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Summer, Sunshine and Suds

A well-managed beer festival keeps the yahoos in check and the lines moving. You’ll know a poorly managed one in about 20 minutes: you don’t feel welcome.

Over the years, Connecticut has mostly worked out the kinks when it comes to providing beer, comfort and positive memories.

Here’s a fairly good representation of what’s available in the beer festival circuit this summer. Contact hosts for specific information, including designated driver prices and whether children or pets are welcome. Check out for more.

Ticket prices listed are for those purchased in advance. Most prices go up if you buy them at the door. There are also VIP ticket prices, so check with the venue for that information.

Spring Beer Fest, Courtyard by Marriott, Waterbury
Friday, June 8, 6-9 p.m.

This event will feature breweries from Connecticut and nearby, with a portion of proceeds to benefit Easterseals.
Tickets: $25
For information: (203) 596-1000

Hartford Rib-Off Beer Fest, Riverfront Recapture, Hartford
Friday, June 15, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, June 15, 11:30-5:30 p.m.

This “A New England style Surf and Turf dinner” is coupled with a beer festival coupled with a grill contest. Beers from New England will be on display at this two-day event on the Connecticut River. Attendees will vote in a people’s choice contest for the “rib-off.”
Tickets: $75 (Fri.), $65 (Sat.)

East Coast Brew Festival, The Warehouse, Fairfield
Saturday, June 16, 2-5 p.m.

GoodWorks Entertainment presents this festival, which features craft beers from the east coast. There will be live reggae and local food options.
Tickets: $65. For information:

Two Roads Road Jam Fest, Two Roads Brewing, Stratford
Friday, June 22, 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, June 23, 2-10 p.m.

This music festival is now a two-day event the sprawling Two Roads “campus,” celebrating its Road Jam Raspberry Wheat with Lemongrass. There will be food trucks. Bands include Deep Banana Blackout (on Friday) and Lotus (on Saturday)
Tickets: $60 for both days; $25 for Friday; $40 for Saturday.
For information:

New England Summer Beer Festival, Goshen Fair Grounds, Goshen
Friday, July 6, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, July 7, 1-5 p.m.; 6-10 p.m.; Sunday, July 8, 12-4 p.m.

This festival promises beer, music and food from New England.
Tickets: $150 (3-day pass); $40-$80 (single/double sessions)
For information:

Bethel Beer Fest, Bethel Municipal Center Lawn, Bethel
Friday, July 13, 6-9 p.m.

Craft beer will be flowing, and there will be live music and food vendors. There will be limited release beers available, too.
Tickets: $30
For information:

Craft Brew Races/Beer Festival, Edgewood Park, New Haven
Saturday, Aug. 4, 12-4 p.m.

The Craft Brew Race is a 5K road race followed by a local craft beer festival. The series features races around the country. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate, then attend the post-race festival, featuring more than 30 breweries, local food, and music. Nonrunners are welcome.
Tickets: Registration for race starts at $50; festival only is $40.
For information:

New Haven Craft Beer Festival, Temple Plaza, New Haven
Saturday, Aug. 25, 11-5 p.m.

This downtown New Haven outdoor craft beer festival (rain or shine) is closing New Haven Craft Beer Week with music and food. There will be unique and limited offerings from 24 local and regional breweries and is hosted by New Haven’s Prime 16. Proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Food Bank.
Tickets: Multiple sessions will be available: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (VIP, $40), 12-2 p.m. ($30); 3-5 p.m. ($30). Tickets are being sold online only. For information:

Will Siss is “The Beer Snob.” See his columns in the Republican-American.