It’s hard to beat a crisp fall day. Sweat isn’t pouring down your face and stinking up your clothes, there is excitement in the air, and…well…beer takes center stage. (Then again, in our lives, beer always takes center stage.) There are Oktoberfest beers, brown ales, and pumpkin beers as the last of the summer beers are drunk. And, you better believe fall time means that Oktoberfest and beer festivals are in your plans. Lucky for you we have been keeping track of all of these events throughout Connecticut and we proudly present them to you right here. Prost!
Location: Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk, CT
Date and time: 10/4 from 12-5
Cost: 1) General Admission is $10 with code IWANTIN or $20 at the door. This gets you entrance, live music, food truck access, free bottles of water, and a chance to purchase beer.
2) The Beer Drinker is $30 with code GIVEMEBEER or $59 at the door. This gets you entrance, live music, food truck access, free bottles of water, a commemorative tasting glass, and unlimited tastings from 12-5. You can also buy beer, but you’ve got unlimited tastings! Come on now!
3) VIP Access is $105 with code CANTSTOPWONTSTOP or $211 at the door. This gets you in an hour early, gets you unlimited tastings with a bigger 10 oz tasting glass, you can skip lines, you get a reserved table for singing beer songs, water, live music, food trucks, and you get to take part in The Beer Garden SoNo’s after party!
Description: Achtung, baby…the Beer Garden in SoNo is throwing a major par-tay at the beautiful Oyster Shell Park right in Norwalk. There will be beer, there will be music, and there will be food trucks, so we’re not really sure what else you need. ;) But, if you want some deets, here they are: Blind Pug Ales, Shock Top, Widmer Bros., Goose Island, Hooker, Blue Point, Paulaner, Palm, Radeberger, Heineken, Guinness (they’ll be debuting a new beer), Strongbow, Newcastle, and more along with some great food trucks like Grab Your Balls, Cowabunga, One Bro Pizza Co, Tacos El Azteca, and Caseus. If all of that seems too overwhelming, they’ll have a digital guide that can take you from beer to beer and get you to where ya need to be. While all the drinking and eating is going down, check out One Bad Oyster, The Adam Currie Band, Tim Currie’s Motown Band, and Beach Avenue who you might know from America’s Got Talent! Deals go on until 9/26, so snag ‘em while the snagging’s good. Children 13 or younger are free, btw. A portion of sales will be donated to the Whittingham Cancer Center, too, so cheers to that!
Location: Rotary Pavilion at Fowler Field, 1 Shipyard Lane in Milford, CT
Date and time: 9/27 from 12-9 pm
Cost: $10 per person, 16 and under free
Description: Sponsored by the Devon Rotary, the Milford Oktoberfest is one of the most popular scenes in the area. There is a German biergarten, music from HitList, Rumrunners, and an authentic German band, a bratwurst eating contest, and even things for the kiddies to do while you get a refill. And, food wise, you’re set with plenty of German goodies as well as some classic American dishes if you’re sausaged out. Get your tickets at the gate or ask a Devon Rotary member, or call up Scott Moulton at (203) 306-5172 for more info.
Location: Stamford Museum and Nature Center in Stamford, CT
Date and time: 10/17 from 7-10
Cost: $60/$75 for non-members in advance or $70/$85 for non-members at the door (21+)
Description: SM&NC is one of our favorite places in Fairfield County and it’s also home to a great harvest festival weekend. The ultimate kickoff to the weekend of cider making and family fun is celebrating fall and beer at Oktoberfest on the Meadow. Plenty of great German brews will be flowing with live music from Green Eyed Lady. Plus, it wouldn’t be an Oktoberfest without lots of great German food, and that’s what you’ll get with Old Heidelberg providing the delicious grub. Oh…did we mention the S’mores bar? Hell yeah.