November 2014 Events

September 11-November 2: Helen Oktoberfest, Helen, GA

The Greater Helen Chamber of Commerce presents the 44th annual Helen Oktoberfest, which will take place in Alpine Helen, a Bavarian-style mountain village. Called "America's longest-running Oktoberfest" by organizers, it will take place September 11-14 and daily from September 18 through November 2. The festival venue is the Helen Festhalle, with bands from the United States and Europe, German beer and food, and dancing.

September 12-2 (weekends): Alpine Village Oktoberfest, Torrance, CA

Alpine Village, in Torrance, will host the 47th annual Oktoberfest. The celebration, which has been described as "Southern California's oldest and largest Oktoberfest-style celebration," will take place on Friday and Saturday (and some Sundays) under a massive tent. There will be German beer and food, along with oom-pah bands from Germany. Sundays are family days with kiddie jumpers, sweet treats, and games.

October 24-2: Austin Beer Week, Austin, TX

The fifth annual Austin Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues throughout Austin and the Hill Country. Headline events include a Brewers Bash and a Craft Pride Opening Party. There will be more than 100 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.

October 27-1: Norwich Beer Festival, Norwich, England

The Norwich & Norfolk Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 37th annual Norwich Beer Festival, which will take place at St. Andrew's and Blackfriars' Halls. This six-day festival will feature more than 200 Real Ales, along with 40 British ciders and perries and a selection of draft and bottled beers from Europe. There will also be live entertainment and tutored tastings. This year’s festival charity is The Hamlet Centre Trust.

October 29-1: Birmingham Beer & Cider Festival*, Birmingham, England

The Birmingham Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2014 Birmingham Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place in expanded quarters at The New Bingley Hall. This four-day event will feature more than 300 Real Ales, including many festival specials, along with 100 ciders and perries and a large selection of foreign beers. There will also be a live entertainment, in an area separate from the main beer hall; a wide range of food vendors; and a games area with darts and long-alley skittles.

October 29-2: Halloween Beer Festival at The Victoria, Clifton, England

The Victoria, a public house in Clifton, will host a Halloween Beer Festival. This five-day event will feature around 20 spookily-themed ales and ciders from around Britain, including several from the Dawkins Brewery.

October 29-1: Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, Sheffield, England

The Sheffield Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 40th annual Steel City Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at a new venue, the Kelham Island Industrial Museum. This four-day event will feature around 150 Real Ales. There will also be live music, food for purchase, pub games, and merchandise stalls.

October 30-1: Carlisle Beer Festival, Carlisle, England

The Solway branch of the Carlisle Beer Festival presents the 24th annual Carlisle Beer Festival, which will take place at the Hallmark Hotel. This three-day event will feature around 50 Real Ales, with an emphasis on ales from Cumbria, along with an expanded selection of ciders and perries. Food will be available for purchase. This year’s festival charity is Eden Valley Hospice.

October 30-1: Didsbury Beer Festival, England

The seventh annual Didsbury Beer Festival will be held under a marquee next to St Catherine's Social Club. This three-day event will feature more than 100 beers, ciders, and perries. There will be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. The festival is a fund-raiser for local charities.

October 30-1: Redhill Beer Festival, Mersham, England

The Surrey Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the tenth annual Redhill Beer Festival, which will take place at Merstham Village Hall. This three-day event will feature 72 beers, along with ten ciders and perries. Hot and cold food will be available for purchase.

October 30-2: South Normanton Beer & Cider Festival

The Mansfield & Ashfield Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the second annual Normanton Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at The Post Mill Center. This four-day event will feature more than 40 beers and ciders. There will also be live entertainment on Friday and Saturday.

October 31-9: NTX Beer Week, Dallas-Fort Worth and vicinity, TX

The 2014 NTX Beer Week will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across North Texas. A feature event of this year’s ten-day celebration will be the Brewers Ball. There will be many other events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, tours, meet-the-brewer events, appearances by beer celebrities, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks.

October 31-1: NYC Craft Beer Festival Autumn Harvest, New York, NY

The Autumn Harvest edition of the NYC Craft Beer Festival Autumn Harvest will be held at the Lexington 69th Regiment Armory. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 150 beers from 75 local and national craft breweries. There will also be an educational program, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival venue. VIP and Connoisseur tickets, with early admission and other benefits, are available. This year's festival charity is Cancer Ends With Me. 

