GREAT BREWERY TOUR
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.........MORE DATES COMING... CHECK BACK SOON!
MAR 20 – BACK PADDLE BREWING – LINCOLNTON, GA
APR 9 – BEST END BREWING – ATLANTA, GA
APR 10 – BEARDLESS BREWHAUS – MILTON, FL
APR 15 – PENSACOLA BAY BREWERY – PENSACOLA BAY, FL
APR 17 – LOW ROAD BREWING – HAMMOND, LA
APR 18 – GRIND CITY BREWING – MEMPHIS, TN
APR 21 – BISHOP'S QUARTER – LOVELAND, OH
APR 22 - FIGLEAF BREWING - MIDDLETOWN, OH
APR 23 – GRAINWORKS BREWING – WEST CHESTER, OH
APR 24 – WEST SIDE BREWING – CINCINNATI, OH
APR 30 – STATION FAMILY + BBQ – CINCINNATI, OH
MAY 2 – TAXMAN CITYWAY – INDIANAPOLIS, IN
MAY 6 - LOCK 27 BREWING - CENTERVILLE, OH
MAY 7 – CREATURES OF HABIT BREWING - ANDERSON, IN
MAY 8 – HAYMARKET BREWERY – BRIDGMAN, MI
MAY 9 – GOSHEN BREWING – GOSHEN, IN
MAY 11 - MARCH FIRST BREWING - CINCINNATI, OH
MAY 13 - LOCK 27 BREWING - CENTERVILLE, OH
MAY 14 – HIDDEN VALLEY ORCHARDS – LEBANON, OH
MAY 20 – BISHOPS QUARTER – LOVELAND, OH
MAY 21 – REBEL METTLE BREWING – CINCINNATI, OH
MAY 22 – GRAINWORKS BREWING – WEST CHESTER, OH
MAY 26 - CHAMPION BREWING GRILL - CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
MAY 27 – NANSEMOND BREWING STATION – SUFFOLK, VA
MAY 28 – O'CONNOR BREWING – NORFOLK, VA
MAY 30 - KINDRED SPIRIT BREWING - RICHMOND, VA
MAY 31 - ELATION BREWING - NORFOLK, VA
JUNE 4 - MOUNTAIN VALLEY BREWING - AXTON, VA
JUNE 5 – CLOUDS BREWING TAPROOM – RALEIGH, NC
JUNE 6 - AVIATOR BREWING CO. - FUQUAY-VARINA, NC
JUNE 12 - MIDSUMMER BREWING - WESTFIELD, NC
JUNE 14 - UNCLE IKE'S - COROLLA, NC
JUNE 16 - UNCLE IKE'S - COROLLA, NC
JUNE 17 – COROLLA BEER GARDEN – COROLLA, NC
Due to the ever-changing policies around COVID19, the Spring schedule will be unusually fluid, with some dates being added with short notice. Unfortunately that's just the way it is, especially with each State and jurisdiction having their own policies. Check back frequently for updates, or follow on Facebook for the latest updates, and thank you for your understanding and support!
April 22, 2021
HELLO!!! Spring tour is now underway... It started in Georgia, worked across the Gulf Coast to Louisiana, then up to Memphis an back to Cincinnati for a couple of weeks of shows in the Midwest. Got some sun and beach time in, but of course upon returning to Cincy it snowed again (late April???). That'll be just about enough of that... the tour pushes on and we'll be hitting many more stops in the Midwest and MidAtlantic states, then hitting Chicago and Wisconsin and New England in July... and lots more to come beyond that!
I wouldn't say things are back to normal yet, but they definitely seem to be getting better. In most regions it seems venues are booking again, and in a few areas they aren't... but everyone is dedicated to safe distancing, and opting more towards outdoor shows where possible. I also got vaccinated, so that feels good. Have you? Please do... it's NOT a political issue.
The brand spankin' new SPRING TOUR T-SHIRT is awesome and will be available online soon (you can currently buy one at the shows). It's a very cool design, with the very earliest (10,000 BCE!) known illustrated depiction of beer drinking on the front, and the tour logo and dates on the back, in an ancient font that looks Arabic at first, and then the English just emerges as you look at it. Very cool!
