Browsing articles tagged with " Beer Festival"
Mar 25, 2014
Freddie Kitson

East Orlando Beer Festival in Waterford Lakes

WHAT: With drafts by every brewery from the Florida Beer Co. to Sierra Nevada, beer lovers are bound to find sudsy satisfaction at the latest offering from Florida Beer Festivals. Admission includes a buffet of more than 100 beers, plus light bites by eateries such as Mellow Mushroom and Ker’s Winghouse. VIP attendees can diversify their lounging with free wine, cigars and exclusive beers.

WHEN: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 29

WHERE: Waterford Lakes Town Center, 417 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando

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  • 417 North Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828, USA

COST: $25 advance, $35 at the gate, $50-$60 VIP, $20 designated drivers (at gate only)

CALL: 407-383-2331

ONLINE: floridabeerfestivals.com

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Mar 24, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Festival in true German style with steins frothing

Festival in true German style with steins frothing

By Marion Sauvebois

n Nathan Dove, Andy Crimp, Nick Sweet and Hannah Wright are here for the beer

BEER lovers descended on the Meca on Saturday for a night of sampling and dancing at Swindon’s answer to Oktoberfest.

The sell-out ale bonanza saw no fewer than 600 patrons fill the venue to enjoy a fresh drink and bratwurst to the sound of traditional music in true Bavarian festival style.

Reinforcing the typically German atmosphere were waitresses clad in the obligatory lederhosen.

On the back of last year’s success organisers Beerfest UK pulled out all the stops this time around by increasing capacity from 550 to 600 and prolonging the event’s opening hours to offer guests a night to remember.

Eddie Henwood, operations manager for Beerfest UK said the festivities were not merely a celebration of Germany’s popular wheat beers but a way to bring a rich and long-standing tradition and culture to Swindon.

“We are not just a large German beer tent,” he said. “We try to bring a bit of German culture to Swindon. We have table service mimicking German beer festivals as part of the experience and an oompah band to bring that German flavour. It’s a completely different atmosphere from English beer festivals.

“Swindon is always a 100 per cent sell out and we want to make this an annual event.”

The festival’s Bavarian feel was given the seal of approval by impressed guests hoping to immerse themselves in a completely different culture for the night.

For others like Hilal Mason, of Penhill, who grew up in Germany, it was the ideal way to get a taste of home right on her doorstep.

“I have been to British festivals before, but never to a German beer festival in the UK,” said the 53-year-old Morrisons’ employee. “It really is like a German festival with the music and traditional outfits and the food. It’s nice to be able to have that in Swindon. I think it’s an absolutely great idea. It opens up the door to other cultural events in Swindon.

“And everybody here is enjoying it. It got busy quickly and it’s getting busier and busier.”

Her husband John, 58, an NERC employee, added: “We both wanted to come because we both like German beers. And we would come again.”

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Mar 18, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Breckenridge Announces Spring & Summer Beer Festivals

Breckenridge BreweryBRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Year-after-year Breckenridge hosts two of the top-rated beer festivals in Colorado; one celebrating springtime and the other saluting summer. Both are back and better than ever for 2014. The Breckenridge Spring Fever Beer Festival returns Saturday, Apr. 5and the Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival returns Saturday, July 26. This year, both events boast more breweries and expanded event options, and the July festival features a new location. The anticipated events also include several great elements participants have come to expect, including unlimited beer-tasting, free live music and vendor and food booths.

Described as events that celebrate brews, views and great live music in the heart of Breckenridge, Breck’s signature beer festivals are growing. While the spring festival returns to its Ridge Street location one block east of Main Street, it will expand this year to cover two blocks. The summer festival, meanwhile, moves to a larger outdoor location at Beaver Run Resort. Producers also are bringing in more breweries and adding a few surprises for VIP ticket holders.

“We’re including breweries this year that have never participated in either of our Breckenridge Beer Festivals, so look for new names and a few surprises,” said Jen Radueg, events director for event producer Radiate Live Events Always Mountain Time. “We’re also expanding both events to make the experience even better for attendees. This is our eighth spring beer festival and our ninth summer event and we can’t wait to unveil the changes and improvements.”

