COMPILED BY MATT BRASCH
For Digital First Media
The following is a sampling of events in the region:
Lansdale Beer Tasting Festival
June 26 and 27
The sixth year of the Lansdale Beer Tasting Festival is anticipated to be the best so far. It begins on Friday night, June 26 with the “Brewmasters Series” dinner. A VIP session begins on Saturday, June 27 at noon, and general admission begins at 1:30 p.m. All taps close at 4:30 p.m. Details about brewery participants in 2015 have not yet been announced, but know that in 2014, 151 distinct commercial brewers participated and 349 distinct beers were served over the two days. Tickets for all three events (Brewmasters Dinner, VIP session and General session) can be purchased for $130; tickets for single sessions and a designated driver ticket are also available. Purchase tickets and more details at: http://lansdalebeerfest.com/ticket-information/ticketpurchasing.html
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Phoenixville – Blob Fest 2015
July 11, 1-5 p.m.
In honor of the cult classic movie, “The Blob,” Iron Hill Phoenixville will be releasing it’s annual “Cherry Blob,” an award-winning Belgian Tripel style ale with the addition of tart, Michigan Montmorency cherries. Details: http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/phoenixville/monthly-events.htm
Round Guys Brewing Company “Ride & Ales”
July 18, 2 p.m. start
Join Round Guys and The Caffeinated Cyclist — Rothman Institute’s Performance Lab Cycling Team — in a 20-mile ride starting and ending at Round Guys Brewery in Lansdale at 324 W. Main St. Bikers of all ages and skills are welcome. Brewery tours available beginning at 4 p.m. Details: http://roundguysbrewery.com/event/ride-ales/
Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival 2015
July 25, 6:30-10 p.m.
Listen to live music and sample more than 40 different beers from local breweries “while hanging out with great apes, big cats and exotic animals that call the Zoo home.” A list of participating breweries is available on the website and include: 21st Amendment, Cape May Brewing, Chatty Monks, Chespeake, Conshohocken, Elysian, Evil Genius, Evolution Craft Brewing, Old Dominion, Free Will, Lancaster, Manayunk, Narragansett, Prism, River Horse, Rock Bottom, Round Guys, Roy Pitz, Saint Benjamin, Saucony Creek, Sixpoint, Spring House, Straub, The Traveler, Uinta, Woodchuck, Victory, and Wissahickon Brewing. Food trucks will be available, pay-as-you go; participating food trucks are also on the website.
Tickets must be purchased online, in advance only:
Indian Valley Beer Fest
July 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The Indian Valley Beer Fest is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Indian Valley Public Library and the Lutheran Community at Telford. A VIP session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m., and the General Session will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. VIP tickets include food provided by Cura Hospitality. During the General Session food will be available for purchase. VIP tickets at $65; General admission $35 until July 19; up to $40 on July 20. A Designated Driver ticket can be purchased for $10 which includes a $5 food voucher and one soda. Live music will be playing all night and a home brew competition results will be announced at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets here: http://www.indianvalleybeerfest.com/#!tickets/c24vq
Summerfest LIVE! at Xfinity LIVE!
July 25, 2-7 p.m.
The Philadelphia Summer Craft Beer & Music Festival at XFINITY Live! in the sports complex in South Philly is lining up to be a great time. Offering more than 150 distinct beers (some summer, some early autumn) from 75 different breweries, live music all day, contests (like stein holding), and a variety of indoor and outdoor beer gardens, this event has something for almost every craft brew fan. Early bird tickets are sold out, but VIP session ($60), General session tickets ($45), and Designated Driver tickets ($20) are all still available here:
Fonthill Castle Beer Fest
Aug. 29, 2-5 p.m.
The beautiful home of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), Fonthill Castle, will be the setting for this craft beer festival that features more than 20 local and regional breweries. Enjoy beer pairings with light fare and music by the jazz quartet, Hot Bijouxx. “First Tap” VIP tickets are $75 and include admission to the Fest one hour prior to general admission, a commemorative tasting glass, exclusive access to select beers and food pairings and admission to the Origlio VIP Lounge. General admission tickets are $45 public/$40 for Bucks County Historical Society members, and Designated Driver tickets are $25. More details and a link to purchase tickets here: http://www.mercermuseum.org/event/fonthill-castle-beer-fest/
MGK Brew Blast on the Battleship New Jersey
Sep. 12, 1-5 p.m.
