The original 1811 Oktoberfest in Munich celebrated the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Bavaria, but it also coincided with the harvest of the grain crop. What better way to ring in a new season of brewing by finishing off the previous spring's batch? While Munich's Oktoberfest has strict standards for the beers that can be served, these festivals below allow the modern beer-lover a wide variety styles to explore:
September 7 & 8
Beer Advocate's Belgian Beer Fest/Night of the Funk
- If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to this sold out Boston beer festival, you're in for a treat. Beer Advocate Magazine (who also puts on the American Craft Beer Festival) and Allagash Brewing Company have put together three sessions celebrating the huge variety that Belgian beers bring to the world market. Night of the Funk, on Friday night, focuses on gueuzes, lambics, and sours, while the Saturday sessions open up to a broader range of Belgian styles to include 185 beers from 75 brewers and importers.
Greater Atlanta Beer Fest
- Georgia is quickly catching up on the craft beer scene, with SweetWater and Terrapin leading the way and a number of smaller craft brewers following suit. Celebrate craft beer culture at "the other GABF," held at the Braves' Turner Field this Saturday from 3pm-8pm. Be sure to check out the "Locals Only Deck" featuring Georgia breweries like Red Brick, Red Hare, Monday Night Brewing, Wild Heaven, and Moon River.
- If you're going to go out and drink beer all night anyway, why not support a good cause while you're at it? The 6th Annual Festiv-Ale is a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. There will be free food from area restaurants, unlimited samples, a silent auction, and raffles. Look out for beers from Chicago breweries like Revolution Brewing Company, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Two Brothers, Haymarket, Piece, and more.
Flying Saucer's BeerFeast 2012
- Nashville beer fans have an opportunity to explore some new and interesting craft beers at Flying Saucer's BeerFeast 2012. Special offerings from Left Hand and Ommegang will be available, as well as tasty fixings from Nashville area food trucks. General admission tickets are just $40, though you may want to spring for a VIP ticket to get early access to the hourly rare beer tastings.
What beer festivals will you be attending this month?