Craft Beer Festival Guide

Craft beer festivals not only introduce you to new craft beers, but provide the opportunity to meet brewers, learn about home brewing, and gain discounts on special brews. One of these craft beer festivals across the country might inspire you to book a trip and raise a glass.

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival

If you’ve ever wanted to visit San Francisco, check out the Bay Area Craft Beer Festival held in April each year. It takes place in Martinez, a city located just 35 miles from San Francisco. This festival takes place in Waterfront Park of downtown Martinez and features beer from over 30 microbreweries along with live music and food from a variety of local restaurants. Tickets also include a commemorative glass that you can take home with you. While you are there, enjoy a stay at a San Francisco bed and breakfast and get to know the local culture of one of the nation’s most beautiful cities.

Chicago Craft Beer Week

Chicago Craft Beer Week

While some cities have a beer event that lasts for a day or two, Chicago takes things further. Chicago Craft Beer Week was spread over 10 days in 2012, delivering events throughout the city from beer and burger pairings to craft beer flights. Across the city, restaurants and bars put forth special menus to showcase craft beers. Discounts are widespread, allowing you to taste more for less money. More than 200 venues plan special events for Chicago Craft Beer Week. Choose a Chicago bed and breakfast for the 2013 festival.

North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ, and Wine Festival

North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ, and Wine Festival

Each year, craft beer enthusiasts are drawn to the North Fork of Long Island for the North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ, and Wine Festival. Plan a special summer getaway to attend this festival that features tastings, BBQ and wine pairings, live music, and more. Held at the Martha Clara Vineyard, this festival features beers from more than 50 craft breweries, nearly guaranteeing the opportunity to taste something new. Plan ahead and reserve a room at bed and breakfast near North Fork.

Oregon Brewers Fest

Oregon Brewers Fest

For more than 25 years, the last weekend in July in Portland, Oregon, has been a celebration of craft beer. Oregon Brewers Fest showcases more than 80 craft brews from across the country. A summer day will be well spent sipping beers along the banks of the Willamette River. Each year, more than 80,000 beer lovers attend this four-day festival for the chance to taste some of the rarest craft beers in the country.

Philly Craft Beer Festival

Philly Craft Beer Festival

Philadelphia has an excellent craft beer scene, but one annual event is especially worth the travel expense. The Philly Craft Beer Festival is a one-day festival held in March at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on the former naval airstrip. In addition to offering craft beer tastings from more than 50 brewers, a number of Philly’s best food trucks line up to feed the crowds. Breweries from across the country fill the grand tasting tent, providing tastings and the chance to talk to brewers.