Beer calendar: Oct. 16 through Oct. 31

From October 16-October 31, as the temperature cools, the mid-Atlantic beer calendar heats up.

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2011 — Beer is a social beverage. Drinking a beer can be quite pleasurable, but enjoying it in a convivial atmosphere with like-minded friends and strangers alike can create fun times and great memories.

To that end, on the 12th and 27th of every month, After Hours publishes a semi-monthly calendar of notable beer events covering the Mid-Atlantic region from New Jersey through Virginia.

This installment continues the overwhelmingly strong and diverse calendar of beer events that breweries, pubs, and restaurants across the mid-Atlantic region have been scheduling since August. Baltimore Beer Week and some lingering Oktoberfests are wrapping up this weekend, but from New York through Virginia, there’s no better place in the country to be to grab a great beer at a great venue.

Do you know of a special beer event that should be listed here? Be sure to drop a note to the columnist, Bryan Kolesar, and provide all of the important details.

Baltimore Beer Week concludes

Baltimore, Md.: Thursday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 16, Baltimore Beer Week at over 75 establishments concludes Sunday. See website for a full schedule of events and more information.

Oktoberfest and other fall celebrations continue throughout the region

Atlantic City, NJ: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22Beer versus Wine at Boardwalk Hall, 609-377-8873, $40-$80

Centreville, Va.: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 23, Northern Virginia Brewfest at Bull Run Regional Park, 703-923-0800, $15-$40

Felton, Del.: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, Delaware Wine and Beer Festival at Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery, 302-734-4888, $5-$35

Mechanicsville, Va.: 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 through Saturday, Oct. 22, Oktoberfest at The Showplace, 804-342-0310, $8-$10 admission, food/drink PAYG (pay as you go)

North Wales, Pa.: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 28, Pumpkin Beer Month at Iron Hill Brewery, 267-708-2000, PAYG

Philadelphia, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, Pumpkinpalooza at Devil’s Den, 215-339-0855, PAYG

Somers Point, NJ: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Craft Beer Fest at Somers Point Volunteer Fire Company #2, 609-839-4677, $20-$25

Virginia Beach, Va.: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 23, Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival at the 24th Street Park, 757-425-3111, $20-$25

Wayne, Pa.: Tuesday, Oct. 25, Jolly Pumpkin Halloween at Teresa’s Next Door, 610-293-9909, PAYG

Food and beer events

Berwyn, Pa.: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, A Feurious Night, Beer Lovers Delight at Nectar, 610-725-9000, $65

Mount Holly, NJ: 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Halloween Beer Lunch at High Street Grill, 609-265-9199, $35-$40

Philadelphia, Pa.: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, Cheesesteak Challenge at Square 1682, 215-563-5008, $20

Philadelphia, Pa.: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, Victory Village Breakfast at The Grey Lodge Pub, 215-856-3591, PAYG

Philadelphia, Pa.: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, The Women of Beer at Midatlantic Restaurant + Taproom, 215-386-3711, $150

Philadelphia, Pa.: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, Founders Beer Dinner at Chifa, 215-925-5555, $75

Purcellville, Va.: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Bell’s Beer Dinner at Magnolias at the Mill, 540-338-9800, $80

Washington, DC: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill, 202-347-4800, $40

Washington, DC: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Port City Beer Dinner at Clyde’s of Georgetown, 202-333-9180, $TBD

West Chester, Pa.: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Sugar Hill Cooks with Harlem Brewing Company at Blue Pear Bistro, 610-399-9812, $TBD

Homebrewing History

Philadelphia, Pa.: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, Beer Barons to Homebrewers at Laurel Hill Cemetery, 610-664-1591, $25

–Read more of Bryan’s work at After Hours in the Communities at the Washington Times.

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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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