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Aug 19, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Fest so hard: 3 craft beer festivals you don’t want to miss

TJ Glowicz holds his glass of beer wearing pretzel necklace during the Untapped Indie Music Beer Fort Worth at Panther Island Pavilion at Fort Worth, TX on March 8, 2014. (Kye R. Lee/The Dallas Morning News)

Get out your road map. The next couple months feature three huge craft beer festivals, each with a different twist. If you’ve never attended a beer festival, now is the time. There is no better way to explore the craft beer world. Small samples poured by hundreds, if not thousands, of brewers truly allow you to hone in and identify those brewers and styles you like best (and those you don’t).

Texas Craft Brewers Festival

First up is the Texas Craft Brewers Festival on September 27 at Fiesta Gardens in Austin. This festival focuses exclusively on Texas craft brewers and 57 of them will attend the event this year. Brewers outside of Texas are not even invited. You won’t find a better opportunity to experience Texas craft beer, as no other festival features as many Texas craft brewers. Each brewery will pour two of its best beers and a rotating tap will feature rare beers from 16 of these brewers. The rotating tap will dispense a new beer every 30 minutes throughout the festival.

Great American Beer Festival

Next up is the granddaddy of them all, the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), held October 2-4 in Denver. Over 1,300 breweries will pour more than 5,700 beers. The GABF is the biggest beer festival in America. Not only does it last an entire weekend, but the GABF features the greatest beer competition in the world. Brewers submit their beers in one of 90 separate categories for judging, all in hopes of winning the biggest award in the craft beer industry — a GABF gold medal. There is no greater validation of a brewer’s skill than receipt of a GABF medal.

Untapped Dallas

Last, but certainly not least, is the Untapped festival on November 1 in Dallas, at Gilley’s South Side complex. Untapped is a truly unique festival featuring the combination of beer and music. Local and national brewers pour beer while indie music fills the air on multiple stages throughout the complex. Brewers typically bring their rarest beers to Untapped, which entices even the biggest beer connoisseurs’ attendance. The musical lineup is dynamite in its own right. From local staples, such as the Polyphonic Spree, to international superstars, Cake, this year’s Untapped festival is sure to be a true gem.

Michael Peticolas is a fifth generation Texas trial attorney and owner/operator of Dallas’ Peticolas Brewing Company.


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Aug 18, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Tumwater’s Artesian Brewfest: Happiness One Sip At A Time


By Kathryn Millhorn

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While the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest is limited to the 21+ crowd, activities abound for non-beer lovers too.

Olympia loves her brews.  Whether locally roasted coffee or regionally created beers, we’re a town of skilled craftsmen when it comes to all things homemade and delicious.  Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”  If that’s the case, then He’ll be smiling down on us Saturday, August 23, at the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest.

Jennifer Leach, Special Projects and Event Manager at the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor Convention Bureau explains that “this is second year of a beer event in Tumwater.  Last year, we hosted the first Tumwater Oktoberfest, however we wanted to be able to hold the event in August and differentiate ourselves from the numerous Oktoberfests and Beer Festivals in the Pacific Northwest.  That is why we chose to rebrand this year, as Tumwater Artesian Brewfest, paying homage to the Olympia Beer advertising campaign from the 1980s, as well as the Artesian wells all over town.”

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One of the activities scheduled for the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest is a beer stein holding contest.

The event will take place at Tumwater Valley Golf Course from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  There will be more than 30 breweries participating, as well as the original Olympia Beer, and wine tastings from wineries across Thurston County.  Aficionados interested in to-the-minute listings of registered brewers and vintners can follow the event online, where the names and specifics of participating food and drink vendors are updated.  One such attendee is a new addition to the Olympia brewing scene, Three Magnets Brewery says “We’re excited to give a sneak peak to our community about what to expect from Three Magnets Brewing Co.”

Attendance is limited to the 21+ crowd but that doesn’t mean things will be staid and dull.  Says Leach, “The reason we have so many activities is that we wanted to be unique from other beer festivals or brew fests, providing things to do besides standing or sitting and tasting beer (we will have plenty of tables, chairs and shade tents to do that too though).”

