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Note that many of these beer festivals sell out.
Look ahead for ticket availability, pricing, VIP tickets and festival times.

Beer Festivals and
other neat stuff - 2015

May 26 Avon Kombucha class. Great Fermentatons.
May 29 Fishers History on Tap at Conner Prairie. 6:30pm++. $35-60.
May 29 Bloomington Fat Tire Clips Beer & Film Tour. 7:30-9pm.
May 30 Clarksville Keg Liquors' Fest of Ale
St. Anthony's, 320 N. Sherwood Ave. 3-7pm. $30-40.
May 30 Indianapolis America On Tap
Military Park. 2:30-6pm. $35.
May 30 Indianapolis Southside SudzFest at German-American Klub. 4-9pm. $5 includes food samples.
May 30 Indianapolis Indiana Craft Brew Spring Festival. 5:30-7:30-pm. $25 includes soccer ticket.
May 30 Graslake, IL Grayslake Craft Beer Festival
May 30 Chicago, IL Wisconsin Beer & Cheese Cruise. 12:30-3:30pm. $49.
May 31 Ann Arbor, MI Taste of Ann Arbor
June 5 Chicago, IL Fat Tire Clips Beer & Film Tour. 7:30-9pm.
June 6 Anderson Anderson Brewfest. $40-50. 1-7pm.
June 6 Fishers Hops-Props Evening Event at Indy Metro Airport. 6-9pm. $45.
June 6 Fort Wayne Rock n' Brew. 5pm+ $26.50.
June 6 Indianapolis Vintage Indiana Wine Festival.
(There are 71 wineries in Indiana).
June 6, July 11, Aug 8 Indianapolis MBA beer classes hosted by Ron Smith.
June 6 Jackson, MI Art, Beer & Wine Festival. Noon-6pm.
July 10-18 Athens, OH Ohio Brew Week
July 11 Grand Rapids, MI Fat Tire Clips Beer & Film Tour. 8-10pm.
June 21 Fishers Fishers on Tap
Forum Conference Center. 4-7pm. $40.
June 25 Indianapolis Kombucha class. Great Fermentatons..
June 27 Greenwood Freedom Festival
Amphitheater. 3-10pm. $ By the cup.
June 27 Indianapolis Sun King 6th Anniversary Party. More info later.
July 10 French Lick Beer Cruise on Patoka Lake
Featuring Tin Man Brewing. 7:30-9:30. $45.
July 10-11 Indianapolis Judging for the Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup.
July 11 Indianapolis Bacon and Beer Classic. Victory Field. 11am-3pm and 6-10pm. $52-95.
July 17-26 Germany MBA German Beer Trip hosted by Ron Smith.
July 18 Indianapolis Indiana Microbrewers Festival
Military Park (note change of venue). 20th year.
July 18 St. Joseph, MI Summerfest Music & Microbrews. 4-10pm. $20-25 + $1 tasting tickets.
July 25 Nashville GnawBrew Beer, Art and Music Festival
Beer Exchange. Homebrew Competition. $30-60.
July 25 Ypsilanti, MI Michigan Summer Beer Festival
Aug-Dec Indianapolis IUPUI course TCEM 328, Introduction to Microbrewing. Taught by Ron Smith.
Aug 1 Akron, OH Blues & Brews
Aug 2 New Haven Brew Haven
Downtown. 2-6pm.
Aug 7-9 Berlin, Germany Berlin Beer Festival
Aug 7-23 Indianapolis Indiana State Fair
Now with a craft beer pavillion.
Aug 8 Highland Pints in the Park
Wicker Memoral Park. 4-8pm. $45-75.
Aug 8 Madison, WI Great Taste of the Midwest
Aug 11-15 London, England Great British Beer Festival
Aug 14-16 Nashville Tour de Upland
Weekend camp-out and bike rides. $65-165.
Aug 15 Greenwood WammFest
Craig Park. 11am-8pm. $10-15.
Aug 23 Indianapolis Festiv-Ale
Victory Field. 5-8pm. $65.
Aug 23 West Laf. &
Beers Across the Wabash
Down. 2-6pm. $35-60.
Aug 27 Indianapolis Kombucha class. Great Fermentatons.
Aug 29 Evansville SWIRCA BrewFest. 7-10pm.
Aug 29 Thorntown Brew-B-Q party for Indiana homebrew club members
Sugar Creek Hops farm.
Aug 29 Plainfield, IL Midwest Brewers Fest
Sept 4-7 Greenwood German Park Oktoberfest
$5 + By the cup.
Sept 12 Fort Wayne OktoBEERfest
Headwaters Park. 2-6pm.
Sept 12 Nashville Hoosier Hops and Harvest
Story Inn. 1:30++. $30.
Sept 12 South Bend Zoo Brew
Potawatomi Zoo. 7-10pm.
Sept 19 Evansville Brewbeque.
Sept 19 Whitestown Brew Fest. 1-6pm. $35-55/
Sept 19 - Oct 4 Munich, Germany Oktoberfest
Sept 20 Hobart Brews & Blues
Festival Park. 3-6pm. $35-65/
Sept 20 Indianapolis CANvitational
Pan Am Plaza.
Sept 24 Columbus, OH Fat Tire Clips Beer & Film Tour. 7-8:30pm.
Sept 24-26 Denver, CO Great American Beer Festival
Sept 26 Evansville Brew Ha Ha
Evansville Museum. 6-10pm.
Sept 26 Valparaiso Valpo Brewfest
Central Park Plaza. 1-5pm.
Oct & Nov Indianapolis BJCP Study Group hosted by Ron Smith.
Oct 17 Munster Munster Ale Fest
Centennial Park. Noon-5pm. $45-55.
Oct 18? Evansville Wesselman Nature Society Wandering Owl Wine & Beer Trail
Oct 23-24 Detroit, MI Detroit Fall Beer Festival
Oct 29-31 Indianapolis Indy Brewery Collectibles Show
Wyndham Hotel West.
Early Nov. Lawrenceburg Whiskey City Festival. TBA.
Nov 14-15 Chicago, IL Festival of Barrel Aged Beers
Fri, 6-10pm, Sat 1-5pm & 6-10pm.

