September 10-November 2: Helen Oktoberfest, Helen, GA
The Greater Helen Chamber of Commerce presents the 45th annual Helen Oktoberfest, which will take place in Alpine Helen, a Bavarian-style mountain village. Called "America's longest-running Oktoberfest" by organizers, it will take place the weekend of September 10-13 and daily from September 17 through November 1. The festival venue is the Helen Festhalle, with bands from the United States and Europe, German beer and food, and dancing.
7: Attack of the Big Beers, Charlotte, NC
Superfly Fabulous Events presents the second annual Attack of the Big Beers—Charlotte's High Gravity Beer Fest, which will take place at NODA. There will be afternoon and evening sessions, each with more than 100 craft beers, many of them from Charlotte and the Carolinas. The lineup will include high-gravity, session, Belgian, and infused beers. Professional brewers will compete for the Brewzilla Cup. In addition, there will be a DJ, aerial acrobatics, yoga, and hoopers.
7: International Great Beer Expo: Long Island, Elmont, NY
Starfish Junction Productions presents the eighth annual International Great Beer Expo: Long Island, which will take place on the concourse at the Belmont Park Racetrack in Elmont. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with beer from more than 50 domestic and foreign breweries, including a number of Long Island-brewed beers. There will also be an educational program, demonstrations, and food for purchase.
7-14: Wilmington Beer Week, Wilmington, DE
Out and About magazine presents the fifth annual Wilmington Beer Week, which will take place at breweries, bars, restaurants, stores, and other venues in Wilmington and New Castle County. The focus of this eight-day celebration is on craft beer from Delaware and surrounding states. There will be a number of events, such as beer dinners and beer and food pairings, release parties, tap takeovers, tastings, and specially-priced drinks. Beer Lover and Beer Geek passes, which entitle the holder to discounts, are available.
13-14: Cheshire Beer Festival, Cheshire, England
The Cheshire branches of the Campaign for Real Ale present the 2015 Cheshire Beer Festival, which returns to the Chester Racecourse. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 120 ales, 20 ciders and perries, and a selection of bottled beers. The Champion Beer of Cheshire competition will take place during the festival. There will be live music and other entertainment, along with “high quality food,” at all sessions. Card-carrying CAMRA members will receive a free pint.
13: Friday the Firkenteenth, Philadelphia, PA
Friday the Firkenteenth, held at the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, is a Friday the 13th tradition that dates back to 1998. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 25 firkins of cask-conditioned beer. This is the only known beer event in the world whose frequency and timing are entirely at the mercy of the calendar.