“Our partnership with the City of Tumwater allows us to do that, especially with the large driving range we host the event on,” continues Leach.  ”Our hope was also to create an environment where there is plenty to do besides tasting beer (or wine or cider), especially for those people who are the designated drivers for the group or simply don’t enjoy beer. We will also have wine and hard cider available. So there will be something for everyone, but is it definitely not your average brew fest.”

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Test your beer pong skills during the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest.

Activities will include—but are not limited to—Supersized Beer Pong, Cornhole, Giant Jenga, a Mechanical Shark, volleyball, field goal kick game, footballs, and Frisbees available for play, Beer Stein Holding Contests (whoever can hold a 1-liter beer stein filled with Olympia Beer the longest), First Tee Hole In One Contest, and a 168 yard hole are a few more examples.  DJ’s will provide music from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. to keep things rocking.

With the gorgeous summer weather we’ve had, and more predicted, numbers at the Brewfest promise to be an increase over last year.  “Last year we had about 1,500 people, and this year we are expecting 3,000,” Leach explains.  ”We have made quite a few changes, and number of improvements, so it wouldn’t even be fair to compare last year to this year!  Last year we had a very basic set up, and utilized a tap truck to handle all the beer.  This year we will have about 30 breweries representing and pouring their own beer, four wineries and one cider producer.

“Each brewery is bringing 2-3 beers, so we are expecting about 75 different beers,” describes Leach.  ”Our goal was to only have Pacific Northwest breweries, so we hand selected breweries from Washington and Oregon to celebrate all the great beer being brewed in the state.  The idea of Tumwater Artesian Brewfest originated with the desire to celebrate Tumwater’s brewing history, as the former home of Olympia Beer.  That is why in addition to all the micro brews available, we will have Olympia Beer on tap as well, to honor the former Olympia Brewing Company’s impact on the Tumwater community.”

Before Brewfest, there will be a 3-mile Fun Run which begins at noon.  Runners will all receive a complimentary beer mug as well as access to the festival 30 minutes before gates open to the general public.

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Discounted tickets are available through noon on Friday.

Discounted pre-sale tickets are available online through noon on Friday, August 22.  You can purchase them online or at the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau at 103 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia.  Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, but pets must be left at home.  Ticket prices include admission, a tasting mug, and five tokens to use towards samples.  Additional samples are available for purchase.  Pre-sale prices are $20 for regular admission, $15 with military ID, and $10 for designated drivers.  At the gate, all prices increase $5.

Olympia is full of amazing after dark activities, but this combines all the greatest aspects into one fun-filled night.  Where else can you spend a glorious summer evening mingling with friends and community members, sampling the best our region has to offer?


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Aug 17, 2014
Freddie Kitson

’2nd Round of Beer’ to benefit museum

— Linda Crowder, the executive director of the Children’s Museum of the Highlands, doesn’t drink beer. And until last year she had never attended a craft beer festival.

But that partly changed because she was looking for a fundraiser for the museum.

“I was looking for a fundraiser that would be attended by young adults and I have grown children who go to various craft beer festivals,” she said.

So, she said, she attended one and thought it would be a nice event for Sebring.

And last year’s event far surpassed her expectations that they will hold another one this year called “2nd Round of Beer.”

Crowder said that last year they only planned for 300 attendees. Once 300 tickets were sold they had to turn people away, she said.

This year, the event is planned for 500 people.

The 2nd Round of Beer Festival will be held Sept. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Circle. More than 30 different beers from a variety of brewers will be available, as well as food. Tickets will cost $25 and include samplings of beer and food. For designated drivers, tickets will cost $15 and include food samples and soft drinks.

Additionally, people can preorder and buy commemorative T-shirts for $15.

Crowder said this year’s event will feature more beer from a larger variety of craft brewers. Selections will include Black Cherry Ale and Hoptical Illusion.

Some of the featured beers are made in Florida, but “there’s some from all over the country,” she said.

Long Shot will provide entertainment.

Crowder said proceeds from the event will benefit the museum to help with operating costs. She said they hope to raise $10,000 this year.

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Aug 17, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Beer festival doubles in size


Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch The 2nd annual Rails and Ales Festival is held on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Anyone wanting to get tickets to the 3rd annual Rails and Ales festival next year at Heritage Station better line up early.

