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Happy Gnome. 651-287-2018 April 8, Thawfest, Buffalo, NY. Buffalo Riverworks. 716-856-2337 April 8-10 , Bed & Brew Weekend Package, Cooperstown, NY. With Ommegang. 607-547-5756 April 9, 6th Annual Bloomington Craft Beer Festival, Bloomington, IN. April 9, Erie Micro Brew Fest, Erie, PA. Brewerie at Union Station. wqln.org/beerfest April 9, Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival , Tinley Park, IL. 708-532-5700 April 16, Toledo On Tap, Rock Island, IL. SeaGate Conv. Center. 203-900-5566 April 10, Sour Power, Williamsville, NY. Pizza Plant. pizzaplant.com April 14, 6th Annual Bike to the Ballpark, Indianapolis, IN. Sun King Brewing. 317-602-3702 April 14, April Foolishness , Ann Arbor, Mich. Arbor Brewing. 734-213-1393 April 15-16 Electric City Craft Brew Fest, Scranton, PA. Montage Mountain Resorts. ecbrewfest.com April 16 4th Anniversary Party, Buffalo, NY. Community Beer Works. communitybeerworks.com April 16 Mangalitsa Pig Porter Release Party, Traverse City, MI. Right Brain Brewery. rightbrainbrewery.com April 16, Quad Cities On Tap, Rock Island, IL. QCCA Expo Center. 203-900-5566 April 16, Cabin Fever Beer & Wine Festival, Colden, NY. Buffalo Ski Club. 716-941-5654 April 19-20, 7th Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference , Milwaukee, WI. conserve-greatlakes.com April 20 Smokin’ Hemp Release , La Crosse, WI . Pearl Street. pearlstreetbrewery.com April 20, Brewery Throwdown Championship , Westland, Mich. 734-525-1667 April 23, Lebanon BrewHAHa , Lebanon, OH . Warren County Fairgrounds. 513-228-2226 April 23, Official Grand Opening Party , Williamsville, NY. 12 Gates Brewing. 12-12. 12gatesbrewing.com April 23, Spring Fever Beer Fest , Royal Oak, MI. Farmers Market. April 23, Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival, Kenosha, Wis. The Brat Stop. 262-653-7304 April 25, Spring Craft Beer Fest, Grove City, OH. Aladdin Shrine Ctr. 614-539-5060 April 23 Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine, & Cheese Fest, La Crosse, Wis. Oktoberfest Grounds. 608-782-2250 April 23, 16th Anniversary/Reinheitsgebot Celebration, Buffalo, NY. Flying Bison. 716-873-1557 April 29-May 1, 5th Annual Real Ale Festival , Syracuse, NY . J Ryan’s Pub. 20-plus cask ales. jryanspub.com April 30, Rochester Craft Beer Expo , Rochester, NY. April 30, 2nd Great River Craft Brew Fest , Ironton, OH. April 30 8th Annual Northwest BeerFest, Chippewa Falls, WI. Chippewa Ice Arena. 715-726-2500 April 30, Dark Lord Day, Munster, IN. 3 Floyds Brewing. 219-922-4425 Rauchbeir is perhaps the oldest style of beer, since all barley was originally dried over fires, and where there’s fire, there’s smoke. We don’t do a lot of beer style features, but we thought rauchbier would make a nice exception. In the course of history smoked malt went from ubiquitous to virtually unknown—but it’s making a small, yet notable comeback. Next we take you to Ithaca Brewing Co, a brewery that has helped define the craft beer movement and expand craft brewing’s appeal since some of the earli-est days. The brewery has consistently succeeded through a range of standard and limited release beers in a variety of styles. This has led to a state of semi-permanent expansion at the brewery, and a must-go, truly enjoyable beer café, complete with outdoor seating in the beer garden. On that subject, this is also the start of patio season at breweries and brewpubs throughout the Great Lakes region, where plenty of spring seasonal beers can be enjoyed as the weather improves. We’ll tell you where, when and what in our regional columns. Of course, there’s plenty more in this issue—like new beers from Guinness, a beer tasting, and a few erudite thoughts in the Jolly Giant Review. It’s time get out of the cabin, maybe order a nice maibock, relax on the patio and decide whether or not you’re hungry, too. BBQ and a rauch-bier, anyone? May May 5, Cinco de Mayo Party, Lockport, NY. New York Beer Project. nybeerproject.com May 6-8 , Bed & Brew Weekend Package, Cooperstown, NY. With Ommegang. 