A Summer Hopping With Brewfests

Although the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is only three days and nights, once you get to Telluride, you won't want to go home. (Telluride Brews & Blues Festival)

What’s on tap for this summer of fun? Along with sampling some of the finest craft beers around, a trip to a beer festival this summer also means live music, tempting food, and another perfect reason to get outside and enjoy the mountains. 

Mammoth Festival of Beers and BluesapaloozaCalifornia’s Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza, August 4-7, started 21 years ago with just ten breweries and a handful of beer-lovers. The event today attracts thousands of attendees from all over the world and is recognized as one of the best festivals of its kind in the United States.

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In Vermont, sample more than 50 craft beers, cider and wine at Okemo’s Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival, August 5-7, while enjoying live music, craft vendors, food trucks and Okemo’s Adventure Zone in the Jackson Gore courtyard.

Mount Snow Brewer's FestivalThe Mount Snow Brewers Festival, September 3-4, is one of the premier events of its kind in the Northeast with 50+ breweries pouring 100+ beers and ciders. Get out early on Saturday the 3rd for the annual Hops for Hope 5K run.

Telluride Blues & Brews, September 16-18, takes place in the resort town of Telluride, Colorado, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Blues & Brews is a three-day celebration of blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances - accompanied by some of the best microbreweries in the country, a wide variety of food and craft vendors, children's activities, and late night shows.

Also in Colorado, the Winter Park Beer Festival, August 6, is a “don’t miss” for beer aficionados, music lovers and festival goers. New this year, attendees who pre-purchase tickets can enjoy exclusive tastings and special brews from 12-1 p.m.