Only 1,500 tickets were available for this year’s craft beer festival in downtown Huntington, and they went fast. Diane Pendleton of Hurricane, W.Va, was able to get six the first day they went on sale. “We were lucky,” she said. “We got ours just in time before they sold out.”

“We’ve gone to other beer festivals,” she said. “This is comparable. This is a big success. Craft beer is very popular now. People love tasting the different beers.”

“My son got tickets for me,” said Pat Reger of Huntington. “This is a great little thing for Huntington.”

Jessica Pressman of the Better Beer Coalition, which hosts Rails and Ales, said tickets were limited because “we want the experience for everyone to be enjoyable. We want everyone to have a good time. We want to grow slowly so we can provide a quality experience for everyone.”

Eighty-nine different beers brewed or distributed in West Virginia were available at the festival. There also were six food vendors including the folks from Backyard Pizza, which has been without a home since a fire in downtown Huntington several weeks ago.

The group would like to expand the festival next year, Pressman said.

Shelly Keeney of Huntington went to the inaugural festival last year and knew she wanted to come back this year. Only 750 tickets were sold last year.

“It was really good, and the food vendors were very good, so I’ve been looking forward to it,” she said.

Bill Rittenour, owner of Chestnut Brew Works in Morgantown, W.Va., was attending the festival for the first time. He opened his brewery in April of last year and plans to expand from 200 barrels to 1,100 barrels this November. Things are going well.”

He was offering three types of draft beer, but his Halleck Pale Ale was the favorite of many.

Chip Roedersheimer of the North End Tavern and Brewery in Parkersburg, was another of the microbrewers participating in the festival.

“We were here last year,” he said. “I picked up five accounts. I deliver to Huntington every other week or so.”

“I was bred to this,” he said. When his parents brought him home from the hospital, they put him in an Inglenook wooden wine crate instead of a baby bed. “We’re the oldest, continuous operating brewery in West Virginia. The company has been in business since 1899.”


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Aug 15, 2014
Freddie Kitson

One day not enough? How about a Beer Weekend?

Las Vegas already has so many beer festivals—but damn it, we need more! Luckily, the folks at Mandalay Bay are well aware of this, and have scheduled a three-day Beer Weekend to celebrate not only the best beer has to offer, but some of the Strip’s finest cuisine.

The beer list is tempting enough by itself: Dogfish Head, Ballast Point, Stone and Firestone Walker, as well as local breweries Big Dog’s, Tenaya Creek, Chicago Brewing Company, Joseph James, Bad Beat and Crafthaus. But Mandalay Bay’s Director of Food and Beverage (and the state’s first female certified cicerone) Sarah Johnson is taking the event over the top by including food from some of Mandalay Bay’s finest restaurants.

The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. September 12 with a brewmasters’ dinner at Mix, featuring a five-course menu served with Firestone Walker and Brooklyn Brewery beers, with presentations by the brewers themselves. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is $225 per person.

If that’s a bit too much for your wallet, wait until September 13 for the beer festival at Mandalay Bay Beach at 7:30 p.m. It’s $75, but there will still be plenty of beer on offer, as well as food from chefs including Hubert Keller, Michael Mina, Alain Ducasse, Shawn McClain, Matthias Merges and more.

And to get you in the mood to drink, attend a craft beer revolution panel discussion from 3-4 p.m. at Eyecandy Sound Lounge earlier that day, featuring Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy. The event is free, but seating is limited to the first 100 who attend.

Assuming you’re in good enough shape the following morning, check out Beer for Breakfast at 9 a.m. September 14 at Fleur. Chef Hubert Keller will prepare a special brunch menu, all of it paired with beers selected by Johnson. To make a reservation, call 702-632-7400.

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Aug 15, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Saturday’s Ed Fest Craft Beer & Music Festival serves up bigger bands, more …

For Luther Dickinson, writing about tough times isn’t easy, but it is one way to make great music. Dickinson is the vocalist and guitarist of North Mississippi Allstars, a Southern roots rock group with a long legacy and large fan following. The band will headline EdFest, the local craft beer and music festival in Edwards today. Like their name suggests, North Mississippi Allstars are heavily influenced by their home state, and the hard life that many in the deep south experience.

