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

Beer (and Wine) Festivals

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 10-18 Athens, OH Ohio Brew Week
July 11 Fortville Indiana Bastille Day Celebration
July 11 Lafayette Mosey Down Main Street
July 11 Indianapolis Bacon and Beer Classic. Victory Field. 11am-3pm and 6-10pm. $52-95.
July 11 Grand Rapids, MI Fat Tire Clips Beer & Film Tour. 8-10pm.
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 Rensselaer Rock the Arts with beer garden of interesting beers. 2-10:30pm. $3.
July 25 Ypsilanti, MI Michigan Summer Beer Festival
July 26 Chicago, IL Chicago Small Craft Beer Cruise. 12:30pm++. $49.
Aug-Dec Indianapolis IUPUI course TCEM 328, Introduction to Microbrewing. Taught by Ron Smith.
Aug 1 Plainfield Flight1 Children's Charity tasting and home-brew competition. Black Swan. 1-3pm. $10-15. Contest entry $15.
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 Lafayette Mosey Down Main Street
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 16 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 5 Lafayette Mosey Down Main Street
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 St. Charles, IL Brews on the Fox. Plus BBQ contest. 4:30-9:30pm. $45-65.
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 Noblesville Noblesville Brewfest at Forest Park. 3-7pm. $35-45.
Sept 26 Rensselaer OktoberFest. 5-10pm. $5.
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

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 stores' web sites for current tastings calendars.

Clarksville /
New Albany
  Keg Liquors
Elkhart   Chalet Party Shoppe
Evansville Every Wed Liquor Locker (3-7pm at all locations)
Fort Wayne   Belmont Beverage
Fort Wayne /
New Haven
  Cap n' Cork
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.