ohio's craft brewing industry with more than 100 beers from the state's microbreweries. More than 20 establishments took part past year in events that included a "brew-b-q" cook-off, a brewers' gourmet feast, the "brew choo-choo," special tastings, and a homebrewing competition.

Austin, TX: October 20-28

The third annual Austin Beer Week will take place at more than 40 bars, brewpubs, restaurants, markets, and outdoor venues throughout Austin and the Hill Country. Events at this ten-day celebration will include beer dinners, food pairings, special tastings, daily tappings, happy hour deals, beer education, and movies.

Baltimore, MD: October 19-28

The fourth annual Baltimore Beer Week will take place at various locations in around Baltimore. "Celebrating All Things Beer in the Land of Pleasant Living" will begin with the Opening Tap, using the fabled "Star Spangled Banger", at Power Plant Live. More than 300 events are scheduled, including beer dinners, beer and food pairings, tastings, educational programs, special releases, and live entertainment.

Boston, MA: May 28 - June 3

Beer Advocate magazine presents the 2012 Boston Beer Week, which will take place at scores of locations within the 128 Belt. This seven-day celebration of craft beer from Boston and beyond will be anchored by the American Craft Beer Fest (listed separately on the calendar). Other events are expected to include beer dinners, brewer meet-and-greets, beer releases, and store tastings.

Charlotte, NC: March 16-25

The third annual Charlotte Craft Beer Week will take place at establishments throughout the Charlotte area. This ten-day grassroots celebration of craft beer will begin with a kickoff party at the Visulite Theater. Events at past Beer Weeks have included Brawley’s Black & Blue, Beasts of the East vs Best of the West, beer dinners, beer and circus side show attractions at Common Market, tap takeovers, and special tastings.

Chicago, IL: May 17-27

The third annual Chicago Craft Beer Week will be celebrated at more than 200 venues throughout the city. This year's theme is "Chicago: A City of Neighborhoods," with venues divided into nine neighborhoods plus the suburbs. Beer Week begins with Beer Under Glass (listed separately on the calendar) and will close with a party at Revolution Brewing's new production facility. Other events include beer dinners, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers, special tastings, and meet-the-brewer evenings.

Cincinnati, OH: February 2-9

The inaugural Cincinnati Beer Week will take place at dozens of locations in and around Cincinnati. This independent, grass-roots celebration of craft beer will feature events such as beer pairing dinners, meet-the-brewer nights, and tap takeovers, and will be followed by the Cincy Winter Beerfest (listed separately on the calendar).

Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, OH: October 19-27

The fourth annual Cleveland Beer Week, a nine-day celebration of craft beer, will take place at hundreds of bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout Cuyahoga County. Beer Week will begin with Collaboration Crawls" in five neighborhoods, and will conclude with "Brewzilla: A Monster of a Beer Tasting" (listed separately on the calendar. Other events will include a homebrew competition; "Ales on Rails" on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad; beer and food pairings, demonstrations, leisure activities, educational programs, and tastings.

Colorado: May 11-19

The second annual Colorado Beer Week will be celebrated at restaurants, bars, hotels and other venues across the state. This celebration is unusual in that food is emphasized at all events, which range from a multi-course beer dinner to a beer-and-food pairing. Last year's events also included an all-Colorado beer kickoff party, with brewers in attendance; a charity golf tournament; and a closing ceremony.

Dallas, TX: November 10-17

The second annual Dallas Beer Week will take place at various locations in and around Dallas. Events (TBA on the Beer Week website) will include tastings, beer dinners, workshops, and events put on by the area's five craft breweries.

Detroit, MI: October 18-28

Detroit Liquid Culture presents Detroit Beer Week 2012, which will take place at various locations in the Detroit area. Last year's festivities kicked off with a ceremonial keg tapping of "313ale," the official Beer Week beer, at Fountain Bistro, and culminated with the Michigan Brewers Guild Detroit Fall Beer Festival (separately listed on the calendar). Other events will include beer dinners, food and beer pairings, tastings and releases, pub crawls, and tours.

Eugene/Springfield, OR: May 7-13

The second annual Eugene Beer Week will take place at breweries, restaurants, bars, and stores throughout the Eugene/Springfield area. Beer Week will be headlined by the Sasquatch Brew Fest (listed separately on the calendar). Other events include beer dinners, beer and food pairings, beer-related educational events, special tastings and releases, and pint specials.