Live music at the Breck Spring Fever Beer Festival includes Jimkata, Mr. J and the Smooth Expressions and headliner Tatanka (presented by Breck Market and Liquor). Bands take the stage beginning at 12 p.m. and play until the event comes to a close at 5 p.m. Following the festival on Saturday, Three20South hosts an official event After-Party featuring Jimkata. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Live music on-tap for the Breck Summer Beer Festival includes Turkuaz and two additional bands, to be announced.

Tickets costs for both the Breck Spring Fever Beer Festival and the Breck Summer Beer Festival are $27.50 for unlimited tasting access if pre-purchased (spring festival tickets must be pre-purchased by Friday, April 4), or $35 if purchased the day of the event. VIP access passes, including a commemorative glass mug, VIP event entrance, covered seating, full beers and sodas, catered lunch, private restrooms and an on-site Cicerone, are $70 if pre-purchased (by Friday, April 4 for the Spring Fever Beer Festival), or $80 the day of the event. The 2014 Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival benefits the Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival supports High Country Conservation Center (HC3). For more information about the events, visit www.breckenridgebeerfestival.com.

Pre-purchased tasting cups and VIP mugs for Breck Spring Fever Beer Festival in April can be picked up on Friday, April 4 at Aprés Libations on Main Street in Breckenridge, from 4 – 6 p.m. Aprés Libations also is offering buy-one-get-one of equal or lesser value draft beer to anyone who attends the Breck Spring Fever Beer Festival.

Breckenridge’s Beaver Run Resort is offering lodging packages for both events, as well as rooms starting at $139 per night with the code LUVBRR for the spring festival, and $117 per night for the summer festival (based upon availability). Room and tasting mug packages are available for both events and can be found at www.beaverrun.com or by calling 970-453-6000 (no code needed).

About Radiate Live Events

Radiate Live Events has been creating, operating and producing quality community events in Colorado since 2004. For the past nine years, Radiate Live events have been produced under the umbrella of Always Mountain Time. In 2012, Radiate Live Events branched off to become its own events production and management company with a new direction and leadership to focus primarily on creating, managing, and producing events in Colorado and beyond. This new emphasis on events has elevated the offerings and consolidated the company’s efforts to continue to grow and present an excellent product. Radiate Live Events is a partner company to Always Mountain Time, LLC, which owns and operates 11 radio stations throughout Colorado.

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Mar 11, 2014
Terri Judson

New festival approach brewed up for beer

Surry County’s wine industry has been the subject of much hype in recent years, but a decision last week will allow craft beers to increasingly belly up to the bar as a festival attraction.

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners voted unanimously during a meeting Thursday night to amend a city ordinance, which is expected to lead to a greater beer presence during the upcoming Budbreak Wine Festival downtown. The change also will pertain to other events.

Thursday’s action resulted from a request by Budbreak organizers, which recognizes a reality among modern consumers. “The request is to have crafted malted beverages treated in the same manner as the wine industry,” according to a city documents regarding the issue.

“It is our observation and belief that the craft beer/micro-beer segment is as popular as the interest in the wine industry,” the organizers’ request further stated.

“Craft beers are becoming a big thing, and if you think about it, everybody doesn’t drink wine,” one organizer, Bob Meinecke, said Monday.

“People, for the same reason they like wines with food, like good-tasting beers with food,” he said.

Last week’s vote by the city commissioners is paving the way for a craft beer presence on the street for the first time ever during the Budbreak event, now in its fifth year.

It also will represent a first from a festival standpoint. While an area might host a beer or wine festival, the marriage of the two hasn’t been attempted as it will be during the upcoming Budbreak gathering sponsored by the Mount Airy Rotary Club in cooperation with the Downtown Business Association.

“It’s our notion that no other wine festivals around the state have introduced craft beers,” Meinecke said.