We'll be back in New England this year, and the Summer Tour is coming together nicely. Will be hitting some new areas as well as familiar ones, mostly breweries I haven't yet played, and revisiting some past favorites as well. Still eyeballing a West Coast run, but COVID will determine whether we can make that work logistically this year.
Can't wait to see you out there! Stay smart and healthy!
It will be central to 2021 events... the new EP... all aspects of the tour... announcements, live streams of shows, funny little videos documenting the silly and sometimes bizarre stuff that happens on tour.
SPRING TOUR + OTHER 2021 HAPPENINGS
Obviously COVID 19 had turned everything upside down, and my efforts here are no exception. I lost many of the blogs for last year, which documented what was going on while I was on the road down south as the shit was hitting the fan. So far have not been able to get tech support to retrieve the missing blogs... will keep trying. You also may have heard that we were developing a reality TV show about the tour. That's still alive, and we're hoping to film a pilot episode later this summer assuming TV production continues to open back up (it's already slowly started). There are some other exciting things happening on the business side of the house, but more on that a little later...
2nd Annual Memorial Day Weekend Camping Caravan!
HOPEFULLY BACK IN 2021, IN ASHEVILLE, NC!
While canceling the 2020 caravan was a huge disappointment for everyone, it was the right thing to do. There were too many uncertainties around COVID, and it takes a ton of work to organize the logistics for lodging, etc. only to have it be canceled last minute. The GOOD NEWS is that all parties are wanting to reschedule it for 2021... so stay tuned for confirmation! Maybe pencil in Labor Day Weekend....
A very special "thank you" to UpCountry, Archetype, and Sierra Nevada breweries for their commitments and patience, and hopefully we can plan to do it Labor Day Weekend 2021.
ABOUT DENNIS O'HAGAN
“There aren't many who can match the enticingly dark, edgy and wonderfully engaging musical storytelling of Dennis O'Hagan.”
Sharing A Love of Music, Great Beer, and Writing While Road-Tripping Across the U.S.
Dennis O'Hagan is an Irish/American songwriter and guitarist who has been active in the music scene for 30 years. Playing in various indie/alternative bands over the years, and also as a solo artist, he has shared the stage with artists as diverse as the Violent Femmes, the Church, Blue Oyster Cult, Bruce Hornsby, Afghan Whigs, as well as many others. His most recent band, the Voodoo Loons, hailed from both the US and Ireland, have released two critically acclaimed albums, and are in rotation on SiriusXM as well as other global streaming outlets.
In 2018 Dennis embarked on his Great Brewery Tour, which has continued on through 2021 with him playing solo/acoustic shows and sharing tales of his travels at craft breweries throughout the U.S... so far more than 200 breweries in 29 states. After each show he publishes a well read blog of his thoughts on the brewery and the beers he sampled that night, providing national exposure to regional breweries during a time of exploding craft beer tourism. The tour has been so successful that it is rolling on into it’s fourth year, and at this point seems to have developed into a perpetual tour.
In 2020 Dennis began work with an established production company to develop a reality show based on the tour, combining his brewery stops with tour shenanigans, and incorporating guest sit-ins with music legends from the various cities (e.g., While playing a brewery in Athens, GA Bill Berry from R.E.M might sit in, etc.). Just before shooting a pilot episode in New Orleans, COVID put the plans on hiatus, but they’re expected to resume in 2021.
Dennis O’Hagan’s Great Brewery tour scales to allow him to play craft breweries of any size, ranging from small cozy nano-breweries to giant venues such as Sierra Nevada’s huge compound in Asheville, NC. "Craft brewers are artists, and as such they and their patrons tend to be tuned in and have a deep appreciation not only for the art of making great beer, but also of music... so with me being a musician/songwriter and having a great appreciation of the brewer's art, there is this perfect mutual admiration that makes this whole experience very satisfying and FUN for everyone involved.”
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