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Are you looking for a Beer Festival or Beer Tasting event that is happening in 2010 in a location near you? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Here at Festival of Beer we have created a unique database of all the Beer Festivals, Beerfests and Beer Tasting events that are taking place around the world. We have major events, such as the Great American Beer Festival, to all the events that are being hosted by CAMRA, right through to the Beer Tasting event that is being held at your local pub!
Global Beerfest Database
Just enter the location that you wish to search for in the Beer Festival Search Box at the top of this page and see what’s happening near you!
You can also add a Beer Festival to our database by going to our Add A Beer Festival page.
While you’re here you should check out our Blog!
We here at Festival of Beer understand that taking your iPhone to a Beer Festival is fraught with danger! First there is copious amounts of spilled beer everywhere that could render your iPhone a permanent hangover, and secondly, there are usually plenty of people whose internal gyro’s are malfunctioning to the point where your iPhone could easily end up damaged beyond all hope of repair.
We also understand that one of the responsibilities of attending a Beer Festival is that at the end of a great day you need to be able to make travel arrangements home that do not involve getting behind the wheel of your car.
So what do you do?
Well, you do what we do and you get yourself an iPhone Case.
We have done our homework! Detailed below are some Beer Festival Strength iPhone Cases that should ensure your iPhone survives the joys of the beer festival long enough to allow you to arrange for that all important taxi home!
Otterbox iPhone Cases
Otterbox are renowned for the toughness of their cases! They are solid, well built and Beer Festival proof!
If your day at a Beer Festival usually results in damaged goods, limbs and clothes (we don’t condone drunken behavior) then you probably need to kit your iPhone out in an Otterbox.
We have chosen the Defender Case to look after our iPhone because it features three protective layers: first you get a strong screen protector to ensure any spilled beer doesn’t seep into the phone (this case is not beer proof so please don’t think your iPhone can survive a ‘beer dunking’ because it can’t!); secondly, your phone is wrapped by a solid plastic case; and third, the entire shooting-match is encased is a shock-absorbing silicone case. Tough as nails!
Click here to find out more, or to buy, the iPhone Defender Case.
The Otterbox Defender Case retails for $49.95.
Tough Case by Case-Mate
Our second choice in protection for our iPhone is the Tough Case by Case-Mate.
Like the Defender Case, the Tough Case also comes with 3 layers; a screen protector, a shock-absorbing silicone case, and to wrap it all up a hard plastic shell.
The Tough Case is less bulky than the Defender Case, but no less capable. The screen protector will keep your screen beer free and the two layers of protection will help to minimize the impact of any falls, knocks or bumps.
Click here to find out more about the iPhone Tough Case by Case-Mate, which retails for $34.99.
For a wider range of iPhone cases and covers check out GET iPhone Case.
Disclaimer: We just have to say it – these cases are solid and among the very best out there designed to protect your iPhone. However, they will not protect your iPhone from sustained abuse such as dunking your iPhone in a liter of beer, letting your iPhone drop out of your back pocket as you fight your way to and from the bar and other such behavior associated with a great beer festival!
Look after your iPhone and look after yourself and have a great day out!
Oh, and don’t forget to drop us a line with your beer festival stories and photos! Also, if you know of a great Beer Festival Proof iPhone Case then please let us know so we can add it to our list. Ta!
As an Australian I have watched in horror as communities in Victoria, Australia have been subjected to some of the most intense bushfires on record. As you know, the deathtoll currently stands at 181 lives lost.
Whilst this subject is unrelated to Beer Festivals it does involve communities, which is something my site is all about. I would like to share with you the following post written by Charles Coll, the owner of the RealBeer Blog
photo credit: SplaTT
As Director of Realbeer Australia and resident of the Yarra Valley since the last bushfire known as Ash Wednesday in 1983, I felt compelled to provide a vivid view of the bushfire we are experiencing at the moment. As I tap out my thoughts we have already lost the Hargreaves Hill micro brewery in Steels Creek owned and operated by Simon and Beth Walkenhorst. Simon is President of the Victorian Microbrewers Association and a tireless campaigner for tax concessions to small breweries and support from local communities. He is also a concert pianist who established his tiny brewery on the grounds of his in-laws idyllic ‘retirement farm’.
