World Beer Festival (Quarterly; Durham, NC; Raleigh, NC; Columbia, SC; Cleveland, OH)
The best for newcomers to the craft beer scene
For four weekends throughout the year, All About Beer Magazine encourages people to stop being nerds who read about beer and start being nerds who experience it. Each city-fest has two 4hr sessions, and ticket holders can swill unlimited brews from a massive line-up that ranges from 21st Amendment to Boone Brewing Company and Southern Tier. Amazing food's available too, from samosas to frog legs. Beats the hell out of a magazine and some Handi-Snacks, doesn't it?