May 2015 Events

1-2: St. Louis Microfest, St. Louis, MO

The 20th annual St. Louis Microfest will be held in the Upper Muny Lot in Forest Park. This two-day, three-session event will feature beer from more than 80 domestic and foreign breweries. There will also be live music, cooking demonstrations and brewing discussions, food for purchase, and a silent auction. VIP Experience tickets, with catered food and a special selection of beers and wines, are available. The festival is a benefit for the Lift for Life Gym.

1-10: Madison Craft Beer Week, Madison, WI

Madison Craft Beer Week 2015 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Madison. This ten-day, two-weekend celebration will promote Madison's craft beer culture and educate people about it. The headline event is a Cask Ale Festival. There will be many other events, 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.

1-2: Calgary International Beerfest, Calgary, AB, Canada

Sobeys Liquors presents the 11th annual Calgary International Beerfest, which will be held in Halls C, D, and E of the BMO Centre, on the grounds of Stampede Park. This two-day event will feature more than 700 beers from over 80 domestic and international breweries. Festival-goers are invited to vote for the "People's Choice" awards. There will also be an educational program, live entertainment, and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. The festival charity is Autism, Aspergers Friendship Society.

1-3: Gateshead Beer Festival, Gateshead, England

The Gateshead Rugby Football Club presents the sixth annual Gateshead Beer Festival, which will take place on the club’s grounds. Recent editions of this three-day event have featured more than 150 beers from all over the country, with an emphasis on locally-brewed beer, along with over 25 ciders and a cava bar; live music; food for purchase; and a heated marquee and clubhouse lounge and bar in case of bad weather.

2: Brewhibition, Knoxville, TN

Superfly Fabulous Events presents the inaugural Brewhibition, Knoxville’s Spring Craft Beer Festival. It will be held at Old City Courtyard. This event, which celebrates the end of Prohibition and Tennessee’s craft breweries, will feature beer from more than 20 breweries, along with a variety of beer cocktails and mixed and infused drinks. There will also be live music and entertainment, including a 1920s costume contest.

2: Legendary Boonville Beer Festival, Boonville, CA

The Anderson Valley Brewing Company presents the 19th annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival. It will take place at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in the brewery's hometown of Boonville. This is an open-air event, held in the scenic Anderson Valley, with more than 100 beers from over 50 breweries, most of them from California and the West. There will also be live music and dancing, along with food and merchandise vendors. On-site camping is available. All proceeds will go to local non-profit organizations.

2: Rochester Craft Beer Expo, Rochester, MN

Chop Liver LLC presents the fourth annual Rochester Craft Beer Expo, which will take place at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 60 breweries. There will be an educational program, and festival-goers are invited to vote for the People's Choice award. In addition, there will be an educational program, and food will be available for purchase.

2: Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival, Tinley Park, IL

The Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce presents the fifth annual Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival, which will take place at the Convention Center. This afternoon/evening event will feature beer from more than 20 breweries and wines from a dozen wineries. There will also be live entertainment, gourmet food for purchase, and local artisans.

2: Wild West Brewfest, Katy, TX

The Katy Rotary Club presents the fourth annual Wild West Brewfest, which will take place at the Villagio Town Center. Last year’s festival was an afternoon event with beer from 25 craft breweries, live music, a homebrewing competition, food for purchase, and games. VIP tickets, with early admission and complimentary food, are available. There will be a Launch Party the day before the festival itself. Proceeds will to go to local charities.

7-10: Middle Earth Beer Festival, Hurst Green, England

The seventh Middle Earth Beer Festival will be held at Hurst Green Memorial Hall. This four-day event honors JRR Tolkien, who was a frequent visitor to Stonyhurst College in Hurst Green. It will feature more than 40 Real Ales and ciders. There will also be live music, family entertainment, craft demonstrations, and craft stalls.

9: Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa and Beer Tasting, Petaluma, CA

The Cinnabar Theater Young Repertory Company presents the 18th annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa and Beer Tasting, which will take place at Herzog Hall in Behren's Park on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. This afternoon event will feature beer from 15 Bay Area and West Coast microbreweries. Fifty-five teams will prepare chilis and salsas and take part in a judged competition. There will also be live entertainment. The festival is a fund-raiser for the theater's children's programs.

9: San Francisco International Beer Festival, San Francisco, CA

The 32nd annual San Francisco International Beer Festival will be held in the Festival Pavilion at San Francisco's Fort Mason. This evening event will feature hundreds of beers from over 100 breweries from around the world, along with food from some of San Francisco's best restaurants. Brewmaster tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Proceeds will go to the teaching and learning programs at the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School.

11-17: American Craft Beer Week, nationwide

The Brewers Association presents American Craft Beer Week 2015, 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.

16: Charleston Beer Garden, Mt. Pleasant, SC

The Gusto Group presents the fourth annual Charleston Beer Garden, which will take place at a new venue, The Grove at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant. This afternoon/evening event, known as “Charleston’s largest pop-up beer garden,” will feature “an epic lineup” of craft beers, some of them locally brewed. There will also be live music, a Homebrewers' Village, beer games, and food for purchase.

23: Westside Fest, Asheville, NC

Superfly Fabulous Events presents the second annual Westside Fest, which will take place in the Urban Orchard Cider Company courtyard in West Asheville. This family-friendly afternoon event, which is part of Asheville Craft Beer Week, will feature beer from a variety of breweries from the region, along with apple cider and non-alcoholic Kombucha. There will also be food for purchase, including barbecue and craft beer ice cream.

24: Bracknell Ale & Wine Festival, Bracknell, England

The Bracknell Town Football Club presents the 2015 Bracknell Ale & Wine Festival, which will take place at the club’s grounds. This all-day, football-themed event will feature more than 20 Real Ales, along with a selection of local wines and ciders. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. CAMRA members will be admitted free.

29-June 7: Philly Beer Week, Philadelphia, PA

The eighth 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 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.

30: International Great Beer Expo: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Starfish Junction Productions presents the seventh annual International Great Beer Expo: Philadelphia, which will take place at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. This afternoon event will be held under a heated tent on the Marine Parade Grounds. It will feature more than 200 beers from over 100 domestic and foreign breweries, with 25 countries represented. There will also be a beer education program, food and merchandise vendors, and a special celebrity guest. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival charity is the Committee to Benefit the Children.

22-25: Stockton Beer Festival, Stockton, England

The Stockton Beer Festival Committee presents the third annual Stockton Beer Festival, which will take place at various venues in town, including the Nelson Club, The Crown Inn, and The Barley Mow. Participating establishments will serve a variety of beers and ciders, and there will be entertainment throughout the weekend.