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Old 10-15-2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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Default We Need More Beer Festivals!

After travelling Europe a bit this summer I began to notice that we hardly ever have beer festivals here in the states. I went to Cambridge Beer Festival in Cambridge, England while in Europe and I must say it was one of the most amazing festivals I've ever been to.

WE NEED MORE BEER FESTIVALS HERE IN THE STATES!

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Old 10-15-2009, 10:43 PM   #2
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I couldn't agree more. Being a dedicated homebrewer, every day is a beer festival around here. Why don't you start one where you live?

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Old 10-15-2009, 10:45 PM   #3
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+1, I have been to one in Austin that was very fun, I think it was called Austin Beer fest. Don't know if it still goes on.

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I would just settle for more beer in my town and not "beer" (air quote marks), codeword for BMC

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Old 10-15-2009, 11:23 PM   #5
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I would love to start one in Houston, but I wouldn't even know where to begin. I guess I could start at my LHBS, but I doubt they would sponser anything. Maybe I should just put up a flyer at the LHBS and have a few kegs/bbq at the park or at my house.

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The difference is you can't find one church that would sponsor a beerfest.

In Germany, the church fests are called Kerwa's.

Around here in IL EVERY damn thing they conduct/hold has an entrance fee. I REFUSE to attend any of them...charge you to get in then overcharge you for their wares...who wants to pay to get screwed like that twice? Not me.

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Old 10-16-2009, 01:06 AM   #7
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The difference is you can't find one church that would sponsor a beerfest.

In Germany, the church fests are called Kerwa's.

Around here in IL EVERY damn thing they conduct/hold has an entrance fee. I REFUSE to attend any of them...charge you to get in then overcharge you for their wares...who wants to pay to get screwed like that twice? Not me.
I understand what you mean.

Another thing that I find unfortunate is that most Americans probably wouldn't even want to attend a beer festival that featured mostly ales. I think the ale style is becoming more and more popular in the U.S., but most people still prefer the BMC style. It's a damn shame if you ask me. I think it's pathedic that the wine industry in America has boomed, but the beer industry is still dominated by mostly crap IMHO. I'm pretty sure that until the days when most Americans realize that there is good beer other than BMC, I don't believe we will be seeing many beer festivals that are true to our style.

On the flip side, I even think I'd go to a BMC festival if there was one, but there's not even one of those!
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There seems to be plenty of beer festivals in the Pac NW. We had 3 in our town (Lewiston, ID) this year alone. This in a town that the Coors/Keystone ditributor win vacations every year cause thats all people drink around here.

First one just started this year and was put together by a local radio DJ.
2nd was put on by local catholic school.
3rd was our annual Homebrew club Oktoberfest.
All 3 came with food and 6 tastes included in the price. Then you could buy more tokens for full beers.
All had excellent Ales to try.

Now if you want the Grand Daddy of them all go to Portland the last full weekend in July. Oregon Brewers Festival. 80 different Breweries, 73,000 people over 4 days. My wife and I went for the first time this year and had a great time. Portland alone in the summer must have a small one (festival) here or there every weekend.

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Michigan Brewers Guild has 4 annually. Summer Beer Fest, Winter Beer Fest, Harvest Beer Fest and Yooper Beer Fest. The later two are new as of 2009.

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Old 10-16-2009, 02:17 AM   #10
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Yeah, here in Texas we have a couple ones in west Texas (a lot of Germans live in west Tx,) but they're not like what I experienced in England. England was just tons of micro breweries in a tent you gave them a couple of pounds and they filled up your pint glass with delicious cellar temp ales, perries, meads, and ciders. The event was put together by CAMRA.

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