Roll out the Barrel


When you say the term “beer festival” usually dirndl-clad bosomy waitresses carrying frothy overflowing steins at an Oktoberfest comes to mind. However, as the popularity of microbreweries is spreading in the US, reasons to come and taste are as prevalent as wine tastings in other parts of the town.

Today, March 7, the Beer Advocate reports there are beer festivals in Passadena and Ladera Ranch, California;  Philadephia, Exton and Horsham, Pennsylvania;  Westland, Michigan;  Indiannapolis; Farmingdale and Brooklyn,  New York;  Baltimore;  Nailua-Kona, Hawaii; and Constant Spring, Georgia.  The list goes on with over 24 events in 15 cities listed on the Beeradvocate website just for today!!!

One event, the Tröegs Beer Dinner in Raynham, Massachusetts, offers a 5 course meal, pairing a beer with each, for $35.

International beer festivals in March are taking place this weekend in the United Kingdom in London and Leiscester.

Other festivals later in the year include Raleigh, North Carolina on April 14 and Durham, North Carolina on October 6.

The point to all this? When you plan a trip to any location, remember to look up what fairs and festivals are planned.

Vice versa, pick an interest of yours, determine when a festival is scheduled for a location you want to visit, and get your custom trip planned!!!

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3 Responses to Roll out the Barrel

  1. Malou says:

    Hmmm….this is something where my Mr. would love to go to. 😉

  2. Which one? LOL. I bet there are a LOT of beer tastings or festivals within a day’s drive….get planning!! He can go slurp it down and you and your daughter can get some culture of more “refined” nature! LOL

  3. locally each summer in Charleston, WV during the FestiVall, (3rd week in June), on Friday night the “Blues, Brews and BBQ” takes place. Microbrewries across WV offer tastings of their products while some very tasty live blues play and even tastier barbecue is available. It takes place on the grounds of the University of Charleston overlooking the Kanawha River. On Saturday night, “Wine and All that Jazz” features local WV wineries and live jazz.

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