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Hello Hop Heads!
This edition of HopTips has plenty of stuff that is off in the distance, but may require travel or lodging plans to be made! Also, some of the big festivals below will sell out WELL IN ADVANCE. The Stone fest, in particular, will definitely sell out quickly, VIP tickets have already sold out! Real, Wild and Wooddy also tends to get snatched up very quickly. So don't drag your feet. Other than the biggies listed below, there are some more intimate gatherings listed that you may want to hit up! Now, let's get to it!

May 15-21, American Craft Beer Week, USA -
All 50 states celebrate the art of craft beer! Find an event near you. Info:

Check the Online Calendar for even more awesome events not listed below!

Arizona -

On Sale Now, Made in the Shade Festival, Flagstaff, AZ -
The popular event returns to the forest. Drink some beer and kick it in the pines! Festival is June 10, but you might want time to plan your camping arrangements. Info:

On Sale Now, Sips & Sweets, Phoenix, AZ -
Ten local bartenders and about twenty local sweet shops will be on hand at The Sheraton Grand Phoenix on June 17th for this event. $25GA includes unlimited sweets samples and 10 sips samples. $40VIP gets you in early and a gift bag. Info:

On Sale Now, Real Wild & Woody, Phoenix, AZ -
Tickets on Sale 5/19. This year's toast to the state and region's rare, unique and unconventional brews and brew processes is slated for 2 pm – 6 pm Saturday, July 29, 2017. Arizona's best indoor craft beer festival and have the opportunity to taste a large variety of beer. There will be over 300 craft beers to satisfy anyone's taste buds (Real Ales, Barrel-Aged, Small Batch, Rare Beers, Collaboration Brews and Unconventional Styles). THIS WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY. AZ Brewcon will happen for 2 days prior to this event. More details at the site. Info:

May 22-27, Bike to Beer Week, Flagstaff, AZ -
Ride your bike to Dark Sky Breewing and enjoy $1 off pints. Info:

May 22-30, Ballast Point Dinner, Multiple Locations, AZ -
BJ's Restaurants will feature Ballast Point in a five course dinner. Dates vary. Info:

May 24, Space Drafts, Tucson, AZ -
Borderlands Brewing presents Space Drafts 36: From The Cradle To The Grave Protoplanets To SM-Blackholes. Astronomy with beer. Info:

May 27, Fan Appreciation Party, Phoenix, AZ -
Crazy Make Em Ups is throwing a fan appreciation party at Rose & Crown Pub. 8-bit Ale Works is commandeering the taps. Info:

June 6, Mead Dinner, Phoenix, AZ -
Enjoy a special evening bringing together delectable dishes and magnificent meads from SunUp Brewing and Superstition Meadery. Vegetarian meal option is available. Tickets for the evening are $80 per person (plus tax). Event begins at 6:00PM with a meet and greet. Menu will be announced shorty. Info:

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Arkansas -

Reserve Now, Cottontown Brews Festival, Subiaco, AR -
The inaugural event. It's a camping and brew festival! Campsites must be reserved and are limited. Event June 3rd. Info:

On Sale Now, Bite NW Arkansas, AR -
BITE NW Arkansas is a two-day food festival as part of #NWAChampionship Week in NWA. The festival celebrates the region's best cuisines, ingredients, restaurants and chefs at one unique event. Taste, sip, sample and discover the best of NW Arkansas and beyond . . . only at BITE NW Arkansas — June 22 & 23, 2017. Info:

Attention Home Brewers, Pro-Am Brewing, Little Rock, AR -
Lost Forty Brewing, Central Arkansas Fermenters, and Fermentables and Homegrown Hobbies present the innaugural 'Natural State Pro-Am Brewing Competition.' Calling all home brewers to submit their handcrafted creations (with witty names of course) for a chance to brew big with the Lost Forty team and have your beer entered into the Great American Beer Festival. May 31 Submission date. Info:

May 20, Hot Spring Craft Beer Festival, Hot Springs, AR -
Learn about and explore the world of craft beer as you sample brews from over 90 breweries. While you're at it, you'll enjoy samples from over a dozen of Hot Springs Best restaurants Info:

May 20, Ale On the Border, Fort Smith, AR -
Craft Beer Festival to Benefit 'Antioch Youth & Family' at Chaffee Crossing. 100+ Beers. Cash donation at the door. 6p-? Info:

