In 2020, I conceptualized the first Queer Beer festival to capture the unique, vibrant, diverse, and thriving voices of the Queer community in the industry. As an evolution of our groundbreaking women in craft beer festival Beers With(out) Beards, this event represents another underserved community in beer.

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I launched BW(O)B as a part of my graduate school thesis capstone project at NYU in 2018. Over the last four years, this revolutionary festival has attracted thousands of attendees and showcased over sixty women-led breweries. Additionally, the fest has featured over thirty-five events highlighting the achievements of women across all aspects of the alcoholic beverage industries.

Building on the success of BW(O)B, I started Queer Beer to showcase the LGBTQIA+ drinkmakers and tastemakers, express stories of empowerment from top Queer-owned breweries or breweries actively supporting the Queer community, and build a stronger culture of inclusivity in the beer industry.

As a Queer women myself, I’ve struggled to find representation for the Queer community in craft beer. But through events like ours and the support of major breweries in the industry, we’ve started to see these stories told.

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Hop Culture Partners with New Belgium for Queer Beer Fest 2022

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Photography courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

This year, we’re proud to announce that New Belgium will be our presenting sponsor for the 2nd annual Queer Beer Fest taking place on Jun. 4th, 2022, at The Wharf in Washington, D.C.

New Belgium is not only one of the world’s pioneering craft breweries, but also a longtime and ardent supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community. In fact, last year the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), an organization leading the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and “creating a society where none of us is left behind,” recognized New Belgium as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality on its Corporate Equality Index, giving it a perfect score of 100. At the time of writing, New Belgium is the only craft brewery in the country to receive this distinction.

Similarly, New Belgium was one of the first breweries to hire a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Specialist. Most recently, Patrice Palmer (they/them/theirs), a Black, queer, trans intersectional leadership educator, held the position, working to create and manage programs and projects on diversity and inclusion within the brewery.

For instance, brewing a beer called Biere de Queer that celebrated National Coming Out Day, an annual LGBTQIA+ awareness day observed on October 11, to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to “come out of the closet” and celebrate their sexual identity.

They also started an internal program at New Belgium called [email protected] with over 80 members that hosts bi-monthly Queer Sips.

Their groundbreaking work led us to name them one of “The Most Important Voices in Craft Beer in 2020.

All in all, New Belgium is one of the most LGBTQIA+-friendly breweries in the country, making huge strives to support the Queer community, and Hop Culture is honored to partner with this pioneering brewery as a presenting sponsor for this year’s Hop Culture x New Belgium Presents Queer Beer Festival.

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Why Create Queer Beer?

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Photography courtesy of Lauren Perlstein

I started Queer Beer to create a space where everyone felt welcome to show up, taste amazing beers, and cultivate conversations around how to tell the stories of an unrepresented community in craft beer. And now more than ever, Queer Beer stands as a festival where everyone can be heard in a predominantly white, straight, male industry.

The second annual Queer Beer takes pride in representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual folks or allies in the beer industry. And this year, we feel especially empowered by those who have also had the courage to speak up about the importance of equity and inclusion in craft beer.

Join us on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th, 2022, at The Wharf in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the voice of the Queer community in craft beer. At the festival, you’ll be able to enjoy beer from thirty breweries that are either Queer-owned or Queer-operated, have LGBTQIA+-identifying people in prominent leadership positions, or are allies actively supporting the Queer community through programs, initiatives, or beers.

We’re proud that for the past two years, Hop Culture has organized this event to stand together with Queer folks in the beer industry. Let’s make the 2022 Hop Culture x New Belgium Presents Queer Beer Festival the most impactful one yet!

When Do Tickets Go On Sale!?

Tickets for Queer Beer go on sale at 9:00 AM EST on March 18th, 2022. You’ll be able to purchase a ticket to the event here.

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Read on to find out answers to some more common FAQs. If you don’t see the answer to your question here, please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

What is the Hop Culture x New Belgium Present Queer Beer Fest?

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The Hop Culture x New Belgium Present Queer Beer Festival 2022 is an in-person craft beer festival dedicated to supporting Queer and LGBTQIA+-identifying people in craft beer. As part of the event, we’ll be featuring thirty different breweries that are either Queer owned or Queer operated or that have LGBTQIA+-identifiying people in prominent leadership positions.

