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Must-Hit Beer Festivals To Visit This Fall

Features & Advice | Lisa Iannucci | September 08, 2016

Must-Hit Beer Festivals To Visit This Fall

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It’s time to grab a glass of your favorite brew and toast the fact that the kids are finally back in school and the cooler weather means the beer world is free to move beyond summer shandies and IPAs. So whether you like a pumpkin ale, a stout, or a lager, today is your day to wear it (not too) loud and proud.

There are also many beer tours you can take around the country as well as festivals you can attend both in the states and around the world.

For example, this coming weekend, the Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival takes places at the Cleveland Convention Center in Ohio and includes an unlimited sampling of 60 beers as well as rock and bluegrass music, barbecue and other foods. Later this month, on Sept. 17 the Binghamton Brew Fest will take place at the Floyd L. Maines Arena and features more than 100 craft beers, most from New York State. You can also taste NY wines and there will be local foods to purchase.

After that, head on over to Hartford, Connecticut for The Mark Twain House & Museum’s ninth annual Tapping Into Twain event from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 30. This event features beer from 20 craft breweries and homebrew clubs around the area as well as music from local musicians.

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Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

Now that it’s September, life turns to everything pumpkin and this beer festival gets in on the action too. Located in Seattle, Washington, the 12th annual festival takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Elysian Fields in the North Lot of CenturyLink Field, where more than 80 pumpkin beers are poured. The coolest part of the fest is the pumpkin that is scooped, scorched and filled with Elysian beer and then tapped at the festival to try.

The 37th annual Nashville Oktoberfest

This is a three-day celebration held from Oct. 7-9, with domestic and imported German beers, music, local food and food trucks, arts and crafts, vendors and more. General admission is free and VIP tickets for complimentary beer and food are available.

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The 21st Annual Holiday Ale Festival

Held in Portland, Oregon Nov. 30-Dec. 4, this festival includes 50+ craft beers to taste. There is also a Sunday Beer Brunch.

The Great British Beer Festival

Or plan a trip to England around your love of brew. The Great British Beer Festival will take place from Aug. 8 – 12 in 2017 and offers 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers as well as entertainment, food, and pub games at Olympia London.

Of course, if you want to travel further to throw back a cold one. This year’s Munich Oktoberfest begins Sept. 17. This famous German event has been around for more than a century and was originally planned as a festive occasion for a Bavarian royal wedding. It’s not too late to get there. Call your travel agent and get your lederhosen ready!


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