Ten beer events from August 16 to August 31, 2012

From Maine to North Carolina, here are ten noteworthy beer events occurring in the second half of August 2012. Photo: B.Kolesar/TheBrewLounge.com

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2012 — Beer is a social beverage. Drinking a beer can be quite pleasurable, but enjoying it in a convivial atmosphere with similar-minded friends and strangers alike can create fun times and great memories.

To that end, twice each month, After Hours publishes a calendar of notable beer events covering Maine through North Carolina.

Here in the second half of August, you can drink a fine brew in a castle, by the water, paired with ice cream, while listening to live German music, or in a relatively more serious, educational environment.

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.

Adamstown, Pa.: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 21st Annual Microfestival at Stoudt’s Brewing Company, 717-484-4386, $35-$40

Alexandria, Va.: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 25, Trappist Ales: The Real Story Behind The World’s Most Beloved Beers at Rustico Restaurant & Bar, 571-384-1820, $24

Doylestown, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, Eat and Drink Local: A World of Beer at Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, 215-348-9461, $28-$35

Mount Holly, NJ: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at High Street Grill, 609-265-9199, $75

National Harbor, Md.: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, Chesapeake Crab & Beer Fest at National Harbor, $35-$89

Newington, Ct.: Friday, Aug. 24 through Sunday Aug. 26, Hartford Sängerbund Bierfest at Hartford Sängerbund, 860-953-8967, $10 + PAYG (pay as you go)

Philadelphia, Pa.: Saturday, Aug. 18 through Friday Aug. 24, Pucker Up Sour Festival at Devil’s Den, 215-339-0855, $PAYG (pay as you go)

Philadelphia, Pa.: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Founders Ice Cream Experiment 2.0 at The Institute, 267-318-7772, $PAYG

Philadelphia, Pa.: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Fish Fry with Bell’s Brewery at JG Domestic, 215-222-2363, $55

Portland, Maine: Friday, Aug. 31 through Saturday Sep. 1, Portland Brew Festival at Portland Company Complex, $35

–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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