Toasting to Fall
Happy Travelers find their joy with a craft beverage in hand, and there's no better time than the fall to hit up all of the breweries in the Keystone State.
From pumpkin brews to festivals, Pennsylvania has more than 300 craft breweries sure to quench any beer lover's thirst! Cheers to the season!
Seven Springs' Autumnfest
Treat yourself to a spectacular weekend in the mountains and enjoy the best of Pennsylvania’s fall foliage at Seven Springs’ Autumnfest! During the first two weekends in Oct., you can celebrate Oktoberfest and experience authentic German food, entertainment, and beer tastings! Artisans and crafters from far and wide will have their handmade creations on display.
Raise your stein and celebrate Oktoberfest at the third annual OctoberFEAST at Peddler’s Village Oct. 14-15! The annual festival will feature seasonal brews to try, authentic German food, and live entertainment.
Celebrate the German holiday in downtown Philadelphia at Bloktoberfest Oct. 14. Four blocks from South Street from Broad to 18th Street will be closed for this event featuring a wide selection of beer by craft breweries from around the country, food from neighborhood vendors, and food trucks, and multiple stages of live music featuring nationally recognized and emerging local acts. Tickets are available for purchase and range from $15 to $25.
Head to Yorktoberfest Oct. 14 for a family-friendly weekend of PA wines, craft beer, unique vendors, local food, and live bands. Enjoy samples of more than 70 hand-selected regional and international brews and homebrews, as well as a few secrets. With nine wineries in attendance, you can also enjoy samples of the many splendiferous wines from across the state of Pennsylvania. Tickets cost $15 for designated drivers, $20 for wine, and $35 for beer.
Pottstown Brew Fest
Named the Best Outdoor Event in Montgomery County for two years in a row, the award-winning Pottstown Brew Fest returns Oct. 28 for a celebration of great craft beer and brews. The event features 1,500 craft beer enthusiasts from around the country and unlimited sampling of 100+ brews, wines, ciders, mead, and spirits from across Pennsylvania and the U.S. The festival has sold out for two consecutive years, so get your tickets while you can! Tickets are on sale now, and will be sold online until the festival concludes; they will also be for sale at the door for $50.
Fear ‘N’ Beer
Fear ‘N’ Beer Brewers Fest is Altoona’s newest horror-themed craft beer festival! Taking place Oct. 14 at the Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, the festival offers live music, food, vendors, and Halloween fun! Proceeds will benefit Mending Hearts Animal Rescue. General admission tickets are $35, and VIP tickets are $75.
Honor Mifflinburg’s rich German heritage at their 13th Annual Oktoberfest. Attendees can watch exciting competitions — like the keg toss and mug lift — as well as try out their new dance moves to some live entertainment. Pick up your commemorative Mifflinburg Oktoberfest beer stein for refills of the best beers around, and be sure to take advantage of the Safe Ride Program.
Oktoberfest at SteelStacks
If you’re looking for a little German culture done Pennsylvania-style, why not experience Oktoberfest? Located on the SteelStacks™ campus in Bethlehem, the blast furnaces of the remainder of Bethlehem Steel set the backdrop to this unique event. This free event features authentic German food, beer, and live music.
Seasonal Fall Brews
From Märzen Oktoberfest styles to spiced pumpkin suds, Pennsylvania has the brews you need to kick fall off right.
Master of Pumpkins, Tröegs Brewery
In Hershey, you can go to Tröegs Brewery for a tour and also taste the seasonal Master of Pumpkins brew! This naturally fermented beer has spices of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg that will have you reveling in fall flavors.
Festbier, Victory Brewing Company
With headquarters in Downingtown, Victory Brewing Company easily became one of the best craft breweries in America, gaining national recognition with its Victory Hop Devil brew. Go to one of the brewpubs to sip on Festbier, their flagship Oktoberfest brew. Full-bodied with a kiss of German hops, this brew is perfect for celebrating a festive moment of victory with friends!
Johnny Rails and Oktoberfest Lager, Erie Brewing Company
Known as the home of “the taste of real beer,” Erie Brewing Company is the place to go to enjoy a seasonal fall brew! Try Johnny Rails, a blonde-based ale with the perfect poise of pumpkin and spice named after a member of Erie’s beloved brewing staff, or Oktoberfest Lager, a roasted chocolate malt flavor with a clean, crisp finish! Both are sure to get you in the fall spirit!
Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Weyerbacher Brewing
What began as a daydream in an avid homebrewer’s head has grown to a craft brewery that many know and love — Weyerbacher Brewing. Located in downtown Easton, with its Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Weyerbacher set out to make a bold monument to the King of the Pumpkins and brewed this “mother of all pumpkin ales” that’s heartier and spicier than other pumpkin beers. It’s a perfect finisher to a cool autumn evening, or paired with a slice of pumpkin pie!
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