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Hi Everybody! Those April showers are bringing May beer festivals, and if you are lucky to live close to Philadelphia, the Craft Brewers Conference. My statement in the last edition of MABN Hop Tips - where brewers go, good beer follows - is turning into reality with dozens of events in the Philadelphia region. Check the CBC website for details. Be prepared for crowds and lines at some of the popular events.

One other thing to mention is that a lot of the events listed below benefit some charities. So, do the right thing and "Beer It Forward". Have fun and use a DD. Cheers, Johnny Vac

Got an upcoming event? Post it to http://brewingnews.com/calendar/mabn_addevent.html


May 1-7, Delaware Barleywine Festival at Stewart's Brewing Company, Bear,DE -
It's our 4th "Not-Very-Annual" Delaware Barleywine Expo. 302-836-2739

May 7, Short N Stout Release at Mispillion River Brewing, Milford,DE -
Please join us this year to help raise funds for the families of fallen officers. Benefits the Officer In Distress Fund. 302-491-6623

May 21, Bridgeville Beer & Barrel Festival at Heritage Shores Club, Bridgeville,DE -
Join us at the beautiful Heritage Shores Club for music, food, local craft beer and more. 302-629-9690

May 21, Colonial Brewing Demonstration in Old New Castle, New Castle,DE -
A brewing demonstration with Rich Wagner. http://www.pabreweryhistorians.tripod.com/

May 21, Meatball Con at Mispillion River Brewing, Milford,DE -
A celebration of balled up meat! A portion of your ticket price will go directly to the Food Bank.302-491-6623

May 28, Zip+Sip Craft Beer Festival at Lum's Pond State Park, Bear,DE -
Inaugural Zip+Sip Festival. http://destateparks.com/zipandsip/

District of Columbia

May 3, Tour De Geuze at Granville Moore's, Washington,DC -
Missed the Toer De Geuze in Belgium? Not to worry. 202-399-2546

May 14, DC Hopfest at Hellbender Brewing Company, Washington,DC -
DC Brewers' Guild and Hellbender host the 2nd annual DC Hopfest. 202-827-8768

May 19, Red White + Brew at Charlie Palmer Steak, Washington,DC -
A portion from each ticket will benefit the DC Central Kitchen. 202-5447-8100

May 19, History & Hops at Heurich House, Washington,DC -
This event features Caboose Brewing Company of Vienna, VA. 202-429-1894

May 25, Historic Brews With Lost Lagers at Dumbarton House, Washington,DC -
Event includes beer tasting and snacks. 202-337-2288


May 5, Key Brewing Tap Social at State Line Liquors, Elkton,MD -
$5 gets you unlimited sampling of the featured brewery. 410-398-3838

May 10, Very Special DC Brau Tap Takeover at Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits and Bistro, Beltsville,MD -
We scored a keg of all 5 DC Brau 5th Anniversary Collaboration beers. 301-937-5999

May 10, Banana Hammock Hefe Release at Barley and Hops, Frederick,MD -
Free Banana Hammock poster with growler purchase. 301-668-5555

May 14, Maryland Craft Beer Festival at Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick,MD -
Maryland's favorite craft beer festival featuring 40+ Maryland breweries. http://www.mdcraftbeerfestival.com/

May 19, Heavy Seas Brews Cruise: I LOVE THE 90's at Urban Pirates, Baltimore,MD -
Come party with Heavy Seas as we sail around Baltimore's Inner Harbor on the Urban Pirates boat and kick it back to the 90's. http://hsbeer.com/happenings

May 21, Beer Bacon Music at the Frederick Fairgounds, Frederick,MD -
Cold beer, hot bacon and live music…What's not to love? http://beerbaconmusic.com/

May 23, Founders Release Party at Victoria Gastropub, Columbia,MD -
Celebrate Founders Brewing coming to Maryland. 410-750-1880

May 28-29, Brew At The Zoo at the Maryland Zoo, Baltimore,MD -
Our most important fundraiser of the year. http://www.marylandzoo.org/event/bbt-presents-brew-zoo/

New Jersey

May 1, Brew Bow Wow at Berlin Brewing Company, Berlin,NJ -
Benefit's the Voorhees Animal Orphanage which is a no-kill shelter. 856-336-2038

May 1, Demented Brewing Anniversary Party at Ferraro's Pizzeria & Pub, Middlesex,NJ -
Come celebrate our 1st Anniversary. 732-667-3863

May 3, Angry Erik Tap Takeover at Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell,NJ -
Twelve unique beers to choose from. 973-226-9812

May 4, May The 4th Be With You Intergalactic Tap Takeover at Uno Chicago Grill, Hamilton,NJ -
Neshaminy Creek Brewing is bringing the JAWNS that you are looking for. 609-890-0864

May 9, Blind Date With Brooklyn at the Pig And Prince, Montclair,NJ -
An event featuring Brewmaster Garrett Oliver. 973-233-1006

May 14, 6th Annual Handcrafted at Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood,NJ -
Join us for an evening of artistry featuring a VIP tasting with Joe Sixpack. 856-235-6488

May 15, New Jersey Local Brewery Festival at Uno Chicago Grill, Deptford,NJ -
Come out and support the locals. 856-853-7003

May 18, Battle Of The 'Sextels' at Cape May Brewing Company, Cape May,NJ -
Two sixtels- one from the ladies and one from the guys. Who will kick first? 609-849-9933

May 21, Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown at Lewis Morris Park, Morristown,NJ -
Over 20 New Jersey breweries will be in attendance. 973-927-2794

