THE DRINK NATION IS A FREE RESOURCE FOR FINDING EVERYTHING AWESOME ABOUT DRINKING IN YOUR LOCATION

Epic Beer Festivals Hit Cities Across the Nation

by Carrie Dow on Mar 28, 2013 in Event Listing
Epic Beer Festivals Hit Cities Across the Nation

The first of several nationwide Epic Beer Festivals took place in San Diego the weekend of March 15 and 16. Next the fest will hit Denver, then Dallas and Philadelphia, among many others planned. We went out to California for the inaugural bash, and what an epic event it was.

San Diego, CA was a good first stop, since the region is one of the great beer brewing areas in the U.S., with over 30 craft breweries and counting. The event featured more than 88 breweries from California and beyond, pouring over 250 types of beer. All three sessions sold out completely, and on Friday night the VIP guests included All-Star Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez. Definitely epic.

How does an Epic Beer Festival work? Modeled after the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Epic brings in the breweries and the beer. You buy a ticket and receive a 2-oz. tasting mug. Then you sample as many beers as you want for the next three hours. Plus, Epic bottle openers were given out to all and the proceeds of Epic t-shirt sales went to a fine San Diego charity, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. The lucky few who were able to get VIP tickets (which sold out three months prior) were allowed entrance to the festival one hour early for a more private beer tasting.

Epic’s next big event will take place in GABF’s hometown of Denver, CO, on June 28 and 29. The current beer list for that event is even more epic with 120 breweries and over 300 types of beer. Tickets are already available for $40 each. Spring for an $80 VIP ticket to gain access an hour early and a t-shirt. Can’t make it to Denver? Dates for the Epic Festivals in Dallas and Philadelphia will be announced soon.

Want to be an integral part of the action? The best way to experience an Epic Beer Festival is to volunteer - hundreds of people are needed to pour beer, sell t-shirts and pass out mugs. Epic had great volunteers in California and hope that continues with each city - if you’re in Denver you can sign up today.

Recent Articles

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Bud Light Keeps its Promise to Give Eagles Fans Free Beer

Bud Light Keeps its Promise to Give Eagles Fans Free Beer

Bud Light is making good on its promise to provide Philadelphians free beer after the team's heroic win over the New England Patriots in the Super Bow...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Feb 6, 2018
Despite Reports, Nobody in California Will Go to Jail Over Plastic Straws

Despite Reports, Nobody in California Will Go to Jail Over Plastic Straws

Over the last few days, there's been a lot of drama around California's alleged 'Straw Ban,' a bill, that woul...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Feb 1, 2018
Philadelphia's Yards Brewing Co. and Boston's Harpoon Brewery Have Made a Super Bowl Bet

Philadelphia's Yards Brewing Co. and Boston's Harpoon Brewery Have Made a Super Bowl Bet

Philly's Yard Brewing Co. and Boston's Harpoon Brewery are putting faith in their home teams by making a bet o...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jan 30, 2018
SPONSORED
Disneyland is Getting a Brewery

Disneyland is Getting a Brewery

Disneyland in California will open its own brewery in 2018 - the brewery itself will be a Ballast Point Brewery, and it will be located specifically i...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 30, 2018
A World of Pure Inebriation Awaits You at this Willy Wonka-Themed Bar in NYC

A World of Pure Inebriation Awaits You at this Willy Wonka-Themed Bar in NYC

Willy Wonka's chocolate factory has its own pop-up at the LOCL in the Nylo Hotel of the Upper West Side....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jan 30, 2018
Pennsylvania Bar Sells 'Tide Pod' Shot That Won't Kill You

Pennsylvania Bar Sells 'Tide Pod' Shot That Won't Kill You

The $4 shot is available at Molly's Irish Grille & Sports Pub in Bethlehem, PA and is layered with blue Curaco, Bailey's and vodka dyed orange....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jan 24, 2018
Bacardi Picks Up Patron Tequila in a Massive Consolidation Deal

Bacardi Picks Up Patron Tequila in a Massive Consolidation Deal

Bacardi Limited, the makers of Bacardi Rum, announced it had acquired the makers of Patron Spirits in a deal valued at $5.1 billion, CBNC reports....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jan 24, 2018
Pitbull is Opening a Mojito Bar in Miami

Pitbull is Opening a Mojito Bar in Miami

he nightclub, bar and restaurant is set to open in the summer of 2018 and with the name iLov305, a testament to the lov' Miami residents have for thei...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jan 24, 2018
If You Love Gin, You Need to Book a Trip to This U.K. Spa

If You Love Gin, You Need to Book a Trip to This U.K. Spa

Glasgow is now home to the straightforwardly named The Gin Spa. There, guests can sip on gin cocktails while being pampered by a number of 'gin inspir...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jan 18, 2018
Behind the Bar: Jillian Vose of The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog

Behind the Bar: Jillian Vose of The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog

For this installment of Behind the Bar, we got the chance to interview award-winning bartender Jillian Vose, who is currently the bar manager and beve...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 16, 2018
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close