This festival is an expression of Hop Culture’s mission to be a more equitable and inclusive business in craft beer.

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What Breweries Are Participating in the Hop Culture x New Belgium Present Queer Beer Fest?

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ANXO Cidery

Washington, DC

 

This is one of the few cidery’s we know of that has been an active participant in the Queer community. The past couple of Junes to celebrate Pride month, the D.C.-based cidery partnered with nonprofit Casa Ruby, an organization run by transgender women of color with the vision to “create a world where transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people can pursue their dreams.”

ANXO transformed its flagship Cidre Blanc into special-edition Pride cans, donating $1 from the sale of each 4-pack along with a standalone $800 donation that came directly from the cidery. Sporting an ombre rainbow hue, the limited-edition can celebrates Queer culture, but most importantly puts money back into the community to create a better world for all.

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Ardent Craft Ales

Richmond, VA

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Photography courtesy of Ardent Craft Ales

Ardent Craft Ales has been very vocal and supportive of their local Queer community for years. In the past, the Richmond-based brewery has hosted various events during Virginia Pride, created Pride beers, and sold Pride merch (such as the t-shirt above) that have benefitted organizations such as Virginia Pride, a non-profit LGBTQIA+ advocacy group.

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Beer Tree Brew

Port Crane, NY

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Photography courtesy of Beer Tree Brew

We met Beer Tree’s Marketing Manager, Abigail Roe, who identifies as Queer, at Hop Culture’s fifth annual women in craft beer festival Beers With(out) Beards. We were impressed when Abigail told us how Beer Tree has been supporting the Queer community in their tiny town of Port Crane, NY. Now we’re excited to invite Beer Tree to join us for our second annual Queer Beer in Washington, D.C., this June.

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Caboose Brewing Company

Vienna and Fairfax, VA

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Caboose Brewing has always created a “small-town pub atmosphere in a modern environment”, which includes being a taproom for all. Last year in 2021, Caboose stayed true to that mantra, hosting a Pride event with Beer Babes Drag, the a premier drag entertainment business in Virginia. A portion of the sales from those tickets supported PFLAG, the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. Along with the National LGBTQ Task Force, an American social justice advocacy non-profit organizing the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community.

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City-State Brewing Co.

Washington D.C.

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In addition to a strong core of Queer owners and investors, City-State Brewing offers a Pride beer all year round. Supporting the Queer community takes work 365 days out of the year not just in June, so it’s even more important to see a brewery like City-State spreading that ethos. Equality Marriage celebrates how, “The District has pioneered marriage equality across race, gender, and religion,” write the brewery on its website. “Equal Marriage evokes notes of chocolate, coffee, clove, and banana from a devoted blend of diverse ingredients and traditional techniques.”

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DC Brau

Washington D.C.

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The country’s capital has become a powerhouse for Queer-owned and Queer-allied breweries. Every June, the D.C.-based brewery rebrands its flagship Brau Pils to Pride Pils, collaborating with the Washington Blade, America’s oldest LGBTQ newspaper that originated just a few months after the infamous Stonewall riots in 1969. All proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition beer benefit SMYAL, the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League and The Blade Foundation that funds enterprise journalism projects focused on LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented communities. Since 2017, the Pride Pils Project has sold over 81k cans and raised over $42,000 for these organizations.

This year, DC Brau held a contest, asking fans to decide the winning can design. Although voting has closed, the winning artwork will be announced in early June with cans of 2022’s Pride Pils available through DC Pride.

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Denizens Brewing Co.

Silver Spring, MD

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Since 2014, after co-founding Denizens in Silver Spring, MD, wife-and-wife team Julie Veratti and Emily Bruno have been consistent advocates and voices for the Queer community in the craft beer industry. As one of the only women- and minority-owned-and-operated breweries in Maryland, Denizens focuses as much on community organizing as on their crisp lagers, hoppy IPAs, and barrel-aged stouts.

The idea behind the brewery is to be a gathering place for all, often hosting (pre-pandemic) craft fairs, trivia, live music, a running club, and drag shows.

And, the brewery has often given back to specific LGBTQ+ organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League, and the MoCo Pride Center.

