Eagle River’s Great Northern Beer Festival has received confirmations from 30 breweries that will be pouring their products for festival goers June 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Hi-Pines Campground.
GNBF President Bill Summers noted that as the craft beer industry continues to grow, more and more beer styles are being offered. “Brewers are becoming more creative and are brewing some incredibly unique and tasty beers, many of which are showcased at festivals like ours,” he said.
Summers added that many of the actual brewers themselves come to Eagle River to pour their beer, allowing beer lovers an opportunity to meet the people behind the scenes and ask questions.
Eagle River’s own Tribute Brewing Company will be one of four new Wisconsin breweries that will be pouring their beers at this year’s event. Other local breweries include Minocqua Brewing Company and Rhinelander Brewing Company. Other breweries from throughout Wisconsin and even companies from Minnesota and Illinois will be at the event.
Advance tickets are $30 and are available at Trig’s Cellar 70s in Eagle River, Minocqua, Rhinelander and Wausau, and at the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. To purchase online, log on to greatnorthernbeerfestival.com. Tickets will be available at the gate for $35. Designated drivers will be admitted free when accompanying a paid admission.
Many area hotels are offering a free shuttle for their customers.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Vilas Food Pantry, the Vilas County Humane Society, the Olson Memorial Library Expansion Project, the YMCA of the Northwoods Strong Kids Campaign and the Eagle River Historical Museum.
The Great Northern Beer Festival has been recognized by Road Trips for Beer as “One of the Top 10 Spring Beer Festivals.”
If brewers had a patron saint, I always figured it would be Michael Jackson, the author of “The Beer Hunter” who helped to popularize craft brewing and tasting.
I was wrong. It’s Saint Arnold of Soissons (1040-1087 AD), who apparently after a long career in the Roman Catholic Church retired and founded an abbey, where he mastered the art of brewing beer and encouraged peasants to drink beer instead of water.
Drinking water in 11th Century Europe was unhealthy, but for Saint Arnold, beer brought “the gift of health.” One of his purported miracles occurred when beer stores were dwindling and he prayed for more, and – voila – more beer appeared. He is depicted holding a mashing fork in many pictures, and is credited with the brewing innovation of filtering beer through bee hives.
To celebrate this legacy and raise money for a good cause, the Chapel of Our Saviour Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs will hold the Feast of Saint Arnold on June 15 at the church, at 4th Street and Polo Drive. The festival runs from noon to 4:30 p.m., but if you buy a VIP ticket or take part in that morning’s 5K or 10K walk you can get in at 11.
The event will raise money for charities serving Fort Carson soldiers and their families. Along with the beer, there will be a “family fun zone” with performers, artists, face-painting and the Cheyenne Mountain ZooMobile.
Tickets range from $15 to $55. Pick them up here or on the day of the festival.
NOTE: This festival was left out of this week’s Pikes Pub story about beer festivals, for the simple reason that it’s the first year and I didn’t know about it. It won’t happen again!
Here are the brewers, distillers and wine-makers taking part:
Bristal Brewing Company
Colorado Cidery Co
Dry Dock Brewing
Lone Tree Brewing CO
Colorado Mountain Brewery
Paradox Beer Co
Pikes Peaks Brewing
Phantom Canyon Brewing
Rock Bottom Brewery
Sweet Elephant Wines
Release of Smiling Toad Brewery
Pig n Hog Summer/Autumn Beer Festivals
The Pig n Falcon and Hog and Partridge will be hosting a summer and Autumn Beer Festival.
The Pig n Hog Summer Beer Festival will take place from 4th – 15th July 2013 with the Autumn one from 24 October – 4th November 2013.
Scooping several awards at this years CAMRA pub awards, including for the Pig n Falcon Cider Pub of the year and pub of the year and Hog and Partridge receiving most improved pub of the year, John Nunn owner went on to receive Pub champion of the year.
The festivals will be lively events and more information will be released nearer the time.
