10+ Craft Beer Weeks You Should Hit Up This Summer
From Calgary to Chicago, there’s likely a Craft Beer Week near you…
By Dustin Miller on May. 11, 2017
Craft Beer Week!??
What’s a, “Craft Beer Week” you ask? It’s a casual event, broken up over different locations and times throughout the week; it’s like club hopping but with a sophisticated twist – CRAFT BEER! These awesome events promote local beer (and often local food too), and participants who attend enjoy unique experiences, new flavours, and much more!
You can think of Craft Beer Week as…an informal ‘to do’ list of local breweries and beer; and while Craft Beer Week only lasts for one week per city…with this list, you could pretty much spend your entire spring checking out Craft Beer Week!
(May 4-14, 2017)
Bringing you the 9th Annual Seattle Beer Week May 4th – 14th, 2017.
Can’t make it to Seattle’s Craft Beer Week? No problem, check out #DrinkLocal Seattle any time of year and get your fill of great locally-brewed beers.
(May 12-21, 2017)
In just seven years, it has grown from the spark of an idea to a global festival made up of more than 300 diverse and innovative events across Melbourne and Victoria that attracts seventy five thousand attendees from across Australia and overseas.
(May 15-21, 2017)
For the 12th year in a row, the Brewers Association invites you to celebrate American Craft Beer Week®, the nationwide celebration of U.S. small and independent craft brewers. The weeklong tribute provides an opportunity for craft brewers to share their diversity, creativity and passion for the beverage they love.
From May 15 – 21, all 50 states will be holding events including exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, beer and food pairings, tap takeovers and more to celebrate everything you love about America’s ever-advancing beer culture.
(May 18-25, 2017)
Then enjoy an endless and abounding list of events for the rest of the week.
Can’t make it to Chicago’s Beer Week? We’ve got you covered: #DrinkLocal Chicago has a great list of Chicago breweries, and craft beer recommendations.
(May 26-June 4, 2017)
In the spring of 2010, just after Vancouver completed the most successful Winter Olympic Games in history, a few craft beer enthusiasts gathered around a table and conspired over a few pints to arrive at a timely idea: to create Canada’s first week-long festival to showcase ‘real beer’ – and so, the first Vancouver Craft Beer Week was born. Fast forward 8 years (and add 70+ new craft breweries in BC) and VCBW has become the largest craft beer only celebration in Canada (15,000+ attendees) and has earned a reputation as Western Canada’s premier event for craft beer, cider, food, and music.
Don’t miss out on Vancouver’s stellar craft beer the other 358 days of the year; #DrinkLocal Vancouver is your interactive resource for local breweries and beer.
(June 5-9, 2017)
Bursting out of the wood work just like Alberta’s bustling craft beer industry, #yycbeerweek is here to showcase the best of Alberta brewing and food. A place where local brewers, chefs and Calgarian’s alike can revel in the artisanal mastery of a world-class industry that lies on our very doorstep. Throughout the week your favourite local restaurants will be serving-up amazing eats, exclusively paired with locally brewed craft beer.
Don’t wait for #yycbeerweek to get your fill of Alberta’s Craft brews; check out #DrinkLocal Calgary, an interactive guide to #yyc’s craft beer.
(June 8-18, 2017)
An 11-day celebration of beer in the world’s greatest beer city.
Portland Beer Week is eleven days of fun, educational, eye and palate opening eating and drinking events in the greatest beer city on earth. More than just a beer festival, Portland Beer Week is a celebration of craft beer culture and all of its tangents from food pairings to beer ice cream, artwork and design, film and science. Though our namesake is for the city of Portland, Oregon, we are not exclusive to only local brands and companies, we wish to bring the best of the beer world to Portland. Our goals are to showcase the world of beer in the greatest beer city on earth from brewer’s dinners, to tastings, seminars, festivals and games. Our grass roots organization was founded by beer journalists, taproom and bottle shop owners, craft beer entrepreneurs and brewery marketing experts in an effort to expand beer education and promote our city.
Checking out Portland outside of #pdxbeerweek? No prob — check out Drink Local Portland a place to find Portland’s greatest breweries and craft beers.
(June 10-18, 2017)
Organized by Ontario Craft Brewers®, Ontario Craft Beer Week is a province-wide festival that celebrates the independent, locally-based craft beer industry in Ontario and exposes consumers to the premium quality and culture of Ontario craft beer.
Having a hard time waiting for craft beer week? Check out #DrinkLocal Ottawa – an interactive guide to local breweries and beer!
(Expected: September, 2017)
Toronto Beer Week (TBW) is a collective series of events dedicated to the celebration and advancement of the craft beer movement. TBW showcases authentically brewed and flavourful beer, the talented brewers who create them, and the licensees who proudly support them. If you want great beer and excellent places to drink it, TBW is for you.
Getting anxious waiting for #beerweek?? We’ve got your back – #DrinkLocal Toronto – your guide to Toronoto’s breweries and craft beer
*2017 Event Over* (Expected March 2018)
Victoria Beer Week is a nine-day festival of events highlighting a broad selection of BC craft breweries while educating Greater Victoria residents about craft beer. VBW is fuelled by events that pair BC craft beer and local Victoria artisan food vendors, with a clear focus on showcasing quality BC craft beer and educating beer enthusiasts. Smaller tastings, seminars and micro-events happen at various venues throughout the week.
Missed this year’s event? No biggie — Victoria’s craft beer flows free all year around! Check out #DrinkLocal Victoria for craft beer recommendations.
Discover Craft Beer Week for yourself
Check out this great clip showcasing Nova Scotia’s Craft Beer Week:
- Beer it forward – A good deed with a twist
Contest Winners for tickets to the Calgary International Beer Festival from Just Beer
This is the list of winners; thank you to all who participated!
International Gruit Day
Interested in learning more about Gruit ales? Now’s your chance. Be part of International Gruit Day and learn more about that ancient brewing method.
Who Won the YYC Beer Week Cask War?
The final event of Calgary’s YYC Craft Beer Week was a Cask War. 8 Calgary breweries duked it out for the honour of attaining the Golden Cask. And the winner is…
The New Alberta Beer Tax: This Means War
Alberta’s new tax has taken the Canadian beer industry by storm. While they are offering $20m in grants to breweries that brew less than 30 million litres/year will this be enough to cover potential losses? Is the tax even constitutional? Will it help or hurt Alberta’s breweries?