May 23, Wild Allagash Night at Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell,NJ -
14 drafts and 9 limited bottles. 973-226-9812

May 26, Victory Brewing Tap Takeover at Taphouse 15, Jefferson,NJ -
Victory tap takeover with beer pairing menu. 862-437-1300

May 26, Otter Creek Tap Takeover at The River Of Beer, Bloomingdale,NJ -
We will be offering rarities from Otter Creek. 973-750-1820


May 1, Philadelphia Real Ale Festival at Yards Brewing, Philadelphia,PA -
Enjoy 50 firkins of cask conditioned ale at our 9th annual Real Ale Festival. 215-634-2600

May 1, Sly Fox Bock Fest & Goat Race at Sly Fox Brewing, Pottstown,PA -
Called Philadelphia's "Best Beer Event", it's held rain or shine. http://slyfoxbeer.com/#events

May 7, Washington Crossing Brewfest at Washington Crossing State Park, New Hope,PA -
Bucks County's most anticipated brewfest. https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonCrossingBrewfest

May 13, Friday the Firkinteenth at The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia,PA -
Come enjoy the Grey Lodge Pub's most famous event. 215-856-3591

May 14, 7th Annual IPA Block Party at Hawthorne's, Philadelphia,PA -
Live bands, "street" food and awesome draft beer. 215-627-3012

May 14, Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers' Festival, Media,PA -
Don't miss our 16th year. Benefits Media Youth Center. http://bvcbf.ticketleap.com/bvcbf2016/

May 14, BrewFest at Mount Hope Estate, Manheim,PA -
Join us for our 8th annual BrewFest at the Mount Hope Estate & Winery. http://www.parenfaire.com/brewfest/

May 14, Brew Kids On The Block at the York Fairgrounds , York,PA -
20 small breweries who have debuted within the past 5 years. http://www.brewkidsontheblock.com

May 14, Pints For Pets Brewfest at People Natural Gas Field, Altoona,PA -
Benefit's the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society. http://pintsforpets.com/

May 14, Biggest Weight Loser Drag Show at Broken Goblet Brewery, Bristol,PA -
Contestants, who are losing weight, return IN FULL DRAG to perform a talent and get weighed. Benefits the American Diabetes Society. 267-812-5653

May 21, Fox Trot 5K & Food Truck Festival at Sly Fox Brewing, Pottstown,PA -
If you love craft beer, you can't miss this race. http://www.greatamericanbreweryruns.com

May 21, Schuylkill County Brew Fest at Frackville Elks Lodge, Frackville,PA -
Our second annual returns to the Elks Lodge. http://puffspromotions.com/

May 29, Dogs & Brews at the Reading Public Museum, Reading,PA -
Benefits the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. 610-371-5850


May 1, Mariners' Craft Beer Festival at The Mariners' Museum, Newport News,VA -
Celebrate craft beer in a unique setting. 757-596-2222

May 1, DC Tails & Ales at Sehkraft Brewing, Arlington,VA -
Tails & Ales supports the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-tails-ales-tickets-24335206257

May 7, Derby-Q Festival at Old Town Square, Fairfax,VA -
This festival will feature beer, bourbon and BBQ with the Kentucky Derby on the big screen. http://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/special-events/derby-q

May 11, Smuttynose & Seafood Dinner at Tuscarora Mill, Leesburg,VA -
A chance to try Smutty beers with our chef's seafood creations. 703-771-9300

May 14, DB Oyster Roast at Devils Backbone Basecamp, Roseland,VA -
Live music and bushels of fresh oysters served with DB Pearl Wit. http://dbbrewingcompany.com/events/event/devils-backbone-oyster-roast/

May 14, Wonder City Craft Beer Festival in Downtown Hopewell, Hopewell,VA -
Inaugural Wonder City Festival overlooking the Appomattox River. http://wondercitybeerfest.com

May 14, Smartmouth Spring Street Party at Smartmouth Beer, Norfolk,VA -
Join us for our 3rd annual Spring Street Party. 757-624-3939

May 14, Spring Bock Fest at Mad Fox Brewing, Falls Church,VA -
Join us outdoors in the market square sipping a wide variety of award winning beers. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mad-fox-brewing-companys-4th-annual-spring-bock-festival-tickets-24122482996

May 20-21 , Saltwater Brew 'N' Que at Chincoteague Carnival Grounds, Chincoteague,VA -
Benefit's the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. 410-213-2600

May 21, Bram Brew Fest at Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn,VA -
25 local breweries in attendance. 703-542-6263

May 21-22, Virginia Beer Festival at Town Point Park, Norfolk,VA -
Enjoy a taste bud tantrum along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. www.ticketmaster.com

May 28, Valley Fest at Massanutten Resort, McGaheysville,VA -
Kick off the start of the summer.http://www.valleyfestbeerandwine.com/

West Virginia

May 7, Foam At The Dome at Laidley Field, Charleston,WV -
Join us and over 40 breweries. http://foamcwv.com/#

Craft Brewers Conference

May 3-6, Craft Brewers Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia,PA -
For official events, please go to the website. http://www.craftbrewersconference.com/conference/cbc-week-events. For beer events, my predecessor, Bryan Kolesar, has put together a comprehensive list at http://www.brewlounge.com/2016/04/craft-brewers-conferenceworld-beer-cup.html

American Craft Beer Week

May 16-22, American Craft Beer Week, 'Murica! -
For events, please go to: http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week/acbw-news