“We don’t want to become a beer festival — we just want to enhance our wine festival,” he explained, while also supplying a product people want and ask for at such gatherings.

The city’s action last week struck down a restriction on street festivals that any craft beer involved must be manufactured in Surry County. A change in language will allow craft beer made “in any North Carolina county” to be included.

“It is a recognition that North Carolina is developing a craft beer industry and it is a part of North Carolina’s economic base,” Mayor Deborah Cochran acknowledged Monday. “The governor has designated April as North Carolina Beer Month.”

The ordinance tweak is expected to lead to about four craft beer operations being allotted space on the street during the Budbreak festival, which Meinecke says is quite limited at the event that has become popular with vendors. Organizers are hoping to attract larger participation overall as a result.

The ordinance change recognizes that craft beer products carried at Old North State Winery downtown are manufactured by the Foothills brewing operation in Winston-Salem. Since craft brewing is now done on a limited scale in this area, lessening the restrictions to include any North Carolina county will promote the greater craft beer presence at Budbreak.

When the action was taken last week by the commissioners, the distinction was made that the measure pertains to craft beer producers and not major brands such as Budweiser.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-719-1924 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

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Mar 7, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Hawkshead Brewery ‘Spring Beer Festival 2014′

Hawkshead Brewery ‘Spring Beer Festival 2014′

FESTIVAL TIME: The beer hall at Hawkshead Brewery

Beers from some of the most exciting new craft breweries in the country will be on tap at the 7th Spring beer festival at The Beer Hall at Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley.

Over  March 14 and 16, over 60 beers from 13 breweries, all young independents, will be exhibited, including a mystery beer, The Illusionist.

This is a collaboration between Magic Rock Brewing and Hawkshead, and the reigning CAMRA champion beer of the North West, Hawkshead’s Cumbrian Five Hop.

Hawkshead head brewer, Matt Clarke, said: “Our beer festivals have become a north west institution, which we change every year in line with the rapid pace of change in the British brewing industry.

“There are now more breweries, more beer styles more flavours than ever before and we try to reflect that.”

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Feb 28, 2014
Freddie Kitson

London Beer Festival Round-up: March 2014

Wandsworth Common Beer Festival

Compared with February’s busy schedule of beery happenings, March is looking a bit quieter for beer festivals in London, yet it’s not entirely an empty glass. As always, let us know in the comments if we’ve missed anything.

10-14 March: The London Ale Festival 2014

Some might argue that JD Wetherspoon’s interpretation of the term ‘beer festival’ is somewhat misleading. The company often uses it to describe a brief focus on certain types of beer in its pubs, which otherwise continue to operate as normal. But if this doesn’t phase you, some fine-looking London-brewed beers may be consumed at the final leg of its ‘Battle of the Brewers’ London Ale Festival. A number of central London Wetherspoon pubs will be participating, but it’s the Crosse Keys in the City that seems to be making the most noise about it.

12-14 March: London Drinker Beer Cider Festival

As the CAMRA organisers will tell you, this is the “longest running London beer festival in one place”. This possibly says as much about the nature of the King’s Cross venue as about the event itself, but let’s not be overly pedantic – it looks like a well-organised festival with a great range of beers. In fact, the published beer list is excellent and extensive, featuring brews from a considerable number of London’s smaller brewers (including a couple of beers from Peter Haydon’s wonderfully elusive ‘A Head In a Hat’ range) as well as many from further afield. Entrance is £3.50 (£2.50 for CAMRA members), with some exceptions – see the North London CAMRA website for full details.

26-29 March: Wandsworth Common Beer Festival

Taking place in the grounds of the impressive ‘Le Gothique’ (AKA the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building), this biannual festival tends to combine fine beer and notable surroundings to great effect. Next month’s event looks to continue this trend, promising 120 beers and 30 ciders, plus wine, food and live music. Tickets cost £4 (£3 for CAMRA members before 5pm) for the Thursday, Friday or Saturday, or there’s a £25 all-inclusive preview evening on the Wednesday. See the ‘Le Gothique’ website for more details, or book tickets at Eventbrite.

