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Where to drink beer in June

Mountaintop parties, brewery anniversaries, Philly Loves Beer and more start-of-summer events
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Sun King Brewing

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All month: The Beer Yogis Tour East DRAFT’s own Beer Runner highlighted The Beer Yogis’ 2016 cross-country roadtrip; now the duo is back for a series of yoga-and-beer classes across the Eastern half of the U.S. Both instructors are E-RYT 200 credentialed yoga instructors and have been hosting successful brewery yoga events for years. They bring that experience to this tour, which kicks off June 5 in Cleveland, Ohio, at Market Garden Brewery before stops in Detroit, Milwaukee, Chicago, D.C. and many more. Tickets for each class are $25 in advance or $30 at the door; read more and purchase tickets here.

June 1-11: Philly Loves Beer The “first, biggest and best beer week” returns for 10 days of beer events and revelry throughout Philadelphia; 2017 also marks the event’s 10th anniversary, if you’re into nice, round numbers. The celebration gets going Thursday, June 1 starting with the Hammer of Glory keg hammer relay leading up to Opening Tap, the kick-off party featuring unlimited samples from more than 40 breweries at The Fillmore Philadelphia. Opening Tap will be followed by PBW2017 (Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 11). Tickets for Opening Tap are $46 for general admission; $92 for VIP and are available here. Seriously, check out the Opening Tap brewery lineup which includes heavy-hitters like Troegs, 2SP, Allagash and many more. There are also a ton of other great tappings and events going on, so peruse the full calendar here. And if you want even more background on this groundbreaking beer week anniversary, read DRAFT contributor Joe Stange’s piece about Philly Loves Beer’s origins.

June 2: Burial’s Meet the Artist: David Paul Seymour & Beer Tasting Think Burial’s artwork is pretty cool? We do, too. Meet the artist behind it at this round-table discussion and Q&A that will explore the inspiration behind the visuals and names of some of Burial’s beers. For $20 admission, you get a Burial glass to keep, a David Paul Seymour print (Seymour will be on hand to sign prints) and access to the lower beer garden for a beer tasting and discussion with David Paul Seymour and the owners of Burial. Find more info here.

June 2-4: Funky Buddha 4th Anniversary South Florida’s Funky Buddha has gained nationwide fans in just four years, and it’s welcoming one and all with a weekend of events taking place at the Oakland Park taproom. Choose from a Friday night Golden Ticket tasting of 15 beer and gourmet food pairings (plus access to anniversary beer bottles); a free and open-to-the-public Beer Factory Bash on Saturday featuring tappings of four anniversary beers; or a ticketed Pure Imagination Brunch to cure what ails you on Sunday. See prices, details and buy tickets for all the weekend’s events here.

June 9-11: Portland Fruit Beer Festival Fruit beers have come a long way since their raspberry-wheat-beer infancy (nothing against a great raspberry wheat beer). Explore the new realm of fruit beers—tart, juicy, tropical, sour and more—at the 7th annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival taking place at its original location in front of Burnside Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. Organizers say this year’s selection is the most diverse yet, featuring more than 30 different beers brewed exclusively for the festival from breweries and cider makers from Brooklyn to San Diego, with many from the Pacific Northwest. General admission tickets are $20 and include a plastic glass and 12 drink tickets; a $25 option includes a collectible glass and 14 drink tickets. Get more info and buy tickets here.

Snowmass Rendezvous | Photo courtesy of Two Parts

Snowmass Rendezvous | Photo courtesy of Two Parts

June 10: Snowmass Rendezvous Thirty Colorado breweries, a mountain backdrop, live music … there are worse ways to spend a Saturday. Join breweries including Cerebral, FATE, Odd13, Our Mutual Friend, Storm Peak, Verboten and more for an afternoon beer festival on The Snowmass Mall followed by a performance from Hot Buttered Rum on the stage at Fanny Hill at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include unlimited samples; get more info and buy tickets here.

June 10: Pechanga Microbrew Festival & Chili Cook Off Enjoy unlimited samples of small-production beers from San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange counties (as well as some national offerings) alongside eight competing chilis at this ninth annual event hosted by Temecula, California’s Pechanga Resort & Casino. Chefs go head to head, vying for the title of best chili, while guests enjoy unlimited chili samples and more than 100 beer options, plus a silent auction, live music and more. Festival proceeds go to home building projects for low-income families and veterans through Habitat for Humanity programs. General admission tickets are $50; VIP are $65 and both are available here.

