Aerial shot of beautiful Haines, Alaska.

Great Alaska Craft Beer And Home Brew Festival 2024

MAY 24-25, 2024


Grab your flannel, sip craft beer and listen to someone pick a banjo under hanging glaciers in Alaska.

Nestled on the southeastern tip of Alaska’s panhandle, Haines is a town cradled by towering mountains and situated at the end of a grand fjord. A mere 45 miles from the U.S.-Canadian border, it’s a treasure for outdoor enthusiasts — as well as connoisseurs of fine craft beers. Each spring, Haines welcomes approximately 25 of the finest breweries and cideries from Alaska and the Yukon for a festival known locally as Haines Beerfest, officially titled The Great Alaska Craft Beer And Home Brew Festival. It’s a casual gathering of beer drinkers and those just looking to enjoy some acoustic music and company in the remote landscape.

The festivities traditionally kick off with an optional (and additional cost) Gourmet Brewers’ Dinner, which was hosted last year by local chef Travis Kukull. His locally inspired dishes included beet-cured salmon lox and black sunchoke crudo, showcasing Alaska’s natural ingredients. Saturday is the main festival day; think an outdoor arena packed with folks in trucker hats and vests indulging in a variety of beer tastings, street food, and a few token carnival-style games. (2024’s brewery lineup has yet to be announced at the time of this writing.)

Responsibly, all taps close at 5 p.m. In turn, attendees get the chance to take advantage of the season’s late sunsets and enjoy an evening adventure in the last frontier — or a game of pool at the local watering hole.  

The Specs 

  • Attendance numbers are not available.
  • General Admissions tickets cost $55 and Connoisseur Tasting tickets (for those who want to come early and taste some prized beers) cost $75. The Gourmet Brewer’s Dinner prepared by Travis Kukull is individually ticketed at $100.  
  • Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to Alaska here.


What is the closest airport to the Great Alaska Craft Beer And Home Brew Festival?

Juneau International Airport (JNU) the closest airport to Haines, Alaska, where the Great Alaska Craftbeer and Home Brew Festival is located. 

What else should I know about the Great Alaska Craft Beer And Home Brew Festival?

No dogs, kids (including infants), or pre-gaming allowed. All bags will be checked upon arrival. Also, it’s recommended to bring some cash for snacks that’ll be served at the festival; drinks, but not food, are included in the ticket price.


BY Logan Davis