In-Store Beer Tastings

June 11 Elkhart Summer Tasting at Chalet Party Shoppe, CR 17. 6-8pm.
June 12 Fort Wayne Cap n' Cork Beer tasting under the tent. 5-7pm.
June 27 Fort Wayne "Beer and Liquor Bash" Beer tasting at S&V Liquors, Illinois Rd. 6-8pm.
July 11 Elkhart 13th Annual Charity Tasting and charity silent auction at Chalet Party Shoppe, CR 17. 2-5pm.
Oct 24 Fort Wayne "Free-Fall Celebration" Beer, Wine and Liquor tasting at S&V Liquors, Dupont Rd. 6-8pm.
Dec 5 Fort Wayne "Holiday Extravaganza" Beer, wine and liquors tasting at S&V Liquors, Illinois Rd. 6-8pm.

Check out these web sites for their current calendars.

In-Store tastings

Clarksville /
New Albany
  Keg Liquors
Elkhart   Chalet Party Shoppe
Evansville Every Wed. Liquor Locker. Beer tastings at all locations, 3-7pm
Fort Wayne   Belmont Beverage
Fort Wayne /
New Haven
  Cap n' Cork
Fort Wayne   S&V Liquors
Indianapolis   Kahn's
Indianapolis   Parti-Pak

Girls Pint Out has a monthly meeting for women (only) at various breweries and pubs around Indianapolis.

The blog, Indiana On Tap has started a "Tasting Society" that will meet monthly in or near Indianapolis.

Or take a Brew Tour:

The Indy Brew Bus visits four local breweries with about 35 minutes dacy to taste samples. The bus has a cooler for you growlers. They have three tours: Downtown, Broad Ripple and Southside. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. $30. Pickups are at downtown hotels, Triton Tap in Broad Ripple or Shallo's in Greenwood.

Brewery Tours of Indianapolis picks up at downtown hotels, transports you to at least 3 changing breweries where you have almost an hour (each) to sample seasonals and specialties. The bus has a cooler for your growlers. Even free water on the bus. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. $30.

Coming up in 2016

Feb 26 until the beer runs out near the end of March. New Albany New Albanian's Gravity Head. NABC Public House. Opening with Stone Brewing offerings.