October 31-1: Poole Beer Festival, Branksome, England

The East Dorset Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 16th annual Poole Beer Festival, which will take place at St Aldhelms Centre in Branksome. This two-day event will feature more than 85 Real Ales along with ciders, perries, and foreign beers. Snacks will be available, and there will be entertainment. The festival is a fund-raiser for Poole Hospital Charity.

October 31-1: What’s Brewing, Stavanger, Norway

What’s Brewing, Stavanger’s first-ever craft beer festival, will be held at Tou Scene. This two-day event will feature beer from more than 20 breweries. There will also be a homebrewing competition, educational and food and beer pairing programs, and five live musical acts each day.

1: All Colorado Beer Festival, Colorado Springs, CO

The 2014 All Colorado Beer Festival will be held at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center in Colorado Springs. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each beer from more than 70 Colorado breweries. There will also be a judged All-Colorado Beer Competition, along with live entertainment and food for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. The festival is a fund-raiser for several local charities.

1: Bluffton International and Craft Beer Festival, Bluffton, SC

Bear Foot Sports Festivals presents the fourth annual Bluffton International and Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at The Calhoun Street Promenade in downtown Bluffton. This afternoon event will feature more than 150 beers from over 60 domestic and foreign breweries. There will also be live music, a food court, and a vendor village. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Palmetto Animal League.

1: Fall Fest of Ale, Janesville, WI

The Janesville Kiwanis present the 12th annual Fall Fest of Ale, which will take place at the Holiday Inn Express in Janesville. Recent editions of this evening event have featured more than 100 beers from Wisconsin and Illinois breweries. There will also be live music and complimentary food from local restaurants. Proceeds will go toward Kiwanis charitable projects.

1: Field of Drafts, Lancaster, CA

The second annual Field of Drafts will be held at Lancaster Municipal Stadium, the home of the Lancaster Jethawks baseball team. This afternoon event will feature a selection of American craft beers (there were 30 last year). There will also be live entertainment and food for purchase, and football will be shown on the stadium's Jumbotron screen.

1: Island Brews and Chews, Isle of Palms, SC

The second annual Island Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festival will be held at Wild Dunes Resort, on the Isle of Palms. This late-afternoon event will feature a variety of local, regional and national craft beers. There will also be live entertainment, food from Charleston restaurants, and lawn games. Lodging and festival packages are available.

1: JCI Wisconsin Brew Bash, Appleton, WI

The 2014 JCI Wisconsin Brew Bash will be held at the Darboy Club in Appleton. This evening event will feature a variety of local, Wisconsin, and national craft beers. There will also be a prize drawing. Festival-goers are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to the annual St. Joseph’s Food Program. The festival is a fund-raiser for a number of JCI charities.

1: Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits, Lake Geneva, WI

The fifth annual Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits will be held at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 25 craft breweries. There will also be bourbon tasting on “Bourbon Street”, other spirits to sample, live entertainment, food sampling, a photo booth, and a silent auction benefitting the Friends of Big Foot Beach State Park.

1: Maine Brewers Festival, Portland, ME

The 21st annual Maine Brewers Festival will take place at the Portland Expo. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from about 20 Maine breweries along with live music, food and merchandise vendors, and prizes.

1-8: RVA Beer Week, Richmond, VA

RVA Beer Week 2014 will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in and around Richmond. The headline event of this eight-day celebration is the Autumn Bottom Brews Festival. There will be many 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.

1: Rio de Cerveza Brew Fest, Yuma, AZ

The Yuma Visitors Bureau will host the second annual Rio de Cerveza Brew Fest, which will take place at Desert Sun Stadium in Yuma. This event will feature a wide variety of craft beers from the Southwest. There will also be performances from local bands, and food vendors will also be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission and complimentary food, are available. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Yuma Community Foundation’s Veterans Fund.

1-8: Wilmington Beer Week, Wilmington, DE

Out & About magazine presents the fourth annual Wilmington Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, and other venues in and around Wilmington. The headline event will be a Kickoff Party at the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. Other events will include prix-fixe dinners, tap takeovers, meet-the-brewer events, and special tastings.

2: Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, Nashville, TN

Trigger Agency presents the Nashville edition of the 2014 Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival. It will take place at the Municipal Auditorium. This afternoon event will feature 60 beers and 40 bourbons; rock and blues music; a wide range of barbecue selections; seminars led by master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters; a cigar tent; games and contests; and merchandise for sale. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

6-9: Liverpool Themed Beer Festival, Liverpool, England

The The Lych Gate Tavern, in the center of Wolverhampton, will host the Liverpool Themed Beer Festival. This four-day event will feature more than 40 ales, with 23 available at all times, along with seven ciders. Hot scouse stew and cold snacks will be available for purchase. 

