The third annual Brownsville BeerFest will be held at the Gladys Potter Zoo. This family-friendly event, which is part of the Zoo’s annual “Zoofari” festivities, will feature a 121-foot-long wooden bar, said to be the longest bar in Texas. More than 200 domestic and imported beers were available at last year’s festival. There will also be live entertainment; food for purchase; the crowning of the Beer Queen; and games, including keg-throwing and obstacle-course competitions. The festival is a fund-raiser for the Zoo and other local charities.
3: Kingsport Oktoberfest, Kingsport, TN
Superfly Fabulous Events presents the fifth annual Kingsport Oktoberfest, which will take place in downtown Kingsport. This all-day event will feature more than 150 beers, including rare and cask-conditioned beers, and two roaming beer infuser lines. There will also be a Black Forest Brew Off; German, American, and bluegrass music all day; a College Football Bier Hall; games and contests; and children's activities. “First Pour” tickets, with early admission, a special selection of beers, and complimentary appetizers, are available. The festival charities are Chamber Foundations and Keep Kingsport Beautiful.
9-10: Beertopia, Hong Kong SAR, China
The fifth annual Beertopia Hong Kong will be held at a new venue, the Central Harbourfront. This two-day, three-session event, which organizers describe as Hong Kong's largest international craft beer festival, will feature more than 450 beers from around the world. There will also be live music, food for purchase, and games. All-weekend passes are available.
10: Blend Central Jersey Beer Festival, Hamilton, NJ
Blend Bar & Bistro, in Hamilton, will host the 2015 Blend Central Jersey Beer Festival. This rain-or-shine afternoon event, which celebrates Blend’s anniversary, will feature beer from around 40 breweries, many of them from New Jersey. Four live bands will perform, and food will be available.
23-24: Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival, Milwaukee, WI
The inaugural Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. This two-day, three-session event will feature more than 150 craft beers and ciders from over 50 craft breweries, many of them from Wisconsin. The lineup will include a selection of rare and limited-distribution beers. There will also be an educational program featuring some of the top names in brewing. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.