Past Events of 2015

Feb 17 Indianapolis
Flat Tuesday
Special Flat 12 beer at both locations. Free.
Feb 17 Angola, Auburn, Fort Wayne, Warsaw Fat Tuesday Party at all Mad Anthony Brewing locations
Feb 20-21 Louisville, KY Tailspin Ale Fest. 2700 Gast Blvd.
2-?pm. ($45-85)
Feb 26 Indianapolis Heart of the Brews
At Tow Yard. 6-9pm. $40.
Feb 27-28 South Bend BCCA Hoosier Chapter Cabin Fever Reliever Breweriana, Beer & Soda Can Expo
Baymont Inn.
Feb 27-28 Grand Rapids, MI Michigan Brewers GUild Winter Beer Festival. $45-50.
Feb 27 until the beer runs out (sometime near the end of March) New Albany New Albanian's Gravity Head
NABC Public House.
Feb 27 - Kickoff at 7am.
Mar 1 - Hangover Hoedown (at Bank Street Brewhouse)
Mar 13 - Founders and Flat 12 spotlight
Mar 29 - Hew Holland spotlight
Feb 28 Indianapolis Winter Wood Barrel Aged Beer Festival
Noon-6pm. $12.
Mar 6 Bloomington John Palmer and Stan Hieronymus meet-and-greet at Butler Winery homebrew shop.
Mar 6 Maume (Toledo), OH Glass City Beer Festival. 6-11pm.
Mar 6-7 Indianapolis Pursuit of Hoppiness at Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits.
Mar 7 Greenwood Stout Bonanza customer voted stout contest. At MashCraft Brewing. 1pm. $20+.
Mar 7 Cleveland, OH Ohio Winter Warmer Fest. 2-6pm. $45-75.
Mar 7 Naples, FL Naples Craft Beer Fest. 12-4pm. $50.
Mar 14 Indianapolis Blarney Bash
Georgia St. 2-10pm. Free.
Mar 14-15 Granger Bare Hands Brewery bottle release party of Galaxy Imperial IPA. Noon++
Mar 20 Indianapolis Broad Ripple Brewpub's 25th Anniversary kick-off. 4 single-hopped beers.
Mar 20 Indianapolis Tow Yard 1-year Anniversary Party.
Mar 21 Indianapolis Books & Brews 1-year Anniversary Party.
Mar 21 Benton Harbor, MI Art of Beer Festival. Lake Michigan College. 5-9pm. $35-40.
Mar 21 Chicago, IL Chicago Spring Beer Festival
Union Station. 1-9pm. $40.
Mar 28 Fort Wayne Beer Burbon Bacon Festival. $35-65. 5-9pm.
Mar 28 Indianapolis Brews for the Birds at Outliers Brewing. 3-7pm. $27.
Mar 30 -Apr 2 Louisville, KY Craft Sprits Conference & Vendor Expo. $345-1,000.
Apr 4 Bloomington Indiana On Tap Tour de Bière. SOLD OUT
Apr 4 Indianapolis Home Brewer Battle at Indiana City Brewing. 6-10pm. Free.
Apr 4-11 Bloomington Bloomington Craft Beer Week. Something interesting every day.
Apr 7   Session Beer Day.
Apr 11 Bloomington Bloomington Craft Beer Festival
At the woolery mill. 2pm-5:30pm. $40-60.
See Perspective of an Organizer on our blog.
Apr 11 Fort Wayne Brew Bus to Indy. 9am-7pm. $45. SOLD OUT
Apr 11 Michigan City Blue Chip Brewfest
1-5pm. $45-99.
Apr 12 Milwaukee Hop-a-Tui. 15 breweries and bring craft-beer/homebrew to share (part of the cost).
Apr 18 Bargersville Death & Taxes Day at Taxman Brewing. $26. Noon-4pm.
Apr 18 Jeffersonville Craft Beer Extravaganza at Thunder over Louisville. 2-10pm. $50 + cash bar.
Apr 18 Huntingburg Garden Gate Jazz, Art, Wine and Craft Beer Festival
Plus Car show and fun run. Noon-8pm.
Apr 18 Lafayette TAP of TAF Craft Brew Fest. 3-6pm. $35-40.
Apr 22 Indianapolis Brugge Brasserie 10th Anniversary
Apr 23 Online Reservations start for Upland Peach, Persimmon and Pawpaw beer.