7: Autos and Ales, Hershey, PA

The AACA Museum, one of the world's premier auto museums, will host the the fifth annual Autos and Ales. This evening event, to be held among the museum's antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles, will feature beer from regional microbreweries. There will also be live music and other entertainment, homebrewing and cooking with beer demonstrations, food and merchandise vendors, door prizes, and a charity raffle.

7-8: McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival, Springfield, OR

The third annual McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Willamalane Event Center in Springfield. This two-day event will feature beer and cider from more than 60 craft breweries and ciders. There will also be live entertainment, food for purchase from local restaurants, and a vendors' marketplace. The festival is a benefit for Bags of Love.

7-16: San Diego Beer Week, San Diego County, CA

The sixth annual San Diego Beer Week will take place at various locations breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in San Diego County. The headline event of this ten-day celebration is the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival. There will be more than 500 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.

7-8: San Diego Brewers Guild Festival, San Diego, CA

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the 12th annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival, which returns to The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. This event, which has been expanded to two days, will feature beer from more than 50 San Diego breweries. There will also be live entertainment, along with food for purchase from restaurants and food trucks. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary food, are available.

7-8: Woking Beer Festival, Woking, England

The Surrey/Hants Borders Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 21st annual Woking Beer Festival, which will take place at the Woking Leisure Centre. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 70 Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders and imported beers. Food will be served, and the entertainment will include Len Rawle, M.B.E., playing the Wurlitzer organ.

8: BevMo! Holiday Beerfest, San Francisco, CA

The Night That Never Ends presents the 2014 BevMo! Holiday Beerfest, which will take place at Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center. This evening event will feature more than 200 holiday, seasonal, and special beers from over 100 breweries from around the world, along with a selection of ciders. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

8: Boulder IPA Fest, Boulder, CO

Avery Brewing Company will host the third annual Boulder IPA Fest. This afternoon event will feature traditional and experimental India pale ales from around the country, along with live music.

8: Brew Your Cask Off, Atlanta, GA

SweetWater Brewery, in Atlanta, will host Brew Your Cask Off 2014. This is an evening event. The brewery has invited around 90 special guests--including homebrewers and local celebrities--to create a one-of-a-kind cask ale under the direction of SweetWater's brewers. These ales, along with SweetWater's regular lineup of beers, will be served at the festival; the brewery will be open for tours; and food will be available.

8: Bright Leaf Brew Fest, Danville, VA

The seventh annual Bright Leaf Brew Fest will be held at the historic Community Market in Danville. This afternoon/evening event will feature more than 100 beers, along with live entertainment and food and merchandise for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary meal, are available. This year’s festival charity is the Danville Cancer Association.

8: Heavy Seas Chili & Cheese Festival, Halethorpe, MD

Heavy Seas Beer, in Halethorpe, will host a Chili & Cheese Festival. This afternoon event will feature at least a dozen Heavy Seas beers, both on tap and from firkins. There will also be chili from ten Baltimore-area restaurants, a selection of cheeses from around the world, a selection of other foods, and live music.

8: Huddle Park Beer Fest 2, Johannesburg, South Africa

Huddle Park Beer Fest 2 will be held in Huddle Park in northeastern Johannesburg. This daytime outdoor event will feature a variety of beers, including South African craft beers. There will also be entertainment on two stages, local food and home industry vendors, and a children’s area. Proceeds will go towards maintenance of the park.

8: International Great Beer Expo: Long Island, Elmont, NY

Starfish Junction Productions presents the seventh annual International Great Beer Expo: Long Island, which will take place at Belmont Park Racetrack in Elmont. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 100 beers from over 50 breweries from around the world, with at least 15 countries represented. There will also be an educational program, and food will be available for purchase.

8: Lowcountry Hoedown, Charleston, SC

Gusto Group LLC presents the third annual Lowcountry Hoedown, which will take place at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed. This evening event will feature beer from Charleston's Holy City Brewery; bourbon and moonshine from 30 distilleries; Southern food, including barbecue; and bluegrass music and dancing. 

8: Michigan Food, Beer, and Wine Fest, Flint, MI

Townsquare Media of Flint presents the third annual Michigan Food, Beer, and Wine Fest, which will take place at a new venue, the Flint Farmers Market. This evening event will feature more than 100 Michigan-brewed beers and 60 Michigan wines, along with a variety of food vendors. Medals will be awarded in the beer, wine, and food categories. There will be live music in the market’s atrium. Part of the proceeds will support the Farmers Market and United Way of Genesee County.

