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
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