And now to close out October 2011. Last week had over 30 beer events of every different flavor, shape, and size scheduled around the Philadelphia area. Guess what? The next five days are no different. Go figure...
Check out the entire October 2011 calendar over here.
If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know.
Special Tastings, Brewery Promos, and Samplings
@Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 10/28 - Free Sampling (4:00pm-6:00pm; Free tasting samples of winners from this year's Great Americian Beer Festival)
@Capone's, Norristown, Pa.--- Thu. 10/27-Sun. 10/30 - Fresh Hop IPA weekend (PAYG all weekend for nine of the freshest wet-hopped beers on draft and maybe more to come)
@Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa.--- Thu. 10/27 - Free Sampling (5:30pm-7:30pm; Free tasting samples of Boxcar Brewing's beers)
@Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa.--- Fri. 10/28 - Free Sampling (4:00pm-6:00pm; Free tasting samples of Tröegs beers)
@Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa.--- Sat. 10/29-Sun. 11/6 - Stone's "Most Arrogant Bar in America" contest (PAYG for different Stone-related events each day in support of their quest to win Stone's contest)
Just a few more of these pumpkin things
@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 10/31 - Pumpkinpalooza (7:00pm-10:00pm; PAYG for a list that includes Arcadia Jaw Jacker, Bavarian Barbarian Grumpy Pumpkin Porter, Cisco Pumple Drunkin, Dogfish Head Punkin, Flying Dog The Fear, Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela, Rock Art Pumpkin Spruce, Smuttynose Pumpkin, Southern Tier Pumking, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Wild Onion Pumpkin [firkin], and Williamsburg Pumpkin)
@Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa.--- Thu. 10/27-Sun. 10/30 - 2011 Pumpkin Fest (PAYG all weekend for a weekend of at least a dozen pumpkin-themed beers beginning with a Southern Tier Pumpking 2010 vs. 2011 tasting on Thursday night and a costume contest on Friday night)
@Iron Hill Brewery, North Wales, Pa.--- Fri. 10/28 - Pumpkin Beer Month (5:00pm-9:00pm; PAYG for four pumpkin ales from Iron Hill and two from Elysian)
@Iron Hill Brewery, West Chester, Pa.--- Sat. 10/29 - Gathering of the Gourds (2:00pm-7:00pm; PAYG for all things pumpkin from Iron Hill (pumpkin- and squash-inspired food features, Ichabod Imperial Belgian Ale, Pumpkin Ale, Punktoberfest, Bruce Camp-ale, Pumpkin Berliner Weisse, and a ginormous pumpkin fIlled with pumpkin ale), Elysian Brewing (PK 47 Pumpkin Malt Liquor), and Cambridge Brewing (Dark o' the Moon Pumpkin Stout and The Great Pumpkin Ale))
@Standard Tap, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 10/27 - Pumpkin Head (4:00pm-7:00pm; $15 for as many pumpkin beers, served out of your own personal mini gourd, as you can handle)
And a bunch of dinners and a festival
@Chifa Restaurant, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 10/27 - Founders Beer Dinner (7:00pm-9:30pm; $75 for a four-course meal paired with Breakfast Stout, Red's Rye, Backwoods Bastard, and Harvest Ale)
@High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ--- Sat. 10/29 - Halloween Autumn Beer Brunch (12:00pm-3:00pm; $35/$40 for a four-course meal paired with Erdinger Octoberfest Wheat, Sixpoint Autumn Nation, Weyerbacher AutumnFest, and Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin)
@Iron Hill Brewery, Maple Shade, NJ--- Wed. 10/26 & Thu. 10/27 - Brewmaster's Fall Beer Dinner (7:00pm; $65 for a five-course meal paired with American Brown Ale, Oktoberfest, The Cannibal, Rauchbier, and Imperial Pumpkin Ale)
@Somers Point Volunteer Fire Company #2, Somers Point, NJ--- Sat. 10/29 - Somers Point Craft Beer Fest (12:00pm-4:00pm; $35/$50 for a relatively-small festival (read: comfortable) pouring at least 30 beers from over a dozen breweries)
@Tavern 17, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 10/27 - Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner (6:30pm-9:00pm; $40 for a four-course meal paired with Pale Ale, Tumbler Brown Ale, Northern Hemisphere Harvest, Torpedo, and Oliva Abbey Dubbel)
@Varga Bar, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 10/29 - Up In Smoke Pig Roast (1:00pm-8:00pm; $25 for choice of Suckling Pig, Free-Range Chicken, or Organic Lamb and two side dishes. PAYG beer Scarlet Fire, Otto, and Smoked Belgian Ale provided by Victory.)
A Homebrew contest for good measure
@Elks Lodge #583, Downingtown, Pa.--- Sat. 10/29 - Chester County Homebrew Fest (4:00pm-7:00pm; $35 for a catered buffet-style dinner, a custom-printed event pint glass, live musical entertainment, and to vote for the best homebrewed beer)