For further information please go to the website www.pignfalcon.co.uk
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This week’s Pikes Pub story talks about some of the best beer festivals of the summer months in our region. Here are some good tips to go along with your beer fest fun.
Beer festival survival guide
• Have a plan. Rare beers and those that aren’t available in stores tend to run out, so get them while the getting’s good.
• Get the “swag” early. Stickers, coasters and bottle openers will disappear quickly.
• Eat something. Whether it’s a necklace of pretzels or a $9 bratwurst, you’ll need a good foundation to stay in it for the long haul.
• Drink water. A sample cup of water for every few beer samples will save you pain tomorrow. Trust me.
• Eat something. I can’t stress this enough.
• Take a breather every now and then. It’ll help sustain you for the generous pours you tend to get toward the end of the festival. Maybe leaf through the festival program and plan your next assault.
• Don’t drive home. It’s very easy to lose track of your consumption at a festival. The police and highway patrol know about the festival too.
There’s a dirty little secret about beer festivals: Functionally, nearly all of them are the same.
If everything goes well, you spend a few hours or so in a city park or other public space with a few hundred or so other people drinking a few dozen or so (tiny) beers from a few dozen or so brewers.
Beer novices can be blown away by the variety of beer they might not have known existed, while more advanced tasters can seek out the rare stuff and talk to brewers or brewery reps. And the company is almost always good, as beer people are nearly without fail engaging and interesting conversationalists, even without the liquid social lubrication flowing.
If this sounds like a good time, you don’t need to go to the elite festivals like Madison’s own Great Taste of the Midwest. There are only so many beers you can drink at a fest, whether there are 500 or 50 available. And in recent years the smaller fests have so proliferated that if you’re willing to burn a tank of gas, you have a full beer menu of solid options.
Most of Wisconsin’s festivals have been around a few years, long enough to figure out the number of toilets needed and how to keep out the patrons who are just looking to get sloshed. So the best way to pick one is simply to pick a date or location and see what’s out there.
Here are a few fests in otherwise-appealing summer vacation destinations that might add to the value of a road trip. All have beer and some kind of food or snacks, most have reduced-cost or free designated driver tickets, many have live music and shuttles to mitigate the post-fest drunkenness, and one has a beer beauty contest.
The North Woods
Great Northern Beer Festival, June 8, Eagle River
Camping up north is a rite of Wisconsin summers, and this festival is held on the grounds of the Hi-Pines Campground. The beer lineup looks to be par for the small-festival course, with a local homebrewers club also pouring. Eagle River is home to Tribute Brewing, founded by Marc Summers, who also started this festival. $30 advance, $35 at the gate, though tickets often sell out early. www.greatnorthernbeer
Lac du Flambeau Brewfest, July 27, Minocqua
With smaller festivals sharing many breweries in their lineups, setting becomes a key variable, and Lac du Flambeau’s is excellent. It’s in Torpy Park, under soaring white pines on the shore of Minocqua Lake on the city’s downtown island — and right next door to Minocqua Brewing Co. $25 advance, $30 at the gate, with proceeds going to charities. lacduflambeau
Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival,
June 15, Glendale
OK, so this beer festival is basically in a shopping center, Bayshore Town Center, in Milwaukee’s northern ’burbs. But don’t let that turn you off; it’s probably the best non-Great Taste beer fest I’ve been to, thanks to the food dimension it adds at a reasonable price.
Each of the more than 30 brewers, all from Wisconsin, is paired with a restaurant, bakery or cheesemaker that offers a bite-sized morsel chosen to match up with one or more of the brewer’s beers.
All of this happens a few stones’ throws from the HQ of one of the original Wisconsin craft brewers: Sprecher Brewing Co., which has a gift shop and offers tours (call ahead). $40. wisconsinbeer
Milwaukee Brewfest, July 27, Milwaukee
The setting rules at Milwaukee Brewfest, which will take over the Coast Guard Pavilion (a glorified park shelter) at the downtown lakefront McKinley Park for its fourth year this summer.
Among the attractions is the coronation of the Brewfest Queen, quite a title in Brew City.
