Have an affinity for funky sours? Enjoy pairing your beer with bacon? You’re in luck.
This summer, Boston’s top beer festivals are showcasing sudsy styles that appeal to both casual beer drinkers and avid homebrewers — and even butterbeer-guzzling Harry Potter fans. Check out some of the best festivals for beer drinkers in Boston, plus a few outside the city limits.
This list will be updated as more summer beer festivals are announced in 2019.
Calling all sour fans: Massachusetts-based Beer Advocate will bring the funk to Boston this summer with Funk Boston: A Wild & Sour Beer Fest. More than 35 breweries will attend, pouring over 100 beers under the roof of the Cyclorama in the South End. Choose from three sessions held over two days, when you’ll be able to sample two-ounce pours of beers like the Soursmith Black Raspberry from Arclight Brewing Company, Last Truck to Clarksville from E9 Brewing Company, and Watchful Sun from Idle Hands Craft Ales. (Friday, June 14 from 6 p.m.–9 p.m., Saturday, June 15 from noon–3:30 p.m. and 6 pm.–9:30 p.m.; Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston)
Bacon and Beer Festival
Plan a mini getaway to Rhode Island for the annual Bacon and Beer Festival, an afternoon-long fête that pairs bacon dishes from Rhode Island restaurants with complementary beers from national brewers. Matches made in heaven include Burgundian Waffle and Buttonwoods Brewery, The Hungry Goats Kitchen and Heavy Seas Brewing Company, and Midtown Oyster and Grey Sail Brewing. After making your way through 27 pairings, vote for your favorite pair to win the people’s choice award. (Sunday, June 16 from 2 p.m.–5 p.m.; Cranston Printworks, 1381 Cranston St., Cranston, R.I.)
South Shore Solstice Beer & Music Fest
There’s local and then there’s hyperlocal. This beer and music festival in Hull features 12 craft breweries on the South Shore and Cape, which will pour more than 24 brews among them throughout the day. In addition to sampling beers from Canned Heat, Mayflower Brewing Company, Untold Brewing, and the award-winning Vitamin Sea, there will be five local bands to entertain the crowd, plus a food truck lineup including The Bacon Truck, Hanks Clam Shack, and South Shore Taco Guy. (Saturday, June 22 from 4 p.m.–10 p.m.; Paragon Boardwalk, 189 Nantasket Ave., Hull)
WGBH Craft Beer Festival
Support local public radio — and your favorite New England breweries — at WGBH’s annual craft beer festival, where each ticket will include unlimited two-ounce pours of beer and cider from regional stalwarts like Aeronaut Brewing Company, Castle Island Brewing Company, Springdale by Jack’s Abby Brewing, and True North Ale Company. Guests will be able to fill up on food from Amigos Locos and JaJu Pierogi, while cover band Semi Good Lookin’ and a featured DJ will provide the entertainment while attendees bounce between beer vendors. (Saturday, July 13 from 7 p.m.–10 p.m.; WGBH Studios, 1 Guest St., Boston)
Wizards & Witches Beer Festival
Wish upon a beer and it just might come true at the Wizards & Witches Beer Festival, a Harry Potter-themed beer fest that has been touring the country since November (other stops included Austin, Denver, Portland, and San Diego). The Royale in downtown Boston will transform into a mystical beer haven, complete with a lair of secret cider potions, an adult butterscotch beer tavern, team trivia, food, and live music from DJ Dumble D, Red Head Party Band, and the Sorceress Sisters. (Saturday, July 20 from 6:30 p.m.–10 p.m.; Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston)
Brewing a Cure for ALS
Drink for a good cause at this Cambridge beer fest, where over 30 local breweries will pour suds to help raise money for the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Tickets include unlimited two-ounce pours from Artifact Cider Project, Cheeky Monkey Brewing Company, Remnant Brewing Company, Revival Brewing Company, and more. Wine, music, and food trucks will also be on-site. (Saturday, August 10 from 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m.; Technology Square Courtyard, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge)