Beer festivals are a great way to introduce yourself to different styles of beer and new breweries in your area. It is also a great place for people watching, meeting new people and enjoying time with your friends.
Often brewers will brew a batch especially for the festival, like firkin festivals, cask festivals, winter ale festivals. These will be available only at the festival and you may never have the opportunity to try them again.
Sometimes there is a competition between brewers for best beer, or People’s Choice awards given based on the number of beers poured, tokens collected or ballots submitted.
The drop down includes festivals we at HTBN have been to or want to attend in the future. We try to balance cost against the uniqueness of the opportunity. If you are going to pay $40 for a three hour event where you wait in long lines to drink ten four ounce beers, they better be damn special beers, and not something you can get at the taproom or in a bottle at the corner grocery store.