Apr 25 Bloomington Upland's UpCup Homebrew Competition.
Apr 25 Indianapolis Indy Brew Fest. Victory Field. 1-5pm. $43-53.
Apr 25 Munster Three Floyds Dark Lord Day. 10am+. SOLD OUT.
Apr 25 South Bend Hometown Hops Beer Festival at the Brick.
Apr 25 Columbus, OH Grove City Lions Club Spring Craft Beer Fest
Apr 29 Indianapolis The Whisk(e)y Kahnference. At the Indiana Landmarks Center. 6-9pm. $50-100.
May 17 Chicago, IL Battle of the Breweries at Goose Island. 2-6pm. $25. SOLD OUT
May 1-31   Mild Month.
May 1-2
(Derby Eve)
Louisville, KY Derby City Brewfest. Featuring Kentucky Common. Center Plaza. 5pm Fri. Noon Sat. $10+tickets.
May 1-9 Columbus, OH Columbus Craft Beer Week
May 2 Carmel Pizza Palooza.$32-53.
May 2 Avaon and Indianapolis Big Brew Day at Great Fermentations. 9am-3pm.  Trade tables. Seminars. Free.
May 2 Fort Wayne J.K. O'Donnell's Beer Festival. 2pm++. $60-70.
May 2 Tinley Park, IL Tinley Park Brew & Wine Festival. 4-10pm. $28-50
May 3 (Madison, WI) Great Taste of the Midwest tickets go on sale. $60 limit 2. At liquor stores in Madison or by mail (lottery) postmarked May 4.
May 8-17 Lexington, KY Lexington Craft Beer Week.
May 9 Granger Indiana-Michigan Craft Beer Mayfest.
2-7pm. $55.
May 9 Jackson, MI Michigan Wine and Beer Fest
MIS Speedway.
5/10/15-5/19/15   Palendrome Week. So sayeth Anna, Bob and Otto.
May 11 Indianapolis Triton Beer Dinner at the Hop Cat.
May 11-17   American Craft Beer Week.
May 12 Fort Wayne Founders tap takeover at Scotty's Brewhouse.
May 12 Fishers Triton tap takeover at Brixx Wood Fire Pizza.
May 13 Indianapolis Triton Beer Hammock Shandy tapping.
May 14 Chicago, IL Beer Under Glass. Garfield Conservatory. 6:30-9:30pm. $60-90/
May 14 Fort Wayne Indiana vs Michigan tap takeover at Acme Bar. 5pm+
May 14 Fort Wayne Sam Adams tap takeover at Trion Tavern.
May 14 Indianapolis Girls Pint Out New Belgium Lips of Faith Release in 14 cities. Binkley's Kitchen. 6:30-8:30pm. $10.
May 14-24 Chicago, IL Chicago Craft Beer Week
May 15-16 Madison RiverRoots music festival with beers from 7 Hoosier breweries.
May 15 Muncie Hoosiers & Hops at Minnetrista. 6pm++. $10.
May 15 Frankenmuth, MI World Expo of Beer. 5-10pm. $10 then sample tickets.
May 16 Crown Point Crown Beer Festival
Lake Co. Fairgrounds. $35-75.
May 16 Indianapolis Midwest Sour and Wild Funk Fest
City Market. Presented by Upland. $54-75. SOLD OUT
May 16 Indianapolis Triton 2-year Anniversary Party. Noon++. 915 Broad Ripple Ave (62nd Street)
May 16 Lexington, KY Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest. Heritage Hall. Noon-8pm. $30-120.
May 16 Louisville, KY Highlands Beer Festival. 3-7pm. $5 + $1 samples.
May 17 Chicago, IL Battle of the Breweries at Goose Island. 2-6pm. $25. SOLD OUT
May 17 Chicago, IL Battle of the Breweries at Goose Island. 2-6pm. $25. SOLD OUT
May 23-24 Martinsville Cedar Creek Winery & Brew Co. Grand Opening. Noon-6pm / Noon-5pm.
May 23 Corydon Southern Indiana Uncorked. Wine festival. 1-7pm. $20.
May 23-25 Cincinnati, OH Taste of Cincinnati. 11am-Midnight (11am-9pm Mon.)