Toronto Beer Week is around the corner—and we love that it gives us a new lens through which to experience our city. But imagine visiting another city during their Beer Week? The trip would give you more than a chance to taste rare brews—you’d get to meet the city’s brewmasters, hang out with locals on a craftbeer bar crawl (or on a boat cruise!), or wear your “good jeans” to a beer dinner where you’re tasting local dishes too. We ended up in Chicago during their Beer Week one year, and it automatically enriched our trip with a killer beer dinner and an indie homebrew event happening beside our B&B.

So we’ve surveyed the beer community to come up with a list of the Best Craft Beer Weeks in North America. Why not plan your next city getaway around a beer week?  Here’s our list:

Canada:

Victoria Beer Week
When: March 2016—Date TBC
Local labels to watch for: Moon Brewery, Driftwood Brewery, Swan’s Brewpub

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week
When: May 2016—Date TBC
Local labels to watch for: Tatamagouche Brewing Co, Uncle Leo’s Brewery, Big Spruce BrewingGranite Brewery Halifax

Ontario Craft Beer Week:
When: June 2015—Date TBC
Local labels to watch for: Side Launch, Nickel Brook Brewery, Sawdust City Brewing Co, MacKinnon Brothers Brewing

Toronto Beer Week:
When: September 18- 25, 2015
Local labels to watch for: Great Lakes Brewing Company, Beau’s,  Junction Craft Brewing

Vancouver Craft Beer Week:
When: May 27- June 5, 2016
Local labels to watch for: Steel & Oak Brewery, Strange Fellows Brewing, Parallel 49

Image: Vancouver Craft Beer Week

Image: Vancouver Craft Beer Week

USA:

New York Craft Beer Week:
When: February 19- 28, 2016
Local labels to watch out for: Other Half Brewing Co, Brooklyn Brewery, Finback Brewery

Chicago Craft Beer Week:
When: May 14-24, 2015
Local labels to watch out for: Goose IslandHalf Acre Beer Company, Metropolitan Brewery

Nashville Craft Beer Week:
When: June 23- 29, 2015
Local labels to watch out for: Yazoo Brewing Co, Tennessee Brew Works, Jackalope Brewing Co

LA Beer Week:
When: June 2016—Date TBC
Local labels to watch out for: El Segundo, Smog City Brewing Co, Angel City Brewery

Image: L.A Beer Week

Image: L.A Beer Week

San Francisco Beer Week:
When: January 22-31, 2016
Local labels to watch out for: Cellar Making Brewing Co, Russian River Brewing Co, Almanac Beer

What are some of your favourite Craft Beer Weeks in North America? Comment below or tweet us @CrystalLuxmore