Along with the ever-growing amount of breweries here in Greater Phoenix—more than 40 and counting—is the expanding roster of festivals with which to celebrate local brews, regional rarities and more.
Get the details and mark your calendars for the Phoenix beer festivals below:
February 17-February 18, 2018
Craft drinks will flow all weekend along the Scottsdale Waterfront at the Crushbrew Craft Festival, including a selection of beers from around the country. Cast your vote for your favorite to bestow the People's Choice Award on the best brewers in three categories, and take a break with music, games and a demo tent.
2018 Dates TBD
The bites: Samples from some of Westgate's tastiest purveyors including everything from tacos to waffle sandwiches. The brews: A lineup of 26 coast-to-coast breweries, with local and national favorites, poured in ten 4 oz samples included with your ticket. Try your hand at at life-sized beer pong or Jenga while you sip.
March 17-March 18, 2018
Veggie-loving sud-seekers are invited to a two-day vegan beer bash and lifestyle event, complete with food trucks, an artisan market, vegan programming and education, fitness classes and more entertainment.
March 2018 Dates TBD
Fact: Beer tastes better when drinking for a worthy cause. This locally-organized fundraising event is located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, where you'll get your hands on craft beer samples from over 30 breweries and mouthwatering bites from Phoenix food trucks. Admission includes 24 tickets to exchange for samples.
Civic Space Park, 424 N Central Ave, Phoenix
March 24, 2018
BBQ and beer just go together. That's why Downtown Chandler's annual festival serves up 20,000 pounds of barbecue and 200 kegs of craft beer to attendees. Highlights include a full day of live country music, grilling demos, and backyard beer games.
May 2018 Dates TBD
Crack open a cold one at a festival dedicated to the canned beer revolution. The brew lineup is stacked with 250 craft options from 100 local and national breweries, including some rare finds in the beer garden. Sip up to 20 samples with your general admission and take home a souvenir 4 oz can.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W Culver St, Phoenix
June 2018 Dates TBD
Throw on your best Irish ensemble and party like it's 1904 at Bloomin' Beerfest. The Irish Cultural Center commemorates Ulysses, the famous novel by James Joyce in a day full of beer tasting, live music, book readings, and food vendors.
McLelland Irish Library, 1106 N Central Ave, Phoenix
July 2018 Dates TBD
Things get real, wild, and woody at the Phoenix Convention Center as 65 breweries showcase their most unexpected flavors and seasonal sips. You can expect unconventional cask-conditioned and barrel aged brews, many of which you won't find anywhere else.
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix
October 2018 Dates TBD
It doesn't take much convincing when brats, brews, and free admission are on the line. In between 5K runs and wiener dog races, raise a stein full of Germany's own Spaten Lager or Franziskaner, or a local brew from Four Peaks (yes, they've got Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Porter).
Tempe Town Lake, 80 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
October 2018 Dates TBD
Unlimited bacon strips. Now that we have your attention, here's the rest on this festival of two favorites: The spring training home of the San Francisco Giants becomes the epicenter of suds and grub, including 25 original bacon dishes from local spots plus 50 options for craft beers.
Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale
September 29, 2018
Throw on your your lederhosen and lace up your dirndls for a taste of Munich in Chandler. Kick off the fall season at SanTan Oktoberfest, where you can dance to polka music, enter a bratwurst eating competition, and challenge the competition at beer games all with an ice cold beer in hand.
178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler
November 11, 2017
This beer festival takes over a downtown street to celebrate craft brews with plenty of local options from more than 50 breweries. General admission includes up to 30 2 oz pours with a commemorative mug and access to a vendor village, entertainment and food.
E Adams St & N 1st St, Phoenix
November 18, 2017
It's a prohibition party in Phoenix's warehouse district, where you'll dance, eat, and drink award-winning Arizona craft beers. Dress up in your finest cocktail attire and give a password at the door for an unforgettable craft beer and cuisine experience.
February 10, 2018
What started as a weekend celebration has since expanded into a ten-day celebration of Arizona's craft beer industry called Arizona Beer Week. Its premiere event, Arizona Strong Beer Festival, is designed for the true craft beer lover and boasts memorable and boutique beers—more than 400 on tap in all.
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February 2018 Date TBD
Some of the state's best brands in beer are battling for the "Lom-Beer-Di" trophy, and you're invited to sample your way through the competition. While judges score behind the scenes, patrons can dig into street eats, watch live music and sip local brews.