Down the road in Healesville we have two local micros also under threat. Buckley’s family Brewery and Giant Steps complex owned by the legendary brewer and winery developer Phil Sexton who operates on the main street of town. His coffee shop, pizzeria, and delicatessen entice visitors in town touring the famous for the Healsville Sanctuary, an internationally recognized open planned zoo featuring Australian creatures great and small. Sexton’s superb Sierra Nevadan styled pale ale developed at his Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle, W.A. is brewed on-site and along with award winning wines from his vineyard, Giant Steps, just outside town.
To our American readers, the Yarra Valley is eerily similar in geography to the Sonoma Valley in northern California. The area is ideal for grape growing with four distinct seasons that under usual conditions are moderate in temperature and precipitation. But we aren’t under usual conditions with a pronounced drought in the region for over an eight years and record temperatures registered over the weekend of 50+ degrees Celsius with gale force winds over 120 miles per hour.
Having experienced Ash Wednesday in 1983, the conditions on Saturday were extremely similar but more intense. Atmospheric oxygen reduction made breathing like inhaling from a furnace, and the radiant heat quickly penetrated the feet whatever footwear. Whether the cause be a casually flung cigarette butt or a deliberate torching of a paddock, the fire was man made and positioned in an ideal location, the midland plain at the base of hilly terrain. Add to this a lack of scheduled selective burn offs by local authorities due to overzealous environmentalists created a natural tinderbox for the flames. It is expected that over 1,000 homes have been destroyed with loss of life expected to reach 3000.
But this region is not the only area in Victoria to experience bushfire damage. The picture of the fire-fighter providing water to a koala was taken from the area outside the town of Mirboo North last weekend. Mirboo North is the home of Grand Ridge brewery. Thankfully the brewery wasn’t affected but they did loose their cattle farm/ranch which provided the steaks for the brewery’s restaurant. And as we speak, the Beechworth Brewery is under fire watch as the disaster continues to spread.
Those of us outside the fire wall feel helpless and wonder what we can say or do to help. I implore all beer drinkers around the world to unite and show your support by contributing to the Red Cross appeal offered through Realbeer. For Victorians, the Taphouse in St Kilda will be holding a beer tasting to offer financial assistance to Simon and all the other victims of the disaster.
Read more from the RealBeer Blog
A few people have asked me to provide a more in depth description of my site, Festival of Beer.
So, here goes…
About Festival of Beer
Festival of Beer is a Blog about the celebration of Beer. I, like a lot of people, enjoy drinking good, well made craft beer – (I define craft beer as beer that is brewed using just the four basic ingredients; water, barley, hops and yeast. Craft beer is not mass produced but brewed in small batches to allow the full brewing process to occur naturally). The only thing better than drinking good, well made beer is drinking it with great people.
That is what this site is about.
It celebrates great beer but it also lists where you can go to taste craft beer with like-minded people. I have created a database of Beer Festivals and Beer Tasting events that you can search. All you need to do is enter the location that you wish to search against and if there are any upcoming events then they will be displayed for you.
As a list like this is only as good as the data contained within it I have included for you, the readers and organisers of Beer Festivals, the ability to add new Beer Festival events to the database. This will allow you to advertise your event but ultimately it will help spread the word about the countless small breweries around the world that are brewing some fantastic beers!
And if we can bring people together to drink great beer then surely the world will become a better place?
For a bit of fun I have created the Beer Festival Ratio. This measures how far a society is advanced in terms of celebrating the production and consumption of craft beer. Check out my previous post to read more about the Beer Festival Ratio – the results, which will be updated on a regular basis, are contained in the side bar of this website. At the moment America is the most advanced craft beer nation on the planet!