Outside of the brewery, Veratti served as chair of the Brewers Association’s Diversity Committee and most recently actually left her full-time role with the brewery to accept a presidential appointment with the U.S. Small Business Administration. As the Associate Administrator for Field Operations, Veratti will be in charge of sixty-eight field offices and ten regional offices across the country.

In October 2020, Veratti joined us during our Women in Beer Leadership Roundtable during Hop Culture’s virtual women in craft beer festival, Beers With(out) Beards.

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Fullsteam Brewery

Durham, NC

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Photography courtesy of Fullsteam Brewery

Fullsteam Brewery’s Director of Taproom Operations Ari Sanders has helped create a more inclusive environment at the Durham-based brewery. Sanders, who identifies as a BIPOC Queer woman, helped the brewery put up inclusive bathroom signage, a huge step for breweries looking to be more gender inclusive.

She also oversaw decisions to sell Pride merchandise year round (because supporting Queer folx is really a 365-days-a-year kind of thing, not just something to only celebrate in June) and ensure that BIPOC and Queer artists make it into the music rotation at the brewery.

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Lost Boy Cider

Alexandria, VA

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Photography courtesy of Lost Boy Cider

Although not Queer-owned, Lost Boy Cider does have Queer-identified cidermaker Tegan Biun helping to craft the award-winning ciders. Plus, the cidery has consistently made strides to support the Queer community.

For example, last year Northern Virginia’s first urban cidery and winner of Virginia’s 2021 Governors Cup gave a Pride makeover to their award-winning Comeback Kid dry cider. The new label included the colors of the Pride flag.

But way beyond the updated design, Lost Boy donated a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the cider to The Trevor Project, a national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth. Plus, the cidery hosts community-oriented events such as drag brunches and drag bingo nights.

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Marz Community Brewing Co.

Chicago, IL

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Marz Community Brewing isn’t pulling any punches here. The Chicago-based brewery’s Gay IPA represents exactly what the name says—being Gay. And being proud to be gay. The colorful phalluses on the can were originally designed by Zipeng Zhu, a Queer, Chinese-born designer, art director, illustrator, and animator whose work aims to razzle-dazzle. His label certainly did just that.

Beyond turning heads, Marz’s Gay IPA also supports the local LGBTQ+ community with a portion of the proceeds from sales donated to organizations such as The Legacy Project, Equality Illinois, and ALMA Chicago.

What we love so much about this double dry-hopped hazy IPA is that Marz has been unapologetically unafraid to embrace Queer culture and proudly and loudly represents what makes the Queer community so colorful and spirited.

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Necromancer Brewing Co.

Pittsburgh, PA

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Photography courtesy of Necromancer Brewing

Necromancer Head Brewer Lauren Hughes is killing it in the Pittsburgh beer scene. Last year, we named Necromancer Brewing one of the 10 Best Breweries to Watch in 2021. We had a good feeling about the new spot.

We love it when we’re right.

You’ll be hard pressed to find another brewery out there like Necromancer, which focuses on resurrecting bygone beer styles (hence the name Necromancer… Get it?).

Helmed by Hughes, the second-ever female head brewer and one of the only Queer brewers (as far as we know) in Pittsburgh, Necromancer’s brewing program focuses on this “Resurrection Series.”

In just the last year, Hughes has brewed a Kentucky common ale, a grisette, a purl (a strong English pale ale brewed with the tops of the wormwood plant), a Belgian IPA, an Adambier (a strong, dark, hoppy, sour ale extensively aged in wood barrels), a grodziskie, and biere de garde.

It’s a love of oft-forgotten styles that put Necromancer on our best new brewery list in 2021.

But it’s Hughes’ incredible work that will keep us gratefully consuming Necromancer’s beers for years to come.

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New Belgium Brewing

Fort Collins, CO

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A stalwart in the craft beer industry, New Belgium was founded by Kim Jordan in 1991 during a time when very few women held positions in the industry. Jordan and the brewery have pioneered over the last 30 years, recently hiring Patrice Palmer, a black, Queer, trans intersection leadership educator as the brewery’s Diversity and Inclusion specialist. We’ve been so impressed with Palmer’s work to create and manage programs, projects, and lead initiatives on diversity and inclusion within the brewery that we actually named Palmer one of the most important voices in craft beer in 2020.

