September 11-November 2: Helen Oktoberfest, Helen, GA
The Greater Helen Chamber of Commerce presents the 44th 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 September 11-14 and daily from September 18 through November 2. The festival venue is the Helen Festhalle, with bands from the United States and Europe, German beer and food, and dancing.
September 12-November 2 (weekends): Alpine Village Oktoberfest, Torrance, CA
Alpine Village, in Torrance, will host the 47th annual Oktoberfest. The celebration, which has been described as "Southern California's oldest and largest Oktoberfest-style celebration," will take place on Friday and Saturday (and some Sundays) under a massive tent. There will be German beer and food, along with oom-pah bands from Germany. Sundays are family days with kiddie jumpers, sweet treats, and games.
September 13-October 25 (weekends): Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake, CA
Big Bear Lake will host its 44th annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, which will be held at the resort's Convention Center. This Oktoberfest-style celebration will feature America's highest-elevation biergarten; authentic German food, music, and dance groups; activities, including log-sawing and stein-holding contests; sporting events on television; and a fun zone for children and families.
September 20-5: Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
The 181st Oktoberfest will be held on Theresienwiese in the center of Munich. This is the original Oktoberfest, and the world's largest and most famous beer festival. Need we say more?
3-4: The Ale-ing Fest 2014, Hayling Island, England
The Ale-ing Fest 2014 will be held at the Hayling Community Centre on Hayling Island. This two-day, three-session event will feature 30 Real Ales, most of them from Hampshire, along with a selection of ciders. Food will be available for purchase, and there will be live music Friday and Saturday evenings.
2-4: Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO
The Brewers Association presents the 32nd annual Great American Beer Festival, which will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. This three-day event, which is the nation's beer premier festival and competition, will feature more than 2,400 beers from over 620 breweries from throughout the country. In addition to beer sampling, the festival will include "farm to table" and "brewer's studio" pavilions, cooking and homebrewing demonstrations, an educational program, and appearances by beer writers. The festival includes a judged competition that attracts around 4,800 beers from over 725 breweries, with gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded in more than 135 categories.
4: Brownsville Beer Fest, Brownsville, TX
The second annual Brownsville Beer Fest will be held at the Ringgold Civic Pavilion in Dean Potter Park. This evening event will feature more than 200 domestic and imported beers, served at the longest wooden bar in Texas. There will also be live music and food samples from local restaurants. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. The festival benefits the Gladys Porter Zoo, Children's Museum Of Brownsville, and other local charities.
4-5: Texas Beer Camp, Princeton, TX
Texas Beer Camp, LLC, presents Texas Beer Camp 2014, which will be held on private property outside Princeton. This two-day event brings together beer lovers, craft brewers, and homebrewers to share their beer and knowledge. Several local bands will perform. Admission is $40.
8-11: Bedford Beer & Cider Festival, Bedford, England
The North Bedfordshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents 37th annual Bedford Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at the Corn Exchange, St Paul's Square. This four-day event will feature more than 100 Real Ales, along with 40 Real Ciders and perries and a wide range of foreign draft and bottled beers. There will also be live entertainment Friday evening and at both Saturday sessions, hot and cold food for purchase, a CAMRA shop, a tombola, and an engraver on hand.
11: Brewfest Acadia's Oktoberfest, Southwest Harbor, ME
The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce presents the 19th annual Acadia's Oktoberfest. It will take place at Smuggler's Den Campground on "the quiet side" of Maine's Mount Desert island. Saturday afternoon's Brewfest, a rain-or-shine event, will feature beer from Maine breweries, food for purchase, and Maine gift and craft items.
11: World Beer Festival-Durham, Durham, NC
All About Beer magazine presents the World Beer Festival, which will take place at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 200 craft beers from around the world. The lineup will include new breweries, and a selection of Belgian beers. The Art of Beer Village will host an educational program, including tastings led by members of the craft beer community. There will also be food from local restaurants, live music, and children's entertainment. VIP tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary food, are available. Proceeds will go to local charities.
12: Nationale Bokbierdag, Zutphen, The Netherlands
National Bokbierdag (Bokbier Day) 2014 will be celebrated in the center of the Dutch city of Zutphen. Admission to the event is free, and 20 different bokbiers will be on tap. (Bokbier is a variation of German bock beer, and is served in the fall rather than the spring.) The festival website is entirely in Dutch.
24-25: Detroit Fall Beer Festival, Detroit, MI
The Michigan Brewers Guild presents the sixth annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival, which will take place at Detroit's Eastern Market, one of America's oldest farm markets. There will be Friday evening and Saturday afternoon tasting sessions, each with more than 450 beers from over 60 Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs. Local bands will perform, and food from Detroit-area restaurants will be available.
25: Blacksburg Brew Do, Blacksburg, VA
The Blacksburg Partnership presents the sixth annual Blacksburg Brew Do, which will take place at the First & Main Shopping District. This afternoon event will feature more than 100 beers from nearly 40 local, Mid-Atlantic, and national breweries. There will also be live music, homebrewing demonstrations and a homebrew competition, food from local restaurants, and tailgating. Proceeds will benefit the Partnership.
25: Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest, Jackson, TN
Fredcat Productions presents the sixth annual Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest, which will take place at Fairgrounds Park in Jackson. This afternoon event will feature hundreds of beers. There will also be entertainment, live cigar rolling, food and entertainment vendors, and prize giveaways, along with a celebrity guest appearance. VIP tickets, with early admission and a special selection of beers, are available.
29-November 1: Birmingham Beer & Cider Festival, Birmingham, England
The Birmingham Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 2014 Birmingham Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place in expanded quarters at The New Bingley Hall. This four-day event will feature more than 300 Real Ales, including many festival specials, along with 100 ciders and perries and a large selection of foreign beers. There will also be a live entertainment, in an area separate from the main beer hall; a wide range of food vendors; and a games area with darts and long-alley skittles.