So there it is. My Blog is about celebrating craft beer with friends and like-minded people. In putting this site together I have also provided a database of upcoming Beer Festivals.
I would love to get your feedback.
What do you like about this site. What can I improve and what else would you like to see. I am also open to guest bloggers publishing on this site (see the Write For Us page for more details), and for Beer Festival advertisers to post articles describing their upcoming Beer Festivals. I would also love for craft beer brewers to post articles describing their beers, how they got into brewing, the state of the industry and so forth.
Should you wish to contact me to post a comment, submit a suggestion or request an article be posted on the site then I can be contacted through the About page.
Until next time, Cheers!
I am a guy that likes beer…and numbers.
I think I get the numbers thing from my Dad. I am not sure where I got the beer thing.
So, two things about this Blog were obvious from the beginning. First, it would be about beer. And second I would find a way of introducing numbers into it. So please welcome the Beer Festival Ratio! You will find the Beer Festival Ratio in the sidebar under the three featured sponsors (of which I currently have one featured sponsor. So if anyone wants to take a spot then drop me a line using the About page).
The Beer Festival Ratio is a highly sophisticated and complex algorithm that measures the degree of a society’s advancement into the world of craft beer. So here it is (I hope you have a beer in your hand):
The population of the country relative to the number of Beer Festivals held in that country each year.
The results are written in this format: 5.5M : 1 and can be interpreted as 1 Beer Festival for every 5.5 Million people. The lower the ratio the more advanced a country is in the creation and celebration of craft beers!
Now, I will admit the obvious – my measure of the number of Beer Festivals per country is taken from the database within Festival of Beer. Therefore, the results reflect the contents of the database rather than real life. But I am doing my best to ensure that as many Beer Festivals as possible are contained within the database.
This is where I need your help. If you know of a Beer Festival or Beer Tasting event that isn’t in the Festival of Beer database then please add it using the following Beer Festival Submission Form. That way we can not only promote Beer Festivals but also get an accurate measure of which country is the most advanced in the celebration of craft beer!
The Most Advanced Craft Beer Nation in the World is…
How can the land of mass-produced-chemically-induced beer be the most advanced craft beer country in the world? What about the UK with its century’s of beer production and drinking? What about GERMANY? This is like saying…well, like saying that America produces some of the best beer in the world! it’s absurd. Or is it?
Well, I can tell you that having spent 3 years living in the USA the days of crap beer and great beer commercials are over. The USA has a thriving and fantastic craft beer industry that is producing some world class beers. So, for me it is no surprise that America is at the top of the ladder.
The rest of the world, it would seem, has some catching up to do! This is great news, for it means that the craft beer industry is growing. And that can only mean one thing…
…more great beers and more festivals to celebrate them!
photo credit: Xenocryst @ Antares Scorpii
photo credit: munksynz
In my last post, “Where are all the Australian Beer Festivals?“, I was wondering why Australia, a country that has such a deep association with beer, has very few Beer Festivals.
Well, their cousins across the water in New Zealand seem to do somewhat better. A search in the Festival of Beer Search Box shows that there are at least two Beer Festivals planned for 2009.
Why is this a better state of affairs than Australia? Australia has a population of just over 20 million, whilst there are only just over 4 million Kiwi’s. This means the Beer Festival Ratio* (a measure that I have just invented!) for New Zealand is 2 million people to 1 Beer Festival, whilst the ratio in Australia is 7 million people to 1 Beer Festival.
Clearly New Zealand is the better place to live!
You can help improve the Beer Festival Ratio in either Australia or New Zealand (or any country for that matter) by going to the Add Your Beer Festival page and submitting the details of the new Beer Festival.
The Liquorland New Zealand Beer Festival
Mark your diaries for The Liquorland New Zealand Beer Festival that is taking place in Wellington on 28 February 2009.
