As the temperatures rise and the sun graces the skies with its golden glow, beer enthusiasts and festival lovers alike eagerly anticipate the most exciting time of the year: summer. And what better way to celebrate the season than by raising a glass of your favorite brew at one of Pennsylvania’s captivating beer festivals? Nestled within picturesque landscapes and vibrant cityscapes, these festivals offer a remarkable blend of frothy delights, delectable bites, and an electric atmosphere that embodies the spirit of summer merriment.
Pennsylvania, a state steeped in brewing history, boasts an impressive lineup of beer festivals that cater to every palate, from the seasoned craft beer connoisseur to the casual beer sipper looking to explore new flavors. Join us as we embark on a journey through the heart of this beer lover’s paradise, where we’ll unveil a curated list of upcoming beer festivals that promise to be the highlight of your summer.
Philly Beer Week
Every year, the vibrant city of Philadelphia transforms into a beer lover’s paradise as it hosts one of the most iconic and anticipated events on the craft beer calendar: Philly Beer Week. This week-long celebration of craft beer culture brings together brewers, enthusiasts, and newcomers alike for a series of tastings, tap takeovers, special events, and educational sessions. As a homage to the city’s rich history and deep-rooted brewing tradition, Philly Beer Week showcases the diverse and dynamic world of craft beer while fostering a sense of community and camaraderie.
Glen Rock Arts and Brew Fest
Glen Rock, PA
Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Glen Rock, a small town with a big heart, the Glen Rock Arts and Brew Fest stands as a testament to the harmonious fusion of artistry and craft. This annual event paints the town with vibrant colors, melodious tunes, and the effervescent spirit of community, as it brings together artists, musicians, brewers, and attendees for a delightful celebration of creativity and flavor.
Brewfest at Mount Hope
Nestled within the rolling hills of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the BrewFest at Mount Hope stands as a vibrant testament to the harmonious marriage of craft beer, entertainment, and historical charm. Hosted on the sprawling grounds of the Mount Hope Estate & Winery, this annual event beckons beer aficionados, music lovers, and festival enthusiasts to indulge in a sensory journey that spans from the bold flavors of carefully crafted brews to the enchanting sounds of live performances.
Milton Beer Fest
Mark your calendars for the much-anticipated 2023 Milton Beer Fest, set to take place on Saturday, June 10th, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. This exciting event will unfold in the heart of downtown Milton, just beside the Milton Veterans Memorial and the Milton Moose Family Center, conveniently located at 139 S. Front Street, Milton, PA. Prepare for an exceptional experience as you’re treated to an impressive gathering of more than 50 craft breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries at The Milton Beer Fest!
Notably, this festival proudly features the very best from the Susquehanna River Valley, including the renowned breweries along the esteemed River Rat Brew Trail. It’s a celebration of flavors, camaraderie, and the artistry of libations that you won’t want to miss.
Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival
Imagine a warm summer evening under the stars, surrounded by the enchanting sounds of nature and the company of exotic animals. Now add to that the enticing aroma of a wide array of craft beers, and you’ve got the Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival. This annual event offers a unique fusion of the vibrant world of craft brewing with the mesmerizing atmosphere of a world-renowned zoo.
The Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival is an evening affair that takes place against the backdrop of the city’s historic zoo. As the sun sets and the temperature cools, the zoo transforms into a lively, adult-oriented setting for an unforgettable night of beer tasting, live entertainment, and animal encounters.
Schuylkill County Brew Fest
Pilger Ruh Brewing and Cousin Dave Entertainment bring to you the 9th Annual Schuylkill County Brew Fest as it returns in 2023. It all takes place in Yuengling’s birthplace, downtown Pottsville.
The Pittsburgh Beerfest stands as a testament to the Steel City’s love for craft beer, camaraderie, and a good time. This annual event brings together beer enthusiasts, brewers, and vendors from near and far to celebrate the artistry and diversity of the craft beer scene, with afternoon and evening sessions featuring over 200+ craft beers, seltzers, and cocktails.
Hershey Brew Fest – Beer and Music Festival
The Hershey Brewfest Beer and Music Festival is a captivating event that brings together the harmonious blend of craft beer and live music, creating an unforgettable celebration in the heart of Hershey, Pennsylvania. This festival offers attendees the chance to indulge in a diverse selection of craft beers while immersing themselves in the lively rhythm of musical performances.
Located at The Englewood and Englewood Brewing for an unforgettable day filled with delicious brews from local breweries, live music from Crippled But Free and Honey Pump, vendors, and food.
Nook Brew Fest
Fonthill Castle Beer Fest
The Fonthill Castle Beer Fest is an enchanting event that bridges the gap between historical grandeur and the contemporary craft beer scene. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, this festival offers attendees a unique opportunity to savor craft beers while exploring the beauty and heritage of a cherished architectural gem.
The Fonthill Castle Beer Fest seamlessly combines the pleasures of craft beer tasting with the cultural significance of a historic site. As attendees savor a diverse selection of craft brews, they’re immersed in an environment that pays homage to the past while embracing the present.
Barrel & Flow Fest
Barrel & Flow stands out as a beloved beer festival in the United States, earning the esteemed title from USA Today readers. This event’s charm lies in its distinctive blend of craft beer, music, live artistry, and a meticulously curated vendor marketplace. Barrel & Flow remains dedicated to shining a spotlight on and enhancing the presence of Black breweries, artists, musicians, and small business owners.