On the cusp of a new month, it’s time to scout new beer desinations. If I had an unlimited domestic travel budget, no full-time job and guaranteed positive airport bar interactions, this would be my beer bucket list for February 2015:
NYC Beer Week: From February 20 through March 1, the Big Apple becomes even more awash in beer than it normally is (for a guide to NYC any time of year, see our Beertown, USA: Manhattan feature). Events during Beer Week include tours, crawls and the Brewers Choice bash.
Pike Brewing Co. ChocoFest, Seattle: On February 8, Pike opens all three of its building’s floors for the seventh annual festival of all things beer and chocolate. Expect live music, sweet and savory food, oysters, beer, cider, mead and more. This year, the festival adds a chocolate cask beer section.
Enegren Tap Room, Moorpark, Calif.: The brewery’s new building and tasting room opened at the tail end of January, located across the street from the former, smaller location. Stop in for tastings, tours and live music.
Cider Summit Chicago: Cider Summit’s only Midwest fest takes over Chicago’s Navy Pier ballroom on February 7 with two sessions, each featuring more than 150 ciders. Beyond crisp, classic English styles, seek out funkier Basque styles and sparkling French versions.
Omaha Beer Week: Between Feb. 13 and 20, Omaha hosts a slew of beer-centric events, including pint specials, brew bus tours, special tappings and more. Appropriately for Valentine’s Day, there’s a beer-fueled speed-dating night.
Pinball at West Sixth Brewing, Lexington, Kent.: West Sixth opened up seating in the brewery’s barrel room, and added a totally genius pinball selection. A Cocoa Porter and some high scores? Count me in.
Arizona Beer Week: Hope you’ve recovered from the big game in time to celebrate between Feb. 12 and 21. The highlight for many? The Arizona Strong Beer Festival on Feb. 14 in Phoenix. Need more AZ beer? Check out our picks for where to drink in downtown Phoenix.