If beer festivals are your thing, then fall is your season. While there are hundreds of festivals all across the United States to choose from, some simply stand out from the crowd.
Whether it’s an old school juggernaut celebration or merrymaking with a historical backdrop, there is a festival for every type of beer drinker. While there are countless other beer festivals taking place throughout the autumn season, you’re sure to fall in love with these three happenings.
Great American Beer Festival
Denver, Colorado, October 3-5
A true celebration of the American beer industry, this is the biggest beer festival in the country and features both public tastings and a private competition component. For three days, the Great American Beer Festival will entertain attendees with more than 800 breweries that are representing regions from all over the United States. To navigate the samples of more than 4,000 different brews, the breweries will be organized first by region, then alphabetically. Snag your tickets soon, as this event regularly sells out!
Craft: Beer, Spirits, & Food Festival
Bethel Woods, New York, October 12
As this tasty fest takes place on the hallowed grounds of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair, both history and beer fans will be able to enjoy the October celebration. The seventh annual Craft offers regional beer samples along with ciders, spirits, artisan vendors, food tents and live music. General admission takes place between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., while VIPs can get in an hour early and also experience a special tasting dinner, extra large beer samples, free admission to the on-site museum and access to a private lounge. That ticket price is $85, while regular tickets are $45. Designated driver tickets are just $20.
SD Beer Guild Fest
San Diego, California, November 1-10
San Diego’s 10-day homage to beer shouldn’t be missed. This marks the 11th year of Beer Week and the Guild Fest event serves as its official kick-off party. Guests can enjoy a VIP ticket which includes a harbor cruise and early admission for $90. Regular admission tickets cost just $45. Both tickets include more than 100 beer samples and a special commemorative cup. But that is simply a start to what the next days of SDBW will bring. Also, don’t miss the elusive peanut butter cup beer, which is exclusively available on tap this week each year.