A look at some of Louisville's best beer related events in 2022.
From one of the country's oldest airports to the start of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Louisville's lineup of beer festivals and events is hoppin' in 2022. See below to see why beer is all the buzz in Bourbon City.
Tailspin Ale Fest | March 5
This annual end-of-winter beer festival is held outdoors at historic Bowman Field, which is known as one of the oldest continually operated airports in the US. With access to food trucks, a cigar lounge, a silent disco, and over 250 beers from local and regional breweries, this annual event has taken off as a favorite for locals and area beer connoisseurs.
NuLu Bock Beer Fest | March 26
Located on a stretch of Market Street sandwiched between Nanny Goat Strut and Billy Goat Strut, the NuLu Bock Fest celebrates Louisville's rich beer history with local breweries, music, and even a slew of goat races. Wurst Fest is also returning in 2022 which will have local restaurants facing off to create their best versions of the cased sausage. The festivities last from Noon-6pm, but there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area for those looking to celebrate after the event comes to a close.
Kentucky Craft Bash | June 11
For one day this summer, the Kentucky Guild of Brewers will transform Louisville's Waterfront Park into the state’s largest, most exclusive taproom during the annual Kentucky Craft Bash - Kentucky’s only craft beer festival by brewers, for brewers. Pouring only beers from breweries located in the Commonwealth, Craft Bash hosts over 70 local breweries and serves more than 150 different varieties of beer. Experimental beers and collaborations that don't go into widespread distribution and are rarely found outside of a brewery’s taproom will also be available to sample.
J-Town Beer Fest | July 16
J-Town Craft Beer Fest takes place in the heart of downtown Jeffersontown, just southeast of downtown Louisville. Featuring more than 50 craft breweries, wines, food trucks, and live music, this neighborhood oriented festival is 21+ and helps support local businesses in the area.
Summer Beer Fest at the Frazier | August 6
Celebrating the rich history of brewing in the Bluegrass State, the Frazier History museum is hosting its second annual beer festival this August. Over 200 specialty beers will be on tap along with food trucks and live music which will take place in a pop-up Beer Garden located behind the museum, occupying sections of Ninth and Washington streets. VIP tickets to the festival are available and include perks such entry to the museum, early festival access, admission into the Gateway Garden, and dozens of additional beers.
Old Lou Brew | August 26
Just $15 gets you in the gate at Central Park to enjoy live music, unique beers from some of Kentucky’s finest indie brewers, and great food from local food trucks. The festival is held in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood which is home to the largest contiguous collection of Victorian mansions in the United States.
Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too | August 27
This annual Zoo fundraiser will takes place each August and gives attendees the opportunity to enjoy tastings from craft breweries and wineries, accompanied by local restaurant samples and live music. Each ticket includes catered heavy appetizers and specialty pours throughout the night, access to all event areas throughout the Zoo, a Back to the Brew swag bag, non-alcoholic beverages and up to 40 oz. of beer and wine tastings. Funds raised from Back to Brew will benefit Friends of the Louisville Zoo and their mission to support animal care and Zoo special projects.
Louisville Beer Week | October TBD
Louisville Beer Week celebrates the local love of the sud and combines events, drink specials, and live music across the city. While you're out sampling the best brews in the area, pick up a Louisville Ale Trail Passport and get rewarded for drinking local beer.
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