Summer may be on its way out, but the heat is just picking up for the region’s craft beer community. This month alone will see the nearly half a dozen brewfests across Central PA, offering a nice, sudsy reprieve as our taste buds migrate from the summer of the session IPA to pumpkin beers, harvest ales, German lagers and the beer-drinker’s Mardi Gras – Oktoberfest.
Here’s a quick look at Central PA’s upcoming craft beer fests, listed in chronological order for your
sipping reading enjoyment:
Lancaster Craft Beerfest
September 6; 4-7:30 p.m.
100 Block of N. Queen St., Downtown Lancaster
$40; $12 designated driver
Entering its second year, the sophomore Lancaster Craft Beerfest is slated to be bigger and better than last year’s sell-out introductory run, with an expanded beer garden (50+ breweries), food vendors and live music.
September 6; 12-5 p.m.
Dill’s Tavern and Plantation (227 N. Baltimore St., Dillsburg)
Enjoy an afternoon of beer-making demonstrations, live music, gourmet beer tasting and food concessions, all set against the scenery of the historic local tavern and plantation.
Capital City Invitational Beer Festival
September 13; 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
Appalachian Brewing Co. (50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg)
$35 adv./$40 at the door; $15 designated driver
The OG in Harrisburg brewfests, Appalachian Brewing Co. welcomes breweries from up and down the Mid-Atlantic region, pairing in Oktoberfest grub and live music.
Smokin’ Blues and Brews Fest
September 20; 4-8 p.m.
Lancaster Liederkranz (722 S. Chiques Rd., Manheim)
$35; $15 designated driver
Though more than 30 brewers are expected at this year’s event, the Lancaster Liederkranz is putting extra emphasis on the region’s German heritage with a bevy of brats, schnitzel, spatzle and seasonal German lagers to wash ’em down. Prost!
Lititz Craft Beer Fest
September 28; 2-5 p.m.
Main St., Lititz
Still riding high on its “Coolest Small Town” designation, Lititz is dipping its toe into the craft beer festival game with the inaugural Lititz Craft Beer Fest. On tap are 30 breweries pouring more than 70 beers in the middle of Main Street.