The Best Beer Festivals To Attend This Fall
Small State Great Beer Festival
September 17, 2016 | 5-9PM | Hartford, CT
Brought to you by the team behind Hartford Prints!, the Small State Great Beer Festival will consist of over 30 Connecticut breweries, a food truck district with fourteen vendors and live music from RJD2, Son Little, The Balkun Brothers and Connie Carmona. Each festival goer will receive a mini pint glass upon arrival and can get unlimited 3 oz pours from the breweries. VIP tickets are $65 and allow you to drink one hour prior to everyone else. General admission is $45 per person, designated driver tickers are $25, and tickets the day of are $55. To see the full line up of breweries and food trucks and to purchase tickets visit smallstategreatbeer.com
Two Road's Ok2berfest
September 17-18, 2016 | Noon-6:30PM | Stratford, CT
A two day beer festival in Fairfield County, Ok2berfest boasts over a dozen different food trucks each day, a multi-band lineup, specially brewed Ok2berfest beers, games, a bratwurst eating contest and more. Designated driver tickets are $13 and include entry and limited edition stein. General admission tickets are $20 prior and $25 at the door. They include, entry a limited edition stein and one beer. A two day bundle is also available for $35. For more information visit tworoadsbrewing.com.
Connecticut On Tap
September 24, 2016 | 3-6PM | Danbury, CT
The first of three "On Tap" festivals in the state this fall is held at Ives Concert Park and will feature over 100 beers from some of America's best craft breweries. There will be vendors, live music, food available for purchase and of course, beer tastings. Each attendee receives a sampling glass upon arrival and VIP guests also receive a food voucher, t-shirt and an extra hour of beer sipping. A standard ticket is $35, or $45 at the door, and a VIP ticket is $55 prior or $65 at the door. Designated drivers are welcome for free. For more information visit americaontap.com.
Smoke In The Valley Craft Beer Festival
September 30-October 1, 2016 | 4-11PM and 12:30-5PM | Seymour, CT
Smoke In The Valley is in its 6th year and raises money for a handful of local non-profit groups. Friday September 30th is the kickoff party which is open to all ages and October 1st is the actual festival which is a 21+ event. The festival will have live music, over 30 different breweries in attendance and 20+ food trucks. The kickoff party is $10 per person and kids under 14 are free with two adult admissions. The festival is $40 prior and $50 at the gate, with a designated driver ticket at $25. For more information visit smokeinthevalley.com.
Mohegan Sun Brewfest
October 1, 2016 | 1-4PM | Uncasville, CT
Taste over 150 beers, enter a cornhole tournament, listen to live music, sample local food and more at this year's Sun Brewfest. The Grand Tasting is from 1-4pm and tickets are $30 per person. It is $100 per team of two to enter the cornhole tournament, with a VIP experience and an additional half hour in the Grand Tasting before the tournament. This year's special event, A Taste To New England is from 6-8pm, includes slices of Pepe's Pizza, a chance to meet the brewers and sample their fall classics. Tickets to this are $50. For more information and to purchase tickets visit mohegansun.com.
Powder Ridge 2nd Annual Oktoberfest
October 8, 2016 | 3-8PM | Middlefield, CT
Powder Ridge Oktoberfest will include lift rides with beautiful views of Middlesex County, cider making demonstrations and samples from New England Cider Company, beer samples, a home brewers contest, a keg toss contest, live music, beer and cheese pairings and a cooking with beer demo. Designated driver tickets are $12 and general admission tickets are $24, and $29 on the day of. For more information visit powderridgepark.com.
Harbor Brew Fest
October 8, 2016 | 12-5PM | Fairfield, CT
Drink beer and help kids. All proceeds from this event go to Harbor Light Foundation Inc., a non-profit which provides safe and beneficial programming to children with autism. The festival will feature beer from over 50 breweries, live music, and food from some of Connecticut's best food trucks will be available for purchase. "Brewer's Special" tickets are $60 and get you access to the beer one hour prior to everyone else, and give you access to the Brewer's Beer Garden where limited release and hard to find beers will be available for tasting. A general admission ticket is $40 and a designated driver ticket is $20. For more information visit harborbrewfest.com.
3rd Annual Hoptoberfest
October 9, 2016 | 2-6PM | Simsbury, CT
This year, the fundraiser by Max Restaurant Group will be donating a portion of each ticket sold to Journey Home CT, who works tirelessly to help end homelessness in Connecticut. Your ticket includes a tasting glass, 2 oz beer samples, small bites, a festival guide, live music, access to Rosedale Farm's famous corn maze and a bottle of water. Additional food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $59, or $65 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets visit maxrestaurantgroup.com.
Crazy Brew Bash
October 15, 2016 | 11AM-4PM | Plantsville, CT
In it's second year, the Crazy Brew Bash will have "hundreds of beers," food trucks, live music, a cornhole tournament, games and giveaways. Located at the Mount Southington ski area, the doors open at 11am for VIP ticket holders and 12 noon for general admission. Currently there are 60+ breweries scheduled to attend and food vendors including Mercado, New Haven Pizza Truck and Whey Station. Thunder Bear, Polar Planet and Chaser Eight will be providing live music. VIP tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door, general admission is $25 in advance or $35 at the door, and designated driver tickets are $15. For more information visit crazybashes.com.
Hartford On Tap Craft Beer Festival
October 22, 2016 | 2-5PM | Hartford, CT
Held inside the XL Center, attendees will receive unlimited samples of beer for 3 hours while VIP ticket holders will get an extra hour of tasting time. The venue will have live music, food available for purchase and vendors stationed throughout. Tasting glasses are provided to all attendees and VIP guests will also receive a food voucher and commemorative hat. VIP tickets are $60 and increase to $70 the day of. General admission is $35 until September 22, $45 until October 22, and are $55 the day of. For more information visit americaontap.com.
Foxwoods On Tap
December 10, 2016 | 2-5PM | Mashantucket, CT
This event will showcase more than 100 beers from 50 of America's breweries. Your ticket gets you a sampling glass for unlimited tastings of beer in a venue with live music. As a VIP you'll get an additional hour of sipping, along with a food voucher and commemorative hat. VIP tickets are $55. General admission tickets are $35 until Nov. 1, $40 until Dec. 9, and $45 at the door. For more information visit americaontap.com.
December 12, 2016 12:30-4PM and 5:30-9PM | Bridgeport, CT
There are two sessions to this festival, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Your ticket includes admission, a tasting glass and the ability to try unlimited 2 oz pours from over 50+ brewers in attendance and Webster Bank Area will have food available for purchase during the festival. Tickets are $35 each prior to the event and $45 each the day of. Designated driver tickets are $10 each. For more information visit beer-conn.com.