On the way home, consider a stop at the outstanding Sweet Mullets Brewing in Oconomowoc, just 10 minutes or so off I-94. $40 advance; $45 at the gate; $60 VIP advance; $65 VIP at the gate. www.milwaukee
The Resort Areas
Kohler Festival of Beer, May 31-June 2, Kohler
Beer events go highbrow in this weekend of events at The American Club.
Whether you’d like to golf a round at Blackwolf Run with a few specialty beer samples thrown in ($157), have a four-course, beer-paired dinner at the resort’s signature restaurant ($78) or go on a “pub crawl” with beer flights at several American Club venues ($52), this event has big spenders covered. There is a traditional beer festival ($70) on Saturday.
Each of the 15 events is ticketed separately, though there are some lesser free events. go.madison.com/kohlerbeer
Door County Beer Festival, June 15, Baileys Harbor
After becoming Door County’s first beer festival last year, this event returns with an above-average beer lineup and a nice roster of ancillary attractions.
There’s a schoolyard pick-’em-style rare/cellar beer swap, a solid slate of Americana music performers, and seminars on topics such as kombucha and coffee, as well as one from a local hop grower.
The festival grounds are just blocks from the soon-to-open Door County Brewing Co. and across the peninsula from Shipwrecked Brewing Co. in
Egg Harbor. $35 advance, $40 at the gate, $50 VIP.
The Great Taste Rival
Great Lakes Brewfest, Sept. 14, Racine
Calling it a rival to the Great Taste of the Midwest is a bit of a stretch for beer geeks, but consider the similarities.
Beautiful lakeside venue? Check: Racine Zoological Gardens, on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Great beer? Check: Nearly 100 brewers from around the region and the world are expected, not to mention nine homebrew clubs from three states converging on “Home Brew Island.” $45, $85 VIP. www.greatlakesbrewfest.com
Summer Beer Dabbler, July 20, St. Paul, Minn.
Wisconsin doesn’t quite have a monopoly on beer festivals. This one, at Upper Landing Park on the Mississippi River, features 65 breweries with a distinctly different flavor than you’ll get at the Badger State fests, along with nosh from the excellent Twin Cities gourmet food trucks.
The smaller Beer Dabbler fest I attended last year was very well done and a great excuse to jaunt across the border, check out a beer scene that’s going gangbusters right now, and bring some Surly back to Wisconsin.
Oh, and the Twins are in town that weekend. $35 advance, $45 at the gate. go.madison.com/beerdabbler
“It is a unique event to Alpharetta that we hope will bring runners and festival-goers in town from all around the Southeast.
Alpharetta, GA (PRWEB) May 22, 2013
Over 100 craft beer vendors from around the U.S. will line the streets of downtown Alpharetta for the 2013 Craft Beer Festival and 5K Road Race which will begin 6 p.m. on June 22, 2013 with live music from Rock ‘n Roll Band, Salt Road Band. Entry to the festival is $10 and will get you a souvenir glass that can be used during the event. All sorts of food will be available for purchase from Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub. Beer tickets can be purchased for $1 each and one ticket gets you a four ounce tasting at any of the beer vendor tents. Stroll the streets and participate in a craft brewing seminar by Blind Murphy’s Craft Beer Market or sit back and enjoy the band and live entertainment.
With the Craft Beer Festival continuing, the 5K Road Race will begin at 8 p.m. at the Corner Deli. Registration for the race is $30 before June 14 and $35 after June 14 and the day of the race from 6- 7:30 p.m. All runners will receive a race t-shirt and a free beer from Sierra Nevada to celebrate their finish. After being cheered on by festival-goers upon crossing the finish line, stay for the after party which will continue until 11:30 p.m. with live music and entertainment.
“The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to announce our sponsorship of the Craft Beer Festival and 5K Road Race,” said Janet Rodgers, President and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is a unique event to Alpharetta that we hope will bring runners and festival-goers in town from all around the Southeast. Runners who come for the weekend can stay active throughout their visit by exploring Alpharetta’s 13 awesome trails within a 20 mile radius including the paved 8-mile Big Creek Greenway.”