“It’s the home of the blues,” Dickinson said. “Mississippi, it’s a rough place. I guess people use music as an escape to try and find a way out.”


Dickinson might be more inspired by hardscrabble moments than happy ones, but more than anything he’s interested in fusing old-school soul into tunes that make you want to move.

“A large part of what we do is incorporate traditional music into a new aesthetic,” Dickinson said. “We just love working within the roots music vernacular and making danceable modern music out of an ancient melody and rhythm.”

Dickinson formed North Mississippi Allstars in 1996 with his brother, Cody. The sons of Memphis record producer Jim Dickinson, the brothers have music in their blood and a bond that’s hard to break, even if sometimes they wish they could.

“(Working with my brother) in a lot of ways is telepathic and unspoken and the music comes really easy,” Dickinson said. “But of course it’s stressful in other ways. The payoff is no matter what, you can always keep the band together, you know that (at least) two of us will be at the show.”

This will be the first time in three years the band has played in Colorado, and six years since they took to the stage locally. Dickinson said he loves playing in Colorado because the jam band scene is still celebrated and going strong.

“It’s one of the best audiences in America,” Dickinson said. “It’s fun because (people in Colorado) like live music. It’s like New Orleans or San Francisco or Chicago, it’s a great musical environment because of the people.”


It’s difficult to determine who’s more excited for the show today, North Mississippi Allstars themselves or the fans. Marisa Selvy, co-owner of Crazy Mountain Brewery and festival director for EdFest, said getting the band to headline was big coup for the festival, only in its fourth year.

“We’re just really thrilled,” Selvy said. “A lot of people are impressed that we’re able to book them on our own. Normally you have to book through a promoter or an agent. All we did was pick up the phone and called their managers. I like their vibe. It’s danceable music that attracts a fun crowd, but not a crazy EDM crowd.”

The band is not the only thing that’s bigger at EdFest this year. Originally held in the Crazy Mountain Brewery parking lot, EdFest will spread to the soccer field at Freedom Park and have 64 breweries, compared to 32 last year. In addition to all the cool brews, EdFest will also incorporate local craft spirits, including the new Parce Rum and Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Selvy said the festival has grown just as rapidly as the craft beer craze itself.

“People are becoming a little more educated with how they drink and what they drink,” Selvy said. “Instead of getting the cheapest beer, they look at the menu and see that a beer was made in a small batch from a (craft brewery). People like that craft beer has finer ingredients.”


Selvy said the current trend in craft brews are session beers, which are five percent alcohol by volume or less.

“Craft beers are (normally) really high in alcohol,” Selvy said. “With session beers you can have a long drinking ‘session,’ and just hang out without getting too drunk so quickly.”

Selvy said festival-goers should keep their eye out for quite a few rare European brews, which aren’t sold anywhere locally. With more than 60 breweries, the festival is designed for craft brew lovers looking to try something new.

“I bet you there’s not going to be a single person who’s already tried every single beer we have,” Selvy said.

Personally, Selvy is pumped for opening band Laughing Bones, who will be reuniting just for EdFest.

“When I first moved here they were my favorite band in the valley,” Selvy said. “We said, ‘We’d love it if you would get back together and play (for the festival)’. They have such a unique Americana sound.”

Kate Kingsbery, event coordinator at Great Divide Brewing Co. in Denver, said what makes EdFest better than other craft beer festivals is it’s run by an actual brewing company, who know how to craft not only good brews but a great atmosphere. A big fan of North Mississippi Allstars who’s seen them perform live several times, Kingsbery said the festival is a can’t miss for both beer and music fans.

“(At EdFest) you have craft beer, music and hanging out with a bunch of brewers,” Kingsbery said. “That sells itself.”

Both brewers and musicians will be crafting something made from the heart at the festival.

“For me personally, (performing) is about how to rise to the occasion, how to conjure up a special moment and then extend that moment,” Dickinson said. “It’s about making a shared feeling with the audience.”

Head down to Edwards to share a beer, craft a musical memory and savor the last drops of summertime, before they’re gone for good.

