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Philly Beer Week, Pennsylvania

It’s a good time for connoisseurs of fine beer. Choice and availability are on the upswing; in 2009, there were 1,595 breweries operating in the U.S. alone. Sampling unfamiliar, artisan-style brews and finding deft food pairings is easily done thanks to a plenitude of worldwide beer festivals (there are more than 900 listed on beerfestivals.org), such as this one in Philadelphia and the four festivals featured on the page that follows. — Thomas Bedell

PHILLY BEER WEEK, PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia may be the best beer city in the U.S. (though San Diego will debate this), and during Beer Week you can take in more than 1,000 events at more than 200 sites, including the annual opening tap event celebrating local beers of the region. phillybeerweek.org

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San Diego Beer Week, California

SAN DIEGO BEER WEEK, CALIFORNIA

Ten days in multiple venues may be just enough to sample all the glories of San Diego’s extensive brewing and dining scenes. You’ll experience extra-hoppy ales, barrel-aged curiosities, and bars and restaurants devoted to extensive Belgian beer lists at this annual event held in early November. sdbw.org

KERSTBIERFESTIVAL, BELGIUM To many American craft brewers, Belgium is mecca, and this unique festival, held in December in Essen, a small town north of Antwerp, concentrates on more than 100 of Belgium’s Christmas and winter beers, including Liefman’s Glühkriek, a cherry beer with spices that is served mulled. kerstbierfestival.be

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KOHLER FESTIVAL OF BEER, WISCONSIN
Its annual fall Food & Wine Experience inspired Destination Kohler to give beer the marquee treatment at its own annual spring beer festival, which features various tastings and food-pairing events (some this past May featured Bon Appétit chef de cuisine Jonathan Lindenauer). With the Blackwolf Run course on hand (a CL Platinum List pick), Kohler adds spice with a Beer Cup Golf Tournament. destinationkohler.com

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Washington, DC

SAVOR: AN AMERICAN CRAFT BEER & FOOD EXPERIENCE, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Tickets sold out in 10 minutes for this past June’s SAVOR, a one-night affair at the National Building Museum given over solely to the pairing of fine food and craft beer from 70 small and independent breweries, as well as private tastings and educational salons. savorcraftbeer.com