In addition to Palmer’s revolutionary programs, New Belgium recently received recognition as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality from the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Index, with a perfect score of 100. They’re the only brewery to be awarded this distinction in the industry. Last but not least, New Belgium released Biere De Queer last year to celebrate National Coming Out Day, an annual LGTBQ+ awareness day observed annually on October 11th. The purple Belgian-style ale with honey, cinnamon, apricot, and sweet potato raised money for the Blue Ridge Pride in Asheville, NC, and the Pride Resource Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

For all these reasons we’re honored that New Belgium joined us as our presenting partner at Queer Beer in 2022!

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Night Shift Brewing

Everett, MA

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Image courtesy of Night Shift Brewing

This May, the uber popular Boston-based brewery will release a double dry-hopped IPA called Proud. At Night Shift, one of their core values is “All Styles Welcome.” This references their commitment to inclusivity throughout their organization and to every person who enjoys a Night Shift beer or visits one of their facilities.

By brewing Proud, Night Shift stands by their commitment to be an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Fenway Health, which is a Boston-based non-profit committed to bringing accessible healthcare to the LGBTQIA+ community.

In addition to the release of Proud, Night Shift is committed to supporting the community throughout Pride Month (any beyond!). They will be hosting a Pride Market at one of their facilities, and they are partnering with the Boston Gay Sports Alliance on sponsorship programs throughout the month of June.

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Other Half Brewing Co.

Washington D.C.

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Port City Brewing Company

Alexandria, VA

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Photography courtesy of Port City Brewing Company

Port City Brewing Company has LGBTQ+ representation in leadership roles within the company. For instance, Emma Quinn, former Events and Marketing Manager at Port City Brewing (who has moved on to a new position at Building Momentum). For several years in her position, Quinn helped plan and execute LGBTQIA+-focused events such as Priday, a huge celebration of Pride month in Alexandria.

This year, Priday 2022 will include Queer musical performances, outdoor games and activities, featured artists from the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and a drag show from the Brewery Babes. Plus, Port City will donate a portion of all ticket sales to the Alexandria-Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance (AGLA), aiming to help the organization achieve its mission to improve the LGBTQIA+ community in Northern Virginia.

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Red Bear Brewing

Washington, DC

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Call Red Bear Brewing Co. a safe space. Call it Washington D.C.’s only 100 percent gay-owned brewery. Or call it just call it an amazing taproom and community hangout. But don’t just call it a “gay bar.” This is a proud place striving for equality and inclusivity in a safe and positive environment.

Started by Bryan Van Den Oever, Simon Beer, and Cameron Raspet—all who identify as Queer—Red Bear aspires to be a place of community for its diverse team members and neighbors. “We have a slogan: Just like craft beer, diversity is delicious,” said Van Den Oever in an article for CraftBeer.com. Peruse the brewery’s core values and you’ll find diversity listed as one of its top core values along with adventurous, quality, conscientiousness, community, you, aka embracing the spirit of the unicorn.

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Resident Culture Brewing Company

Charlotte, NC

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Illustration courtesy of Resident Culture Brewing Company

Along with several people who identify as Queer on staff, Resident Culture has been very active in supporting its own Queer community. This past February, Resident Culture hosted its own Pride Prom right at the taproom. The event included drag performances, a live DJ, a photo booth, and of course plenty of beer, and benefitted Transcend Charlotte, a non-profit dedicated to pursuing equity and social justice for transgender and gender expansive communities through education, advocacy, mental health, and social support services.

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Right Proper Brewing Company

Washington, DC

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Supporting the Queer community should happen year round. Not only during the month of June. Every Sunday, one of our top breweries to visit in Washington, D.C, Right Proper Brewing Company partners with An Indivisible Art Collective to bring an educational series fostering open dialogue through storytelling and raising the voices of marginalized POC, women, and Queer-identifying artists. But of course, the brewery does it right during Pride too, hosting an incredible drag show last year. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for Right Proper’s plans this year.

