From 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 13, it’s the Mars/Cranberry Craft Beer Tap Fest at the Double Wide Grill in the Adams Shoppes on Route 228. Under a tent in the parking lot, you can sample more than 60 beers from 20-some breweries. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door and include live music, and there’ll be food for purchase. More here.
It’s a festive season, as other places around town gear up for Oktoberfest. Penn Brewery’s Oktoberfest will be held Sept. 19-21 and 26-28, and for the first time, are offering a VIP package. For $30 each, according to a Penn news release, 50 people on each Friday and Saturday can get:
“• Access to a tented, reserved seating area
“• One meal including sandwich, side, and non-alcoholic beverage ($9 value)
“• VIP-only lines for beer in the Biergarten and upper tent
“• 22-oz. plastic Oktoberfest souvenir mug ($3 value) and one fill ($4.75 value)
“• Private indoor restrooms.”
It’s that last one that might make other revelers really hate the VIPS.
Get tickets via Showclix; get more information here.
Over at Southside Works, Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh’s Oktoberfest is Sept. 20-12 and 27-28 (more at hofbrauhauspittsburgh.com).
Focusing on fall brews of all sorts will be the Harvest Brew Fiesta at Mad Mex Robinson on Sept. 20. A ticket ($35 in advance or $40 at the door) includes sampling from 1 to 4 p.m., a tasting glass to keep, fall games and “a never-done-before Gobblerito Taco plate.” For tickets, go here.
Also on Sept. 20 is BrewFest in Mt. Lebanon. Tickets are $40 for craft beer, music and more from 4 to 7 p.m., and there'll be barbecue for purchase; proceeds benefit the Mt. Lebanon Veterans Memorial.
Lawrenceville’s Hop Farm Brewing is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Sept. 27 with “Hoptoberfest,” where harvest beers will be paired with small plates from local restaurants and food vendors. Tickets are $45 (plus a service fee), and 100 percent of proceeds will go to Children's Foundation of Pittsburgh’s Camp Chihopi (for kids who have had organ transplants). Details and tickets (limited to 300) can be found here.