March 2015 Events

February 21-5: Portsmouth Beer Week, Portsmouth, NH

2BeerGuys presents the sixth 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.

February 27-1: Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, Dublin, Ireland

The third annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair will be held at the Convention Centre Dublin. This three-day event will feature a host of local and international craft beers, along with local culinary offerings. Food experts will be in attendance. There will also be a variety of musical entertainment.

6-7: Edmonton International Beer Fest, Edmonton, AB, Canada

The 2015 Edmonton International Beer Fest will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre. This two-day event will feature more than 200 beers, with Edmonton's most popular beer-serving establishments represented. Ten live bands are scheduled to perform. "Ale Pass" tickets, with early admission, are available.

6-8: Braukunst Live!, Munich, Germany

Finest Spirits presents the fourth annual Braukunst Live!, which will take place at in the MVG-Museum in Munich. This three-day event will feature beer from 100 breweries from Germany, Europe, and the U.S., along with a selection of whiskeys. There will also be a Braukunst Live! Academy educational program with open-stage discussions and special tasting sessions (extra admission charge).

6: Glass City Beer Fest, Toledo, OH

The ninth annual Glass City Brew Fest will be held in Hall 2 at the Lucas County Recreation Center in Toledo. This evening event will feature more than 100 domestic and imported beers. Food will be available, and there will be live music. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. All proceeds will go to The Arc of Lucas County and the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation.

7: Brewer's Ball, Washington, DC

The 11th annual Brewer's Ball will take place at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. This evening event, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will feature beer from more than 30 microbreweries from the region; food from 20 of Washington's top restaurants; live entertainment; and a silent auction for travel, one-of-a-kind experiences, and other items.

7: Cape Fear Beer Fest, Wilmington, NC

The Downtown Business Alliance presents the fifth annual Annual Cape Fear Beer Fest, which will take place at the Convention Center in Wilmington. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 American beers and ciders, along with a selection of wines. There will also be food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Cape Fear Casks, a tasting of rare cask-only beers, will take place the evening before the festival itself at Ironclad Brewery.

7: Cider Summit, Chicago, IL

SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective present the third annual Cider Summit, which will take place in a larger venue, the Grand Ballroom at the Navy Pier in Chicago. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 120 domestic and imported ciders. There will also be food pairings, cider associations’ display booths, and an event store. The festival will benefit The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association and Heartland Alliance.

7: Cleveland Winter Warmer Festival, Cleveland, OH

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association presents the ninth Cleveland Winter Warmer Festival, which will take place at the Windows on the River in Cleveland. This afternoon event will feature winter, limited-edition, and other popular beers from more than 40 Ohio breweries. Blues artist Austin Walkin' Cane will perform, and food trucks will be at the festival venue. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Association.

7: Fargo Bacon & Beer Festival, Fargo, ND

Bernie's Wines & Liquors and Forum Communications present the 2015 Fargo Bacon & Beer Festival, which will take place at Scheels Arena. This event has been expanded to include afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each of which will feature more than 100 beers. Fargo-area restaurants will compete for the festival's "Squealer Award," and there will be live entertainment. The price of admission includes six bacon samples. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of bacon, are available.

7: Naples Craft Beer Fest, Naples, FL

The 2015 Naples Beer Fest will be held on the Bayfront in Naples. This afternoon event, which is a fund-raiser for the Naples North Rotary Club, will feature a wide variety of American beers, along with live entertainment. Local restaurants will provide complimentary food samples. Festival-goers are invited to vote for the best beer and food pairing, and brewery representatives will choose the best beer of the festival.

7: Taste of Brews Twilight Tasting, Santa Ana, CA

Taste of Brews presents the 2015 Taste of Brews Twilight Tasting, which will take place at Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana. This evening event will feature a selection of spring seasonal and limited-edition craft beers, along with wines. There will also be musical entertainment, a charity auction, and food for purchase. The price of admission includes access to the museum’s World War II planes and other exhibits. “Early Bird” tickets are available. Proceeds will go to several local charities.

7-15: Tampa Bay Beer Week, Tampa Bay Area, FL

The fourth 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 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.

7-15: Victoria Beer Week, Victoria, BC, Canada

The Victoria Beer Week Society presents the 2015 Victoria Beer Week. It will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Victoria. This nine-day celebration will kick off with a Cask Night at the Victoria Public Market. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, an educational program, meet-the-brewer events, release parties, tap takeovers, and tastings.

11-14: Brazilian Beer Festival, Blumenau, Brazil

The 2015 Brazilian Beer Festival will be held at Parque Vila Germanica in Blumenau. Recent editions of this four-day event have featured more than 500 beers, including more than 200 from Brazil; an educational program; rock, blues, Celtic, and samba music; and dozens of food choices. The festival website is entirely in Portuguese.

13: Friday the Firkenteenth, Philadelphia, PA

Friday the Firkenteenth, held at the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, is a Friday the 13th tradition that dates back to 1998. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 25 firkins of cask-conditioned beer. This is the only known beer event in the world whose frequency and timing are entirely at the mercy of the calendar.

13-14: NYC American Craft Beer Festival, New York, NY

The Hand Crafted Tasting Company presents the 2015 “Spring Seasonals" edition of the NYC American Craft Beer Festival. It will take place at the Lexington Avenue Armory in Manhattan. This two-day, three-session event will feature around 150 craft beers from 75 American breweries, including some limited-release beers. There will also be an educational program, food for purchase, and merchandise vendors. VIP and Connoisseur tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival charity is One Brick.