May 20, Legends In Argenta, North Little Rock, AR -
107 Liquor presents Legends in Argenta for Saturday, May 20th. The music will begin at 6:00pm and roll on through the evening until 11:00pm. The Arkansas Brewers Guild will be present with brewers from around the state to provide a great selection of Arkansas beer. Info:

May 20-21, Fying Saucer Anniversary, Little Rock, AR -
Flying Saucer is celebrating 19 years. They will be tapping 19 kickass rare beers throughout the day!! Live Music starts @ 8 PM by Good Foot. No Cover. Info:

May 22, Ballast Point Dinner, North Little Rock & Shackleford Crossing, AR -
BJ's Restaurants will feature Ballast Point in a five course dinner. Info:

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California -

On Sale Now, Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza,Mammoth Lakes, CA -
Outdoors among the pines and showcasing the best craft breweries in the country and top blues performers—this is Mammoth's biggest event—4 days of fun in the sun. The Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza is the best party of the summer! Two days of beer sampling! Event is August 3-6. Hotels and camping are nearby. Make plans now. Info:

On Sale Now, San Diego International Beer Festival, San Diego, CA -
This is a big one, people! As always, it goes down at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. VIP Beer Dinner kicks it off on Thursday, June 15 and sessions run all weekend. Get discount tickets at Albertson's and Vons! Info:

On Sale Now, Coolship Chaos Release, Long Beach, CA -
Coolship Chaos is a blend of the best barrels from Beachwood Blendery's 2015-2016 coolship season. A traditional lambic-inspired recipe, inoculated with the natural organisms floating in and around the Blendery, and fermented and aged in oak barrels for over a year. This will be the only way to get a bottle (2) of this! $80pp. 75 ppl per session. Hurry. Event is June 11. Info:

On Sale Now, Stone Anniversary Party, San Marcos, CA -
SoCal's biggest beer event returns in August, but don't delay. Rare Beer tickets have already SOLD OUT! Hurry, this one always sells out. Info:

CLOSED, Valiant Brewing, Orange, CA -
March 27th was their last day of operation. Info:

May 20, Smog City Anniversary, Torrance, CA -

May 21, Cellar 3 Anniversary, Poway, CA -
Cellar 3 celebrates their 2nd anniversary. Go VIP and enjoy a donut/coffee/rare beer tasting with priority seating for Barrelmaster Q&A. $25 Info:

May 22-30, Ballast Point Dinner, Multiple Locations, CA -
BJ's Restaurants will feature Ballast Point in a five course dinner. Dates vary. Info:

May 24, Belching Beaver Cask, El Cajon, CA -
3p. Info:

May 24, Beer to the Rescue Week Kickoff, San Diego, CA -
White Labs is releasing a special beer just for the Beer to the Rescue campaign and $2 from each pint purchased from May 24-31 will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of Southern California. Come be one of the first to try this beer and enjoy it in tandem with campaign volunteers!! Info:

May 25, Beer Dinner, Irvine, CA -
TAPS is doing four courses with pairings. $65pp. To make your reservation, call TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Irvine 714-619-0404 Info:

May 25 & 27, Bottle Releases, Beachwood Locations, CA -
Double dry-hopped Thrillseeker is an India pale ale that will push your senses to the edge! Kettle hopping with Chinook, Summit, Centennial, and Simcoe lays down a massive citrus and tropical hop profile. Double dry hopping with Simcoe and Chinook provides an explosively bright aroma. May 25. Available just once a year! System of a Stout is an imperial stout infused with all the traditional ingredients of a savory cup of Armenian coffee: cardamom, molasses, coffee (of course), and brandy. This year we are also releasing a variant: System of a Stout with Vanilla. May 27. All 3 Beachwood BBQ locations. Times vary. Info:

May 25 & 26, Lost Abbey and Beer Camp, San Diego, CA -
O'Brien's Pub will feature beers from the Lost Abbey on the 25th and Sierra Nevada brews on the 26th! Info:

May 26, Firkin Friday, San Diego, CA -
Don't miss the Burning Beard tap list at Hamilton's! Info:

May 26, May Mixer, San Diego, CA -
Come relax at Helms in OB – on historic Newport Ave. and grab a Helms' "Better Brew" which benefits cancer-fighting charities supported by the San Diego Festival of Beer, The Better Beerfest. Featuring Compass Rose IPA, we will be donating 20% of the sales that night to the cause! We'll also be enjoying summer-inspired games and prizes throughout the evening. Info:

