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Best Beer Festival (2022)

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Beer festivals not only offer attendees the chance to sample numerous brews – sometimes even rare and one-off pours – these events also allow beer fans to get to know their favorite brewmasters, sample paired foods, and learn all about beer and brewing. 

  • Suwanee Beer Fest

    Suwanee Beer Fest
    Suwanee, Georgia

    This Georgia St. Patrick’s Day Party doubles as one of the state’s biggest and best craft beer festivals. The event at Town Center Park features more than 350 craft beers (unlimited tastings), live music, games, local food vendors, and a homebrew contest.

    Photo courtesy of Suwanee Magazine

  • Great Taste of the Midwest

    Great Taste of the Midwest
    Madison, Wisconsin

    One of the longest-running beer events in North America, this craft beer festival brings more than 190 of the Midwest’s finest craft brewers to Madison each year. Attendees can taste more than 1,400 beers, attend beer-centric seminars, sample foods from local vendors and enjoy acoustic music, all while strolling through a beautiful park overlooking Lake Monona.
    Photo courtesy of Scott Mauer

  • Barrel & Flow Fest

    Barrel & Flow Fest
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    During Pittsburgh's Barrel & Flow Fest, formerly known as Fresh Fest, some 3,000 craft beer industry professionals and enthusiasts come together for a weekend celebrating Black-owned breweries with collaborations with Black artists and entrepreneurs from throughout Pennsylvania and the country.
    Photo courtesy of Fresh Fest Beer Fest

  • Brewgaloo

    Brewgaloo
    Raleigh, North Carolina

    During Brewgaloo, festival goers enjoy beers from more than 110 North Carolina breweries paired with bites from 50 food trucks and vendors, all to the sounds of live music. The Raleigh festival is the largest of its kind in the state.
    Photo courtesy of Shop Local Raleigh/Greater Raleigh Merchants Association

  • Great American Beer Festival

    Great American Beer Festival
    Denver, Colorado

    Denver becomes ground zero for beer fans each fall, when the Brewers Association presents the largest collection of American beers in one spot at this premier beer festival. Hundreds of breweries participate, and beers are served by their brewers, giving enthusiasts the opportunity to speak with them personally. An educational component features talks by top brewers and innovators, beer-making demos, beer pairing sessions and even a pavilion dedicated to sustainability. The festival is also a competition, with medals being awarded in more than 90 beer style categories.
    Photo courtesy of Brewers Association

  • Bridge Blast

    Bridge Blast
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Bridge Blast, presented by City Built Brewing, is an annual beer festival that takes over Grand Rapids’ Sixth Street Bridge for a fun-filled day of live music, food trucks, and great beer. The event is also known to support and benefit local non-profits.
    Photo courtesy of ozgurcoskun // Getty Images

  • Brownie Bash

    Brownie Bash
    Sandy Springs, Georgia

    Inspired by Pontoon Brewing’s barrel-aged pastry stout series - Brownie Batter, Brownie Bash is an annual event in Sandy Springs, Georgia, that features close to 100 breweries. In addition to the many noteworthy beers available, the brownie baking competition sets this festival apart from other nominees. Each year, there is a People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice award, with the baker of the Judge’s Choice being invited to collaborate with Pontoon Brewing on the following year’s Brownie Batter release.
    Photo courtesy of Ali Shiraef

  • Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer

    Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer
    Chicago, Illinois

    The Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer is among the world’s largest and most prestigious barrel-aged beer festivals. Hosted in Chicago since 2003, the event welcomes 200 craft breweries from across the United States to showcase more than 400 of their rarest, most innovative wood and barrel-aged brews, competing for best-in-show honors and a coveted FoBAB medal.
    Photo courtesy of Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

  • All Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival

    All Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival
    Multiple Cities

    The All Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival takes over ballparks in cities across the nation, with upcoming events in Arlington, Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Tampa. Festival tickets include unlimited samples, with more than 200 beer, wine and cocktail options (with a heavy focus on local offerings), live music, a keepsake sampling class, yard games and free or discounted tickets to an upcoming ballgame.
    Photo courtesy of Hannah Snyder

  • Strong Beer Festival

    Strong Beer Festival
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Wrecking Bar Strong Beer Festival started in 2013 and is an annual festival dedicated to introducing attendees to more than a hundred of Georgia’s best and strongest (at least 8% ABV) beers. The price of admission allows festival goers to enjoy all the beer they can safely consume.
    Photo courtesy of Mary Fiorello

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The top 10 winners in the category Best Beer Festival are as follows:

  1. Suwanee Beer Fest - Suwanee, Georgia
  2. Great Taste of the Midwest - Madison, Wisconsin
  3. Barrel & Flow Fest - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  4. Brewgaloo - Raleigh, North Carolina
  5. Great American Beer Festival - Denver, Colorado
  6. Bridge Blast - Grand Rapids, Michigan
  7. Brownie Bash - Sandy Springs, Georgia
  8. Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer - Chicago, Illinois
  9. All Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival - Multiple Cities
  10. Strong Beer Festival - Atlanta, Georgia

 A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning festivals!

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