Who needs plenty of fish in the sea when there are thousands of beers in America? This year, the US surpassed 5,000 breweries across the 50 states meaning there are literally tens of thousands of beers you could be out enjoying. Instead of desperately swiping left or right alone on your futon, why not spend 2017 looking for your perfect draft, bottled or canned match instead. The best part? Beer always swipes right back.
Getting to know all those beers requires a bit of speed dating however. Lucky for you, 2017 has some pretty epic beer festivals, conferences and generally boozy events lined up to help you on your quest.
7 Events Beer Lovers Need On Their 2017 Calendars
San Francisco Beer Week (https://www.sfbeerweek.org/)
San Francisco, California | February 10th-19th, 2017
The bay area may be famous for its technology, but its role in innovation started way before Twitter and Facebook. In fact, it was a hotbed of creativity in the craft brew renaissance ever since Anchor Steam and Sierra Nevada brewing Co’s got their starts there in the 1960’s and ’70s. That’s probably why the city decided it needs an entire week to pay tribute to all the brewery brilliance coming out of Ray Ban Outlet its port. From tastings, food pairings and even family friendly events, SF Beer Week is held across the city and in hundreds of participating venues.
- There is no single event ticket or registration. Instead, the cost of individual events is set by the host venue or producer. However, many events are ‘pay as you go,’ meaning free to attend, but you pay for any beer or food you consume.
Washington D.C. | June 2nd-3rd, 2017
Savor touts itself as a champion of craft beers and microbreweries, giving the more than 96 percent of today’s breweries that produce less than 15,000 barrels of beer a year a chance to showcase their stuff alongside some bomb food. 2017 will be Savor’s 10th annual event and provides an opportunity for 4,000 attendees to discover craft beers produced by emerging small and independent breweries.
- At $135/night for access to the grand tasting room, it cost a pretty penny to drink these craft beers. However, the opportunity to sample ales unavailable to you otherwise guarantees a sell out every year.
Homebrew Con (http://www.homebrewcon.org/)
Minneapolis, Minnesota | June 15th-17th, 2017
Homebrewing may just be the hippest thing to happen in America since handlebar mustaches and Arcade Fire. It has gained so much popularity even our president has gotten in on the game. Homebrew Con gathers all you crafty sud makers in one place for three days to share ideas, brewing methods and of course, a crap ton of homebrewed ales. Packed with workshops, panels and hands on lessons for everyone ranging from brewmaster to brew noobs, there’s something for everyone interested in crafting their own ales at Homebrew Con.
- At $190-$290 a ticket, it’s the most expensive event on our list, but also provides a lot more educational value than your average beer fest or craft competition.
Oregon Brewfest (http://www.oregonbrewfest.com/)
Portland, Oregon | July 26th-30th, 2017:
There are over 130 breweries in the Portland Metro Area alone. That’s a lot of beer. For 30 years, droves of draft lovers and hop hippies have congregated on the banks of the Willamette River underneath the Portland Skyline in an attempt to honor as many Antillen of those brews as possible. Over five days, more than 80,000 people from around the world attend this iconic Brewfest, and it looks pretty legend to us too.
- Best part about cheap nfl jerseys wholesale the Oregon Brewers Festival? It’s free to attend. In order to consume beer, the purchase of that year’s signature “souvenir tasting mug” is required and costs $7.
Great Taste of the Midwest (https://greattaste.org/)
Madison, Wisconsin | 2017 Date TBD (2016’s event was on August 13th)
This consistently sold-out event has been showcasing what Midwest breweries have to offer for over 30 years. With 200+ breweries, 1,200+ craft brews and a registration limited at 6,000 people, this one-day celebration of hops and barley is not for profit and put on by the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild . So raise your glass and some money, it’s for a great cause.
- Tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest were $60 in 2016 and sold out fast.
Great American Beer Fest (https://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/)
Denver, Colorado | October 5th-7th, 2017
The end-all-be-all beer event in the United States take place in Denver, Colorado and brings over 60,000 people from around the world who are eager to sip, sample and chug more than 3,500 craft brews. In 2016, GABF celebrated its 30th anniversary with a sold-out attendance and awarded over 250 beers in more than 90 different beer style categories. Still can’t understand just how large this event is? Last year GABF and its Cheap NFL Authentic Jerseys attendees brought in $26M to the city of Denver in just three days.
- The festival runs from 5:30–10 pm each day and tickets cost $80 daily — If you can snag one before they sell out, that is.
Festival of Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB) (http://fobab.com)
Chicago, Illinois | 2017 Date TBD (2016’s event was November 11th-12th)
Enjoy a little wood flavor in your beer? How bout a lot? If you answered yes to either of those questions, FoBAB is the beer fest for you. One hundred breweries showcase over 300 craft beers, each of which has been aged in barrels or undergone significant contact with wood. The event presents a rare opportunity to taste beers that are not sold commercially and like most events on our list, it sells out fast.
- Tickets to FoBAB are $60/day, but once you get in you can chug as much beer as you want — A barrel’s worth even.
Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado, home brewer or just simply a fan of beer, there is an event (or seven) for you in 2017. So start sipping — or chugging — your way towards a year of beer discovery. Remember, there’s now over 5,000 different breweries cheap jerseys wholesale for you to sample.