Summer is officially here and that means a plethora of beer events happening in late June and July — the height of beer season. These include anniversary bashes, music fests, craft markets, the return of Fifty West’s Punch Out and new beer releases.
Fifty West’s Punch Out: Round Four will go down 4 p.m.-midnight July 13. The annual event is a series of brewery-on-brewery boxing matches where individuals from eight breweries beat the crap out of one another inside a professional ring. You can cheer on your favorite brewery while enjoying live music, local food vendors, and 80-plus local craft beers on draft. Tickets cost $15-$50. And in preparation for the annual event, Fifty West just released Pineapple Punch You In The EyePA. It’s available in cans and on tap at the brewpub and Production Works.
On June 25, Urban Artifact released Pickle, a dill pickle gose brewed with 1,000 pounds of cucumbers, nine pounds of sea salt, two pounds of fresh dill and 567 grams of coriander in each 30-barrel batch. The beer is available in six-pack cans and on tap. To commemorate the release, the brewery is hosting a pickle-eating contest on June 29. Up to 40 contestants will compete in a series of heats and each contestant will have five minutes to eat as many pickles as possible. The contest starts at 1 p.m. and participants must arrive by 12:30 p.m. The winner will not only receive a trophy and an Urban Artifact gift card but also a spike in blood pressure.
Also starting June 25, Nine Giant celebrates its third anniversary through Sunday. Every night they’ll feature a different beer infusion and the return of fan favorite foods. On June 29, they’ll release bottles of ImPeachMint Peach Apricot Mint Gose and limited-edition bottles of four variants.
Starting June 28, West Side Brewing hits the two-year mark with a weekend-long celebration. They’ll release TIPA (Triple IPA), have food trucks, live music, brewery tours, a homebrew competition and raffle off a West Side Brewing cooler.
On June 29, Rhinegeist celebrates six years with their Head in the Clouds party. They’ll launch Hang Six, a brut IPA brewed with fruit tea, and offer “a torrent of hot activations, cool treats, live bands and DJs, a giant piñata and a smorgasbord of rare and limited beers that will keep your head firmly in the clouds.”
As for craft markets, on June 29 Taft’s Brewpourium is hosting a summer market featuring more than 30 vendors selling everything from coffee to succulents. On the same day, March First will host their first market, featuring 10 local creators. And on July 20, Alexandria Brewing Co. will have a small market in their taproom.
• On June 18, Urban Artifact released Paperweight, an apricot Midwest Fruit Tart, in cans and on draft.
• On June 20, Listermann released one of their best-labeled canned beers of all time. It’s called “I’ve had it with these Motherf*****g IPAs at this Motherf*****g brewery!” (But it’s an IPA.) Samuel L. Jackson — who is dressed as his Pulp Fiction character — holds a lightsaber while snakes slither on a plane. The beer should still be available in four-pack cans and also on tap. They also printed posters and shirts.
• This week, Grainworks releases Pink Lemonade Stand, a Berliner Weisse with cherry and pineapple, and Helles Real, a Helles-style lager, in six-pack cans. They’ll be sold at the taproom.
• June 28 is Social Media Day and 3 Points Urban Brewery is celebrating with a new Be Social Brew. RSVP for free on Eventbrite to be eligible for a free beer and other specials. The only catch is you have to show up in person, not just interact on social media.
• On June 27, come to Braxton’s loft for a three-course beer dinner featuring Braxton beers paired with New Orleans-inspired dishes from neighbor Rich’s Proper Food and Drink.
• Nothing beats Northside’s annual Rock N’ Roll Carnival featuring two days (July 3-4) of free local music in Hoffner Park. This year, local favorites Freekbass, Go Go Buffalo and Lung will play. On the morning of July 4, come to the park for kegs and eggs at 10 a.m. before the Fourth of July parade steps off at noon. The carnival is sponsored by Urban Artifact and MadTree, so expect some excellent beer to pair with the tunes.
• On July 12 and 13, Braxton will present the Paradise Music & Beer Festival with headliners The Infamous Stringdusters and Keller Williams. The party will take place in a parking lot next to the brewery and include food vendors like Eli’s BBQ, plus crafters and artisans and Braxton brews.
• If you don’t like running but you do like drinking beer, the Beer 5K & 1/4 mile Walk/Tasting on July 13 is for you. Run, walk or just drink beer — it’s up to you. The race takes place first, followed by the tasting. For $20 (tasting only) to $50 (5k plus swag and tasting), sample beers from local breweries like MadTree, Streetside and Brink Brewing Co.
• On July 17, the inaugural Glier’s Goetta Pub Crawl takes place around The Banks. The crawl starts at Moerlein Lager House, which will tap a Glier’s lager brewed with oats, malt sea salt and black peppercorn. The rest of the crawl will include beer and goetta specials at stops the AC Hotel, Jefferson Social, Galla Park and more. The cost is $10 and proceeds benefit the pediatric-cancer-fighting Dragonfly Foundation.
• On July 19, Taft’s Ale House will throw a Christmas in July party replete with boozy Christmas drinks, Christmas cookies and an ugly sweater contest. Tickets are $12 and include a pint and a white elephant gift.
• The Crafted Food, Beer & Music Festival returns to Sawyer Point on July 20. Sample more than 40 craft beers from the likes of MadTree, Bad Tom Smith, Rhinegeist and Fifty West and dishes from eight local restaurants including Essen, Mazunte and Money Chicken. Tickets ($15-$60) benefit the League for Animal Welfare.