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Aug 15, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Immerse yourself in suds at new Boulder Craft Beer Festival

If you go

What: Boulder Craft Beer Festival

When: Noon-5 p.m. Aug. 23

Where: Central Park, west of Broadway on Canyon Boulevard

Tickets: $30 advance, $35 day of event


Participating breweries

• Twelve Degree Brewing, Louisville

• Avery Brewing, Boulder

• Bootstrap Brewing, Niwot

• Boulder Beer, Boulder

• BRU Handbuilt Ales, Boulder

• FATE Brewing Co., Boulder

• Gravity Brewing, Louisville

• J Wells Brewery, Boulder

• Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont

• Odd13 Brewing, Lafayette

• Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont

• The Post Brewing Co., Lafayette

• Sanitas Brewing Co., Boulder

• Shine Brewing Co., Boulder

• Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder

• Upslope Brewing Co., Boulder

• Vindication Brewing Co., Boulder

• Walnut Brewery, Boulder

• West Flanders Brewing Co., Boulder

• Wild Woods Brewery, Boulder

With more than 30 breweries and brewpubs, Boulder County is a thriving hive of activity in Colorado’s craft-beer scene. And while most of those breweries participate in many events locally and throughout the state, it might seem like an oversight that there are no beer festivals specific to celebrating Boulder County’s breweries.

That will change when the inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival sets up shop from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in the area of Central Park west of Broadway.

Presented by Liquor Mart and produced by Downtown Boulder Incorporated (DBI) — the nonprofit organization that puts on Bands on the Bricks, the Open Arts Fest, Munchkin Masquerade and many other downtown events — the Boulder Craft Beer Festival will include more than 20 local breweries pouring samples of their beers, as well as food, music, games and other attractions.

“We were a little surprised that no one had done a festival like this yet,” said event director Anna Salim. “We were looking to do something in conjunction with the start of the Pro Cycling Challenge (Stage 7 from Boulder to Denver is the following day), and we were also encouraged by the City of Boulder Parks Department, which is very keen on activating our downtown civic areas.”

The event will take place along Boulder Creek in the grassy area between the Boulder Public Library’s main branch and the Municipal Building.

Tickets, $30 in advance or $35 at the gate, include a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited beer samples, as well as snacks provided by Glutino and Udi’s Gluten Free. Food also will be available for purchase. Attendees younger than 21 or who choose not to purchase a sampling wristband still will be able to join in the fun, including music throughout the day and games such as Ping-Pong and Cornhole.

A Designated Driver ticket is available for $10 that includes five non-alcoholic beverages and a $10 voucher for use with onsite food vendors. Attendees are encouraged to walk or bike to the event, and Boulder B-cycle will offer a bike valet service for a small donation.

Proceeds from the Boulder Craft Beer Festival will help fund other DBI events, many of which are presented at no cost to the community.

Just as these annual community events are a big draw for local residents and visitors alike, the concentration of Boulder’s breweries acts as a draw in its own right and is also a major contributor to the area’s economic vitality, said Terri Takata-Smith, DBI’s marketing and communications director.

“Roughly 6,000 jobs in Colorado have been created through the craft-beer industry, and about 600 to 700 of those jobs are right here in Boulder County,” she said.

Organizers sought input from local breweries to identify elements that would make for a successful, more collaborative experience.

Said Salim: “We wanted to come out of the gate with a really strong event and get everyone invested from the start, especially the breweries. The emphasis is on bringing everyone together for a great community event and the opportunity to taste all these great Boulder County beers in one location.”

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Aug 14, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Pints all round for Lions as beer festival is a day to rememb-Arr!

Nearly 800 drinkers downed more than 3,000 pints at Saturday’s Fleet Lions Beer Festival, helping make it the most successful yet.

To celebrate its eighth year, the Lions picked the pirate theme Pieces of Eight and there was grog aplenty for thirsty revellers.

Beer festival organiser Dan Franklin was delighted with the response.

“We sold out of our 38 barrels of beer and 50 gallons of cider, with the cider gone by 8pm,” he said. “We had around 770 punters in all, 555 of whom were in the evening, which was busier than ever before. We even had to turn people away.

“There was a really interesting, varied selection of beers this year, which was commented on by many of the visitors, as was the well kept nature of it.”

