If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts It’s a brand new year and that means you have 12 months to sample as many new beers (and some old favorites) in 2019 as possible. One of the best (and fastest) ways to mark a lot of unique beers and breweries off your to-drink list is by attending a beer festival.With the skyrocketing popularity of craft beer, new beer festivals have been popping up at a steady pace. This means a lot of Americans may already have a craft beer festival in their home town or within a short drive. But there are some craft beer fests that are worthy of a road trip or mini vacation. These are the top beer festivals to look forward to in 2019.Extreme Beer FestBoston, Massachusetts | February 1-2, 2019The team at BeerAdvocate organizes Boston’s Extreme Beer Fest. The two-day affair is held at the Seaport World Trade Center and boasts more than 400 beers from more than 120 different breweries. Due to the popularity of the event, attendees buy tickets for a three-and-a-half-hour tasting session. Only independent craft brewers are invited to pour. VIP passes get you access to early entry, a private lounge and a swag bag of treats. But the real reason to come to Extreme Beer Fest is the beer, including insane exclusives like Dogfish Head’s Possibly the Next Top Rated Beer on BeerAdvocate, a beer described as a Double New England Maple Pastry Black Coffee Milkshake IPA. Yep, sounds extreme.Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. Brewers AssociationSavorWashington, D.C. | May 17, 2019Savor is a smaller event than others on this list, but by no means less impressive. Ninety breweries participate in this food and beer experience. Instead of simply refilling a tasting cup over and over, at Savor, you get to sample the beer along with a perfectly paired small plate. This makes it a double treat for beer fans and foodies alike. This is also a premiere venue to meet brewery owners and head brewers, and get insider info on your favorite beers.Oregon Brewers FestivalPortland, Oregon | July 24-27, 2019One of the country’s longest-running beer fests, Oregon beer fans party hard for four straight days. Up to 85,000 beer drinkers descend on the Oregon Brewers Festival to drink in the best beer that the state has to offer. The event is free to attend but requires a festival mug, and beer tokens are sold for $1 each. Those tokens are exchanged for sample pours. In 2018, the festival offered 80 beers from 80 different breweries across Oregon, Washington, California, and beyond.The turnout at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. Brewers AssociationGreat American Beer FestivalDenver, Colorado | October 3-5, 2019The Great American Beer Festival is the biggest party of them all. More than 4,000 beers will be available to sample. You’ll never be able to drink them all, so instead head to the festival website for a list of the breweries and a downloadable map. Then, formulate your battle plan. Pace your consumption by taking time out of your busy drinking schedule to visit the pavilions and get a deeper understanding about your favorite breweries and beer styles.Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged BeersChicago, Illinois | November 2019Do you like your beer with a little extra? Wood and barrel-aging impart a wide range of wonderful flavors to beer, and if you like sort of thing, the Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers is for you. Over 400 beers, meads, and ciders are poured ranging from funky wild farmhouse ales to sticky bourbon barrel stouts. It’s a mecca for the most unique and distinct brews on the planet. Editors’ Recommendations
Two official visits undertaken to the Seychelles by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa cost the Government over Rs. 100 million, it was reported today.A report on the two overseas visits was handed over to the Government last week by the Sri Lankan High Commission in the Seychelles, The Sunday Leader newspaper reported. In 2013 Rajapaksa led a delegation to the Seychelles which included his son, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. The cost for that tour is estimated at Rs. 50 million, according to information communicated to the government, sources told The Sunday Leader. The Government had said recently it was investigating the expenses for foreign trips by the former regime, including that of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) In the Seychelles the delegation had rented 68 vehicles and 68 mobile phones. Sources said that the mobile phones were not returned but were brought to Sri Lanka. The entire entourage had used three chartered flights to travel to the Seychelles and also hired three luxury boats to travel between the islands.According to the report submitted to the Government, the 2104 visit to the Seychelles had also cost approximately Rs. 50 million.The report is said to have been given to the Foreign Ministry. However when contacted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said she was unaware of such a report. Sources also said that Rajapaksa had in 2014 visited the Seychelles for a second time with a 97-member delegation. Rajapaksa had travelled to the Seychelles in 2014 to declare open the Sri Lankan High Commission, Sri Lanka Insurance and a Bank of Ceylon Branch. However the Sri Lanka Insurance branch closed while the Bank of Ceylon Branch is facing issues in the Seychelles, sources added.The delegation, which accompanied Rajapaksa, included six Ministers, security officers and others, including the then Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife and a few guests.