11 Can't Miss Louisville Beer Festivals for 2019
A look at some of Louisville's best beer related events in 2019.
Tailspin Ale Fest (February 16, 2019)
Featuring more than 150 craft beers in a revived WWII era airplane hangar at the oldest continually operating airfield in North America, Tailspin is unlike any beer festival you’ve ever attended.
Shamrock Beer Run (March 2, 2019)
This St. Patrick’s Day inspired 5K will take you through Louisville’s Waterfront Park along the Ohio River. A local brewery will sponsor different stops along the way to keep you hydrated (dehydrated?), with prizes awarded to the best costumes.
NULU Bock Beer Fest (March 30, 2019)
The NuLu neighborhood in Louisville is home to two alleys - Nanny Goat Strut and Billy Goat Strut, that make it a more than fitting place to host the annual Bock Beer Fest. On top of a variety of local beer, the highlight of this event may be the annual goat races which provides entertainment for all.
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KDF BeerFest (May 1, 2019)
As part of the annual Kentucky Derby Festival and in conjunction with the annual Great Steamboat Race, this waterfront BeerFest is overflowing with Louisville tradition.
Highlands Beer Festival (May 11, 2019)
Located in Louisville’s eclectic Highland’s neighborhood, featuring an eclectic variety of beer. Typically the first Saturday after Derby, all proceeds benefit the Bluegrass Center for Autism.
Kentucky Craft Bash (June 22, 2019)
The Kentucky Guild of Brewers (aka the KGB) hosts this Commonwealth only bash with over 40 Kentucky breweries serving more than 100 different varieties of beer, transforming Louisville's Waterfront Park into the states largest, most exclusive taproom.
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival (July 21 – 22, 2019)
For two nights, this festival brings the heat with your favorite libations, combined with a soul-satisfying haze of New Orleans and Memphis-style blues and pit barbecue smoke. A large music stage provides plenty of entertainment, with Louisville’s historic Water Tower serving as a picturesque backdrop.
Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too (August 24, 2019)
A combination of craft breweries, wineries and local restaurants is great, but throw in some animal encounters and you’ve got a guaranteed wild night. This event has become a local favorite over the years and tends to sell out.
Old Lou Brew (August 23, 2019)
Based in historic Old Louisville, home to the largest contiguous collection of Victorian mansions in the United States, Old Lou Brew will feature local breweries, live music, and scores of century old mansions. Could you get any classier?
Craft Louisville (TBD)
Looking to raise money to benefit cystic fibrosis research, Craft Louisville combines beer AND PIZZA! making for a worthy, and tasty, night in downtown Louisville. Located under the 2nd street bridge, 100% of proceeds are donated to local and national CF efforts.
Louisville Beer Week (October 24 - 30, 2019)
Still have a craving for beer after all that? (Of course, you do). Louisville Beer week combines events, drink specials, and live music across the city. See who participated in the 2018 event by clicking the link below.