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Where to drink beer in May


On the cusp of a new month, we bring you a bevy of beer-imbibing opportunities from coast to coast. If you have an event that you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in an upcoming month’s roundup, please send it to me via the email address below this post. Onward:

Courtesy of New Belgium

The deck at New Belgium’s new Asheville brewery; Courtesy of New Belgium

New Belgium’s new Asheville brewery debut, Asheville, North Carolina: New Belgium throws open the doors to its Asheville brewery on Tuesday, May 2; stop in that week and you’ll be one of the first to sip beers in the new “Liquid Center” tasting room (brewery tours won’t begin until summer). The 6,000-square-foot taproom opens to a deck above the new greenway and French Broad River; tasting room hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Madison Craft Beer Week, Madison, Wisconsin: This college town needs little excuse to drink beer, but the city’s giving itself 10 days of extra-special reasons to do just that. Check out the calendar for special New Glarus events, rare Wisconsin beer tappings and more between April 29 and May 8.

Pints & Pups, Boom Island Brewing, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Combining two of our favorite things (and for a good cause), Minneapolis brewery Boom Island welcomes seven local dog rescue and adoption partners to its parking lot for the second annual event on May 14. Check out dogs ready for adoption and fostering, visit dog-related vendors or just order a pint and know that a portion of sales for the day will be donated to rescue organizations. Find more info here.

Cheers to Belgian Beers festival, Portland, Oregon: Back for a tenth year, the celebration of Belgian-style brews returns May 13-14 at North Warehouse. Each year, participating Oregon brewers must create beers with a single yeast strain; this year’s is 58 Lioness. It’s a strain that works especially well in red and brown Belgian styles, but can also be applied to lighter styles. Admission to the festival is free, but beer sampling tickets can be bought for $20 (ten tickets, including a glass); additional tickets are available for $1 each. Read more here and find the list of participating breweries here.

Copperpoint Brewing 1-Year Anniversary, Boynton Beach, Florida: The relatively new Sunshine State brewery fetes its first year with a May 21 parking lot party, inviting food trucks and brewery friends 26 Degrees Brewing Company, Barrel of Monks, Devour Brewing Company, Due South Brewing, Funky Buddha and others to pour from noon to 8 p.m. All beers are $4; no admission fee required. See the Facebook events page here.

Last year's Taste the Rarity festival; photo by Creation Studios

Last year’s Taste the Rarity festival; photo by Creation Studios

Taste the Rarity, Wiseacre Brewing, Memphis, Tennessee: The May 21 event marks the release of Unicornicopia 2016, a gin barrel-aged Double IPA, and includes live music from Mighty Souls Brass Band, Big Barton and more, plus backyard games and food trucks. Other attending breweries include Half Acre, 3 Floyds, Perennial, High Cotton, Ghost River, Surly and Singlecut. Tickets cost $53.74; purchase tickets and see more details here.

Elevation Beer Company 4th Anniversary Party, Poncha Springs, Colorado: On May 14, Elevation toasts to four years with an all-day brewery party that includes special tappings, patio games and a free concert from Trout Steak Revival as well as Mo’Champipple & the Miso Horns. The tasting room will pour Elevation brews throughout the day, including some beers making their draft-only debut during the party. Food will also be available from Eddy Out Grille food truck. See the Facebook event page here.

Beer Bacon Music Festival, Frederick, Maryland: Cold beer, hot bacon and live music collide on May 21 at this all-ages festival that features nearly 100 beers (samples for one cent each; full pours for $5), a Roast House Pub bacon bar (bacon is included in the ticket price) and music from The Kelly Bell Band, The Knight Bothers and Ten Feet Tall.  Participating breweries include 21st Amendment, Bell’s, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, Otter Creek, Rar and Troegs. Tickets are $40-$55; get more information and purchase tickets here.

Dry Dock Brewing’s The Dock disc golf course, Aurora, Colorado: Joining Smuttynose in the league of breweries with disc golf courses, Dry Dock has added a course in partnership with Flying Green Disc Golf. It’s located on the northwest side of the brewery’s North Dock facility and features nine nautically-themed holes with alternate tee boxes for 18 holes. The course is open during daylight hours, rain or shine; the nearby Canoe Room is your stop for beers after a round. Read more here.

3 Sheeps Brewing Co.’s new taproom, Sheboygan, Wisconsin: The Sheboygan brewery debuted its new 10,000-square-foot tasting room and barrel house at the tail end of April; stop in to the former Coca-Cola Distribution Plant for a taste of 16 beers, including experimental and small-batch pours (there’s also a cask to showcase English styles). Growlers and beer to-go are also available. Find more information here.


Kate Bernot is DRAFT’s beer editor. Reach her at kate.bernot[at]draftmag.com.


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