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Samuel Adams

Boston, MA

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Samuel Adams has not only been a pioneer of the entire craft beer movement, but also of supporting the LGBTQ+ community. The brewery’s work includes a $100,000 donation in 2020 to GLAAD, the creation of Love Conquers All, brewing Love Conquers Ale, showcasing a powerful video series called Poetry of Pride, and forming its own internal diversity and inclusion group called Labels Out. From top to bottom, inside and out, Samuel Adams has made huge strides to support the Queer community and Hop Culture was honored to partner with this revolutionary brewery as a presenting sponsor for its inaugural Queer Beer Festival in 2021.
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SingleCut Beersmiths

Queens, NY

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As an ally, SingleCut has made it a priority to celebrate the Queer community. For several years, every June they brew a Pride beer with proceeds going directly to a specific LGBTQIA+ organization. For example, last year Shake It Little Tina, a blonde rice ale with rhubarb and lime, supported The Audre Lorde Project. And in 2020, Mighty Real helped fund The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps.

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Ten Eyck Brewing Company

Queenstown, MD

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Owned by a team of Queer women veterans and first responders, Ten Eyck Brewing Company makes it a mission to bring delicious craft beer to their Eastern Shore community. Ten Eyck features a standout crew of seven women making their mark in craft beer. We met many of them, including Yancy and her partner Jessica and Nicki, at our fifth annual women in craft beer festival Beers With(out) Beards. So we can tell you unequivocally that this is a really incredible group of people dedicated to promoting inclusivity and equality in craft beer.

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The Virginia Beer Company

Williamsburg, VA

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Chris Smith and Robby Wiley started The Virginia Beer Company with a goal: to change Williamsburg and to be a place that’s comfortable for anyone. For Smith and Wiley that means supporting the LGTBQIA+ community.

The brewery’s Friends of Dorothy is one of the more well-known Queer-supporting beers in the country. The beer is named after a phrase—”a friend of Dorothy”—used as a secret signal between gay men dating back to at least World War II when being Queer was illegal. Saying you were “a friend of Dorothy” signified your orientation in code.

The beer respectfully nods to a very tough time for the Queer community. One where we persevered and survived.

This may be a Pride IPA, but the beer’s meaning really hits us and proves to us that Virginia Beer Co. embodies equality all year long.

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Urban Garden Brewing

Washington D.C.

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How Did You Choose Breweries to Participate in the Hop Culture x New Belgium Present Queer Beer Festival?

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All of the breweries attending Queer Beer were invited by the Hop Culture team.

However, before sending out any invites, we developed internal criteria for invites that we felt would best speak to our mission of supporting Queer and LGBTQIA+-identifying people in the craft beer industry.

To be considered for this fest, breweries had to fit in one (or more) of the following categories:

      • Queer owned and operated – breweries owned by Queer folks or breweries with Queer folks in prominent leadership positions.
      • Breweries making Pride beers that directly donate the proceeds to organizations that support the Queer community.
      • Breweries with robust diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and with a commitment to social justice work.

Together each of the breweries participating in Queer Beer are integral to moving the conversation of inclusion, equity, and justice forward in our industry.

Please note that due to timing, availability, and effects of the pandemic, not everyone we reached out to could participate. We’re also continuously learning of new Queer-owned or Queer-supporting breweries and would love to hear your suggestions if we missed someone that you would like to see included next year. Please let us know by dropping a line to [email protected]—notes from our community are the best way for us to learn!

Where Will the Hop Culture x New Belgium Present Queer Beer Festival Take Place

The Wharf at 760 Maine Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.

When Is the Hop Culture x New Belgium Present Queer Beer Festival?

Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, Jun. 4th, 2022. This will be a two-day festival with three sessions to choose from.

Session One will take place Friday, June 3rd, from 5:30 PM ET (for VIP) and 6:30 PM ET (for GA) to 10:00 PM ET.

Session Two will take place from Saturday, June 4th, 11:00 AM ET (for VIP) and 12:00 PM ET (for GA) to 3:30 PM ET.

Session Three will take place Saturday, June 4th, from 5:30 PM ET (for VIP) and 6:30 PM ET (for GA) to 10:00 PM ET.

What Types of Tickets Are Available for Purchase to the Hop Culture x New Belgium Present Queer Beer Festival?

There are three ticket options to attend the event: VIP, General Admission (GA), and Designated Driver (DD).

GA and VIP tickets can be purchased via the button below:

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DD tickets can only be purchased the day of in person at the festival venue. There will be no advanced sales.

What Does a VIP Ticket Include?