Another street party, the Alpharetta Brew Moon Summerfest, will crowd Milton Avenue in downtown Alpharetta on June 1 from 6:30- 11 p.m. This party will include music presented by “Glow”, a popular Atlanta band! Delicious food will be on sale from some of Alpharetta’s favorite restaurants. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Individual tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at http://www.alpharettabusinessassociation.com or at the gate the night of the event. Tables are also available for purchase.
After a fabulous time, those who attend the events can stay the night at one of Alpharetta’s 23 upscale and affordable hotels. For more information on summer activities or to book a hotel, visit http://www.awesomealpharetta.com.
Wharfedale brewery taps into the appeal of beer festival
9:00am Tuesday 21st May 2013 in News
By Amanda Greaves
The Wheatley Arms in Ben Rhydding, which is holding a celebration of real ale
Ilkley’s newest brewery, which will be located within the grounds of the new Flying Duck Brew Pub in Church Street when it opens, is to support two forthcoming local beer festivals.
In preparation for the launch of the third incarnation of Wharfedale Brewery, Michael Allan, of Maxwell Road, under the guidance of Westville Avenue’s award-winning brewer Stewart Ross, have been testing out some new recipes for their “Resurrection Range” at Five Towns Brewery in Wakefield.
Wharfedale Blonde, which is described as a straw coloured floral session ale, has already been on the bars of over a dozen pubs and beer festivals in the area, whilst Wharfedale Best, a traditional, chestnut coloured Yorkshire bitter, is being specially produced as the “Festival Ale” for the Wheatley Arms ahead of their inaugural real ale celebration which kicks off on Wednesday.
Steve Benson, one of the managers at the Ben Rhydding pub, is behind the idea. “Wharfedale Blonde has been a tremendous success at the Wheatley since making its debut in January and very well received by our customers,” he said. “We are always keen to foster relationships with other local businesses and we had no hesitation in asking the team to produce a flagship beer for us, which we are sure will go down well.”
The Wheatley is to showcase ten beers across a five-week period, pitting the best of Yorkshire ales against the rest of Great Britain. Customers can vote for their favourites with the most popular going into a grand finale on Friday, June 28.
Wharfedale Brewery has also agreed to take over the sponsorship of the Swan Beer Festival, from Ilkley Brewery, when the Addingham pub hosts its third annual real ale extravaganza on the weekends of June 7 and October 25, where 25 beers from across the UK will rotate across each event.
Landlord Ian Frost said: “When we held our first festival in 2011 we had no idea it would prove so popular and we look forward to hosting two more events this year, which we hope everyone will enjoy. We are delighted to welcome Wharfedale Brewery as our new sponsors and wish them every success with their new venture.”
Spokesman for Wharfedale Brewery Jonathan Shepherd said: “Despite being at such an early stage in our development as a brewery, we have hit the ground running and we are delighted with the positive feedback we have received. It’s both an honour and a privilege to be asked to take such a major role in these beer festivals at two such well liked and respected local pubs.”
Refurbishment work is well underway at the former Albert Inn, which is expected to re-open as the Flying Duck in late July. The new brewing vessels have been manufactured and are awaiting delivery to their new home.
Luxe pool parties may be nice, and stunning beach resorts are always a safe bet. But in cities around North America, the most popular way to beat the summer heat is to raise a glass of ice-cold beer with friends and neighbors. From amber ales and oatmeal stouts to standalone events and weeklong beer festivals, our Startle.com team found something to love in each of these beer-centric cities.
