STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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For the following events, have your ID handy and have a designated driver. Keep in mind that many of these events do not allow anyone under 21.
Before we start talking beer, let’s not forget about one of the major wine highlights of the season.
Winetober Fest: Featuring wine and food samples along with live music, Skippack’s fifth fall wine festival is held 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 11. Tickets are $25, $30 for VIP tickets. You’ll need to check in at After 5 Gifts, 4038 Skippack Pike. Dogs are allowed. Bring an unwrapped toy or food item for Manna on Main Street and get a free gift. Call (610) 584-1155 or go to www.winetober.com.
But getting back to Oktoberfest …
Oktoberfest at SteelStacks: The Visitor Center at Bethlehem hotspot SteelStacks, 711 E. First St., Bethlehem, pairs Yuengling and Pennsylvania-based craft beers with artisanal sausages and gourmet specialty meats from Bethlehem Sausage Werke 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-4 and 10-11. Also enjoy live music and Oktoberfest fun and games. Tickets are $45 and are available at www.artsquest.org/oktoberfest and (610) 332-3378.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House: Despite the Irish name, they’ve been celebrating Oktoberfest since late August. They’ll be the beer garden spot Oct. 4 for the Midtown Village Fall Festival at 1210 Drury St., Philadelphia.
Bacon and Beer Festival: Nick’s Roast Beef, 16 S. Second St. in Old City, Philadelphia, holds a special bacon and beer pairing event 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4. Admission is free. Check out the bacon dishes at www.nicksroastbeefbarandgrille.com.
Oktoberfest at Grumblethorpe: On Oct. 4, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave., celebrates Oct. 4, 1777, when the Continental Army attempted to kick the British out of Germantown. The day includes a battle re-enactment, beer garden and traditional Oktoberfest from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. after the festival concludes. Admission is free, but all food and tours are pay-as-you-go. The Grumblethorpe site is 5267 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia.
SugarHouse Casino: Oktoberfest features German food, music and dancers and more 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 along the Delaware River waterfront at 1001 Delaware Ave., Philadelphia.
Roxtoberfest: As you might have guessed from the name, it’s in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 on Ridge Avenue between Green Lane and Leverington Avenue. Enjoy beer, music, food trucks, vendors and carnival games. Visit www.roxborough.us/Roxtoberfest.
Kennett Brewfest: Check www.kennettbrewfest.com for ticket availability for this rain or shine event with food and music, being held Oct. 11 in downtown Kennett Square. Doors open at noon for the Connoisseur Tasting and the regular festival begins at 2 p.m. All taps will close at 6 p.m.
Bloktoberfest: On Oct. 11, four blocks of South Street, from Broad to 18th streets in Philly, will be closed to traffic for live music, craft beer and food. Now celebrating its sixth year, it runs from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free. See www.bloktoberfestphilly.com.
Brews, Blues & BBQ: Fifteen microbreweries, music by Scoville Blues and food from Joey G’s Deli can be found 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 on the grounds of the Graeme Park historical site, 859 County Line Road, Horsham. Tickets are $30 ($35 at the gate), $10 for designated drivers. Call (215) 343-0965.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant: They have 10 locations, including Horsham Township, Media, West Chester and Phoenixville. Now through Oct. 12, all locations raise a stein to Oktoberfest with a special German-inspired food menu and two special German brews — a Vienna Red Lager and an Oktoberfest. See www.ironhillbrewery.com.
Sly Fox: Every third Friday of the month is Firkin Friday at the Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery, 520 Kimberton Road (Route 113), Phoenixville. To find out what will be available from the hand pumps, call (610) 935-4540.
Triumph Brewing Co.: Celebrate Oktoberfest starting at noon Oct. 4 at the 400 Union Square, New Hope location. Festivities include German food, live music, face painters, a balloon drop, a magician and more. Entry is free until 9 p.m. Check www.triumphbrewing.com.
Vault Brewing Co.: . A two-year anniversary party is set for Oct. 11 at 10 S. Main St., Yardley . For details, call (267) 573-4291.
Hoppy Halloween Beer Fest: Bristol brewer Broken Goblet, 1500 Grundys Lane, hosts this new event 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, with costume contests, food trucks, live music, Halloween-themed games and beers from more than eight local brewers. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the gate, $5 for designated drivers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery: They’re in the old General Lafayette Inn building at 646 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill. A “Boulevard Brewing Co. BBQ” event is set for 7 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Tickets are $25. A three-course beer dinner for breast cancer charities happens 7 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 16-18. Check www.facebook.com/BarrenHillBeer.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery: They’re in the King of Prussia Plaza. Find out more at (610) 230-2739 and www.rockbottom.com/king-of-prussia.
Free Will Brewing Co.: Free tours of their operations at 410 E. Walnut St., Perkasie, are held at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays. Reservations are not needed unless you’re in a group of eight or more. The tasting room is open 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays, noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Call (267) 354-0813 or visit www.frewillbrewing.com.
Prism Brewing Co.: Guided tours of the 810 Dickerson Road, Upper Gwynedd, facility are held at 3 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $5 and includes one beer. Sign up at (267) 613-8572. Every Wednesday, pair their beers with locally-produced Bespoke Bacon from 7 to 9 p.m.
Tired Hands Brewing Co.: Located at 16 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore, you’ll remember their wildly-titled beers, including Ambassador Aardvark, Yeast and Cats, We Are All Energy Vibrating at the Same Frequency, The Emptiness is Not Eternal Saison, and Psychic Facelift. Call (610) 896-7621.
Round Guys Brewing Co.: Located at 324 W. Main St., Lansdale, upcoming happenings include Kinky Quizzo Oct. 2, acoustic duo Chico on Oct. 18, the Wednesday night jazz jam and Thursday night trivia. Check what’s on tap at www.facebook.com/Roundguys.
Conshohocken Brewing Co.: There’s 10 beers on tap at 739 Elm St., Suite B, Conshohocken. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5 to 11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. Park in the Quaker Chemical Lot past Sandy Street and East Elm.
Appalachian Brewing Co.: Based in Harrisburg, they have a brewpub in Montgomery County, where they also make their own soda, on the second floor of the Collegeville Station building, 50 W. Third Ave., Collegeville Borough. Call (484) 973-6064.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.: Located at 909 Ray Ave., Croydon, their hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call (215) 458-7081.
Crooked Eye Brewery: Their tasting room at 13 E. Montgomery Ave., Suite 2, Hatboro, is open 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Call (267) 246-5046.
Bucks County Brewery: Taste what they’re brewing 3 to 10 p.m. Fridays and 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays at 31 Appletree Lane, Pipersville. Call (609) 439-2468.
Sources: www.ratebeer.com, www.uwishunu.com.