A VIP ticket includes:

      • 4.5 hours of unlimited beer sampling from 30 Queer-owned or Queer-operated breweries or those that have LGBTQIA+-identifiying people in prominent leadership positions
      • 30 breweries and 100+ beers
      • Early admission 1 hour before GA
      • Access to the VIP section in the Dockmaster building
      • Exclusive Chef-prepared beers-and-bites pairings
      • Private restrooms
      • Souvenir tasting cup and VIP lanyard
      • Beautiful views and food for purchase from Wharf restaurants

What Does a GA Ticket Include?

A GA ticket includes:

      • 3.5 hours of unlimited beer sampling from 30 Queer-owned or Queer-operated breweries or those that have LGBTQIA+-identifiying people in prominent leadership positionss
      • 30 breweries and 100+ beers
      • Souvenir tasting cup
      • Beautiful views and food for purchase from Wharf restaurants

How Much Are Tickets?

A VIP ticket costs $150

A GA ticket costs $65

A DD ticket costs:$10

Buy your VIP and GA tickets here on Mar. 18th, 2022 at 9am EST

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What Is the Schedule for the Hop Culture x New Belgium Present Queer Beer Festival?

The Hop Culture x New Belgium Present Queer Beer Fest is a two-day festival with three separate sessions.

Session One Schedule

VIP: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM ET
GA: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM ET

Session Two Schedule

VIP: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM ET
GA: 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Session Three Schedule

VIP: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM ET
GA: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM ET

How Many Samples Do I Receive with Either a VIP or GA Ticket?

As part of your admission, you have access to unlimited 2oz sample pours from all of the breweries in attendance.

Will There be Any Non-Beer Options?

Yes, there will be seltzer, cider and mead tastings available, as well as water. Non-alcoholic options can be purchased at restaurants at The Wharf.

What Is the Vaccination and Mask Policy for the Festival?

The festival will follow state and local vaccination and mask mandates. At this time, there are no vaccination or mask mandates for events of this size outdoors. That said, should mandates change Hop Culture reserves the right to amend this requirement in accordance with state and local law., see our Festival FAQ.

Is There a Festival Code of Conduct?

Yes, you can find our Code of Conduct here.

Can I Get a Refund?

No, all sales are final.

By purchasing a ticket, you agree to comply with all Federal, State, and Local laws, ordinances, regulations, and the rules of the Event Organizers when attending the event.

All breweries advertised have confirmed their appearance at Queer Beer; however, breweries are subject to change without notice. There will be no refunds or exchanges resulting from the failure of any brewery to appear at the festival.

Should Hop Culture cancel the festival for any reason, ticket holders will be refunded. Tickets are transferable to friends or family members. Hop Culture is not responsible for lost, stolen, or forgotten wristbands or lanyards, or for the replacement of wristbands/lanyards for any reason.

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Will There be Food at the Fest?

Yes, food will be available for purchase. The restaurants at The Wharf will be accessible to festival attendees. A full list of food available at The Wharf can be found here.

Can I Bring in Bottled Water?

Yes, sealed bottles of water and reusable containers are permitted.

Will There be Parking at the Fest?

Yes, you can find more information here. However, we encourage you to take an Uber, Lyft, taxi, hotel shuttle, or rideshare to the festival. Please visit the Festival FAQs and click on “Is There Parking?” for more information.

What Items Are Prohibited?

Please click here for venue prohibited items and FAQs.

Do I Have to be at Least 21+ Years Old?

Yes, state law requires that all attendees are 21 years or older. Infants and toddlers, even under parental supervision, are not permitted. Please make sure you bring your ID or other proof of age to be checked at the event.

Are Children or Infants Allowed?

No, state law requires that all attendees are 21 years or older. Minors are not permitted.

Are Pets Allowed?

Although The Wharf is pet friendly, this event is restricted to service animals only.

Does My Ticket Need to be Printed or Can It be Scanned on My Phone?

Please bring your mobile ticket for a touchless entry process.

Can I Leave the Festival and Re-Enter?

Yes, your wristband will permit you to exit and re-enter the event at your leisure to access food and restrooms.

I Lost My ID, What Other Forms of Identification Will be Accepted?

The only other form of identification that will be accepted is a valid passport.

I want to interview Grace Weitz for a piece about Queer Beer. How can I get in touch?

Feel free to email our Manager of Event Marketing, Claire Nikodemus, directly at [email protected]!

My Question Wasn’t Answered Here. What Should I Do?

Contact us: [email protected].