Summertime is high season for just about every type of festival from music, to food, to small-town fetes.
But thankfully, beer drinkers can find something to wet their whistle all year long. After all, just because it’s wintertime doesn’t mean you can’t crack open a cold one and quench your craft beer thirst. Read on for some of our favorite wintery beer festivals, sure to warm up your winter season.
Miami, FL, February 15th
Whether you’re paired up or solo, Valentine’s Weekend is sure to be a doozy with this Miami area festival. Local craft brewer J. Wakefield organizes the aptly named Wakefest. VIP ticket holders get early access at 11 am, a specialty tasting class, unlimited brews, and first-run at special release beer purchases. Regular joes pay a lower admission price and can expect to get in at noon and receive a special tasting glass for their beer samples.
Extreme Beer Fest
Boston, MA January 31 – February 1st
This year is the 17th annual Extreme Beer Fest, where over 30 brewers will be on hand to slang their extreme beverages. Guests can look forward to a bevy of brew options, as over 90 kinds are expected to debut at this event. Tasty local eats round out the offerings at beer fest, which also offers VIP and regular tickets.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, February 21-23
Colorado has a great reputation for craft beer excellence, making this next festival an extra attractive option. All WinterWonderGrass Festival tickets are inclusive of three hours daily of free beer sampling from 20+ regional beers. The festival offers three full days of music, brews, and mountain magic in the picturesque snow-capped mountains of Colorado. Catch the festival at one of its three locations, including Steamboat, CO (Feb), Tahoe, CA (Mar), or Stratton, VT (Apr).
Arizona Strong Beer Festival
Phoenix, Arizona February 8
Arizona Strong Beer Festival takes place during Arizona Beer Week (February 6 – 16th with over 200 beer events happening across the state, each hosted by individual craft breweries). Arizona Strong Beer Festival features local music along with more than 500 beers on tap from a variety of breweries. The tap list includes everything from rare craft beers to nationally well-known craft breweries.