8: Phinney Neighborhood Association Winter Beer Taste, Seattle, WA

The Phinney Neighborhood Association presents the 27th annual Winter Beer Taste, which will take place at the Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle. This evening event, sponsored by the 74th Street Ale House, will feature beer from 30 Northwest breweries. Pub-style snacks will be served, and there will be a silent auction for breweriana. Preview Tasting tickets, with early admission, are available.

13-15: Belfast Beer & Cider Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 15th annual Belfast Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at restored Ulster Hall. Last year’s festival featured nearly 100 Real Ales, along with a selection of ciders and perries; live music from local artists; tutored tasting sessions; food for purchase; and pub games. The festival is a fund-raiser for charity.

13-15: Medway Beer Festival, Chatham, England

The 2014 Medway Beer Festival will be held at the Stanley Ballroom in Chatham. This three-day event will feature around 50 Real Ales, along with 20 ciders (including the "bus" range), 100 draft and bottled Belgian beers, and a selection of wines. There will be live music each day, and hot food will be available for purchase.

14: Birds and Brew, Mattapan, M

The fourth annual Birds and Brew will be held at Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center in Mattapan. This evening event will feature beer from local breweries, live music, live bird demonstrations, pub food, and trivia contests. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Nature Center's education programs.

14-15: Cheshire Beer Festival 2014, Chester, England

The Chester & South Clwyd branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, along with the county’s other CAMRA branches, present Cheshire Beer Festival 2014. This event, known in past years as the Chester Real Ale Festival, will take place at the Chester Roodee Racecourse. It will feature more than 100 beers, many of them brewed in Chester, along with over 20 ciders and perries. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.

14-15: Otley Beer Festival, England

The Otley R.A.T.S. (Real Ale Tasting Society) presents the 14th annual Otley Beer Festival, which will take place at the Otley Rugby Club. This event, which has been expanded to two days, will feature around 60 Real Ales, many of them from Yorkshire breweries, along with Real Ciders and perries and beer from around the world. There will also be live entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to local charities.

14-15: Saltburn Beer Festival, Saltburn, England

The Cleveland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the fifth annual Saltburn Beer Festival, which will take place at the Community & Arts Centre. This two-day event will feature 36 Real Ales along with a selection of ciders, perries, and local fruit wines. Recent editions of this festival have also included hot food, snacks, soft drinks, a CAMRA stand, and a tombola.

14: SBN's Local Craft Brewfest, Boston, MA

The Sustainable Business Network's fifth annual Local Craft Brewfest will be held at the Moakley U.S. Courthouse at Fort Point on Boston's waterfront. This evening event will feature more than 80 selections, including the products of breweries, meaderies, cideries, and food producers. Brewers will be in attendance, and there will be live music and entertainment. The Brewfest is affiliated with and is a major fundraiser for the Boston Local Food Festival.

15: Attack of the Big Beers, Charlotte, NC

The inaugural Attack of the Big Beers, Charlotte's High Gravity Beer Festival, will be held at NODA. There will be afternoon and evening sessions, each with a selection of more than 100 high-gravity beers, with an emphasis on Belgian- and North Carolina-brewed beers. Professional brewers will compete for the Brewzilla Cup; and every 45 minutes, a mobile infuser will partner with participating brewers. There will be live entertainment, including a DJ, aerial acrobatics, yoga, and hooping.

15: Bayou Beer Fest, Houma, LA

The second annual Bayou Beer Fest will be held at Southdown Plantation in Houma. This afternoon event will feature more than 150 craft beers, and every brewery in Louisiana has been invited to pour. Food will be available for purchase, and vehicles from the Regional Military Museum will be on display. Proceeds will benefit local veterans' organizations.

15-16: Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer, Chicago, IL

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild presents the 12th annual Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer. This event, which has been expanded to two days, will take place in a new venue, the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion. There will be three tasting sessions, each with 300 barrel-aged beers from 90 breweries. This year’s event will include Barricale, with barrel-aged beers from 20 Illinois breweries. A judged competition will be held; and medals will awarded in 11 categories, along with a “Best of Show” award.

15: Ponce de Leon Beer Festival, Atlanta, GA

The 2014 Ponce de Leon Beer Festival will be held at the Yaarab Shrine Temple in Atlanta. This afternoon event will feature a variety of beer from more than 30 breweries, including special festival beers. There will be live music on two stages, and food vendors will be on hand. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available. Proceeds will go to Shriners Children's Hospital.

