4 brewfests to enjoy this fall in Connecticut

Beer Lovers, that special time of year is just around the corner.

Across the world, brew enthusiasts look forward to cooler weather, a harvest season to celebrate and the robust autumnal flavors that come with the change of the season so they can indulge in all-things brew-related.

In Connecticut, there are so many incredible beer (and wine) events coming up, it would take pages and pages to highlight them all — here are just a few coming soon!

Silver City Wine Tasting and Brewfest, Meriden
YMCA Mountain Mist Day Camp, 576 High Hill Road, Meriden

This annual event, tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., is all about good times for good causes! For more than 20 years, the Meriden Rotary Club has teamed up with dozens of local community organizations and nonprofits on a fundraiser that brings food, drink, music, and art together.

Taking place under a newly installed event tent, the Wine Tasting and Brewfest supports the Connecticut community through fundraising. This year, the 2022 Partner Organization is Easter Seals, a non-profit that serves Waterbury, central and northwest Connecticut. Additional community partners have been working together throughout the year to ensure the event’s success.

Yvonne deAngeli-Fontanez, event chairperson, said, “One of my favorite aspects of this particular fundraiser is that we coordinate four non-profit organizations to work together. This year’s beneficiary is Easter Seals, but we’re also working with last year’s beneficiary, Girls Inc, and next year’s beneficiary, Beat the Street.” Who doesn’t love a party for a cause?

Day-of tickets are $40 at the door. https://www.ctvisit. com/events/2022-sliver-city-brewfest-and-wine-tasting

Oktoberfest, Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, 99 Powder Hill Road,

No need to hop on a plane to experience an Oktoberfest! Germany can wait– Middlefield is where it’s at!

Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort is bringing the Oktoberfest experience to Connecticut on Saturday, where the mountain will be bustling with “brews, bratwurst and bands.”

Around 50 breweries will come together for this festival. It will also feature food trucks, vendors and the Keg Toss & Stein Holding Competition. Regarding the latter, this is no ordinary competition — this is a qualifying Stein Holding Competition for the state finals. The finals take place Oct. 8 at Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford.

If you and your crew want to enjoy a nightcap after an evening of Bavarian adventure, stop into Powder Ridge’s restaurant, Fire at the Ridge, on your way down the mountain. Snuggle up by one of the fire pits, or step inside to relax in the dreamy rustic ambiance.

Regarding Oktoberfest, there are quite a few ticket options to consider: the $49 VIP Ticket option includes early admission to the event at 3 p.m. and advanced sampling, the $39 General Admission allows your entry at 4 pm, and there’s also a $15 Designated Drivers option.

Break out the lederhosen, and head to the ridge! https://pos.powderridgepark.com/powderridgepark/checkout/octoberfest/products

Sun BrewFest, Mohegan Sun: Earth Expo & Convention Center, Mohegan Reservation, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville

If you want to enjoy a lot for a little, be sure to check out Mohegan Sun’s Sun BrewFest, featuring over 100 beers to sample throughout the night on Oct. 8.

The Sun BrewFest will have craft brews, ciders, domestics, imports, microbrews, and more to enjoy with the Savage Brothers Band providing live music. The event will also feature foodie favorites from local eateries, and a Wicked Cornhole tournament.

Tickets are $50 ahead of time, or $55 the day-of. Designated Driver tickets are also available for $20.

Mohegan Sun has a history of going all-out for their events, so even though it’s a bit of a trek for central Connecticut folks.

To buy tickets in advance or read more information: https://mohegansun.com/sun-brewfest.html

G.O.A.T. Brew & Wine Fest, Dunkin’ Donuts Park, 1214 Main St., Hartford

Even though baseball season is coming to a close, Dunkin’ Donuts Park is anything but inactive this fall.

Alongside Whole Foods Market, the River 105.9 and 97.9 ESPN, the Hartford Yard Goats are hosting a wine and brewfest at their Hartford home on Oct. 15 in partnership with Ferris Events.

Featuring around fifty breweries and wineries, enjoy the upbeat vibes at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. All who attend will be gifted a limited edition G.O.A.T. Brew & Wine Fest mug, and will enjoy different experiences based on their ticket package.

Grab a VIG pass for $87.25 to unlock early entry and on-field VIP access, or choose the $62.25 General Admission pass for full access to all vendors.

For non-drinkers (or drinkers who pulled the shortest straw) pay $27.25 and enjoy the ambiance through the Designated Driver experience.

Follow the link below for more information, or to purchase tickets to this exciting event! https://www.milb.com/hartford/ballpark/brew-wine-fest

As previously mentioned, there are boozy bonanzas all across the region to be enjoyed this time of year. Grab a crew, or take yourself out on an adventure this autumn– and remember to keep it safe! Happy tasting and toasting!

Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden based journalist, educator, and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves and surrounding areas. When she’s not teaching ELA at Washington Middle School she’s either exploring the Eastern seaboard for her lifestyle blog (@ eastsidevibes on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at eastsidevib eswithcess@gmail.com with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!


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