Beer calendar: Oct. 1 through Oct. 15

From October 1-October 15, the mid-Atlantic beer calendar churns out a little something for everyone from simple tastings to decadent dinners to 11 days of Baltimore Beer Week.

WASHINGTON, September 28, 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 calendar of beer events that breweries, pubs, and restaurants across the mid-Atlantic region have been scheduling since August. From 11 days of Baltimore Beer Week to small tasting events to decadent dinner pairing events, there is bound to be something for every beer palate as October 2011 gets underway.

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

Baltimore, Md.: Thursday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 16, Baltimore Beer Week at over 75 establishments with nearly 400 events beginning with a Thursday afternoon parade, See website for a full schedule of events and more information

Oktoberfest and other fall celebrations continue throughout the region

Adamstown, Pa.: Sundays, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9, Oktoberfest at Stoudt’s, 717-484-4387, PAYG (pay as you go)

Alexandria, Va.: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Oktobeerfest at Rustico Restaurant and Bar, 703-224-5051, Free admission then PAYG

Arlington, Va.: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 12th Annual Oktoberfest at Capitol City Brewing Company, 703-578-3888, Free admission and $25 for tasting samples

Asbury Park, NJ.: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, WRAT’s 2011 Beerfest at Convention Hall, 800-745-3000, $10-$30

Bethlehem, PA: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Bethlehem Harvest Festival @downtown Bethlehem, 610-841-5831, Free admission then $5-$25 for food and drink

Bramwell, WV: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 16th Annual Oktoberfest, 304-248-8004, $18/$20

Downingtown, Pa.: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Victory Beer Garden at Downingtown Fall Fest, 610-269-1523, Free admission then PAYG

New Hope, Pa.: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, Oktoberfest at Triumph Brewing Company, 215-862-8300, PAYG

Newtown, Pa.: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Oktoberfest at Isaac Newton’s, 215-860-5100, $30

Philadelphia, Pa.: Saturday, Oct. 1, Franc-toberfest Gravity Kegs at The Farmers’ Cabinet, 215-923-1113, PAYG

Richmond, Va.: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 9th Annual Oktoberfest at Capital Ale House, 804-780-2537, Free admission then PAYG

Washington, DC: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Mid-Atlantic Craft Brew Festival at The Prestigious Sphinx Club Ballroom, $50-$115

Food and beer events

Kennett Square, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, A Harvest Dinner pairing of Local Food, Beer, and Wine at Mill at The Stone Barn, 610-347-2414, $125

Maple Shade, NJ: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, Beer and Chocolate at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 856-273-0300, $25

Philadelphia, Pa.: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Garces Trading Co., 215-574-1099, $75

Sellersville, Pa.: 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, Oktoberfest Beer Tasting Dinner at Washington House, 215-257-3000, $59

Spinnerstown, Pa.: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, Trappist Beer Dinner featuring Chimay at Spinnerstown Hotel, 215-536-7242, $65

Warrington, Pa.: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, Victory Beer Dinner at The Melting Pot, 215-343-0895, $59

Washington, DC: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, DC Brau and Epic Brewing Company Beer Dinner at Birch & Barley, 202-567-2576, $73

West Chester, Pa.: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Brewmaster’s Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 610-738-9600, $65

Homebrewing for do-it-yourselfers

Bethlehem, Pa.: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Introduction to Brewing Class at Keystone Homebrew Supply, 610-997-0911, $40

Montgomeryville, Pa.: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Next Step Brewing Class at Keystone Homebrew Supply, 215-855-0100, $40

Philadelphia, Pa.: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Terry’s Beer Fest and Iron Homebrewer’s Finals at The Farmers’ Cabinet, 215-923-1113, PAYG

Philadelphia, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, Home Brew Legalization Day at The Grey Lodge Pub, 215-856-3591, PAYG

Beers for charity

Philadelphia, Pa.: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Ales 4 Tails Outdoor Block Party at Hawthornes, 215-627-3012, $5 admission donation and PAYG for $5 beers

Philadelphia, Pa.: 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Brews for Boobies at various locations around Philly, $25 plus PAYG

–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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