May 27, Thai Speedway Stout & Barrel-Aged Private Stock Ale Release, San Diego, CA -
On Saturday, May 27 at 11AM Thai Speedway Stout and Barrel-Aged Private Stock Ale will go on sale via Info:

May 28, Collab Release and Pub Crawl, San Diego, CA -
Fresh! Release of 11 Barrel IPA at Monkey Paw with Pub Crawl to MP, Resident and Half Door Brewing! Info:

May 29, Memorial Day BBQ, Upland, CA -
MesQuite BBQ will be at Last Name Brewing all day. Info:

June 1, Beerland Season Finale PArty, Los Angeles, CA -
Golden Road Brewing will have an exclusive screening of the BEERLAND season finale plus homebrew seminars, games, happy hour, trivia, and more! Info:

June 4, Fundraiser for Movies in the Park, San Diego, CA -
Blind Lady Ale House will be donating 15% of proceeds from their daily sales to providing Freee Movies in the Park, a tradition since 2011. Info:

June 11, Sunsets at the Zoo, Santa Ana, CA -
The popular summer concert and tastings are back at the zoo! Info:

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Nevada -

May 21 - Jade Gardens, Las Vegas, NV -
Tenaya Creek closes out ACBW with their final beer of the day: Jade Gardens: Craft Pilsner with Green Tea and honey. Info:

May 22-30, Ballast Point Dinner, Multiple Locations, NV -
BJ's Restaurants will feature Ballast Point in a five course dinner. Dates vary. Info:

May 26, Beer Release, Henderson, NV -
SuperBloom carries a harmony of citrus driven hops, toasted coriander seeds and fruity Belgian yeast which allow for a bright and flavorful White IPA. This annual release is a rare beer, just as a floral phenomenon in our desert. CraftHaus. Info:

May 27, Brews and Blues Festival, Las Vegas, NV -
Brews & Blues offers up beers from regional, national, and international brewers at the Springs Preserve, located three miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Info:

May 27, Beer Crawl, Reno, NV -
The monthly crawl happens! Info:

May 31, Beer Meat Cheese, Las Vegas, NV -
10 varieties of meats and cheeses as well as 7 different beer pairings. Tickets will be available for purchase in the taproom or over the phone. $40 for a ticket. Banger Brewing. Info:

June 2-10, RENO BEER WEEK, Reno, NV -
It's about that time again - the 3rd annual Reno Craft Beer Week happens June 2-10, 2017. It all kicks off with the biggest little home brew competition Backwash on Friday, June 2, and will come to a close with the Nevada Craft Brewers Association CollaBREWation Gala in downtown Sparks on Saturday, June 10. Of course, there's oodles of events in between. Get the lowdown on every event. Info:

June 4, Beer & Bites, Reno, NV -
Something new to enjoy during Reno Craft Beer Week! Details to come. StoneyHead Brewery. Info:

June8, Beer & Cheese, Reno, NV -
Under the Rose Brewing Company is teaming up with Wedge Cheese Shop again to bring you a beer and cheese pairing. $20 will get you a tasting of 6 beers and 6 cheeses. Info:

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New Mexico -

Closed and For Sale, Twisted Chile Brewing, Socorro, NM -
Twisted Chile has shuttered their doors. Info:

Closed, Draft Station, Albuquerque, NM -
Draft Station has shuttered their doors. Info:

On Sale Now, Bearfest 2017, Albuquerque, NM -
Please note that BearFest 2017 has changed locations!! Due to the increased popularity of BearFest and to accommodate the residential and commercial neighbors, BearFest will now be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. This means BearFest 2017 will be BIGGER, BETTER and will have MORE SPACE to showcase the best New Mexico craft beers, wines, ciders and vendors. Info:

May 18-21, Outsie Bike & Brew Festival, Santa Fe, NM -
Outside Bike & Brew is 3 days of road and MTB rides, craft beer events, live music, movies, and art. Info:

May 22-30, Ballast Point Dinner, Multiple Locations, NM -
BJ's Restaurants will feature Ballast Point in a five course dinner. Dates vary. Info:

May 23, Bree-Bee, Albuquerque, NM -
Show off your spelling skills at Sidetrack. Info:

May 25-June4, ABQ BEER WEEK, Albuquerque, NM -

May 27, Tractor Crafternoon, Albuquerque, NM -
Stop by Tractor and craft yourself a beer cozie or coaster. Info:

May 27, Passing The Torch Festival, Albuquerque, NM -
Rio Bravo hosts this music festival to raise funds for local youth music programs! Info:

