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Where to drink beer in June


Photo courtesy of GoodLife Brewing

Photo courtesy of GoodLife Brewing

After a too-quick Memorial Day weekend, it’s already June. (How time flies when you’re drinking beer.) Get out, enjoy the summer weather and hit up some of these beer events this month:

Americana Beer Fest, Washington, D.C.: This festival is a first for D.C., but it comes from Brews For The Brave, the folks behind the annual Outer Banks Americana Brewfest. The inaugural D.C. iteration takes place June 11 at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, and promises unlimited samples of more than 180 beers from 60-plus breweries (some of them veteran-owned), plus live music and food. Ticket proceeds benefit the Boulder Crest Retreat, a veteran wellness center based in Bluemont, Virginia. See the lineup of participating breweries and purchase tickets ($45 general admission; $100 VIP) at the festival’s website.

Starr Hill IPA Jambeeree, Crozet, Virginia: Another inaugural beer festival in Virginia (you guys sure like your beer events) takes place June 25 at Starr Hill Brewery’s Hangar Park. The hop-focused fest wrangles 15-plus Virginia breweries pouring more than 50 IPAs, plus food truck fare, music and hop growing exhibits. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and proceeds benefit Claudius Crozet Park.

Pints in the Pearl, Portland, Oregon: Beervana gets even beerier on June 4, when this new festival focused on Pearl District breweries debuts at the corner of NW 13th and Everett (the road will be closed to vehicle traffic). The all-ages event is free and includes music and family-friendly entertainment; in terms of beer, you’ll have to purchase tokens (available online) to try offerings from Fat Head’s, Deschutes, Bridgeport and 10 Barrel.

Last year's Philly Beer Week; photo by Stephen Lyford

Last year’s Philly Beer Week; photo by Stephen Lyford

Philly Beer Week, Philadelphia: Fresh off hosting Craft Brewers Conference in May, Philadelphia’s breweries and bars are back at it for Philly Beer Week, June 3-12. There’s a full calendar of events to wrap your head around, but the Opening Tap (taking place this year at The Fillmore on June 3) is not to be missed. It’s a 100% local beer festival, meaning every brewery invited must be located within 100 miles of City Hall. The Opening Tap is also the debut of the week’s official collaboration beer: Fire, Flood & Plague, a licorice porter Yards’ Tom Kehoe brewed at De Melon in Amsterdam. Tickets for Opening Tap are $46 for general admission; $92 for VIP and are available online.

Funky Buddha Three Years & Brewing Festival, Oakland Park, Florida: Has it been three years already? Funky Buddha celebrates on June 11 with a day-long celebration in Jaco Pastorius Park (adjacent to the tap room); expect 100 draft beers throughout the day, food trucks from across South Florida, and the exclusive release of two new bottled beers. No advance tickets will be sold; admission is $8 at the gate. More info is at Funky Buddha’s website.

Fort Collins Beer Week, Fort Collins, Colorado: From June 18-26, FoCo breweries will be awash in beer events from beer and bike brew cruises to a New Belgium 25th Anniversary Party. The signature event (and kickoff) is Brewers Olympics on June 18, when brewery teams compete in weird, messy and clever feats of skill. Tickets for the Olympics are $10 and can be purchased online. See the full beer week schedule here.

GoodLife Brewing 5th Anniversary Party, Bend, Oregon: Firkins will be tapped; experimental barrel-aged beers will pour; lawn games will be played; Wildland Session Ale will be released in cans. Bend’s GoodLife celebrates five years on June 18 with a daytime party on the lawn adjacent the brewery; come for food trucks and music, and if you have tickets for the Slightly Stoopid show that evening at the Les Schwab Ampitheater, that’s shaping up to be the unofficial afterparty. See more details on GoodLife’s Facebook page.

Battleship New Jersey Craft Beer Festival, Camden, New Jersey: Check “drink beer on a battleship” off your bucket list June 25, when the Garden State Brewers Guild puts on its annual event aboard USS Battleship New Jersey. The 20th annual event will unite more than 25 NJ breweries; tickets are $45-$55 and include a self-guided tour of the ship plus live music and 15 four-ounce samples (more available for purchase). Get details and purchase tickets here.

Pop-up Lagunitas Beer Garden at Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco: For 13 weeks this summer, Lagunitas Brewing sets up a temporary bar and beer garden in Ghirardelli Square Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. Look for live music between 3 and 6 p.m., plus $7 Lagunitas IPA, Pils, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ and Lucky 13. Pretzels and peanuts are free.



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


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