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Check Out These Great Winter Beer Festivals!!

Fight the Cold with a Few Cold Ones

Take a Charter Bus to One of These Brewfests and Join in the Fun!

If you’re a true “beeroisseur,” i.e., someone who loves ales, lagers, porters, stouts and all other things beer-related, you know that a cold beer is good anytime of the year, not just on a hot summer day. Sure, there are endless beer festivals all summer long. But you still have a hankering to taste new brews when there’s snow on the ground and a nip in the air. There’s good news for year-round beer enthusiasts—there are plenty of winter brewfests across the country.

But there’s really only one reason to go to a beer festival—to taste a number of different beers. You don’t want to do that and then get behind the wheel. Worse yet, you don’t want to go to the festival and be a teetotaler. There’s a great solution!! With a charter bus rental from, you’ll have your own designated driver, so you won’t have to worry about tasting that Gooseberry Cheesecake Gose or the Persimmon Ale. We’ll get you there and back safely while you enjoy all the festival has to offer.

The Top Winter Beer Festivals in 2018-2019

From Arizona to Michigan, from Atlanta to Denver, there’s plenty of opportunity to experience the creativity of craft brewers in the United States. Here are some to the popular brew celebrations this winter:

  • The Big Beers Festival, in Breckenridge, Colorado: It’s just after New Years’ Eve—January 10-12, 2019, and it’s one of the best beer festivals anywhere, anytime. In addition to the more than 400 specialty beers you’ll find from around the globe, you’ll also be able to attend seminars on beer-making, and experiment with a wide assortment of beer and food pairings. The festival carries the “Big Beer” moniker for good reason—there won’t be any lite beers here—the focus is on Belgians and barleywines. There’s a Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner, as well as the “Calibration Dinner” sponsored by Avery and Dogfish Head breweries. If you’re only looking for nibblies, there’s the Small Plates and Craft Beer Pairing in the afternoon.
  • The Arizona Strong Beer Festival, in Phoenix. Arizona: Scheduled for February 9, 2019, this one day event is party of Arizona Beer Week, which runs February 7-16. This year’s festival features more than 100 Arizona brewers serving 2-ounce samples of popular and experimental beers. Admission to the festival gets you 40 tasting tickets, good for all nine days of Arizona Beer Week. The Strong Beer Festival will take place at Steele Indian School Park, with more than 400 beers on tap. It’s all part of a much larger celebration, with more than 200 events scheduled throughout the week. It’s a great opportunity to see the many attractions in the Copper State. Hop on your charter bus and follow the Arizona Brew Trail.
  • The Winter Beer Festival, in Comstock Park, Michigan: The folks who have organized this affair have good reason to call it “The Winter Beer Festival.” With more than 140 Michigan breweries participating, pouring more than 1,000 different craft beers, it’s bigger than big. Held outside at Fifth Third Ball park just north of downtown Grand Rapids (the unofficial capital of craft beer in Michigan), the festival features local music, ice sculpture competitions and plenty of fire pits to keep revelers warm. This year’s event is earlier than in years past, scheduled for November 28 and 29. Your admission entitles you to fifteen 3-ounce pours. Expect plenty of offerings from local breweries like Founders and Grand Rapids Brewing Company, as well as nearby zymurgists New Holland and Bell’s.
  • The 16th Annual Extreme Beer Fest, in Boston, Massachusetts: Held at the Seaport World Trade Center, this festival features more than 400 beers from 120 different breweries from across the country. It’s billed as “the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity,” where brewers throw out most of the rules. It’s a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit in craft brewing—all of the brewers invited are independent. For this year’s event, the sponsors have issued a two-fold challenge to all participating breweries—feature at least one session-style beer (5% ABV or lower) and at least one beer that’s never been available to the public before. The pioneering spirit that accompanies the Extreme Beer Fest has seen it introduce new styles in the past that have become industry standards—think Double IPAs. This year’s festival is on the calendar for February 1st and 2nd, 2019.
  • The Denver Brewfest, in Denver, Colorado: This year’s event is scheduled for January 25-26, 2019, at Mile High Station. It’s a benefit for Swallow Hill Music Association, a not-for-profit entity that provides concerts, music lessons and music education throughout Colorado. The festival features many of the top craft breweries in the Rocky Mountain state among the nearly 100 brewers in attendance, including Great Divide, Rogue and Crooked Stave. You’ll also enjoy live music both days.

Find the Right Charter Bus for Your Group

There’s no mode of travel that offers all the advantages you’ll get with a charter bus. Unlike many other types of transportation, you have a number of different options available, so that you can choose the coach that meets your needs. At, because of our affiliation with an extensive network of charter bus service providers, we can help you book just the right-sized vehicle for your trip.

If you’re traveling to a winter brew event with just a few close friends or family, one of our Executive Sprinter vans will work, with room for up to 15 passengers, and lots of storage space for luggage and other personal items. For slightly larger groups, our mini-vans accommodate 24 to 35 passengers comfortably. But bring as many people as you want—we have coaches that hold up to 57 and multiple rentals are almost always available. We also offer customized party buses for up to 40 people.

The Many Great Reasons to Take a Charter Bus

If you’ve done any research, you know there’s simply no better way to travel as a group than on a charter bus from

  • You’ll always be safe and secure—Our drivers are the best in the world. We make certain they get regular training, so that they have the skills to deal with any contingency. In addition, because there’s typically only one way on and off your bus, it’s easy to keep tabs on who comes and goes, so you and your belongings will be secure.
  • You can personalize your trip—With a charter bus, you won’t have to choose for a limited number of prepackaged excursions. Instead, you tell us where you want to go, when you want to be there, how long you want to stay and when you want to return. We’ll take care of everything, mapping out the best route, so that we get you where you want to go when you want to be there. In addition, because of our relationships with a wide network of charter bus service providers, we can usually make last minute changes to your itinerary, and can often book entire trips with little advance notice.
  • You can rely on a charter bus—Our buses are meticulously maintained, so that there’s little risk of mechanical breakdown. As a result, you’ll almost never have to deal with a delay or cancellation. We also have the technology to help us identify potential roadway problems or hazards, helping us find alternative routes to get you to your destination in a timely manner.
  • You get to totally relax—Travel can be a lot of work, but not on a charter bus. All you have to do is get on the bus and enjoy yourself—we’ll take care of everything else. And all those inconveniences that make travel a hassle? Not on a charter bus!! We don’t have a TSA line, so you won’t have to take your shoes off or risk losing your personal shampoo. You’ll ride on the same bus from start to finish, so there won’t be any concerns about missing a connection or losing your bags. We won’t ask you to put your phone on “bus mode,” either—you can stay wired at all times. In fact, most of our buses have Wifi, as well as charging stations and ports for your iPod or iPad.
  • You won’t feel packed into your seat—Charter buses have more room in front of the seats than on any other mode of travel. The seats are plush and comfortable, too. It’s easy to move about the cabin and you’ll never be admonished to return to your seat!
  • It’s one of the most affordable ways to travel—When you’re sharing the cost of a bus, you get more bang for your travel buck.
  • Charter buses are good for the planet—Traveling together in the same coach also reduces your carbon footprint.

Book a Winter Brewfest Trip with Today

The largest charter bus network in the nation, US Coachways has been an industry leader and innovator for more than 30 years, providing quality coaches to more than 21,000 events every year. To learn more about your options or to get a quote, call 1-888-502-3458 to talk to one of our experienced agents.

Check Out These Great Winter Beer Festivals!!