May 27, Hub City Grand Opening, Belen, NM -
The official Grand Opening. Info:

May 27, Beer Week Bash, Santa Fe, NM -
Santa Fe Brewing is hosting a party in honor of ABQ Beer Week. Info:

May 28, ABQ Blues & Brews, Albuquerque, NM -
Listen to great blues music and enjoy some of the greatest brews available with unlimited sampling and a souvenir tasting glass. More than 70 great breweries, unlimited sampling, 4 great blues bands. Info:

June 2-4, Music on the Mesa Festival, NM -
Taos Mesa Brewing hosts the 3rd Annual festival. Camping is available on a limited basis. Info:

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Oklahoma -

Opening Soon, Stonecloud Brewing, OKC, OK -

May 21, Hop Jam Music Festival, Tulsa, OK -
The Hop Jam is Oklahoma's largest craft beer and music festival, returning for it's fourth year on May 21st. Staged in the heart of downtown Tulsa's historic Brady Arts District, the 2017 festivities will include more than 200 craft beers and all ages free concerts on two stages. The Festival also includes local food trucks and all-ages activities. Info:

May 22-30, Ballast Point Dinner, Multiple Locations, OK -
BJ's Restaurants will feature Ballast Point in a five course dinner. Dates vary. Info:

June 24, Music and Wine Festival, OKC, OK -
Gypsy Glam Roadshow Music and Wine Festival will have live music, Oklahoma Wineries, Oklahoma Breweries, Food Trucks, Retail Vendors, Shopping, face painting, games, Fun for the whole family. This is an outdoor event. Free parking. Admission is $10 for ages 21 & up; under 21 is FREE. Info:

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Texas -

On Sale Now, Saint Arnold Anniversary, Houston, TX -
On June 10, Saint Arnold hosts their 23rd Anniversary bash. Info:

Reserve NOW, Fly Fishing Clinic, Blanco, TX -
4 hour Intro to Bass on the Fly. Beginner- Intermediate skill level. $260 per person. Included with the class: Real Ale brewery / Real Spirits distillery tour and craft beer & a FREE fly rod combo-Redington Vice 9'6" 6wt with a fighting butt, Lamson Liquid reel with Rio Bass Mainstream line Valued at $350! Cap at 25 people. Must pay in full up front to hold your spot. First come, first serve. Please contact Reel Fly Fishing adventures to reserve your spot today! (830)964-4823 Event July 22. Info:

Book In Advance, Brew Bus, Dallas, TX -
These tours sell out faster each time. Info:

Spring, Celis Re-Opens, Austin, TX -
Celis Brewery is re-opening. Born in Belgium, brewed in Austin. Look for it soon. Info:

May 20, OMGWTFBBQ, Austin, TX -
South Austin Brewery throws a party. Info:

May 22-30, Ballast Point Dinner, Multiple Locations, TX -
BJ's Restaurants will feature Ballast Point in a five course dinner. Dates vary. Info:

May 26, Humidity Beer Release, Conroe, TX -
Join Southern Star in the taproom on Friday, May 26th from 4pm-10pm to get an exclusive opportunity to enjoy this limited release beer, Humidity Pale Ale. Info:

May 27, Summer In Wonderland, Justin, TX -
Rabbit Hole throws the 4th annual extravaganza. Check out all the stuff going on! Info:

May 27, Ivanhoe Ale Works Anniversary, Denison, TX -
Ivanhoe celebrates two years. Info:

May 28, Brew-BQ, Dallas, TX -
7th Annual Brew-BQ at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. is Sunday, May 28th from 6pm - 10pm with live music, BBQ, festival games and Deep Ellum beer! Info:

May 28, Beer Camp, Dallas, TX -
The Common Table will be tapping every single beer from this year's Beer Camp Across the World collaboration series. Info:

May 29, Memorial Day Brunch, Austin, TX -
All the Bacon Steak, all the Freedom Toast, and all the Banger's Bennies can still be yours! Info:

May 31, Beer Dinner, Dallas, TX -
Texas Ale Project hosts Lovers Seafood & Market and their executive chef in this limited seating dinner. Info:

June 1, Brewery Happy Hour, Del Valle, TX -
Join Live Oak at the brewery for Happy Hour during this fundraiser. Info:

June 10, Summer BrewHaHa, Austin, TX -
It's a homebrewer throwdown for fruited beers. Help pick the People's Choice award! NXNW Info:

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