The air staff from radio station 102.9 FM WMGK hosts the Fifth Annual Brew Blast on the Battleship New Jersey. Tents on the deck will offer a sampling of more than 50 craft brews. Each ticket includes a tour of the ship. Participating breweries will be announced soon. Purchase general admission tickets by Aug. 3 to take advantage of the Early Bird rate of $40. Designated driver tickets available for $20. Details and tickets can be found here: http://www.upcomingevents.com/battleship-new-jersey/brew-blast/
Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest Beer Tasting Festival
Sep. 12, 2-5 p.m.
Details to be announced. Check the events page on the Elmwood Park Zoo website for the most current information. http://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/events.php
Third Annual Tavern Night at Morgan Log House
Sept. 18, 5-9 p.m.
Enjoy authentic 18th century foods, music and drinks in the historic Morgan Log House, built in 1708. Demonstrations on Colonial-era beer brewing and 18th century distilling will be ongoing as well as tours of the historic structure. Tickets are $65 per person for VIP hour (5-6 p.m.); , and $40 per person, $70 per couple, $30 designated driver for general admission (6-9 p.m.). Ticket includes all food, drinks, and admission to the Log House. Advanced reservations required. Details here: http://www.morganloghouse.org/event/3rd-annual-tavern-night/?instance_id=2186958
Newtown Beerfest at the Newtown Stocking Works Complex
Sept. 19, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
The Newtown Beerfest boasts almost 100 breweries participating (including The Bruery and 4 Hands Brewing Company in the VIP session), Newtown Beerfest is a “must have” on your festival calendar. Online and local tickets sales begin on July 20 at 10 a.m. — set a reminder! Details, a link to purchase tickets, and the full list of the participating breweries can be found here: http://newtownbeerfest.com
Downingtown Fall Fest
Sept. 27, Noon-4 p.m.
On Lancaster Avenue in downtown Downingtown between Wallace Avenue and Green Street.
Presented by the Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Victory Brewing Company and the Borough of Downingtown, this is a street festival so there is no ticket necessary; pay as you go for restaurants, vendors and beer. A Victory Brewing Company Beer Garden featuring the “Brewpub on Wheels” will be located in the East End Municipal Parking Lot. There is no cost to enter the beer garden. Children are permitted inside the fenced area but must be supervised by an adult at all times. More details here: http://downingtownfallfest.com
King of Prussia Beerfest Royale
Oct. 3, Two Sessions: Noon-3:30 and 6-9:30 p.m.
Named Best Outdoor & Best Foodie Event 2015 by Montco Happening, the King of Prussia Beerfest Royale will have more than 50 craft brewers participating and more than 100 beers — some exclusive for the event. The fest takes place under grand tents, outdoors at the King of Prussia Mall. Tickets went on sale on June 1 at $40 for general admission. As the event gets closer the prices will increase to a maximum of $60 at the door, if they are available. Also, on Thursday, Oct. 1, the “Donnerstag Happy Hour” will give you a preview to the Beerfest Royale. Visit the site for updates on participating breweries and purchase tickets here:
Ambler’s 24th Annual Oktoberfest
Oct. 3, noon-6 p.m.
The streets of Ambler will be full of artists, vendors, food, and of course — beer. Make sure to stop into Forest & Main Brewing Company and The Lucky Well to quench your thirst. Free event.
Oct. 10, 2-6 p.m.
Sample beers from more than 90 local, regional and craft breweries. Tickets for the “Connoisseur tasting” prior to the General Session are no longer available, but tickets for the General Session which begins at 2 p.m. can still be purchased online. Attendees have access to food and merchandise vendors, live bands, sponsor tables, and more during the entire event. All taps will close at 6 p.m. Tickets went on sale on June 1. General admission $40; designated driver $15. Details and tickets: http://kennettbrewfest.com
Pour the Core at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
Oct. 17, 1-5 p.m.
Need a break from barley? This festival is devoted to cider. Held at the perfect time of year for fermented apples, the Third Annual Pour the Core showcases ciders of all kinds. The event will feature local favorites like the artfully crafted, Frecon’s Cidery Crabby Granny, Sir Charles Hard Cider, Good Intent Adam’s Apple, and many others. Food from food trucks will be available for purchase as you go. General admission tickets are $40 + fees each when purchased online in advance of the event. If tickets still remain, they will be $65 at the door. Other details can be found at: http://www.pourthecore.com/philly/
Sources: www.pennsburymanor.org, http://lansdalebeerfest.com, www.ironhillbrewery.com, http://roundguysbrewery.com, www.philadelphiazoo.org, www.indianvalleybeerfest.com, http://amblermainstreet.org, http://kennettbrewfest.com, www.pourthecore.com, http://www.upcomingevents.com, www.mercermuseum.org, www.elmwoodparkzoo.org, www.morganloghouse.org, http://newtownbeerfest.com, http://downingtownfallfest.com, http://kopbeerfest.com