Frederick, MD: May 11-18

Frederick, Maryland, the home of two breweries and two brewpubs as well as four hop farms, presents the second annual Frederick Beer Week. This week-long event celebrates Maryland-brewed beer and its agricultural roots. There will be two headline events: the Maryland Craft Brewer's Festival and (listed separately on the calendar) and The Firkinfest at Stillpoint Farm. Other events include tap takeovers, beer dinners, educational events, a bicycle tour of local breweries, and some major celebrations of local homebrew.

Grand Rapids, MI: February 20-25

Liquid Table Beverage Solutions presents the inaugural Grand Rapids Beer Week, which will take place at various locations in and around Grand Rapids. This celebration will lead up to the Michigan Brewers Guild's Winter Beer Festival (listed separately on the calendar). Other Beer Week events will include beer dinners, rare beer tastings, and tap takeovers.

Houston, Tx: November 10-17

The third annual Houston Beer Week will take place at various locations in and around Houston. The headline event of this eight-day celebration is The Draft (listed separately on this calendar). Other events include beer dinners, classes, and tastings at bars, restaurants and retail establishments.

Kalamazoo, MI: January 14-21

Imperial Beverage, in partnership with Discover Kalamazoo, presents the second annual Kalamazoo Beer Week, which will take place at various locations in and around Kalamazoo. It will build on the success of last year's inaugural Beer Week, which comprised 14 events.

Lansing, MI: August 19-25

I'm a Beer Hound and Motor City Tour Company present the inaugural Lansing Beer Week, which will take place at various locations in and around Lansing. Events will include a boat cruise, a pub crawl, a beer bus ride, beer and food pairings, tap takeovers, beer sampling, and a Short's Brewing bike ride.

Long Island, NY: May 11-20

The second annual Long Island Craft Beer Week will take place at breweries, restaurants, and bars on Long Island. This ten-day celebration of craft beer is an effort to raise awareness of local craft beer culture and encourage people to go to local establishments. Events are expected to include Breakfast with the Brewers, The Golden Tap Awards Gala, and a multi-location SimulCask, along with meet-the-brewer nights, beer dinners, brewery tours, a trivia competition, cooking classes, and special tastings.

Louisville, KY: September 21-29

The second annual Louisville Craft Beer Week will take place at various locations in Louisville. Events will include beer dinners and food pairings, beer walks, brewery parties, meet-the-brewer evenings, special releases and tastings, and bar promotions.

Los Angeles, CA: September 20-30

The fourth annual Los Angeles Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, and restaurants in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The highlight event of this two-week-long celebration is the LA Beer Week Beer Festival in downtown Los Angeles (listed separately on the calendar). Other events include beer dinners, beer and cheese pairings, special tastings and releases, tap takeovers, meet-the-brewer events, and educational programs.

Madison, WI: May 4-13

The second annual Madison Craft Beer Week will take place at various locations in Madison and Dane County. This ten-day, two-weekend celebration of craft beer will include a variety of events including beer dinners and food pairings, beer walks, bar promotions, and brewery parties.

Milwaukee, WI: April 20-27

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.

Omaha, NE: February 3-12

The inaugural Omaha Beer Week will take place at various locations in the Omaha metropolitan area. It will be headlined by the Extreme Beerfest from Beertopia. Other events will include special tappings, tap takeovers, pint nights, brewery tours, and beer dinners.

Province of Ontario, Canada: June 17-23

The Ontario Craft Brewers presents the third annual Ontario Craft Beer Week. The celebration of small and independent breweries will kick off on Father's Day. There will be hundreds of grassroots events throughout the province, including the Session 99 Beer Festival in Toronto (listed separately on the calendar), beer dinners and lunches, food pairings, brewery tours, collaboration beers, educational programs, and meet-the-brewer evenings.

Philadelphia, PA: June 1-10

Philly Beer Week will take place at numerous locations in and around Philadelphia. Recent Beer Weeks have included a number of signature events, including the Opening Tap; Smoke 'Em If Yous Got 'Em, a beer and barbecue festival; Forum of the Gods, a panel discussion with the top names in beer culture; the Jackson Tutored Tastings; and Zythos America. In addition, there were hundreds of other events including beer dinners, special tastings, releases, and meet-the-brewer evenings.

