As with last month's blast, this is an abbreviated list covering some of the most noteworthy events in the coming weeks around the mid-Atlantic. My overloaded work schedule continues but so does the beer events calendar. Look in September for a return to the exhaustive list of beer events flowing forth from the region that you've come to expect from me here; sort of like a back-to-school edition. Until then, soak up a few of the last weeks of summer with some great beers.

Cheers, Bryan Kolesar



Sat. Aug. 16 - Brew Festival at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino , Dover, Del.
4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $15-$25; Live entertainment and tasting from local and regional breweries including Fordham, Yards, Mispillion River, and many more.
Sat. Sept. 6 - Historic Odessa Brew at Historic Odessa Foundation, Odessa, Del. -
12 p.m.-6 p.m.; $10-$65; An opportunity to sample some of the best regional and national craft beers accompanied by great food, great music, and great people.

Sat. Sept. 27 - Red Shoe and Brew at Twin Lakes Brewery, Greenville, Del. -
2 p.m.-6 p.m.; $55; An afternoon of barbeque, beer, live music, lawn games, silent auction, brewery tours, and more. This outdoor event raises funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.

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District of Columbia

Fri. Aug. 15 - Casks and Classics at District ChopHouse, Washington, DC -
6 p.m.-11 p.m.; $50; Unlimited sampling of over 20 local casks, District ChopHouse Fare, and a tasting glass for you to take home.

Sun. Aug. 17 through Sun. Aug. 24 - DC Beer Week -
A celebration of good beer in the National Capital Region from conception to consumption and everyone and everything in between.

Thu. Aug. 21 - History & Hops at Heurich House Museum, Washington, DC -
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; $30; Beer tastings from Devil's Backbone and tours of the brewer's historic home.

Sat. Sept. 6 - Atlas Anniversary Party at Atlas Brewing Company, Washington, DC -
1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $10; DC's best food trucks will be serving up their specialties and three of the area's hottest bands will take the stage. Your ticket includes admission to the event, your first Atlas beer, and a donation to Washington Humane Society.

Sat. Sept. 13 - Snallygaster at The Yards, Washington, DC -
11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; $30-$50; No fewer than 250 incomparable craft beers and ciders, and feature the best of the best in food trucks, music, entertainment, and family fun.

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Mon. Aug. 11 through Sat. Aug. 16 - Maryland Craft Beer Week -
A hundred plus events across the state. 410-742-5747

Thu. Aug. 14 - Devil's Backbone Tap Takeover at Old Line Bistro, Beltsville, Md. -
6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG; Eight of their beers on tap including some one-offs and ones from the Trail Blazer Series.

Fri. Aug. 15 - Breckenridge Tasting at Old Line Bistro, Beltsville, Md. -
5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free; Tasting samples from Colorado's Breckenridge Brewing.

Sat. Aug. 16 - Maryland Crab Fest at Waterfront National Harbor, Md. -
11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $59-$110; All-you-can-taste extravaganza complete with over 50,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts & crafts, live music, family fun and so much more.

Fri. Aug. 22 - Anchor Tasting at Old Line Bistro, Beltsville, Md. -
4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free; Tasting samples from San Francisco's Anchor Brewing.

Fri. Aug. 29 - Sixpoint Tasting at Old Line Bistro, Beltsville, Md. -
5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free; Tasting samples from Brooklyn 's Sixpoint Brewing.

Sat. Sept. 6 - Pocomoketoberfest at Cypress Park, Pocomoke City, Md. -
12 p.m.-6 p.m.; $5-$30; Eastern Shore wine and beer, arts and crafts, food, and live music.

Sat. Sept. 13 - Beer and Bacon Festival at Heavy Seas, Halethorpe, Md. -
12 p.m.-4 p.m.; $39-$49; 8+ bacons, 12+ Heavy Seas beers on draft and cask, decadent dishes made with bacon from 8+ Baltimore restaurants, live music, and on-site bacon cooking.

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New Jersey

Wednesdays in August - Barrel-aged Wednesdays at Flying Fish, Somerdale, NJ -
4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG; A new barrel-aged beer each Wednesday.

Thu. Aug. 7 - Flying Dog Tap Takeover at The Twisted Elm Tavern, Elmwood Park, NJ -
$PAYG; A lineup of beers from Flying Dog in Maryland.

Fri. Aug. 15 through Sun. Aug. 17 - 10th Anniversary Bash at High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ -
See website for all the event details.

Tue. Sept. 2 - Dogfish Head Tap Takeover at Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ -
$PAYG; A lineup of beers from Dogfish Head in Delaware.

Sat. Sept. 6 - Brews By The Bay at Cape May-Lewes Ferry in both Cape May, NJ and Lewes, Del. -
12 p.m.-4 p.m. and 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $40-$45; Tickets will be sold for each individual side or as a combo ticket for both sides. A combo ticket includes a round trip foot passenger ferry ticket.