This year’s festival on August 9, again held at The Harlington in Fleet, featured two sessions – one at lunchtime, from 11am to 3pm, and one in the evening, from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. There were 38 different real ales from 15 breweries, including those from the best local micro breweries in the area. Locally produced ciders also went down well.

In a unique twist, all six of the Monster Raving Loony Party’s range of Co‘ALE’ition ales were on sale together for the first time.

Monster Raving Loony Party leader, and Fleet resident, Howling Laud Alan Hope officially opened both the afternoon and evening sessions and was MC for the event, which featured live music from the Stomping Nomads and the Fleet Booze Hound Blues Band.

There was also a barbecue, with all the meat supplied by Clark Butchers of Fleet, and fresh rolls from Morrisons.

Fleet resident and CAMRA member Derrill Carr said it was one of the most enjoy-able beer festivals he had ever attended.

“It was brilliantly planned by the Fleet Lions organisers and the execution on the day was perfect,” he added.

“The Harlington once again proved to be an excellent venue and the sunny weather on the day was very helpful.

“The popularity and growth of real ale is remarkable as this event proved, once again, with lots of ladies and younger people in attendance, helping to destroy the myth that ale festivals are only for guys with beards who are over 50.”

Mr Carr said the real ales were served in “excellent” condition by “very knowledgeable” volunteers.

“All the real ales sold out by the time the festival closed at 9.30pm,” he added. “The evening session was a complete sell-out by 7.30pm and it was a one in, one out policy for the last couple of hours.”

Mash brewery’s Amber ale was voted best beer of the festival. A special commemorative glass, designed by Fleet artist Andy Johnson, was also given to every drinker.

Organisers are still counting the proceeds from this year’s festival, which will be donated to Sailability, but they hope to have raised in excess of £5,000.

Based at Frensham Ponds, the charity gives disabled people the chance to sail and offers a range of boating opportunities, from therapeutic to competitive sailing, all within a safe, caring and social environment.

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Aug 14, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Enjoy a traditional pint of real ale in Nottinghamshire

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE is the ideal place for real ale lovers to go for a traditional English pint.

In fact, you’ll be spoilt for choice of things to do with its rich brewing heritage and the city centre reputedly home to more bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants per square mile than any other city in Europe. A barrel full of beer festivals will be taking place throughout the year.

Nottingham is a ‘City of Caves’ and is famously known for the quality of its beer, with its brewing heritage dating back to the medieval times. Many breweries and malt kilns were located beneath street level within the manmade sandstone caves, and many pubs had access to cave cellars which maintained the perfect temperature year round. Their location underground enabled soft water to be filtered through the sandstone, and malt production to take place through the year due to the freshness of the naturally air conditioned caves. Nottingham’s brewing heritage has been celebrated in a folk song called “Nottingham Ale” and there are many old travel tales referring to how good the beer was.

The county is the birthplace of iconic companies such as Home Ales, Mansfield Brewery and the much-loved Shipstone’s, which recently re-emerged as a new microbrewery having been closed for more than 20 years. It is home to England’s oldest inn, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, as well as many tasty local breweries including Castle Rock, Navigation, Lincoln Green, Pheasantry and Nottingham Brewery.

Indeed, the recent resurgence of real ale could be attributed to the fact that many of Nottinghamshire’s breweries also have their own pub taps, such as the city’s newest pub, the Crafty Crow.

Sarah Thursfield, Marketing Manager, Experience Nottinghamshire, said: “Nottingham has a rich brewing heritage and is the ideal place to go for a traditional pint of real ale. It is home to England’s oldest inn, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, along with a barrel full of local breweries and beer festivals.

“VisitEngland, the national tourist board, has identified ale tourism as a growth sector and this is reflected in Nottinghamshire with the growth of attendance at the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival year-on-year. Just recently, in partnership with Nottingham City Council and CAMRA’s Nottingham branch, we have invited Brandon Lewis MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to the festival in October. A novel invitation, on a specially produced beer label on a bottle of Castle Rock Brewery’s award winning Harvest Pale Ale, has now been sent to the Government Minister inviting him to attend the launch of the beer festival on Wednesday 8 October.”