607-547-5756 May 7, Chicago Beer Classic , Chicago, IL. Soldier Field. chicagobeerclassic.com May 7 , B. Nektar Mead Fest, Ferndale, MI. 313-744-6323; bnektar.com May 7, First Anniversary Celebration, Olean, NY. Four Mile Brewing. fourmilebrewing.com May 7, Spring Beer Fest, Palatine, IL. Durty Nellie's. 847-358-9150 May 7, Indiana Michigan Craft May Fest, Mishawaka, IN. Kamm Island at 100 Center. mayfest.com May 8, NYBP Luau , Lockport, NY. New York Beer Project. Pig roast with Circle of Trust release. 716-743-6927 May 9, Indiana Michigan Craft Beer Mayfest, Granger, IN . Toscana Park. inmicraftbeermayfest.com May 12, Old World Ales and Lagers , Ann Arbor, Mich. Arbor Brewing. 734-213-1393 May 14, Bigby's Pour House Ballpark Brew Fest, Schaumburg, IL. Boomers Stadium. May 14 , 7th Annual Crown Beer Fest , Crown Point, IN . crownbeerfest.com May 14, Michigan Cask Ale Festival , Westland, Mich. Ashley’s. 734-525-1667 May 14, 13th Annual Mini Real Ale Festival , Columbus, OH . Smokehouse Brewing. 614-485-0227 May 15, Farm to Pint Fête, Hamburg, NY. Hamburg Brewing. Brews made from local grains and hops. 12-5pm. hamburgbrewing.com May 15, Beers and Beasts 8K, Binghamton, NY. Water Street. 607-217-4546 May 19, Beer Under Glass , Chicago, IL. Garfield Park Conservatory. 312-746-5100 May 20, Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest , Columbus, OH . May 20-21, World Expo of Beer , Frankenmuth, Mich. 888-805-1504 May 21, 7th Annual Big Brews & Blues for Diabetes , Dayton, OH . 937-220-6611 May 21, Full Circle Fest , East Aurora, NY. 42 North Brewing. Celebrate sustainability. 42northbrewing.com May 21, 3rd Annual Frothy Forage, Saukville, WI. Riveredge Nature Center. 262-375-2715 May 28, Welles Park Craft Beer Fest , Chicago, IL. illinoisbeer.com May 28, 1st Anniversary Celebration , West Seneca, NY , Rusty Nickel Brewing Company. 716-608-6155 June & Beyond June 3-4, Two Brothers Summer Festival , Aurora, IL. Riveredge Park. 630-393-2337 June 4, Midwest Sour + Wild + Funk Fest , Indianapolis, IN . City Market. 812-336-2337 June 4, St. Paul Summer Beer Fest , St. Paul, MN . June 4, Grayslake Craft Beer Festival, Grayslake, IL. 847-223-6888 June 9–11, Homebrew Con 2016 , Baltimore, MD. 303-447-0816 June 10-19, Rochester Real Beer Week, Rochester, NY. RochesterRealBeer.com June 11 Beer Camp Across America, Milwaukee, WI. Veterans Park. beercamp.sierranevada.com June 11, Rochester Real Beer Expo , Rochester, NY. The Wedge. RochesterRealBeer.com June 18 Buffalo Brewers Festival, Buffalo, NY. Outer Harbor. buffalobrewsfestival.com June 18 Beertavia Craft Beer Festival, Batavia, NY. downtownbataviany.com July 22-23, Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival, Ypsilanti, MI. Tix on sale: 4/28 mibeer.com Next Advertising Deadline: May 10 1-800-474-7291 Great Lakes Brewing News is published bi-monthly,on 100% recycled paper. Over 50,000 copies are distributed in breweries, brew on premises,homebrew supply shops & high vari-ety beer bars and stores across the Great Lakes region. One year subscriptions (6 issues) are available for $20 US or Canadian at the following address: Brewing News, 571 South Park, Buffalo, NY 14204 Fax: 888-665-5007 Beer Weeks April 29-May 8 Madison, WI. • May 13-21 Columbus, OH. • May 19-29 Chicago, IL.