Ten beer events from September 16 to September 30, 2012

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

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2012 — Beer is a social beverage. Drinking a beer can be quite pleasurable, but enjoying it in an 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.

Oktoberfests are springing up seemingly everywhere in the second half of September. Those will not be focused on here so much except to point out the more unique ones, like the six day Oktoberfest capped off with a South Street block party hosted by Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 29.

Also of unique interest in the City of Brotherly Love is the premiere of the film Beeradelphia at the World Cafè Live on Thursday, September 27.

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.

Arlington, Va.: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Vintage Pets: Pups & Pilsners at 1405 Crystal Drive (the Northern Green), 703-971-1525, $15-$20

Bridgeport, Conn.: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Harbor Brew Fest at the Ball Park At Harbor Yard, 203-257-6403, $10-$50

Baltimore, Md.: 11 a.m. to closing Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23, Annual German Fest at Max’s Taphouse, 888-675-6297, $PAYG (pay as you go)

Boston, Mass.: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, Chef Poe Brings Belgian Funk to Boston at The Rattlesnake, 617-859-8555, $75

Camden, NJ: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, MGK Brew Blast at Battleship New Jersey, 866-877-6262, $45

Charlotte, NC: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Charlotte Oktoberfest at Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 704-544-1451, $10-$50

Jersey City, NJ: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, Pints for Prostates featuring Founders KBS at Barcade, 201-841-0243, $PAYG + raffles/donations

Philadelphia, Pa.: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Smoke ‘Em If Yous Got ‘Em at Yards Brewing Company, 215-634-2600, $25-$60

Pottstown, Pa.: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Kan Jam & Live Music Festival at Sly Fox, 484-524-8210, $PAYG

Wilmington, Del.: 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, Opening Week kickoff/Stone Tap Takeover at Two Stones Pub, 302-294-1890, $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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