WASHINGTON, August 30, 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 first half of September, as the kids are going back to school and life returns to more predictable patterns, there are opportunities to immerse yourself in beers from around the world and around the corner — charities, education, and good old fashioned fun all in the name of beer.
Oktoberfests are easy beer events to spot over roughly the next six weeks. Those will not be focused on here so much except to point out the more unique ones, like the Friday afternoon tappings at Teresa’s Next Door in Wayne, Pa. of bartop German firkins from the likes of Mahr’s, Weissenohe, Bayer, and others from the German region of Franconia.
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.
Boone, NC: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, High Country Beer Fest at Appalachian State University, 828-262-7847, $10-$35
Caldwell, NJ: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, Dogfish Head Tap Takeover at Cloverleaf Tavern, 973-226-9812, $PAYG (pay as you go)
Halethorpe, Md.: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Pyrates, Pigs, and Pints at Clipper City/Heavy Seas Brewery, 410-247-7822, $39-$59
Mount Holly, NJ: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, IPA Fest at High Street Grill, 609-265-9199, $15-$20
New York, NY: ongoing through Sunday, Sept. 2, Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History at New-York Historical Society, 212-873-3400, $5-$15
Norfolk, Va.: Tuesday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 15, 43 Hours of Sour at The Birch, 757-962-5400, $PAYG
Philadelphia, Pa.: 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, Pils Picnic at Johnny Brenda’s, 215-739-9684, $PAYG
Philadelphia, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, Allagash “Drink For Research” at Revolution House, 215-625-4566, $15 + $PAYG
Philadelphia, Pa.: 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, US-French Collaboration at Dock Street Brewery, 215-726-2337, $PAYG
Portland, Maine: Friday, Aug. 31 through Saturday, Sept. 1, Portland Brew Festival at Portland Company Complex, $35
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