14: Gate City Brewfest, Pocatello, ID

The fifth annual Gate City Brewfest will take place at 15 locations in Old Town Pocatello. This afternoon event will feature more than 70 beers, along with live music and food for purchase. A free trolley service will operate around the area.

14: Kona Brewers Festival, Kailua-Kona, HI

The 20th annual Kona Brewers Festival will be held on the beach and luau grounds at King Kamehameha's Courtyard Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona. This afternoon event will feature beer from 40 breweries from around the country, including Hawaiian breweries. There will also be live entertainment, island cuisine prepared by 40 Hawaii chefs. Other weekend events include a homebrew competition, a beer dinner, a golf tournament, a benefit cruise, and a Walk/Run for Hops race. The festival benefits Big Island cultural end environmental organizations.

14: Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival, Jackson, MI

Grand River Brewery and Experience Jackson present the fifth annual Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival, which will take place at the American 1 Events Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. This afternoon event will feature more than 150 domestic and imported beers. There will also be live entertainment, food for purchase, and games.

14: Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest, Suwanee, GA

The fifth annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest will be held at Town Center Park in the heart of Suwanee. This afternoon event will feature more than 250 beers, including special festival beers, from over 100 breweries. Brewery representatives will be on hand. There will also be a homebrew competition, live music from local artists, and food for purchase. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Kingdom Kids.

20-21: Beer Festival at SIBA BeerX, Sheffield, England

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) presents BeerX 2015, which will take place at IceSheffield. This two-day event will feature more than 250 award-winning beers, served at a 30-meter-long bar. There will also be a variety of live entertainment, Six Nations Rugby on a giant television screen, and a selection of street food for purchase.

20-21: Atlantic City Beer Festival, Atlantic City, NJ

Good Time Tricycle Productions presents the tenth annual Atlantic City Beer Festival, which will take place at the Atlantic City Convention Center. This a two-day, three-session event will feature more than 1,000 beers, including special releases, from over 150 breweries; and brewery representatives will be in attendance. There will also be live music, including headline acts; an educational program; food from local restaurants; a viewing area for college basketball; interactive games; and merchandise vendors.

21: Firkfest—Cask Ale Festival and Chili Cookoff, Anaheim, CA

Inspire Artistic Minds presents the 2015 edition of Firkfest—Cask Ale Festival and Chili Cookoff, which will take place at Farmers Park in Anaheim. This afternoon event will feature more than 50 cask-conditioned ales from 35 of southern California’s best breweries. In addition, ten local chefs will compete in a chili cook-off. Food will be available for purchase.

21: Great American BBQ & Beer Festival, Chandler, AZ

Bashas' presents the fifth annual Great American BBQ & Beer Festival, which will take place at Dr. AJ Chandler Park in downtown Chandler. This all-day event will feature 200 kegs of craft-brewed beer, along with barbecue vendors selling more than 20,000 pounds of ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and chicken. Twelve bands will perform on two stages; and there will also exhibitors, a kids' zone, and games and contests. Part of the proceeds will benefit The Boot Campaign.

21: MarchFest, Nelson, New Zealand

Dead Good Beer Events presents MarchFest 2015, which will take place Nelson's Founders Heritage Park. (Nelson claims the title of New Zealand’s craft-brewing capital.) This event will feature beer from more than 15 New Zealand craft breweries, including special festival beers, along with a selection of ciders and wines. There will be "Brew Zone" talks and demonstrations, food and beer pairings, live music, food stalls, and a kids’ zone.

28: All Ale to the Queen—Beer Carnival, Charlotte, NC

Superfly Fablous Events presents the second annual All Ale to the Queen—Beer Carnival, which will take place at a new venue, Amos’ Southend in Charlotte. This event, which closes Charlotte Craft Beer Week, consists of afternoon and evening tasting sessions. There will be dozens of beers, many of them from North Carolina, along with mixed drinks and infused beverages. The entertainment lineup includes a DJ, carnival acts, costumed performer, and a King and Queen Competition. This year’s charity is the North Carolina Wildlife Foundation.

28: Beers On The Boards, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

The Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce presents Beers on the Boards IV, which will take place at Martell’s Tiki Bar. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from more than 35 breweries, most of them from New Jersey and neighboring states. The price of admission includes a beer-inspired buffet, with food cooked in beer; and there will also be a cooking demonstration.

28: Border Beer Fest, Laredo, TX

Shocktop presents the fourth annual Border Beer Fest, which will take place at the Laredo Energy Arena. This evening event will feature a variety of beers from around the world (there were more than 100 in recent years), and attendees are invited to vote for their favorite. There will also be live music, food from local establishments, and an educational session on pairing beer and food.

28: Heidel House Brew Fest, Green Lake, WI

Heidel House Resort & Spa, in Green Lake, will host its 2015 Brew Fest. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 100 Wisconsin-brewed beers, with brewery representatives on hand. There will be live entertainment, and appetizers will be served.

28: Roswell Beer Festival, Roswell, GA

The 2015 Roswell Beer Festival will be held at historic Town Square Park. This afternoon event, which benefits the Star House Foundation Charity, will feature more than 250 craft beers. Two live bands will perform, and Roswell restaurants will offer food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

28: Smugglers' Notch Brewfest, Part 2, Jeffersonville, VT

Smugglers' Notch, a ski resort in Jeffersonville, will host Part 2 of its 20th annual Brewfest. This evening event, to be held in the Meeting House, will feature local and regional beers, ciders, and wines, along with DJ music and appetizers from the resort's Mountain Grille.