Richard Neale, from Shipstone’s Beer Company, said: “If you’re looking to try a great range of hand crafted beers then the local selection in Nottingham is second to none. You will find an amazing selection of different beer styles from over 20 dedicated brewers and served in a great selection of pubs, all pulling together to make Nottingham a great place to visit for people who love good beer.”

From dining in a cave at both the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Hand Heart, discover a heap of history at the Cross Keys, Fothergills and The Prince Rupert or if you are exploring Sherwood Forest then make sure you call in at the Fox and Hounds at Blidworth, a traditional countryside pub which offers ales and delicious seasonal food – just a few of many welcoming pubs and bars across the county.

If you want to discover the many artisan and speciality beers we have to offer, explore one of the Beer and Ale Trails, available from Experience Nottinghamshire’s website.

The highlight of the year for beer fans is the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival which takes place every October in the grounds of Nottingham Castle. This year’s event takes place between Wednesday 8 and Saturday 11 October. Organised by Nottingham CAMRA, the festival offers over 1,100 different real ales, not to mention over 220 different real ciders, with over 25% of the beers on sale brewed within 20 miles of the Castle.

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite there are also lots of smaller beer festivals taking place throughout the year, including the Newark, Retford and Hucknall beer festivals. For a round-up of all our beer festivals, click here.

Go behind the scenes on a brewery tour…

If you’re a real ale lover, brewery tours at Nottinghamshire’s local breweries are a great way to get the afternoon started. Your group will be able to go behind the scenes at one of Nottingham’s favourite breweries and find out what goes into your pint, and in some cases sample a few tasty beers along the way. For more information on breweries and tours in Nottinghamshire, click here.

For more information on beer in general throughout Nottinghamshire, visit

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Aug 14, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Great NH Beer Events on Tap August-October 2014

New Hampshire’s late summer and early fall seasons are packed with great beer festivals and celebrations.

Have an event you’d like to see listed here? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or add it to our events calendar.


August 16
2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Redhook Brewery
1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth
(603) 430-8600

WXGR 103.5FM Dover presents HOOKFEST 2014 featuring Lettuce. This event will take place in Portsmouth at the Redhook Brewery from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Other musical acts include Bim Skala Bim, King Hammond, Michael Bernier Freevolt and the Spittin’ Vinnies.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. This will be a day filled with good food, beer and fun so don’t miss out! Click here for more information and ticket sales.

Beveridge Craft Beer Fest

August 16
12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Wolfetrap Grill Raw Bar
19 Bay St., Wolfeboro
(978) 880-3013

The inaugural Beveridge Craft Beer Fest will bring some of the finest New England Craft Brewers to beautiful Back Bay of Lake Winnipesaukee for all fest goers to sample and enjoy. This will be Wolfeboro’s first event of this kind featuring 50+ craft beers from 20+ New England Craft Brewers.

The event benefits Camp Sunshine.

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2nd Annual Gate City Brewfest Wing Competition

August 23
1 p.m.
Hollman Stadium
67 Amherst St., Nashua

The Gate City Brewfest Wing Competition is back for another year! The event will kick off on Saturday August 23. Over 40 breweries will be pouring handcrafted beer for you to explore and local restaurants will be facing off in a wing competition. General admission tickets are $25 ($20 in advance) and $5 for designated drivers/ under 21. Kids under 12 are free.

A ticket to the event includes: a souvenir tasting glass for the first 1,000 entrants, beer samples, a wing tasting card and a wing nut to case your vote for your favorite wing.

The Gate City Brewfest is a family-friendly event with bounce houses, games, Monster Energy BMX Stunt Show abd the Cornhole Championship Finals. Free live music is provided by Rock 101 FM.

Partial proceeds of this event will be donated to the Police Athletic League and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  

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Wicked Wine and Brew Fest

September 6
2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Mel’s Funway Park
454 Charles Bancroft HWY, Litchfield

Wicked Wine and Brew Fest is a unique tasting event featuring New Hampshire and New England wineries and breweries. Local musicians, artisans, and vendors will also be on hand to celebrate the beautiful fall day. The Telegraph is teaming up with the NH Food Bank to raise money for a good cause while enjoying the New England fall season.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $5. Click here for tickets and more information.