June 17: GoodLife 6th Anniversary Party The Bend, Oregon brewery raises a glass to six years in business with an afternoon party beginning at 2 p.m. at the taproom. Expect lawn games, food carts and live music beginning at 5 p.m. with a performance from Precious Bird. Beers will be available for purchase. Get more info here.

June 23-25: New England Brewfest Back for a 13th year in the fresh air of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, New England Brewfest offers three days of education workshops, tasting events and the popular Saturday night ON TAP festival. The ON TAP evening takes place slopeside at the Governor’s Lodge at Loon Mountain Resort brings together breweries and cider makers from across the region; see the full lineup here. General admission tickets for the ON TAP Saturday night event only are $40 and include all samples. Tickets for ON TAP and other weekend events are priced individually and are available here.

June 24: Renegade 6th Anniversary Party To celebrate six years of beer, Denver’s Renegade throws an afternoon birthday bash at the brewing facility on W. 1st Ave. It’s a ticketed affair this year, with three tier options that all include unlimited beer, plus music from headliner Hangman’s Hymnal. General admission tickets are $40 and include gets unlimited beer from 1-5 p.m., a taster glass and a $5 food voucher; $55 tickets include the same unlimited beer and $5 food voucher as general admission but instead of a taster, you’ll receive a stainless steel Renegade pint that gets you into the brewery’s Pint Club, saving you $1 off any pints you drink at the taproom when you bring your steel pint; VIP tickets cost $70 and include the same unlimited beer and stainless pint glass, plus early access starting at noon, small bite-and-beer pairings with exclusive beers that no one else will have access to and a chance to win a custom pair of Meier skis. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

Brewers at Against The Grain fill PET kegs.

Brewers at Against The Grain fill petainerKegs in advance of the Kentucky Craft Bash.

June 24: Kentucky Craft Bash The Kentucky Guild of Brewers presents this KY-specific beer festival attended by more than 30 of the state’s breweries including Against the Grain, Braxton, Country Boy, Goodwood, Great Flood, West Sixth and many more. The afternoon festival will take place from 1-5 p.m. at Louisville Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza (VIP entry at noon); tickets are $50 for general admission, which includes a cup and beer or $75 for VIP which includes the cup, beer, early entry and a swag bag. In an eco-friendly move, the festival will pour all beers from fully recyclable PET petainerKegs (a one-way PET keg uses 12 liters less water than a traditional steel keg, according to the manufacturer). Get more details and purchase tickets here.

June 24: 2nd Annual Kriekfest Oregon’s Hood River Valley loves its cherry beverages. Last year’s inaugural Kriekfest sold out, so the second go-round has added 11 new brands, bringing the total to more than 30 sour cherry beers, ciders and wines on offer from esteemed outfits including Bruery Terreux, Jester King, Drie Fonteinen, Lost Abbey, Modern Times and more. This is the largest festival devoted exclusively to barrel-aged cherry beverages, and it all takes place in Parkdale, Oregon, 60 miles east of Portland (bonus: The festival’s location at Solera Brewery offers photo-worthy views of Mt. Hood and nearby orchards). Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate if supplies remain; there is also a package that includes admission and chartered transportation from Portland for $69. Get more information and purchase tickets here.

June 24: Sun King Brewery’s 8th Anniversary Party The celebrated Indianapolis brewery turns eight this month and toasts with an evening parking lot party featuring live music and plenty of beer. Music includes DJ Helicon warming up for Nikki Lane as well as performances from Parker Millsap and Tyler Childers. Also expect food trucks to wash down limited-release beers on tap (including the return of seasonal favorite GFJ IPA). Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of; buy them ahead of time at Sun King locations or online.

June 24: Arcadia Ales Riversedge Summer Music Series Debut Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Arcadia Ales already boasts a sunny outdoor patio along a river; this month, it will debut a new bandshell that will host four concert nights throughout the summer. The series kicks off on June 24 with a diverse lineup of artists headlined by Crime Funk. Tickets are $10 per concert or $30 for all four; optional transportation is available from Kalamzoo BrewBus’ downtown stops for $3. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

Have a beer event you’d like included in an upcoming Where To Drink post? Email details to Kate Bernot at kate.bernot@draftmag.com

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