28-30 March: The Grape Grain Spring Beer Festival

The CAMRA-beloved Grain Grain in Crystal Palace is keeping rather quiet about this – in fact, at the time of writing, its website makes no mention of it at all. But the advert in London Drinker magazine (PDF, see the bottom of page 48) seems to state pretty clearly that the Spring Beer Festival, featuring “at least 16 real ales and ciders” will take place over the last weekend of the month. Worth a look, if you happen to be in the area.

If you’re a lover of beer or pubs, why not buy the Londonist book of London pub crawls for less than the price of a pint.

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Feb 25, 2014
Freddie Kitson

New craft brewery planned for Gig Harbor

GIG HARBOR — After two-years of planning, procrastinating, and persuading investors, a new brewery and taproom — the Gig Harbor Brewing Company — will be opening in the new year.

The brewery will be a 10-barrel, multi-vessel automated system engineered specifically for Gig Harbor Brewing Company’s beer styles. Plans for the new brewery have the first kegs rolling out in late-November 2014, with more starting to show up shortly thereafter wherever great beers are sold in Western Washington.

The new brewery is the result of co-owner and sales manager John Fosberg’s long-held enthusiasm for craft beer.

“First we got hooked on the incredibly-creative beers produced locally — 7 Seas, Harmon, Duo Brewing,” he said. “Then it was attending and volunteering at beer festivals around the Northwest — then we starting brewing our own — and before we knew it, we were producing the Gig Harbor Beer Festival. Starting our own brewery is the next logical step in our craft beer dreams.”

Fosberg said that he had been kicking around ideas for a brewing company for several years, learning as much as he could about the industry through various organizations, the Gig Harbor Beer Festival, and talking with other brewers, but start-up costs and his busy creative agency, Fosberg Media Group, kept getting in the way of moving beyond the planning stages.

“I really loved the passion this industry has for its product, and I kept feeling that I really wanted to be a part of something like that. I couldn’t shake it,” Fosberg said.

A chance meeting during a trip to Europe in 2012 was enough to finally convince Fosberg to move forward with his brewery ideas. “I was walking along the streets of Nuremburg, Germany during the Christmas Markets. It was pouring down snow, so I stopped into a local pub, and there, sitting at the bar was a 40-something bloke from England wearing a “Beer Advocate” cap. I thought, ‘it’s a sign’. We talked for a long time about craft beer, breweries, and festivals in Great Britain, and all the places he had specifically traveled to in the U.S. just to visit craft breweries and taste the beer. Now that’s passion. That was the moment I decided to go forward. The Gig Harbor Brewing Company had to happen.”

On his return and with a renewed enthusiasm for the project, Fosberg said he quickly enlisted the help of several trusted advisors, two of whom were a lawyer and an accountant to put the final finishing touches on the new venture’s business plan.

Once the business plan was complete, Fosberg started talking to potential investors, and found it easy to convince people to get involved. “Everyone loved the idea from the start. We’re still looking for a few more investors to be a part of this, but a big chunk of the money has come from a small group of people who really fell in love with the project,” he said.

Trevor Nicol, a local brew master from Tacoma will be in charge of brewing at the new company. The brewery’s first three beers will be Galloping Gertie Pale Ale, Round Rock Pilsner, and Mosquito Fleet IPA™. The beer names have been chosen to represent some of the historical local icons and traditions of Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, and Tacoma Narrows. “We wanted the beer names to be very locally tied to the area — a real Harbor flavor,” added Fosberg. In the future, other seasonal and limited-release recipes are also planned.

The location of the new brewery and other details will be announced later this year.

 

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Feb 25, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Town pubs call on organisers to hold more beer bashes

CALLS have been made for more beer festivals to be held as pubs enjoyed big success on the back of Gosport’s Winterfest.

New customers packed the town’s locals as they sampled more beers after the event – and now landlords want their good fortune to continue.

