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Where to drink beer in July

Check out a baseball museum inside a brewery, an Asheville art-and-beer market and more great summer beer destinations.

July is a solid beer-drinking month by any estimations. Americans will spend around $1 billion on beer just to toast the Fourth of July, and in many places, hot temperatures necessitate a full cooler for the entire 31 days of the month. Here’s where to drink the good stuff this month, if you can be persuaded to leave your lawn chair:

Last year's Real, Wild & Woody Festival, courtesy of Arizona Craft Brewers Guild

Last year’s Real, Wild & Woody Festival, courtesy of Arizona Craft Brewers Guild

Real, Wild & Woody festival, Phoenix, Arizona: The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild presents a third year of Real, Wild & Woody on July 23 at the Phoenix Convention Center. It brings together more than 50 breweries pouring barrel-aged, wild and cask beers from Southwest breweries (Barrio, Borderlands, Huss and more) as well as out-of-towners including Almanac, Destihl and Bell’s. Tickets are $57 for general admission and are available here.

Double Mountain Brewery’s new Portland location, Portland, Oregon: Hood River, Oregon’s Double Mountain will open a second taproom sometime in the next few weeks in southeast Portland at 4336 SE Woodstock. The new spot will offer outdoor patio seating, New Haven-style pizza, and of course, year-round and specialty releases brewed in Hood River. Follow the Portland location’s progress via Facebook.

Tony Gwynn Museum at AleSmith Brewing, San Diego, California: In time for MLB’s All-Star Weekend, AleSmith Brewing opens the Tony Gwynn Museum inside the brewery’s Miramar taproom on July 8. The museum, tucked into the northwest corner of the 25,000-square-foot taproom, will display a rotating collection of approximately 300 pieces of memorabilia supplied by Gwynn’s widow. Admission is free, though guests are encouraged to make a donation to the Tony & Alicia Gwynn (TAG) Foundation, a non-profit organization working to assist underprivileged youth; the museum is open the same hours as the taproom. Find more information on AleSmith’s Facebook page.

15th Annual Roadhouse Brew Fest, Hillsboro, Oregon: This long-running outdoor beer festival returns July 16 to McMenamins’ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, featuring beers not just from McMenamin’s breweries but from local guest breweries, plus tours of the brewery and distillery and live bands. Admission is free and the festival is family-friendly. See the McMenamins’ website for more information. (Fun fact: The Cornelius Pass Roadhouse brewpub turns 150 years old this year. How’s that for staying power?)

Courtesy of Burial Beer Co.

Courtesy of Burial Beer Co.

Burial’s Moonlit Art Markets, Asheville, North Carolina: The second Thursday of each month through October, Burial Beer Co. hosts an art market at its South Slope brewery featuring goods (ceramics, visual art, leather goods, etc.) and music from local artists from 8-11 p.m. Given Asheville’s artsy rep, the wares are sure to be solid. Find more details on the brewery’s Facebook page.

Breakside Brewery 3rd Annual Summer Luau, Milwaukie, Oregon: The third annual Hawaiian-themed event is back at the brewery’s Milwaukie taproom; $15 gets you a glass plus four tickets for tastings (Wanderlust IPA through a mango Randall, hello!), plus music and games and a kid-friendly atmosphere. It’s also the day Breakside releases its popular Passionfruit Sour on draft, which sounds totally delicious alongside the Hawaiian barbecue feast the brewery’s cooking up. Find more details here.

Funk on the Water, Burlington, Vermont: On July 14, the evening before Vermont Brewers Festival kicks off, Burlington’s Foam Brewers host a night dedicated to funky and sour beers; look for a special release from Foam as well as draft pours and a Pink Dot bottle release from under-the-radar blendery House of Fermentology. Food truck Dolce VT and vinyl DJs Local Dork round out the night. Keep an eye on the brewery’s Facebook page for more info.

Breckenridge Brewery Hootenanny, Littleton, Colorado: Bands and beer take over Breckenridge’s 12-acre property for an all-day July 9 party featuring music from Big Head Todd and the Monsters along with Robert Randolph and the Family Band and many more acts, plus a pig roast and beer tents. General admission tickets begin at $45 and are available here.

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

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