In 2008, a passionate group of beer lovers banded together to create Philly Beer Week, a multi-day celebration of the City of Brotherly Love’s favorite beverage. Organizers hoped to schedule 75 events (think beer dinners, pub crawls and meet-the-brewer parties) in that first year; the final roster actually included more than 300. “It just took off immediately, and it has really grown in leaps and bounds,” says Don Russell, executive director of Philly Beer Week. This year, PBW (May 31-June 9) will feature more than 350 events at 250-plus bars, restaurants and breweries. Should you find yourself in Philly for this year’s festivities, Russell recommends attending the Opening Tap ceremony on May 31, during which Mayor Michael Nutter will swing the “Hammer of Glory” (a sledgehammer that is passed bar-to-bar in Olympic torch fashion) to open the first keg of Brotherly Suds 4, a collaborative beer created by brewers from the greater Philadelphia area. Admission to the tasting festival is $45; buy a ticket early, as this event sells out each year.
Where to Stay: After a day of partying, retire to Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia; but before you call it a night, grab one of the Dock Street Brewing Co. collaborative beers made specifically for the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel (the summer brew will be released at the hotel’s Backyard Beer Garden event on June 6, $25 admission). As an added perk, the hotel’s Mercedes-Benz S-Class can transport you to bars and breweries in the downtown area, free of charge. Simply inquire about its availability on nights you know you’ll need a ride when you check in.
The Appalachian Mountains aren’t the only high-gravity attraction in Asheville. This small North Carolina town has earned a reputation for the bold brews produced by its 12 hometown breweries. Tour and taste your way through them by foot or car with Asheville Brewery Tours. Four-hour mobile tours ($54) are offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, allowing you to taste the brews at four different breweries. Shorter walking tours ($47) in the downtown neighborhood are held on Friday and Saturday afternoons, and include stops at three breweries and a taproom. For the die-hard beer fan, Asheville Beer Week (May 25-June 1) is the best time to visit. Though only in its second year, it already has a full schedule of pint nights at local restaurants (May 29 and 31), a homebrew festival (May 25), and a unique rare and wild beer tasting event co-sponsored by All About Beer magazine and the Thirsty Monk bar to benefit Pints for Prostates (May 31). If you’re lucky, you could snag tickets to the sold-out Beer City Festival on June 1 at the last minute. You might have better luck swinging by Green Man Brewery on May 27 for the tapping of the first-ever Asheville Brewers Alliance collaboration beer, the brainchild of more than 20 breweries. Admission is free, but bring cash to enjoy the fruits of the brewers’ labor.
Where to Stay: You’ll need a good night’s rest before you tackle the brewery scene so make reservations at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Inn on Biltmore Estate, a stately place to slumber in style or discuss the finer points of your beer exploration at the end of the night.
So for the hundreds who attended the Jersey Shore Beer Fest, it was a beautiful day.
“It’s like any other day at an outdoor shore bar, just with better tasting beer,” said event organizer Chris DePeppe, owner of the Pennsylvania-based TotalBRU Marketing and Beerheads.com. “If we had better weather, it’d be nice. But the breweries enjoyed it, it’s a great venue… we’ll do it again.”
Even though Mother Nature did not completely cooperate, those in attendance had nothing but complimentary things to say about the event – especially its laid-back atmosphere, which lacked the crowding issues that are common for other beer festivals.
“It’s awesome,” said Meghan Kain, of Neptune Township. “They have good beers and a really good selection.”
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The quality and variety of beers was what brought Wayne resident Kevin Hogan to the Jersey Shore Beer Fest.
“I just graduated from college, so I’ve been drinking a lot of low-quality beers,” Hogan said. “But there’s great craft beers here and I get to taste a lot of different kinds.”
Meanwhile, Belvidere resident Vicki Freilich was drawn to the event by her daughters Caitlin and Christina.
“My daughter lives in Belmar and sent me an email that said: ‘Beer Fest, are you in?’’’ said Freilich, who could not resist the invitation. “A family that drinks together, stays together.”
Bradley Beach resident Kristina Nicosia spent her birthday with a group of friends at the beer festival.
Nicosia said she enjoyed the variety of beers to sample, but admitted that her favorites were ones that were “fruity” and “ very girly.”
She also said that was impressed with the venue, which only reopened a few weeks ago for the first time since being flooded by Hurricane Sandy.
“It looks great,” she said. “They did a good job with the recovery.”
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