The 2014 Yellowstone Beer Fest will be held on the lawn of the Park Country Complex in Cody. This afternoon event will feature a selection of beers brewed in Wyoming and a number of Western states. There will be live music, and food vendors will be on hand. The festival charity is Operation Finally Home, which serves wounded veterans.
11-12: Newt Beer Festival, North Newton, England
The 23rd annual Newt Beer Festival will be held at Mill Cottage in North Newton. The festival, which organizers describe as "the largest of its kind in Somerset," will feature more than 100 Real Ales. There will also be live bands performing on two stages; food, including cooked breakfast for campers and hot dogs and burgers for festival-goers; and the Yard of Ale competition.
12-13: Seven Sisters Fest, San Luis Obispo, CA
The second 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 30 craft breweries, along with a selection of artisan wines. There will also be eclectic music and dancing; outdoor activities; and food, retail, and art vendors. Two events, the Beermakers Bluegrass Ball and a barbecue and concert, will take place the evening before the tasting itself.
18-19: Vermont Brewers Festival, Burlington, VT
The Vermont Brewers Association presents the 22nd 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 over 40 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.
The 10th anniversary Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show will be held at Victoria Park. This three-day event will feature more than 50 Ontario-brewed beers. 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.
18-20: Poppy Line Beer Festival, Sheringham, England
The North Norfolk Railway presents the 2014 Poppy Line Beer Festival, which will take place at the Sheringham steam railway station. Recent editions of this rain-or-shine event have featured a selection of beers from East Anglia and the rest of the U.K., live entertainment, and hot and cold food at all sessions. There will be frequent service on the Bittern Line from Norwich via North Walsham and Cromer to Sheringham.
23-27: Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland, OR
The Oregon Brewers Guild and the Oregon Brew Crew present the 27th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, which will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. By tradition, this event features beer from more than 80 breweries, all of them invited by festival organizers. There will also be food for purchase; industry exhibits by hop growers, homebrewers, breweriana collectors, and national beer writers; live music throughout the weekend; and merchandise vendors. In addition to the festival itself, there will be a Brewers Dinner and the Oregon Brewers Brunch & Parade that officially kicks off the festival.
25-August 4: Annafest, Forchheim, Germany
Annafest, the Festival of Saint Anne, was first held in Forchheim in 1446. This ten-day festival 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.
25-26: Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival, Ypsilanti, MI
The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the 17th 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 80 Michigan-based breweries, with an emphasis on "big" and hard-to-find beers. There will also be include hourly releases of special festival beers; live entertainment, including live bands and the "Drink Michigan Beer" Fight Song; and food and merchandise vendors.
25-27: Toronto's Festival of Beer, Toronto, ON, Canada
Toronto's Festival of Beer 2014, which organizers describe as "Canada's leading beer festival," will be held on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto. Recent editions of this festival have featured more than 200 beers, Southern-style barbecue, live entertainment, and appearances by television personalities. During festival week, a number of satellite events will take place throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
26: GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival, Nashville, IN
The fifth annual GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival will be held at the eXplore Brown County/Valley Branch Paintball Retreat in Nashville. This all-day outdoor event will feature commercially-brewed and home-brewed beer from Indiana, along with local wines. Indiana musicians and artists will also be in attendance, and there will be games and activities. Hiking, fishing, and primitive tent camping are available at the festival site.
26: Lac du Flambeau Lions Club Brewfest, Lake Minocqua, WI
The Lac du Flambeau Lions Club presents the tenth annual Brewfest, which will take place in the pavilion at Torpy Park on the shores of Lake Minocqua. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 35 breweries, most of them from Wisconsin. Festival-goers are invited to vote for the People's Choice Award. There will also be live music; food for purchase, including bratwurst and hamburgers; and prize raffles. All proceeds will go to state and local charities.
TBA: Empire Brewfest, Syracuse, NY
The 2014 Empire Brewfest will be held in Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse. Recent editions of this evening event, which is sanctioned by the New York State Brewers Association, have featured around 300 beers, brewery representatives in attendance; and there will be tents dedicated to Belgian-style and cask-conditioned beer. In addition, there will will be live bands performing on two stages, brewing-related merchandise, and food from local restaurants.
TBA: Indiana Microbrewers Festival, Indianapolis, IN
The Brewers of Indiana Guild presents the 18th annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival, which will take place at Opti-Park in Broad Ripple in Indianapolis. Recent editions of the festival have featured more than 200 beers from more than 35 breweries, most of them from Indiana and many with brewers in attendance. The beer lineup will also include 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.