Craft in Concert

When great beer and bands get together, the results rock.

beer_landsThere’s nothing better than taking a great band’s show while sipping a crazy-good beer. We know: we spent a week in Tennessee recently doing that very thing at Bonnaroo (and can’t wait to get back for 2015). While we’re past summer’s halfway point, there’s still time to plan some road trips.

What’s your favorite fest? Tell us below.

And read on for recommendations on some of summer’s best jam sessions.

Outside Lands (CA)
For this year’s Outside Lands Festival, in San Francisco Aug 8-10, organizers once again tapped Dave McLean of Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery to curate the awesomely all-Californian “Beer Lands” party. So when you’re not getting down to the sounds of Tom Petty, Disclosure, and Cut Copy (to name but a few), you can be sipping the latest libations from Cali favorites like Golden Road, Drake’s, Almanac, Linden Street, and Sierra Nevada. We absolutely love this fest. See you there?

Pickathon (OR)
Not only is the lineup great (Nickel Creek, The War on Drugs, Blind Pilot…on and on it goes), four different food and drink gardens will be stocked by acclaimed Oregon breweries, cider makers, wineries, and distilleries including Fort George Brewery, Wandering Aengus Cider, and Dogwood Distilling. That’s just the start: Laurelwood Brewery, Crux Fermentation Project, GoodLife Brewing, and Gigantic Brewing (among others) will also take the taps by storm. Feast your eyes here.

Ommegang Summer Concert Series (NY)
Every summer the makers of the Game of Thrones tribute beers and Hennepin farmhouse ale bring marquee artists to their bucolic farmhouse brewery in upstate New York. Still remaining this year? Conor Oberst with Dawes, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Neutral Milk Hotel. Get your info and tickets here.

Ed Fest (CO)
This year’s Ed Fest , organized by Colorado’s Crazy Mountain Brewery, brings together the likes of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Green Flash Brewing Company, Telluride Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Company, and no less than 55 more. Also on tap? Gourmet bites from local restaurants and food trucks, and live music by the nationally-renowned North Mississippi Allstars making one and one stop only in Colorado this summer.


Photo Credit: Wendy Goodfriend

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