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Hello Hop Heads!
Here we go, America. The 4th of July is coming up. It's a holiday I love because I can't think of a better way to literally burn through piles of cash than shooting things into the sky and blowing them up in a spectacular rain shower of colors. It seems that a few brewers feel the same way (although maybe for different reasons) and are planning on having some viewing parties. Pizza Port does it every year, and you can see their plans below. Before we get to that, though - Dads get some recognition this week from brewers! So, the heat may be on, but the taps are flowing! Just remember to stay hydrated as the beer festival season marches on throughout the Southwest!

Sign Up Now, Craft Beer Education Camp, San Diego, CA -
San Diego State University offers two 9 day courses on craft beer. Craft Beer Connoisseur Camp is an intense prep for BJCP and Cicerone certifications. Brewery Start-UP Camp is for those that are preparing to launch a brewery. Learn from the best, in the Craft Beer Capitol of the USA. Camps are at the end of July and beginning of August. Info:

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Arizona -

On Sale Now, AZ Brewcon and Tradeshow Events On Jackson, Phoenix, AZ -
AZ Brewcon Conference and Trade show presented by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild is a one-day conference for those in the craft beer/brewing community, looking to connect with people in the industry or join the industry. The different seminars and tracks will benefit those just starting out or those who have been in the industry for years. This is your chance to grow and learn more to benefit your brewery or business. We encourage you to send multiple members of your team. $120 Real Wild and Woody combination package is $140. July 28. 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:

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

June 17, Brew at the Zoo, Tucson, AZ -
Join Reid Park Zoo and Craft Tucson for 2017 "Brew at the Zoo." Funds raised will support the Zoo Project Fund which is used keep Reid Park Zoo amazing by improving and building new animal habitats and other projects. Info:

June 17, Father's Day Barbecue, Goodyear, AZ -
Smoked ribs, brisket, smoked sauasge, pulled pork; potato salad, sweet-n-spicy beans, and white bread; plus a pint of Taildragger Craft Beer $20. Saddle Mountain. Info:

June 18, Beer Brunch, Peoria, AZ -
Peoria Artisan Brewery will feature a brunch menu with some special twists that Dad will love! Call for reservations. Info:

June 18, Free Pint Glass, Phoenix, AZ -
Buy any Phoenix Ale Brew and get a free glass. 1 per dad. Info:

June 20, Stone Dinner, Oro Valley, AZ -
Noble Hops is hosting the ever delicious, Stone Brewing for a beer dinner in Oro Valley! Call Noble Hops now to reserve your seat at the table. 520.797.4677 Info:

June 21, Beer Dinner, Phoenix, AZ -
SunUp celebrates the Solstice with 5 beers and 4 courses. Info:

June 21, GPO Lumberyard Hike, Flagstaff, AZ -
Girls Pint Out is headed to Picture Canyon for an awesome little hike to some petroglyphs and a waterfall followed, of course, by beers from Lumberyard! Info:

June 22, True Independent Craft Celebration, Tucson, AZ -
Join Stone Brewing at Saguaro COrners for some of their latest brews and swag. Info:

June 23, Tamales and Beer, Tucson, AZ -
Tucson Tamale is teaming up with local brewers for a summer series of beer and tamale pairings! Stop by the Borderlands brewery/tasting room to purchase a flight and receive complimentary tamales that pair perfectly. Info:

June 23, Tour de Bedrock, AZ -
Join Bedrock Sandals at Dark Sky for a night of fun. Info:

June 25, Painting Event, Glendale, AZ -
Fee is $35.00 plus tax includes all painting supplies and 2 drinks gratuity not included. Pay in advance at Dubina Brewing Co. May be able to pay day of, however seating is limited. For any questions you can email: Info:

June 28, Build a Bottle Opener, Phoenix, AZ -
I was in SunUp about a week ago when they were putting up the demo unit. It looks pretty cool. Pick your, wood, paint it and make a wall hanging bbottle opener. $25 Info:

June 29, Coloring Day, Tucson, AZ -
Coloring Day at Pueblo Vida! They will have crayons, colored pencils & some ALL NEW PV inspired designs for you to create a masterpiece (Feel free to bring in your own coloring books or supplies). See you there! Cheers!. Info:

July 8, Ground Control Anniversary, Litchfield Park, AZ -
Ground Control turns 10. Super secret collab and tap list. Info:

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Arkansas -

June 16-18, Core's Float Trip, Gilbert, AR -
Core Brewing's 3rd annual float trip. A weekend of beer, canoeing and camping. Info:

June 19, Cigar Chocolate & Beer Pairings, Little Rock, AR -
Stone's Throw Brewing is partnering with West End Cigars and Cocoa Belle Chocolates for a unique evening of pairings in the biergarten. Each ticket includes two carefully curated cigars paired with four hand-crafted brews, chocolate for cleansing the pallet, and some great surprises to take home! Only twenty tickets are available to this exclusive event; early bird tickets are $50, then $60 after June 1. Info:

June 22, Guest Bartender Night, Rogers, AR -
Raise a glass to Meals on Wheels of Benton County, hosting this month's Guest Bartender event at Brick Street Brews. Info:

June 22-23, 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 Info:

July 7, Green Flash Meet & Greet, Fayetteville, AR -
Green Flash Brewing Co. Meet & Greet with President Jim Kenny. Free Pint Glass plus special never before in Arkansas Green Flash Brews. 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, Hop Con 5.0, San Diego, CA -
Stone Brewing returns to Liberty Station, on July 19th, and takes over the whole place with special releases including 5 years of Wootstout for a vertical tasting! Yep, they are bringing back some previous collabs too. Tickets are $75 and I wouldn't wait to grab yours! 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:

June 15-18, 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:

June 16, Beer Camp + Cask, San Diego, CA -
Hamilton's will feature a special cask in addition to a whole bunch of Beer Camp brews on tap. Info:

June 17, Societe Anniversary SOLD OUT, San Diego, CA -
Yep. Over a month in advance. Info:

June 17, Tony Gwynn 5.5K, San Diego, CA -
AleSmith Brewing Company will be hosting a 5.5 k walk/run Saturday, June 17th to pay tribute to Tony Gwynn - a hall of famer, coach, teammate, and Dad. Nicknamed "Mr. Padre" for his unfaltering commitment to his hometown. After party at Alesmith! Info:

June 17, Pig Roast, Covina, CA -
Bring Dad out for something he truly wants, Meat and Beer!! For just $25 you'll get a plate with the roasted pork, 2 sides, and 2 pints of beer. You must RSVP. Alosta Brewing. Info:

June 17-25, LA BEER WEEK, Los Angeles, CA -

June 19, Kick the Keg, Culver City, CA -
Kick the Keg at City Tavern returns for its 5th year during LA Beer Week. The fun taps @ 6 PM on Monday, June 19! The first keg to kick will be crowned King or Queen of The Tavern. Info:

June 19-21, LA BEER WEEK events, Los Angeles, CA -
Blue Palms will tap local beers. Info:

June 20, Bottle Release, Seal Beach & Long Beach, CA -
DOUBLE DRY HOPPED MELROSE 3p. Huntington Beach June 22. Info:

June 21, Eagle Walk Sip And Savor, Los Angeles, CA -

June 24, Arts & Amps, San Diego, CA -
Arts & Amps is a community-focused event series centered around the artists, musicians, and creatives who bring vibrancy and excitement to San Diego, along with a lineup of small batch Karl Strauss beers. Tickets are FREE and NOT required, but RSVPing using "Tickets by Eventbrite" will enter you to win a free Arts & Amps t-shirt! Info:

June 25, Sunsets at the Zoo, Santa Ana, CA -
The popular summer concert and tastings are back at the zoo! Info:

June 25, Beer Can Derby, Los Angeles, CA -
Golden Road's Inaugural Beer Can Pinewood Derby! Weigh-ins and checkin will start at 9am, races at will start at 10am. $25 for Entrance - Includes Kit + Shirt + 6 Pack. $15 for Entrance- Includes Shirt + 6 Pack (Guest will provide own kit) Info:

June 26, Bowling With The Brewer, San Diego, CA -
Challenge Grounswell's brewer to a game or two! Tavern+Bowl Info:

June 28, Women's Beer Forum, Los Angeles, CA -
Ladies can enjoy 4 vegan dishes paired with beers. 7-9p. Info:

June 30, Firkin Friday, San Diego, CA -
Hamilton's celebrates new breweries in the area. Check out the tap list! Info:

July 4, Rooftop Party, San Clemente, CA -
Pizza Port turns 14 this year, and as usual they are throwing a family-friendly party on the rooftop parking lot to celebrate! Info:

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Nevada -

June 16-17, Great Eldorado BBQ Brews & Blues Festival, Reno, NV -
Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes for Reno's best summer kick-off party. The Eldorado Resort Casino is pleased to announce that Tonic and Five for Fighting will headline this year's Great Eldorado, BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, June 16-17. The concerts are free to the public and part of the annual festival that is equal parts barbeque block party, microbrew tasting event with more than 50 microbrews from around the world and music festival with two stages featuring nonstop rock and blues. Info:

June 24, Beer & Jerky, Henderson, NV -
Enjoy five pairings of CraftHaus beer with five different JoJo's Jerky super flavorful offerings. Info:

June 26, Pints & Paints, Sparks, NV -
Pints and Paints Night at Revision. Info:

July 8, Bad Beat Anniversary, Henderson, NV -
Bad Beats is promising to throw a grand party to celebrate three years. Beer list is being finalized. Info:

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New Mexico -

On Sale Now, Pork and Brew, Rio Rancho, NM -
The Pork & Brew, New Mexico's Original Food Festival is hosted by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, with close to 15,000 in attendance each year has become one of the largest events in New Mexico. Event July 1-3. Info:

June 17, 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:

June 20, Pints & Planks, Rio Rancho, NM -
Turtle Mountain will feature a yoga class for $5 and you get $1 off beers! Info:

June 24, Crafternoon, Albuquerque, NM -
Get to the Nob Hill taproom and make an awesome lil' craft! As always, Tractor will have kits available from The Yarn Store at Nobhill until they run out, but the Yarn Store is right across the street, so you can always run and grab the essentials in a pinch. Info:

June 24, Saved By The Boese!, Albuquerque, NM -
It's a 90's party and fundraiser at Boese. Wear your 90's fashions and get deals on drinks! Trivia contest. Stretch out, because there's also a hack sack tourney! Info:

June 24, Tapping Party, Albuquerque, NM -
Marble Brewery, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Company, Steel Bender Brewyard, Palmer Brewery and Cider House, Left Turn Distilling will all be TAPPING their Wheels of Soul brews and spirits at Rail Yards Market! Info:

June 24, Fire & Water Festival, Santa Fe, NM -
This 2nd Annual Fundraiser put on by The Santa Fe Watershed Association and the Santa Fe County Fire Fighters will promote community education, advocacy, and stewardship. This is an event for the whole family with live music, kids activities, food trucks and more. Cost on entry: $10. Kids under 12: Free. The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing. Info:

June 30- July 2, Red White & Brew, Las Cruces, NM -
Enjoy NM Brews & Wine. Live music, vendors and food. Get a ride home for $5! $15Adv/$20Door Info:

July 1, Albuquerque Beer Book Signing, Albuquerque, NM -
Meet with NM Dark Side Brew Crew founder and author of Albuquerque Beer: Duke City History on Tap, Chris Jackson. Chris will be signing copies of his new book. Boxing Bear. Info:

July 4, Red White and Balloons, Albuquerque, NM -
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Balloon Museum for a fun night with the whole family! Enjoy the expansive lawn, avoid the crazy crowds and be awed by the spectacular view of the fireworks show! Bring a picnic or purchase food from a food truck, imbibe at the bar, dance to the tunes of the Albuquerque Concert Band, bask in an exclusive balloon glow and finish your night with the best view of the fireworks in town! Info:

Oklahoma -

Opening Soon, Stonecloud Brewing, OKC, OK -

ON Sale Now, Craft Beer Summit, OKC, OK -
Alright, beer lovers of Oklahoma and beyond! We're extremely excited to announce, at long last, that the 2017 OK Craft Beer Summit is scheduled for Saturday, August 5, and will be the FIRST public event held at the fully renovated and historic Tower Theatre OKC! This beautiful venue gives us the opportunity to offer more seating, bigger panels and demonstrations, and, most importantly, more beer! Early Bird tickets until July 17. 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:

June 24, Meet Your Maker, Tulsa, OK -
Fuel 66 will feature beers from Dead Armadillo. Meet the brewers! Info:

June 29, Brewing University, Norman, OK -

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Texas -

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:

June 17, Wild Acre Anniversary, Fort Worth, TX -
Wild Acre celebrates their first year with food trucks, music and 5 taproom exclusive tappings. Info:

June 17, Texas Craft Beer Independence Day, San Antonio, TX -
Freetail celebrates the signing of a bill that allowed local breweries and brewpubs to directly sell and distribute packaged beer out of their locations. Info:

June 17, Best Little Brewfest in Texas, Lewisville, TX -
The Best Little Brewfest in Texas (BLBFIT) will impress you with over 80 breweries (many from Texas) and 300+ craft brews. In addition you will find craft ciders, Texas wines and distilled spirits for sampling. Info:

June 17, Ranger Creek Crawfish Finale, San Antonio, TX -
Ranger Creek will do their last crawfish boil of the season. Crawfish by the pound, boudin by the link. Info:

June 17, Beer Release Party, Austin, TX -
Hi Sign is releasing a new IPA and is throwing a party to celebrate. $15 will get you a ticket in, including a special glass to take home, and a pour of the new stuff. Info:

June 18, Southern Star Crawfish Finale, San Antonio, TX -
Fresh Crawfish, cold beer, Music, fun, & painting classes! Info:

June 21, Adult Slushie Night, San Antonio, TX -
Ranger Creek will have adult slushies, whiskey flights and of course, craft beer. Info:

June 22, Circle Brewing Pint Night, Austin, TX -
Whip In will feature some new offerings from Circle, including free samples! Info:

June 23, Good To Go Launch Party, Dallas, TX -
Texas Ale Project is a veteran owned brewery, so they saw it only fitting to brew a special beer to honor veterans and donate some of the proceeds to a charity that helps vets! Info:

June 23, 80s Night, Goliad, TX -
Goliad Brewing is throwing an 80's party in the beer garden. Break out the neon, the parachute pants, the hairspray, and all the other fun stuff! Info:

June 24, Meet The Founder, Austin, TX -
Banger's will be hosting a Meet the Founder event with Colorado's Avery Brewing Company!!! Info:

June 24, Pappy Slokum Anniversary, Abilene, TX -
Pappy Slokum celebrates their third year with a family-friendly party that features beer, food trucks, and live music. Info:

June 29, Golden Opportunity Glass Night, TX -
Buy a Golden Opporunity, keep the glass for $1. Only available at the brewery at the event. Limit one per person. Info:

June 30, Wonderlust Randall Night, Fort Worth, TX -
World of Beer will be featuring Rabbit Hole's Wonderlust Saison on a Randall as well as Off With Your Red (Red IPA). Glassware will be available while supplies last. Info:

July 1, Fish Fry & Bell's, Garland, TX -
Fish Fry on the patio w/fixins. Special $3 Bell's brew. And a Bell's flight. Will have an inflatable pool w/bottle caps on the bottom(each on containing a prize), fishing polls for guests to 'Fish' for prizes. Anyone who buys a flight gets to fish. Info:

July 3, Red White and Brew, Addison, TX -
Bitter Sisters has the prime location in Addison to watch the Kaboom Town Fireworks show. Get ready for some delicious eats. Enjoy this kid friendly event with craft beer, warbird fly-bys, and legendary fireworks. Make sure to bring chairs and arrive early to guarantee the best spot. Info:

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I'll hit you up with more events in a couple of weeks! Thanks for reading!

Jim -