Spring has sprung, which means it’s now time to get two of our most vital nutrients: vitamin D and craft beer. That also means that festival season is upon us, and we couldn’t be more stoked. Coast to coast, there’s a plethora of options for tasting beers both local and not. From a celebration of wild ales to a day full of dank IPAs, there’s something for everyone at these craft beer festivals. Below are some of the best on the horizon.
Are you ready for some dank brews? The answer is always yes, but it’s especially so on 4/20. That’s why Hop Culture is joining forces with Drank’s Brewing to bring the Juicy Brews fest to the Oakland. The event will welcome some of the country’s most prolific IPA creators—from Pennsylvania's Dancing Gnome to Washington’s Cloudburst—alongside DJs and 4/20 merch. (April 20, $60)
The annual celebration of marijuana-inspired beer returns with three days of music, food, and even a 5K. This year’s headliners include The Avett Brothers, Jason Isabell, and Widespread Panic. Three three-day event allows guests to sample more than 25 of Sweetwater’s beers, including the festival’s namesake 420 extra pale ale, as well as visit the food village and shop for handmade goods at the artisan market. (April 20, $160)
What if you could save the planet while drinking beer? (You’d basically be an Avenger.) Put down that cape and pick up some tickets to Land Grant Brewing’s inaugural Sun-Grant Sustainable Beer Fest. This Earth Day celebration will welcome ten sustainability-minded breweries to pour in the Columbus, Ohio brewery’s solar-powered beer garden. In honor of the occasion, the host brewery will be serving up Helios, a rustic lager brewed with local honey, malt, and hops. (May 4, $35-40)
Beer festivals aren’t always the most glamorous places—unless you are talking about Beer Under Glass. The annual kick-off to Illinois Craft Beer Week just might be one of the most beautiful beer fests in the country. This year, the festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary in style. Within the glass-encased greenhouses of Garfield Park Conservatory, you can peruse beers from more than 100 local breweries that will be nestled among the flowers and foliage. (May 10, $60-80)
Calling all fans of sour, farmhouse, and wild ales: This fest is for you. When Where the Wild Beers Are started out in 2008, only a handful of American breweries were producing these funky, tart styles, but now there are more than enough in the New York area alone to fill out a quality lineup. Hosted at The Well in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this festival also features a bottle share program, so bring your very best when you come. (June 9, $35-40)
Located in King County’s Marymoor Park just north of Lake Sammamish, the Washington Brewers Fesitval will showcase more than 500 beers from 110 Washington breweries, along with nearly two dozen food trucks and vendors offering everything from gyros to tamales. And just in case you’re traveling with non-beer drinkers, there will also be locally produced wine and cider, as well as a craft root beer garden for the kids. (June 14-16, $25-75)
We can’t think of a better way to greet the arrival of summer than by sipping beers in the heart of downtown LA. Hosted at Los Angeles Center Studios, this kickoff festival for LA Beer Week offers drinkers unlimited tastes of over 250 beers from 90 breweries. The fest also promises live music and local food trucks and vendors—all TBD at the moment, but if previous iterations are any indication, it’s sure to be a stellar lineup. (June 15, $25-65)
Top photo courtesy of Garfield Park Conservatory on Facebook.