Cool, Crisp, & Delicious

Summer may be gone, but fall’s best beer bashes are here.

beer-listSummer’s come and gone, and that stings just a bit. But think about what today—the first day after Labor Day—portends: blowing leaves, bright fall sun, long shadows, and tastiest of all, richer seasonal beers.

Had a brawny porter lately? How about a smoked bock, Belgian dubbel, or even just a creamy nut brown ale? Chances are, you’ve been hitting the hef, pils, helles, and radler taps hard (we know we have), and something a bit more substantial sounds incredibly appealing. Heck, a fall beer festival in Tuscany sounds pretty darn cool, too (ah, maybe next year).

Washington DC beer maven extraordinaire Greg Engert’s 3rd annual Snallygaster kicks off in the nation’s capital September 13 with 250 hand-selected brews, like Bluejacket’s mulberry-infused, cabernet franc barrel-aged saison with brettanomyces. Advance tickets start at $30. Meanwhile, up north, Yonkers Oktoberfest (9/27/14) will focus on classic imported German styles as interpreted by local NY brewers as well as the acclaimed German brews that inspired them (from $45; info and tickets here).

On October 11, legendary Portland beer bar Saraveza welcomes Peche Fest, a smaller event with rare, big flavors in store. Organized in honor of the rare but growing number of peach-infused beers and ciders from über-influential breweries including Logsdon, The Commons, Deschutes, Block 15, and many more, it’s just $10 for entry and 2 five oz. tastes (additional tastes are only $2).

Evidently the beer drinkers of St. Paul, MN feel it’s still summer (and we can’t blame them, with those winters approaching) hence the Summer Beer Dabbler at Midway, which brings together more than 65 local, regional, and national craft breweries (like Bell’s, Boulevard, and Tallgrass, to name a few), live music, gourmet food from local food trucks, and more.

The massive bacchanal that is GABF may be sold out, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be in Denver during the bash. There are scores of free, public brewery events and beer bar parties during the fest, not to mention the 6th annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting (Oct. 3), which rocks an eye-popping beer list (with brewers in attendance). At press time, general admission tix to this charitable event ($110, with a t-shirt) were still available here.

What’s your favorite beer style for fall? Tell us below.

Photo Credit: The Beer Dabbler  

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