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Best Beer Festival (2020)

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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 dialog with their favorite brewmasters, sample paired foods and learn about a host of topics related to beer and brewing. 

  • Brewgaloo

    Brewgaloo
    Raleigh, N.C.

    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

  • Fresh Fest Beer Fest

    Fresh Fest Beer Fest
    Pittsburgh

    During the Fresh Fest Beer Fest in Pittsburgh's Allentown neighborhood, 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

  • Great American Beer Festival

    Great American Beer Festival
    Denver

    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

  • 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

  • Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival

    Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival
    Atlantic City

    Each spring, beer enthusiasts in the Atlantic City area descend upon the convention center for a weekend filled with suds, sounds and surprises. The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival has been going strong for over a decade, adding new elements to each edition. Besides sampling more than 1,000 beers from 200 different breweries, attendees can rock out to headlining bands, watch culinary demos from local chefs and compete with other beer geeks in a variety of competitions.
    Photo courtesy of Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival

  • Tailspin Ale Fest

    Tailspin Ale Fest
    Louisville

    This Louisville fest is all about beer and planes, and a great way to warm up in the dead of winter. Beer enthusiasts and flight fanatics gather amid a display of WWII-era aircraft at Bowman Field in the hangar at Louisville Executive Aviation. Also known as “Louisville’s Winter Warmer,” the event features more than 150 craft beers – including a section dedicated to Kentucky brews. Attendees also enjoy live music, the best of Louisville food trucks and great photo ops with vintage planes, pin-up girls and “fly boys.“
    Photo courtesy of Tailspin Ale Fest

  • Rare Beer Fest

    Rare Beer Fest
    Cincinnati

    This one-day festival at Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist Brewery is a celebration of rare, niche and hard-to-find beers. More than 40 breweries participate, bringing their finest selections to the event that almost always sells out in advance. Tickets include 10 samples and a tasting notebook, where beer lovers can record their new favorites.
    Photo courtesy of Rare Beer Fest

  • Charleston Beer Festival

    Charleston Beer Festival
    Charleston

    This event in Charleston’s Riverfront Park brings together more than 40 breweries from around the Carolinas pouring over a hundred different beers, as well as live music, food trucks, beer games, craft vendors and samples from the local homebrew community.
    Photo courtesy of Charleston Beer Festival

  • Suwanee Beer Fest

    Suwanee Beer Fest
    Suwanee, Ga.

    This Georgia St. Patrick’s Day Party doubles as one of the state’s biggest and best craft beer festivals, celebrating its tenth year in 2020. The event at Town Center Park features more than 350 craft beers (unlimited tastings), alongside live music, games, local food vendors and a homebrew contest.
    Photo courtesy of Suwanee Beer Fest

  • Dames and Dregs Beer Fest

    Dames and Dregs Beer Fest
    Atlanta

    This newer festival, now in its third year, “seeks to empower and educate the community by celebrating the female contributions to brewing.” You won’t find any bro culture here, but what you will find is more than 40 breweries pouring over 120 beers, 30 artist market vendors, food trucks, live bands and DJs, and female-led panel discussions on topics like business, activism, sustainability and, of course, brewing.
    Photo courtesy of Dames and Dregs Beer Fest

  • Brewgaloo
  • Fresh Fest Beer Fest
  • Great American Beer Festival
  • All Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival
  • Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival
  • Tailspin Ale Fest
  • Rare Beer Fest
  • Charleston Beer Festival
  • Suwanee Beer Fest
  • Dames and Dregs Beer Fest

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

  1. Brewgaloo - Raleigh, N.C.
  2. Fresh Fest Beer Fest - Pittsburgh
  3. Great American Beer Festival - Denver
  4. All Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival - Multiple Cities
  5. Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival - Atlantic City
  6. Tailspin Ale Fest - Louisville
  7. Rare Beer Fest - Cincinnati
  8. Charleston Beer Festival - Charleston
  9. Suwanee Beer Fest - Suwanee, Ga.
  10. Dames and Dregs Beer Fest - Atlanta

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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