Can’t make it to the Oktberfest this year? Feel like guzzling down a few pints of beer amidst a lot of song and dance? You don’t need to look towards Oktoberfest as the only outlet for beer lovers. There are riveting festivals right here in America for you to enjoy. Of course, they are spread all over America and require you to hit the road to get from one place to another, but…..if you are a true Beer lover, you won’t mind the effort!
World Beer Festival – Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, North Carolina (October 9)
World Beer Festival is considered to be among the largest festivals of its kind in the South Atlantic region. Brewers from all around the globe gather here to bring more than 150 beers to all you folks out there. No matter what kind of beer you like, you are sure to find something matching your palette. The festival goes live in two sessions, 12 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Buy the tickets in advance and you pay only $45, but it shoots up to $50 if you buy it at the door!
Albuquerque Hopfest – O’Neill’s Pub, Albuquerque, New Mexico (October 16)
The Alburquerque Hopfest is the biggest beer fest to be held in New Mexico. Although just a couple of years old, people are already looking forward to the third year of this fest with great anticipation. The festival will be hosted in the expansive back lot at O’Neill’s Pub in Nob Hill and you can sample from a selection of over 100 brews from about 40 brewers, most of which are from the Southwest region. The timings of the festival are 2 to 8 p.m. with beer tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets booked online are $30 while you cough up $40 at the event.
Stoudts Microbrew Festival – Stoudts Biergarten, Adamstown, Pennsylvania (October 16)
The Stoudts Microbrew Festival has been running long and strong for nineteen years and it has become something of a legend in this region. It’s reputation attracts microbrewers from all over the country in addition to which you can sink your teeth into some delicious German cuisine. Timings of the festival are noon to 4 p.m. and 7p.m to 11 p.m. Tickets are reasonably priced at $30.
Detroit Fall Beer Festival – Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan (October 23)
Detroit and beer? That’s probably your first reaction. Well, most people do not know that brewers in Detroit are known to produce beers that can stand up to leading brewers from coasts. The Detroit Fall Beer Festival showcases this particular talent and you can explore more than 200 beers from over 40 breweries, all of which are based at Michigan. The festival lasts from 1 to 6 p.m and the tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
CBC Pumpkin Fest – Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts (October 30)
As the name suggests, this fest showcases about 20 innovative pumpkin ales from brewers across America. Not just satisfied with pumpkin inspired beer, there is also going to be a variety of eats infused with pumpkin to with your pitcher of ale. The festival starts at 4 in the afternoon and lasts well past midnight. Cover charge of $10 gets you a commemorative pint glass and beer map.