Summer is just about here, and that means the weekend calendars are packed with beer events nearly every single weekend.
Here’s a look at several upcoming events that all look like a lot of fun. I’m hoping to get to most, if not all of these.
First up is Julio’s Liquor’s 11th Annual Spring Beer Fest. The free festival will be on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rte. 9 liquor store.
The festival will feature 50 breweries, including Ballast Point, Bear Republic, City Steam, High & Mighty, Rising Tide, Victory and Wormtown.
Also, the latest Julio’s Liquors exclusive beer, brewed by Smuttynose, will debut on Sunday. The Fashionable Old Ale is brewed and bottled exclusively for Julio’s Liquors.
The fundraiser will feature 24 lager casks, and all the money will be donated to One Mission, which helps fund for research and treatment for children’s cancer patients.
Tickets are $10 a head of time, or $15 at the door, which gets you a souvenir glass. Beers will be $5 a pint or $2.50 for a six ounce pour.
The Lager Cask Fundraiser will be held on Friday, May 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Participating breweries include Jack’s Abby, Mahr’s, The Tap Brewing Company, Pretty Things, Berkshire Brewing Company, Left Hand Brewing Company, Notch Brewing, Watch City Brewing Company, John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House, Blue Point Brewing, Martha’s Exchange, Thomas Hooker, Cape Cod Beer and the Harpoon Brewery.
On May 31, the Sherborn Business Association will host its annual Summer Brewfest from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Sherborn Inn.
Proceeds will benefit the Sherborn Community Action Fund.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets are available at the Sherborn Inn, Rose’s Automotive, Sherborn Wine & Spirits, Sherborn Market and Walgeens.
Beginning on the same day is the Beer Advocate’s American Craft Beer, held at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston.
Tickets are still available for the March 31 session, and the second June 1 session, beginning at 6 p.m.
The festival, the largest in New England, will feature more than 600 beers from more than 140 breweries.
The list looks fantastic, and features several breweries that I’ve never seen at the ACBF. For a list of breweries and beers, and to buy tickets, click here.
There are three sessions – session one is on June 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is the homebrew showcase night. The next two sessions are on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Participating breweries include Blue Hills, Cambridge Brewing Company, Idle Hands Craft Ales, Notch Brewing, Peak Organic Brewing and Rapscallion. Local meaderies participating are the Artisan Beverage Cooperative/Green River Ambrosia Meadery and Moonlight Meadery. Local cider maker Bantam Cider Co. will also be on hand.
Tickets are $35 and available by clicking here.
The event challenges chefs to create the perfect beer and food pairing.
The winners from four regional competitions will travel to “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown” later this year to compete for the national Hop Chef winner.
Participating chefs include Joshua Smith of Franklin Cafe, Brian Young of the Citizen Public House, Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Michael Lombardi Jr. of the Salty Pig and Josh Harrison of the Publick House.
Each chef prepares a dish to be paired with an Ommegang ale, and they will defend their dish to national and local food critics.
As well as the judges, the event will be open to 300 people, who will be able to taste all of the dishes.
Tickets are $60 each and are available by clicking here.
Finally, WBGH is hosting its first ever Craft Beer Fest on July 13 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at its studies in Boston.
The event will feature beers from Baxter Brewing Company, Blue Hills Brewery, Boston Beer Works, Naukabout, Newburyport Brewing Company, Peak Organic, Pretty Things, Slumbrew and Smuttynose.
Tickets are available by clicking here.