15: Treasure Coast Beer Fest, Port St. Lucie, FL

BeerWorks Charitable Foundation presents the seventh annual Treasure Coast Beer Fest, which returns to the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 130 breweries. There will also be a judged homebrew competition, and food vendors will be on hand. A “River of Beers” food and beer pairing will take place at Santa Lucia River Club the evening before the festival itself. Proceeds will be donated to several charities.

20-23: Waterloo Beer Festival, Merseyside, England

The Liverpool Organic Brewery presents the 2014 Waterloo Beer Festival, which will take place at Old Christ Church in Merseyside. This four-day, six-session event will feature more than 200 Real Ales and Real Ciders, along with a selection of lagers and continental beers. There will also be live music, and locally-sourced food will be available for purchase.

21-22: Beer Summit Harvest Fest, Boston, MA

BeerSummit.com presents the 2014 Beer Summit Harvest Fest, which will take place at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 200 domestic and imported beers, with an emphasis on autumn seasonals, from over 60 breweries. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Greg Hill Foundation.

21-December 23: Denver Christkindl Market, Denver, CO

The German Cultural Foundation of the Rocky Mountains and the German American Chamber of Commerce–Colorado Chapter present the 13th annual Denver Christkindl Market. It will take place downtown at Skyline Park. This centuries-old traditional Christmas market will feature vendors selling high-quality gift items; German-style beer and warm Glühwein; food, including bratwurst, potato pancakes, goulash and apple strudel; and entertainment, featuring community and high school groups singers and performers.

21-22: Grand Tasting at Vancouver's Hopscotch Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Foodconnect.com presents the 18th annual Vancouver's Hopscotch Festival. The festival's headline event, the two-day Grand Tasting, will be held at the PNE Forum. It will feature more than 400 products from over 125 exhibitors, including beer, wine, and spirits, along with food samples and full dinners from local restaurants. Satellite events will be held at venues in and around Vancouver during the week; in past years, they have included special tastings, brewery tours, and beer and whiskey dinners.

22: Great Brews Classic Beer Festival, Lake Harmony, PA

The Split Rock Resort and Golf Club, in Lake Harmony, will host the 24th annual Great Brews Classic Beer Festival. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with a variety of domestic craft beers (there were 30 in recent years), along with an educational program, live music, contests and prizes, and food and craft vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

22: Ozarks Beerfest, Springfield, MO

The sixth annual Ozarks Beerfest will be held at the Springfield Exposition Center. This afternoon event will feature more than 185 beers from Midwestern microbreweries and distributors. There will also be live music, and food from local restaurants will be available for purchase. VIP tickets, with early admission and exclusive breakout sessions, are available. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

22: South Florida BrewFest, North Miami, FL

The third annual South Florida BrewFest will be held at the Kovens Conference Center on Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami. This afternoon event, to be led by FIU hospitality management students, will feature more than 100 craft beers from a variety of breweries, brewpubs, and homebrewers. Brewers will be in attendance, there will also be an educational program. Food will be available for purchase.

22: Washington D.C. Craft Beer Festival Winter Harvest, Washington, DC

The Winter Harvest edition of the Washington D.C. Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 150 beers from 75 local and national craft breweries. There will also be an educational program, and food and merchandise vendors will be at the festival venue. VIP and Connoisseur tickets, with early admission and other benefits, are available. This year's festival charity is One Brick.

27-29: Dudley Winter Ales Festival, Dudley, England

The Dudley Branch of the Campaign for Real Ales presents the 2014 Dudley Winter Ales Festival, which will take place at the Dudley Town Hall. This three-day event, sponsored by Holdens Brewery, will feature a selection of Real Ales, with an emphasis on stronger ales. Traditional ciders, perries, and foreign bottled beers will available. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and a breweriana auction.

28-30: Cape Town Festival of Beer, Cape Town, South Africa

The fifth annual Cape Town Festival of Beer will be held on the grounds of Hamilton's Rugby Club. This three-day event, which organizers describe as "the largest festival of beer in the Southern Hemisphere," will feature more than 200 beers from over 60 breweries, including festival specials. There will also be style and category competitions, master classes, live music, food for purchase, games, raffles, and rugby matches on television on Saturday.

29: Philadelphia Winter Beer Festival, Philadelphia, PA

The 2014 Philadelphia Winter Beer Festival returns to the 23rd Street Armory. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 100 beers, including strong and spiced winter ales. There will also be food for purchase, and merchandise vendors will be on hand.