Deana Geary, of The Junction Tavern in Leesland Road, saw her takings rise by 20 per cent.

Deana volunteered behind the festival’s bars, and that helped because once people found out who she was, they went off afterwards to try her pub’s beers.

‘It’s important that we see more beer festivals because they generate more interest in the local pubs,’ she 
said.

‘It would also help the pubs who would otherwise be struggling.

‘The E1 bus route is right outside my pub, so people were able to come and have a drink, then get back on the bus to Fareham.

‘At these kind of events, you get members of the Campaign for Real Ale from places like Southampton and when they’re in Gosport, they like to visit pubs which are in the Good Beer Guide – like mine and Queen’s Hotel.’

Patrick Noonan, landlord of The Clarence Tavern, in Clarence Road, enjoyed seeing more customers after Winterfest’s Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions.

‘Anything that helps the pub industry at the moment has got to be a good thing,’ he said.

‘We’re getting slaughtered by the supermarkets.

‘Winterfest is one of the best things to have happened in Gosport.

‘There’s always a few extra people who come in to sample the beers.’

As reported, Sue Lampon, of Queen’s Hotel, in Queen’s Road, saw takings double as punters piled in to sample more brews.

Meanwhile, the local branch of the Camra will meet in the next seven to 10 days to discuss how to revive the former Portsmouth Beer Festival, which was axed in 2010.

It comes as organiser Ben Mills, who runs the Belle Isle in Osborne Road and Little Johnny Russell’s in Albert Road, Southsea, announced another city beer festival would be held at Portsmouth Guildhall in May.

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Feb 22, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Ales galore at hugely-popular Gosport beer festival

REAL ales of the highest calibre attracted the crowds for the start of one of the winter’s biggest beer festivals.

The annual Gosport Winterfest returned for the 22nd year in a row yesterday in the familiar and much-loved surroundings of Thorngate Halls.

Over the two-day bash, more than 1,000 people will have sampled drinks from a range of more than 80 real ales and a selection of cider and perries – all the while being entertained by music from M27s, Portsmouth City Band, Shep Woolley, and of course, good conversation.

Nigel Firth-Penney, a member of the Campaign for Real Ale who works on the cider bar, said: ‘It’s one of the biggest winter beer festivals in the south.

‘We get people coming from all over. We get several generations of the same family.

‘There’s people who come back every year, as well as first-timers.

‘It’s nice to see old faces, and nice to see new ones as well.’

There are four sessions over the two days and last night’s event was a sell-out.

For the first time in the festival’s history, punters have been able to drink third-of-a-pint samplers – meaning people get to try out a wider range of beers.

There was also a LocAle bar, which offers ales brewed within a 30-mile radius of Gosport.

Asked what the secret to the festival’s success is, Nigel said: ‘The first thing is the great variety of real ales, ciders and perries.

‘It’s all in top condition.

‘It’s a fun festival. It’s nice surroundings in Thorngate Halls. You have one bar with the music on and one quiet bar.

‘For real ale and cider fans, it’s a big day on the calendar.’

This year The News will have a seat on the judging panel which decides which beers taste the best.

The event is being run by volunteers from the Campaign for Real Ale’s Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire branch.

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Feb 8, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Here’s to a great Ilkley Beer Festival

Here’s to a great Ilkley Beer Festival

By Rhys Thomas, TA Reporter

Sarah-Jane Peters, of Guiseley, helps out at Ilkley Beer Festival

Beer connoisseurs were out in force yesterday to sample real ales, ciders and perrys at the annual Ilkley Beer Festival.

Ilkley Round Table’s fifth beer festival has taken over the Kings Hall and Winter Garden, Station Road, raising money for good causes.

Sessions took place yesterday and continue today 5pm until 11pm.

Over the two days the popular annual event will see 15,000 pints of beer consumed, as well as 1,000 pints of cider.

It is now Ilkley Round Table’s biggest fund raiser and to date has raised over £100,000 for local charities and good causes. Proceeds from the beer festivals are distributed to a number of local good causes and organisations.

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