Sat. Sept. 6 - Brew Blast on the Battleship at The Battleship New Jersey, Camden, NJ -
1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $20-$45; Join the MGK air staff for a day of craft beer sampling and live classic rock while on the tented deck of one of our nation's most revered battleships. All tickets include a free tour of the Battleship. There will also be great food, available for purchase.

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Eastern Pennsylvania

Thu. Aug. 7 - Yards Growler Giveaway at Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. -
6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG; Get a free glass growler with any growler fill of Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale, Pynk, or Philadelphia Pale Ale. We will have a firkin of Yards IPA on cask, and Bourbon-aged Washington's Tavern Porter and Old Bart Barleywine on draft.

Sat. Aug. 9 - 1st Anniversary Pig Roast at Wellsboro House & Brewery, Wellsboro, Pa. -
12 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG; Pig Roast, variety of brews, Live music and merchandise.

Sat. Aug. 16 - Beers and Breweries of Colonial Philadelphia at Newlin Grist Mill, Glen Mills, Pa. -
3 p.m.; $5 for non-members; Brewing historian, author, and brewer Rich Wagner will talk about these early beers that quenched the thirsts of and provided nourishment to Pennsylvania colonists.!talks-at-the-mill/c1fe2

Sat. Aug. 16 - State College Brew Expo at Tussey Mountain Ski Resort, Boalsburg, Pa. -
5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $45-$60; We continue to focus on quality, not quantity; we promote beer appreciation, not alcohol consumption. The expo will continue to benefit Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer.

Sat. Aug. 16 through Fri. Aug. 22 - Pucker Up! Sour Fest at Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa. -
$PAYG; 17 funky, tart, and sour beers on tap for the first two days and eight the remainder of the week.

Sat. Aug. 23 - Be Our Brewer For A Day Festival at Allentown Brew Works, Allentown, Pa. -
3 p.m.-6 p.m.; $20; Tastings, samplings, and judging homebrewed craft beers from the Valley's best homebrewers.

Sat. Aug. 23 - Gettysburg Brew Fest at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pa. -
4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; $15-$65; With spectacular views of the Gettysburg Battlefield and South Mountains, the event will deliver a distinctive sampling experience.

Sat. Aug. 23 – Luau Brew Fest at Stoudts Brewing Company, Adamstown, Pa. -
6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $40; Includes unlimited tasting, a commemorative tasting glass, a hot and cold buffet, and live music from The Skels.

Fri. Sept. 5 - Beer Tasting at The Washington House, Sellersville, Pa. -
5p.m.; $PAYG; Beers from Firestone Walker.

Sat. Sept. 6 - Lancaster Craft Beerfest at downtown Lancaster, Pa. -
3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $12-$55; Selection of unique beers, great food, and live music. 503-360-6692

Sat. Sept. 13 - Capital City Invitational Beer Festival at Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg, Pa. -
2 p.m.-5 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $15-$40; Sample brews from across the mid-atlantic region, treat yourself to an Oktoberfest style buffet, enjoy live entertainment, and take home a commemorative sampling glass.

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Sat. Aug. 9 - Hop Harvest Fest at Devils Backbone Outpost, Lexington, Va. -
12 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG; Try your hand at picking fresh hops that are headed to Basecamp for brewing our special batch of Blue Ridge Hop Revival. 540-461-6200

Thu. Aug. 14 - Boulevard vs. Ommegang Beer Dinner at Magnolias at the Mill, Purcellville, Va. -
7 p.m.; $80; Five courses paired with brews from each brewery Matt "the Mauler" Heffernan from Boulevard Brewing Co. will go toe to toe with Brad "I Fought the" Lawrason from Brewery Ommegang.

Fri. Aug. 15 through Sun. Aug. 17 - Grand Opening Weekend at Old Bust Head Brewery, Warrenton, Va. -
$PAYG; Friday evening, we will open the Taproom doors with the release of our newest beer, Gold Cup Russian Imperial Stout. Barbecue on Saturday and raffles throughout the weekend.

Sat. Aug. 23 - Virginia Craft Brewers Fest at Devils Backbone Base Camp, Roseland, Va. -
2 p.m.-7 p.m.; $10-$65; Over 40 Virginia craft brewers offer tastings of their favorite brews and give you a sneak peek at upcoming releases. 434-361-1001

Thu. Sept. 11 - Epic Beer Dinner at Magnolias at the Mill, Purcellville, Va. -
7 p.m.; $80; Six courses paired with at least six brews as Epic's man around town Michael Malachoski joins us from Salt Lake City for a dinner of Epic proportions.

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West Virginia

Sat. Aug. 16 - Mountaineer Brewfest at Wheeling Heritage Port, Wheeling, WV -
4 p.m.-10 p.m.; $20-$25; Showcasing West Virginia's diverse entries in the craft and microbrew market with participants from around the state.

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