Your guide to 2017 metro Atlanta beer festivals

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Your guide to 2017 metro Atlanta beer festivals

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The Roswell Beer Festival in 2015.

There is no shortage of beer festivals in metro Atlanta.

So if you’re one who likes to get together with friends, sample a bunch of different beers, listen to live music and grab a bite, you’re in the right place. 

Below: details for more than a dozen festivals happening across metro Atlanta this year. 

DeKalb

Tap into Georgia, 3-7 p.m. May 20. $35-50. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody.
This festival has a unique angle in that it places emphasis on celebrating Georgia's beer makers. More than 100 beers, all made in Georgia, will be available alongside live music. Website, Facebook event page and ticket site to come.

East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival, 1-5 p.m. May 20. Price TBD. Brownwood Park, 602 Brownwood Ave. SE, Atlanta.
What could be better than a springtime beer festival in an old growth forest? That, but with 100 percent of the proceeds go to community grants via the East Atlanta Foundation. Which is what’s happening here. 

Brookhaven Beer Fest. 3-8 p.m. June 10. $30-40. Brookhaven Park, 4158 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven. 
The event — in its seventh year — will offer more than 150 beer and wine tasting options, food trucks and live music at a new location.

Atlanta

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest4-9 p.m. June 17. $40-55. Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas St. NE.
Guests will have access to more than 200 beers, wine and ciders and live music. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. April 26.

Great Atlanta Beer Festival. Details TBD.
The festival used to be held at Turner Field, so its trying to finalize plans for a new home this year. It’s definitely still happening though, according to an organizer. Stay tuned!

Strong Beer FestivalNoon-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Price TBD. Wrecking Bar Brewpub, 292 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta.

Back for the fifth year, the judged event includes more than 50 high gravity beers made in Georgia. Thirty judges show up at 8 a.m. to hand pick their favorites, and awards are given to the top three scoring beers. The winner takes home (for a year) a 40-pound trophy, inscribed with the beer and brewery name. Tickets go on sale two months prior to the event and may sell out in less than a week.

Cobb

Acworth Craft Beer Fest. November 2017. Downtown Acworth. More details TBD.
Details are scarce at this point, but previous festival years have seen more than 100 beers, live music and a bounty of food.

Gwinnett

Lilburn Beer Fest, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 30, price TBD, Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St. NW.
This is a relatively new festival, celebrating its second birthday. Last year’s inaugural event offered more than 100 beers, live music and food trucks.

Beyond

Oktoberfest. Sept. 7-10, Sept. 14-17, Sept. 21-24, Sept. 28-Oct. 29. $8 ($10 on Saturdays). 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen. 706-878-1619.
While not exactly in metro Atlanta, it feels wrong to talk about beer festivals without mentioning Georgia's only traditional Alpine village. The town brings Oktoberfest to life with German beers on tap, the sweet sounds of polka and its associated traditional dances and endless links of bratwurst. 
Oktoberfest begins on a long weekend schedule and resumes Sept. 22, at which point things are decidedly full time through the end of October. Remember it's a long drive back from the North Georgia hills, so you might be wise to book a Helen hotel in advance of traveling.

Did we miss one? Send an email with information to becca.godwin@ajc.com.

Originally published March 9.

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