January 2, 2021
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Boy, that was a weird one, eh? Time marches on, and so does the Great Brewery Tour! The tour kicks off this year with a 3 week run of shows in Texas in January, most of February in Florida, and March in the Southeast, with weekends in the Midwest sprinkled in.
Obviously Spring and Summer will be planned cautiously and probably with somewhat less notice due to the ever changing COVID conditions, but so far everyone seems optimistic! Discussions have also been had with all parties about rescheduling last year's canceled Memorial Day Weekend Camping Caravan (in Asheville, NC) to this year, and everyone is onboard to do it this Memorial Day Weekend, but we're going to hold out a little bit before officially confirming it.... so stay tuned!
We'll be back in New England this year, the Summer Beach Brewery Tour is bound to happen again, and will this be the year we finally hit the west coast??? Sign up at to the mailing list (below) for updates, and LIKE the Facebook page for the latest.
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.
WINTER TOUR + OTHER 2021 HAPPENINGS
Obviously COVID 19 has turned everything upside down, and my efforts here are no exception. I lost many of the blogs for Spring Tour, 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, but nobody can really commit to anything until we know where we can play, etc... so I consider that on hold. Currently indications seem to be that 2021 will be similar to 2020, so we continue to focus on playing outdoor venues and only rooms that are safely spaced and well ventilated
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 Memorial 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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