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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

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
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 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 21 Chicago, IL Chicago Spring Beer Festival
Union Station. 1-9pm. $40.
Apr 11 Bloomington Craft Beer Festival
At the woolery mill.
Apr 11 Michigan City Blue Chip Brewfest
1-5pm. $45-99.
Apr 18 Huntingburg Garden Gate Jazz, Art, Wine and Craft Beer Festival
Plus Car show and fun run. Noon-8pm.
Apr 25 Bloomington Upland's UpCup Homebrew Competition.
Apr 25 Munster Three Floyds Dark Lord Day. 10am+ (They have not yet announced when tickets go on sale. That usually happens only on that day and they sell out within 5 minutes.)
Apr 25 Columbus, OH Grove City Lions Club Spring Craft Beer Fest
May 1-9 Columbus, OH Columbus Craft Beer Week
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 9 Granger Indiana-Michigan Craft Beer Mayfest.
1-7pm. $55.
May 9 Jackson, MI Michigan Wine and Beer Fest
MIS Speedway.
May 14-24 Chicago, IL Chicago Craft Beer Week
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.
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 Graslake, IL Grayslake Craft Beer Festival
May 31 Ann Arbor, MI Taste of Ann Arbor
June 6 Indianapolis Vintage Indiana Wine Festival.
(There are 71 wineries in Indiana).
June 6 Jackson, MI Art, Beer & Wine Festival. Noon-6pm.
July 10-18 Athens, OH Ohio Brew Week
June 21 Fishers Fishers on Tap
Forum Conference Center. 4-7pm. $40.
June 27 Greenwood Freedom Festival
Amphitheater. 3-10pm. $ By the cup.
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 18 Indianapolis Indiana Microbrewers Festival
Military Park (note change of venue). 20th year.
July 25 Nashville GnawBrew Beer, Art and Music Festival
Beer Exchange. Homebrew Competition. $30-60.
July 25 Ypsilanti, MI Michigan Summer Beer Festival
Aug 1 Akron, OH Blues & Brews
Aug 2 New Haven Brew Haven
Downtown. 2-6pm.
Aug 7-9 Germany, 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. &
Lafayette
Beers Across the Wabash
Down. 2-6pm. $35-60.
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 - Oct 4 Munich, Germany Oktoberfest
Sept 20 Hobart Brews & Blues
Festival Park. 3-6pm. $35-65/
Sept 20 Indianapolis CANvitational
Pan Am Plaza.
Sept 24-26 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 17 Munster Munster Ale Fest
Centennial Park. Noon-5pm. $45-55.
Oct 18? Evansville Wesselman Nature Society Wandering Owl Wine & Beer Trail
$45.
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

Mar 6-7 Indianapolis Pursuit of Hoppiness at Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits.
Mar 12 Elkhart Beer tasting at Chalet Party Shoppe, CR 17. 6-8pm.
May 7 Elkhart Beer tasting at Chalet Party Shoppe, CR 17. 6-8pm.
June 6 Fort Wayne Beer tasting at SV Liquors, Illinois Rd. 6-8pm.
June 11 Elkhart Beer tasting at Chalet Party Shoppe, CR 17. 6-8pm.
July 11 Elkhart Beer tasting at Chalet Party Shoppe, CR 17. 6-8pm.
Oct 24 Fort Wayne Beer tasting at SV Liquors, Dupont Rd. 6-8pm.
Dec 5 Fort Wayne Beer, wine and liquors tasting at SV Liquors, Illinois Rd. 6-8pm.

Check out these stores' web sites for their current tasting calendars.

Clarksville /
New Albany
  Keg Liquors
Elkhart   Chalet Party Shoppe
Evansville Every Wed,
3-7pm
Liquor Locker
Fort Wayne   Belmont Beverage
Fort Wayne /
New Haven
  Cap n' Cork
Fort Wayne   SV Liquors
Indianapolis   Parti-Pak

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


Past Events

Feb 17 Indianapolis
Jeffersonville
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 Fort Wayne Beer tasting at Cap n' Cork, St. Joe Center Rd.
Sierra Nevada, Kona Mixx, Sam Adams, Lazy River and Angry Orchard ciders plus wines and liquors.
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 28 Indianapolis Winter Wood Barrel Aged Beer Festival
Noon-6pm. $12.