Conquered the big beer festivals? Already have your ticket booked for GABF? Here are some next-level beer events to check out in 2016:
One of Europe’s very best fests is late September’s Borefts Beer Festival at South Holland’s Brouwerij de Molen. De Molen’s created a destination beer festival by inviting some of its cleverest brewing friends—like Alvinne, Burning Sky and Gänstaller—to bring their showstopping beers to share with traveling beer geeks from all over Europe. Plus, the brewery is on a canal near a windmill for added Dutch credibility.
Hear four brewing legends on one stage—Jim Koch of Boston Beer Co., Dick Yuengling of D.G. Yuengling & Son, Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada—as they answer questions and chat about the future of American beer at Meeting of the Malts on March 24 at SteelStacks, an event space in the former home of Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Get tickets fast; they sell out each year.
Love Berliner weisses and goses? Plan to attend the first-ever Kettle Sour Fest at Stickmen Brewing Co., slated for the third weekend in May. Enjoy postcard-worthy-views of Lake Oswego, Oregon, while you sip a spectrum of tart beers from plenty of area breweries.
Each May, in the city where Mikkeller was founded a decade ago, the Copenhagen Beer Celebration gathers Mikkeller’s hand-picked brewer-friends from around the world, each expected to bring his or her “eight craziest beers.”
Every September, Slunce ve Skle fest near Pilsen in the Czech Republic welcomes more than 60 independent breweries from across Bohemia, plus a few from neighboring Bavaria. It’s the best chance to sip a wide range of sublime Czech lager and top-fermented playthings.