There will be over 20 breweries, with over 70 beers, represented at this Beer Tasting event. Most of the beers will be from New Zealand. However, I notice that the Miller Brewing Co. are included! Yes, Miller of dubious beer and sore heads fame.
If you are going to this event make sure you taste the quality craft beer that is produced in New Zealand by New Zealanders – don’t waste your delicate taste buds drinking rubbish beer. After all, these Beer Festivals are designed to showcase the best that is on offer in a country. The best ingredients, the best brewing processes and the best beer!
Cheers to New Zealand!
* The Beer Festival Ratio is simply a measure of the number of people in a country to the number of Beer Festivals that are held in that country. Obviously, the smaller the ratio the better chance you have of attending a Beer Festival in that country!
In putting this website together it became obvious that there are very few Beer Festivals taking place in Australia over the coming year. A search in our own Beer Festival Search Box reveals just 3 Beer Tasting events for 2009!
Why is this?
Australia is known for its love of beer. The national holiday, Australia Day, wouldn’t be the same without a set of bbq tongs in one hand and a cold stubbie in the other.
Want to make friends in Australia? Sit down at a bar, order a beer, and start talking to the bloke next to you. Beer is like the invisible glue that bonds most Australians together.
So, for a nation that is in love with beer why only 3 Beer Festivals?
I think the problem is twofold. Firstly, Australians are very parochial about their beer. If you’re a Queensander then you drink XXXX, a Victorian and you drink Victoria Bitter and so forth. Such loyalty to a brand allowed the second problem to develop; no competition. For too long the majority of the beer market in Australia has been owned by just two brewers: the Fosters Group and Lion Nathan.
When a population drinks just a handful of beers and the brewers are happy to supply just a handful of beers then it is no wonder there are very few Beer Festivals – what is there to celebrate?
It wasn’t always like this. In 1889 there were 307 breweries in Australia supporting a population of approximately 700,000. Now, that doesn’t mean there were 307 great beers to choose from. But the point is there was variety, (and there may have even been the odd Beer Festival!).
However, things are beginning to change in Australia. Walk into most bottle shops around Australia and you will find beers with names like Bare Foot Radler, Barons Original Ale and Matilda Bay Fat Yak. We haven’t come far from the heady days of 1889 but at least we are moving in the right direction!
So, this is my ‘call to arms’. For all the Australian readers of this Blog if you know of an Australian Beer Festival or Beer Tasting event that is taking place in your hometown then please add it to our Database of Beer Festivals and send out the invitations!
Let’s start to put Aussie beers on the map and who knows…
…maybe we will even have our very own ‘Great Australian Beer Festival’ in the near future!
photo credit: Vermin Inc
With the Northern Hemisphere deep in winter it is time to start planning for the big Beer Festivals of 2009! Below is a list of the biggest and best Beer Tasting events that are being planned for 2009.
Not that big necessarily means best, for there are countless Beer Festivals taking place around the world every day (well, maybe not every day!). Check out our Festival Search Box at the top of this page to find Beer Festivals that are occurring near you!
This is a multi-post article on Beer Festivals that are being planned for 2009.
photo credit: josef.stuefer
Mondial de la Biere is Canada’s largest Beer Festival. It takes place 3-7 June 2009 at the Windsor Station and Courtyard, 1160, De la Gauchetiere Street West, Montreal.
Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a relatively young festival but is growing in popularity. It takes place 6-9 August 2009 at Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison Road.
The Great American Beer Festival is to be held on 24-26 September 2009 in the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO.
The Great World Beer Festival is to be held in New York City. Date and location to be advised.
The Farnham Beer Exhibition will take place 23-25 April 2009 at the Farnham Maltings.
The Great British Beer Festival takes place in Earls Court, London on 4-8 August 2009.
The Peterborough Beer Festival will take place 25-29 August 2009 at The Embankment, Bishops Road.
