10-12: Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, Louisville, KY
Bisic Impact Group Festivals presents the Four Roses Bourbon Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, which will take place at Water Tower Park. This three-day, family-friendly event will feature a selection of beers, along with live music and a variety of barbecue styles from area smokehouses.
10-12: Seattle International Beer Festival, Seattle, WA
The 2015 Seattle International Beer Festival will be held at Fisher Pavilion & Lawn at Seattle Center. This three-day event will feature more than 200 beers from 16 countries, including rare, hard-to-find, and locally-brewed beers. Live bands are scheduled to perform all weekend. There will also be a Grande Beer Garden; food for purchase; a huge lawn for picnickers; and games, including darts, backgammon, checkers, chess, and cards. The festival is a benefit for PetCross.
11: Seven Sisters Fest, San Luis Obispo, CA
The third annual Seven Sisters Fest, a celebration of the region's homegrown culture, will be held at El Chorro Regional Park and Campground in San Luis Obispo. The Grand Beer Tasting, to be held Saturday afternoon, will feature beer from more than 40 craft breweries and wineries. All weekend long, there will also be eclectic music and dancing; outdoor activities; and food, retail, and art vendors. The festival benefits Woods Humane Society and the Infinite Music Foundation.
17-18: Cuddington Beer Festival, Worcester Park, England
The 2015 Cuddington Beer Festival will be held at Rowe Hall in Worcester Park. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 30 ales and 12 ciders. Food will be available for purchase. The festival is a fund-raiser for the 2nd Cuddington (Rowe) Scout Group.
The 12th anniversary Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show will be held at Victoria Park. This three-day event will feature more than 50 beers from over 15 Ontario breweries. There will also be food for purchase, including barbecued ribs and chicken, along with live entertainment. Admission is free, but attendees are urged to make a donation to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
17: The Grove Craft Beer & Wine Festival, Glenview, IL
The Grove, a nature preserve and National Historic Landmark, will host a Craft Beer & Wine Festival. This evening event will feature 70 beers, ciders, and wines, with 35 craft breweries represented. Many of the beers will be from the Chicago area. Local restaurants and food trucks will provide food for purchase. Festival-goers are invited to tour The Grove’s historic buildings and wildlife center. VIP tickets, with early admission and complimentary food, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Grove Heritage Association.
17-18: Vermont Brewers Festival, Burlington, VT
The Vermont Brewers Association presents the 23rd annual Vermont Brewers Festival. It will take place at Burlington's Waterfront Park, on the shore of Lake Champlain with the Adirondack Mountains in the background. This two-day, three-session event will feature nearly 200 beers from around 50 invited breweries, most of them from Vermont, the Northeast, and Canada. There will also be live entertainment, educational and "meet the brewer" programs, and food and merchandise vendors.
18.: Indiana Microbrewers Festival, Indianapolis, IN
The Brewers of Indiana Guild presents the 19th annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival, which will take place at Opti-Park in Broad Ripple in Indianapolis. This afternoon event will feature around 300 beers from dozens of breweries, most of them from Indiana and many with brewers in attendance. The beer lineup also includes a cask-conditioned table, with up to 16 firkins served on gravity; and a “replicale,” with Indiana breweries using a mutual recipe. There will also be live music, food for purchase, games, and door prizes.
18: Yellowstone Beer Fest, Cody, WY
The 2015 Yellowstone Beer Fest will be held on the lawn of the Park County Complex in Cody, the eastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. This afternoon event will feature beer from around 30 breweries from Wyoming and the West. Three live acts will perform, and food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be donated to local charities.
22-26: Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland, OR
The Oregon Brewers Guild and the Oregon Brew Crew present the 28th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, which will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. This five-day event features beer from 90 breweries invited by festival organizers, with each brewery sending one beer to the event. There will also be a Specialty Tent with 100 beers, and an International Tent showcasing beer from New Zealand. There will also be food and merchandise for purchase; industry exhibits by hop growers, homebrewers, breweriana collectors, and national beer writers; and live music throughout the weekend. In addition to the festival itself, there will be a Brewers Dinner and the Oregon Brewers Brunch & Parade that officially kicks off the festival.
24-August 3: Annafest, Forchheim, Germany
Annafest, the Festival of Saint Anne, was first held in Forchheim in 1446. This ten-day event takes place at the Kellerwald, which has a capacity of 30,000. There will be 23 beer gardens, live music on six stages, food from local restaurants, carnival rides, and family activities. The festival website is entirely in German.
24-25: Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival, Ypsilanti, MI
The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the 18th annual Summer Beer Festival, which will take place at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. This two-day event will feature more than 800 beers from over 90 Michigan-based breweries, with an emphasis on "big" and hard-to-find beers. There will also be hourly releases of special festival beers; live entertainment, including live bands and the "Drink Michigan Beer" Fight Song; and food and merchandise vendors.
24-26: Toronto's Festival of Beer, Toronto, ON, Canada
Toronto's Festival of Beer 2015, which organizers describe as "Canada's leading beer festival," will be held on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto. This three-day event will feature more than 300 beers from over 60 domestic and foreign breweries, including a special “World of Beer” pavilion featuring Irish beers. There will also be live music and other entertainment, brewmaster sessions, and food for purchase. During festival week, a number of satellite events will take place throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
25: GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival, Nashville, IN
The sixth annual GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival will be held on Valley Branch Road in Nashville. This all-day outdoor event will feature commercially-brewed and home-brewed beer from Indiana, along with local wines. Brewery representatives will be in attendance. Indiana musicians will perform, local artists will exhibit their works, and there will be games and activities. Hiking, fishing, and primitive tent camping are available at the festival site.
25: Milwaukee Brewfest, Milwaukee, WI
The sixth annual Milwaukee Brewfest will be held at the Old Coast Guard Pavilion in McKinley, a venue with a view of Lake Michigan. This late-afternoon event will feature beer from more than 100 American breweries, along with German, cider, and mead rows. There will be live music, food from local restaurants and vendors, a silent auction, and games. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.
26-27: Empire Brewfest, Syracuse, NY
The 2015 Empire Brewfest returns to Chevy Court on the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. This two-day event, which is sanctioned by the New York State Brewers Association, will feature beer from dozens of breweries, many of them from New York State. There will also be be live bands, food for purchase, and merchandise vendors.