Beer calendar: Oct. 18 through Oct. 31

A look at some of the mid-Atlantic's diverse beer events from October 18-October 31, 2010. Photo:

The Baltimore and DC areas are drying out after their mega Beer Weeks that drew thousands to hundreds of events.

While the beer calendar across the mid-Atlantic region is not quite as crowded as the past several weeks, there’s still no shortage of great beer events, from tastings to dinners, to choose from.

Following is just a sample.

Are you a brewer, an event organizer, or promoter that would like to see your event listed here? Be sure to drop a note to the columnist, Bryan Kolesar, and provide all of the important details.

Brewery Promos and Fun Times

Philadelphia, Pa.: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, Victory Brewing Night at Earth Bread + Brewery, 215-242-6666, PAYG

Beer Dinners

Downingtown, Pa.: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, Harvest Beer Dinner at Victory Brewing Company, 610-873-0881, $50

Exton, Pa.: 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, Fall Beer Dinner with Sierra Nevada at The Drafting Room, 610-363-0521, $59

Purcellville, Va.: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, Brewery Ommegang Beer Dinner at Magnolias at the Mill, 540-338-9800, $80

Washington, DC: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, Belgian Beer Dinner at Belga CafÈ, 202-544-0100, $49

Beer Festivals

Centreville, Va.: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 24, Northern Virginia Brewfest at Bull Run Special Events Center, 703-631-0550, $15/$20/$25

Homebrewing Competition

Bala Cynwyd, Pa.: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, Beer Barons to Homebrewer at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 610-668-4258, $5 to enter, $10 to attend, see website for all the details


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Bryan Kolesar

Bryan Kolesar has been tracking down great beer for over twenty years. From the most hard-to-find delicately balanced low alcohol beer to the big monsters weighing in at over 10% ABV, he has yet to find a style that does not have a story to tell and a taste to share. Though, when pushed, Kolesar has historically staked a claim to the Saison style as one of the most versatile and his favorite.

In 2005, Bryan co-founded The Brew Lounge blog/website as a canvas to illustrate the best of the craft brewing industry and to document his own travels within it. Though he has lived in Philadelphia and is currently headquartered in the city's western suburbs, Kolesar shares a wealth of information and images that he collects from his travels around the world and some of the best beers that he has tasted along the way.

In 2010, Kolesar came aboard the Communities section of The Washington Times to contribute stories from across the craft brewing industry as it continues more than ever its explosive growth amongst increasingly more of the mainstream alcohol-consuming public. 

While the beer - its tastes, aromas, and incredible pairing opportunities with food - is often the beginning of a story, he often finds it more interesting to dive into the stories behind the people, places, and events associated with the final product. 

Locally around Philadelphia, he has been named a Beer Writer of the Year finalist multiple times, hosted beer/running events during each annual Philly Beer Week, served as a Philly Beer Geek judge, paneled local beers for submission into the Great American Beer Festival competition, judged beer and food competitions, been featured in local publications chronicling the beer scene, and been named the "Best Beer Guy" of 2008. 

In addition to his beer-y pursuits, Kolesar works a professional career in the business world by day and dabbles in distance running, cooking, homebrewing, gardening, photography, and is a staunch advocate for animal rescue/adoption. He lives with his wife, Patty, of fifteen years and has been a long time, mostly suffering, supporter of local Philadelphia sports.

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