Craft260 Cask Festival | May 7, Fairfield
At this beer-drinker’s festival, Connecticut breweries provide tastings from two casks of beer, made from the same base beer but with different recipes. The end result is two different beers, and tasting both gives festival-goers insight into how small changes in a recipe can make big differences in the final product. 203-955-1745, craft260.com
Rising Pint Brew Fest | May 13, East Hartford
Beers from more than 80 breweries will be showcased at this festival at Rentschler Field. The breweries will range from local to national to international. There will also be live music and food offered at happy hour prices. Proceeds will benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation, an organization helping families of those killed in active duty or who have returned severely wounded from duty, and Our Companions, an organization that runs a no-kill shelter for pets in Connecticut. risingpint.com
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. | May 13, Elmsford, New York
Not far from the Connecticut border in Westchester, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. will celebrate its 10th year as a craft brewery. For $40, guests will get to sample up to 30 beers and enjoy music, food and games. The beer list will include some of Captain Lawrence’s rarest and most sought-after gems, including sour and barrel-aged beers. 914-741-2337, captainlawrencebrewing.com
Culinary Showdown at Jonathan Edwards | May 21, North Stonington
Some of the best chefs in Connecticut and Rhode Island square off in a culinary challenge in which guests also participate. Attendees get to wash down the various foods with wine from Jonathan Edwards Winery. It benefits the Connecticut Farmland Trust and Rhode Island’s Chef’s Collaborative.
Hop Häus Meet the Brewer | Multiple dates, Southington
Thursday nights at Hop Häus are meet-the-brewer nights. From 6 to 9 p.m., guests can chat with various brewers while sampling their beer. Or, as the bar and restaurant describes it: “Breweries come in and give you samples of beers, and hand out cool swag. It’s a great time.” Participating breweries in May include Branford’s Stony Creek (May 4), Massachussetts’ Clown Shoes (May 11) Stratford’s Two Roads (May 18) and New Hampshire’s White Birch (May 25).
Asparagus Festival at White Silo Winery | May 20-21, Sherman
Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. guests can enjoy this annual festival featuring live music, asparagus-powered food and, of course, plenty of wine, as well as the option to tour the winery. Admission is free.
Erik Ofgang is the author of Buzzed: Beers, Booze, & Coffee Brews — Where to Enjoy the Best Craft Beverages in New England. Have a craft beverage event coming up next month? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org