Arguably the best of the best is Oktoberfest! Held in Munich on 19 September to 4 October 2009. Sixteen days of pure heaven!
The Cannstatter Volksfest is a 2 week festival held in Stuttgart over the period 25 September to 11 October 2009.
The Gäubodenvolksfest in Straubing is another Bavarian Beer Festival. It takes place from 7 to 17 August 2009.
photo credit: moominsean
Australia and New Zealand
The Tasmanian Beerfest is held in Hobart. The date is to be advised.
The New Zealand Beer Festival is taking place in Wellington on 28 February 2009 and Auckland on 14 March 2009.
BrewNZ takes place at the Wellington Town Hall on 28 and 29 August 2009.
photo credit: eürodäna
This is by no means a complete list but just a snap shot of some of the larger Beer Festivals that are being planned for this year. I will be posting more in-depth articles on the major (as well as some of the smaller) Beer Festivals from around the world.
Do you enjoy Beer Festivals? Do you want to keep up to date with all the Beer Festivals that are taking place near where you live? Then why not subscribe to my RSS feed as well as using the Festival Search Box?
Courtesy of CAMRA, the 5th Pendle Beer Festival will be taking place from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 February 2009 at the Colne MUNI Theatre (see on Google Maps).
This year’s theme is based on railways of old. “All steamed up” is guaranteed to bring you a range of quality beers named after railway themes. Names like “Golden Arrow”, “Chipping Steamer” and “Railway Sleeper”. Brewers like Cottage and Ossett will showcase their beers alongside local successful brewery giants Thwaites, Moorhouses and Copper Dragon.
In total over 65 real ales and ciders will be available to sample and judging by last year’s record crowd of over 2000 visitors this event promises to be even bigger!
- Thursday 5th February 6pm-11pm £2 all day
- Friday 6th February noon-11pm £2 before 6pm, £4 after
- Saturday 7th February noon-11pm £2 all day
CAMRA members FREE ENTRY at all sessions.
Click below for a list of the beers that will be available.
photo credit: Jaxpix50
Continue reading CAMRA Presents the 5th Pendle Beer Festival, UK
It is great to hear about the ‘little guys’ in the brewing world bringing their craft to the general public. Airdale Brewing Company of San Diego County is spreading the word about the qualities and nuances of good craft beer.
“Airdale Brewing wants to contribute more than just good beer to our community, we want to educate our customers about good beer in the hopes that people will be able to make a more informed decision on what they drink in the future,” says Tony Clarke, President of Airdale Brewing Company.
From 21 Jan 09, Airdale Brewing will be offering a series of “pint night” events focused on introducing beer consumers to their unique products, as well as offering insight into the process of making craft beer. Brewmaster David Lusk will be leading this effort, as he is the mastermind behind Airdale’s product line and has been brewing in southern California for over a decade.
These Beer Tasting events, with an education twist, are taking place at The Local Eatery & Drinking Hole in downtown San Diego (find on Google Maps). “The Local is a great place to learn about quality beer,” says Lusk, referring to the wide selection of craft beers available here. People will be able to try Airdale’s lineup of beers, including their newly released “Dark & Stormy” Imperial Stout.
What a great opportunity to drink some quality beer with like-minded people whilst learning a few things about how beer is made!
photo credit: Thomas Hawk
Festival of Beer now has over 300 Beer and Ale Festivals for you to search! Our beer tasting events span the entire world from the UK to the USA to Australia!
All you have to do is type in your location in our Search Box to see what beer tasting events are taking place near you.
We are constantly searching for more beer tasting events to add to our database. If you know of a Festival that is taking place but it isn’t listed on Festival of Beer then add it using our submission page.
We are also looking for people to post their photos and write-ups of Beer and Ale Festivals that they have attended. If you want to submit your Festival Reviews then go to our About page and submit your thoughts via our Submission Form.
We’ll drink to that!
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