2nd Annual Capital Cup Brew Festival

September 6
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Kiwanis Riverfront Park
15 Loudon St., Concord

Twenty craft breweries will participate in the event sampling local craft selections as well as hard-to-find varieties from around the United States. A beer garden will also be open starting at 11 a.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 (including a commemorative glass) at may be purchased at the door for $20. In addition, the Weekend on the Water features dragon boat racing, food vendors, duck boat rides, live music, crew race, maddog fitness challenge race and a rubber duck race!

5th Annual Greater Salem Rotary Club Oktoberfest

September 13
12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Rockingham Park
Rockingham Park Boulevard, Salem

Featuring traditional German food, beer and other beverages. The Chris White Band and Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band will both provide live music during the day. Adults are $5 and kids 12 and under are free. Click here for more information.

Symphony NH Oktoberfest

September 27
6 p.m.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery
221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack
(603) 595-9156

Dust off your lederhosen, pull up your socks, and join us at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery to celebrate beer, harvest, and traditional music.

We have your choice of seasonal brews and year-round favorites on tap alongside German beer-hall food favorites like bratwurst and strudel. Festive traditional music will make you feel like you’re in a Bavarian biergarten!

$40 admission price includes a wide variety of beer on tap, German food and dessert, non-alcoholic beverages, and live entertainment.

For an additional $10, take an after-hours Brewery Tour.  Tour space is limited so reservations are strongly recommended; select this option at checkout.

This is a benefit for Symphony NH’s community music programs. Click here for more information.


September 27
Butler Park, Central St., Hillsborough
12 p.m.-5 p.m.

A day of great German food, beer and entertainment during foliage season in downtown Hillsborough. Authentically prepared schnitzel, sauerkraut, potato salad, breads and desserts are served under the tent. There are also plenty of beer, wine and craft vendors, shopping opportunities, oom-pah music and more. Click here for more information.

Upper Valley Oktoberfest

October 3
Top of the Hop and Alumni Hall on the campus of Dartmouth College, Hanover
6 p.m.-9 p.m.

A celebration of New England craft brewers and local food. Tickets are $35 and limited to the first 500 purchasers. Your purchase entitles you to 12 tasting tickets upon entry. All proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the Lions´ local charities and scholarships. Click here for more information.

Exeter Powderkeg Beer and Chili Festival

October 4
12 p.m.
Swasey Parkway, Exeter

Love beer? So do we! The 2014 Exeter Powder Keg Beer Chili Festival will take place alongside the 16th Annual Fall Festival, a long standing Exeter tradition that includes local crafters, vendors and street entertainment. So pack up the family and come on down to experience all the fun Exeter has to offer! Click here for more information.

Attitash Oktoberfest

October 11-12
Attitash Mountain Resort
Route 302, Bartlett

Attitash Mountain Resort will host the 17th Annual Oktoberfest on Columbus Day weekend and will feature live, traditional Bavarian music from the world renowned King Ludwig’s Band, dancing, Stein Hoisting and Keg Toss competitions for adults, kids’ activities and games, authentic German food and the Biergarten tent featuring local and regional brewers. This year’s attending brewers will compete for the “People’s Favorite” annual award.

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Loon Mountain Oktoberfest

October 11-12
60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln

Get a taste of the Bavarian Alps in the White Mountains during Oktoberfest, the annual celebration of German food, drink and culture. Timed to coincide with peak foliage season, you’ll enjoy beer, brats, and sauerkraut as you reconnect with old friends and make new ones. With an oompah-band providing the soundtrack to fun games like the stein-holding contest and keg toss, you’ll have an awesome time. Click here for more information.

NH Brewfest

October 25
Session 1: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Session 2: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
VIP Session 12 p.m.-1p.m.
Redhook Brewery
1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth

Held on the grounds of Redhook Ale Brewery, this event is a special fundraiser for the Prescott Park Arts Festival in partnership with Master Brewers Association of America and WHEB’s The Morning Buzz.

Admission includes entry to the event, 5oz souvenir sampler cup, beer samples and live music and entertainment.

Enjoy some of the best craft beer, great food and music and support a great cause.

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