Portland, OR: June 7-17

The second annual PDX Beer Week will take place at bars, restaurants, and other establishments in Portland, Oregon. This 11-day celebration of craft beer will begin with a kickoff party at Spirit of 77 where the official 2012 beer, India Red Lager, will be released. One of Beer Week's headline events is the Portland Fruit Beer Festival (listed separately on the calendar). Other events will include beer dinners, beer and food pairings, special tastings and releases, and educational presentations.

Rochester, NY: June 15-23

The Business Association of the South Wedge Area and staff of the Tap & Mallet present Rochester Real Beer Week, which will take place at a variety of locations in and around Rochester. Beer Week will be headlined by the Rochester Real Beer Expo 2012 (listed separately on the calendar). Other Beer Week events will include beer dinners, brunches, and lunches; an "Iron Beer Chef" competition; beer and food pairings; release parties; and special tastings.

Sacramento, CA: February 24 - March 4

The Sacramento beer community will host the third annual Sacramento Beer Week. There will be more than 400 events at venues throughout the Sacramento Valley, highlighted by the Capital Beerfest at Cal Expo. Other events include beer dinners, tastings, trivia contests, a "hophead scavenger hunt," and specially-priced pints.

San Antonio, TX: May 13-20

The second annual San Antonio Beer Week will take place at various locations in and around San Antonio. Events will include a special night at each of the San Antonio-area breweries, beer dinners and tastings, walking pub crawls, a bus pub crawl, a pro-am brewing competition with the winner's beer entered in the Great American Beer Festival, a lineup of speakers, and numerous special beers.

San Diego, CA: November 2-11

The fourth annual San Diego Beer Week will take place at various locations throughout San Diego County. The headline event of this ten-day county-wide celebration will be the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival (listed separately on this calendar). There will be more than 500 other events including beer and food pairing events, special releases and tastings, brewery tours, and homebrewing lessons.

San Francisco, CA: February 10-19

San Francisco Beer Week is a ten-day celebration of the city's craft beer and brewing. Recent Beer Weeks have included more than 150 events throughout the Bay Area, including the Bistro's Double IPA Festival, the Toronado Barleywine Festival, and Celebrator magazine's Best of the West Beer Fest. Other events included beer dinners and other food and beer events, meet-the-brewer evenings, homebrewing demonstrations, music and films, and a museum exhibit dedicated to Bay Area brewing.

Seattle, WA: May 10-20

The 2012 Seattle Beer Week will take place at various locations in and around Seattle. The festivities will kick off at the historic Elysian Capitol Hill Brewery. More than 100 events are scheduled. They include Legends Night, hosted by Rose and Charles Finkel; a "beer bus crawl"; Thirsty Sisters, a celebration of Northwest women in beer, at Pike Brewing Company; beer dinners and brunches; food and beer pairings; tap takeovers and release parties; and games and contests.

South Shore, Cape & Islands, MA: May 12-19

GreatBrewers.com presents the second annual South Shore, Cape & Islands Beer Week, which will take place at various locations throughout the South Shore of Boston, Cape Cod, and the Islands. Events will be supported by local bars, restaurants, caterers, retailers, and entertainers.

Toronto, ON, Canada: September 14-22

Toronto Beer Week 2012, which begins the day after the Toronto Film Festival ends, will take place at various locations in Toronto. Events will include meet-the-brewer events, brewery tours, beer-and-history walks, a homebrew competition, a "beer quest" event, beer dinners, pub crawls, and tasting flights.

Vancouver, BC, Canada: May 18-26

Vancouver's third annual Craft Beer Week will take place at various locations in metropolitan Vancouver. This celebration of craft beer culture in the region will consist of daily headline events, including the VCBW Beer Festival. Other events will include beer dinners, tap takeovers, pub crawls, rock concerts, meet-the-brewer nights, and a "Sisters of the Tap" session.

Washington, DC: August 12-18

The fourth annual D.C. Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, and restaurants throughout the nation's capital. This seven-day celebration of craft beer will include more than 180 events including a Potomac River cruise, beer dinners, special tastings, happy hours, and panel discussions.

Wilmington, DE: July 14-21

The second annual Wilmington Beer Week will take place at various locations in and around Wilmington, Delaware. This summer celebration of food and craft beer will showcase the city's breweries, beer bars, and restaurants. Events will include beer dinners, tap takeovers, meet-the-brewer events, special tastings, and a trivia quiz.