Local Beer Fests to Check Out

There’s nothing like a good craft beer festival to have a blast with friends as you sample some of the country’s finest brews! It’s a great way to discover and explore types of beer you may not be bold enough to try in a bar. Especially if you have to commit to a full pint.

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My favorite fests include music, fresh creative food (no fast food, please!) and comfortable places to gather and hangout while you take it all in. There’s been some great ones already this year (PA Flavor, Hibrewnation, Meeting of the Malts) and it’s looking like the rest of 2014 has many more great options to continue the fun. Here are some of my recommendations.

    • Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across AmericaBeer Camp Across America
      August 2 ~ Noon to 5pm
      Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is putting on a mega-fest throughout the U.S. and will be stopping in Philadelphia, PA at Penn Treaty Park. At this location, 80 breweries converge for a massive sampling event. Live music and food trucks will be present.
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    • Gettysburg Brew FestGettysburg Brew Fest
      August 23 ~ 4:30pm to 8pm
      This fest is being held at the Gettysburg Seminary which overlooks the historic civil war battlefields. 35 craft brewers to include both beer and cider.
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    • Luau Brew FestLuau Brew Fest
      August 23 ~ 6pm to 10pm
      Tons of craft brews to sample, Costume contests, Hawaiian feast, live band… hosted by Stoudt’s. Need I say more?
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    • Foodstruck Bier GartenFoodstruck
      August 31 ~ 11am to 6pm
      York, PA’s food truck festival just got even sweeter! So many amazing high-quality food trucks are participating this time that they had to move the annual event to Penn Park. And for the first time, there’s a bier garten with 12 brewers serving up cold sudsy beverages.
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    • Dills Tavern BalderdashBalderdash Brewfest
      September 6 ~ Noon to 5pm
      The fourth annual homebrewer’s festival held at Historic Dills Tavern in Dillsburg, PA. Festival goers get to vote on their favorite brews as they sample each variety. Bring a lawn chair and hangout on the tavern grounds while listening to local musicians. This isn’t a huge event which actually makes it quite nice and casual. No pushing, shoving or long lines to deal with.
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    • 17th Annual Capital City Invitational Beer Festival17th Annual Capital City Invitational Beer Festival
      September 6 ~  2pm to 5pm (Session 1) or 6pm-9pm (Session 2)
      In total Oktoberfest-style, this festival offers live bands, german food and beer sampling in the ticket price. Held at Appalachian Brewing Co.’s Harrisburg, PA location.
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    • Stoudt's OktoberfestStoudt’s Oktoberfest
      Starting September 27 ~  Gates open at Noon
      The Stoudt family carries on their heritage in the Gemutlichkeit Bier Garden with beer, German food and German music. Continues to occur every Sunday in October.
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    • Autos & AlesAutos & Ales
      November 7 ~ 6pm to 10pm
      So many things to do while sampling from the area’s best breweries at the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA. Live bands, food for purchase, Best Wings competition to taste and vote on, check out some of the cars in the museum, raffles, giveaways. Always a good time!
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These are just a few festivals going on throughout the remainder of the year. To see all of the craft beer fests happening in Pennsylvania, checkout this list. Which festivals do you frequent and recommend?

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