Periodically, I get someone reaching out to me regarding topics for upcoming posts or recommendations for area breweries. Recently I got an email from a reader who wanted to submit an article to be included in Pretzel’s Beer Blog. Once I read her proposed article, I was excited to add it to our archives.
Our guest Blogger is Donna Fitzgerald enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with her readers. She enjoys craft beers, especially those brewed in the Fall, making her a true craft beer connoisseur.
Reported by: Donna Fitzgerald
NJ Fall Beer Festivals: 5 Events You Won’t Want to Miss in 2019
One of the best things about cool weather starting to creep in is the craft beer that comes along with it! The fall season means leaves are changing color, pumpkins are carved, and plenty of craft beer is getting tasted. You can’t go wrong with fall flavors. When the season hits you won’t want to miss out on these 5 fall beer festivals!
- Central Jersey Beer & Wine Festival
An all-time favorite, Central Jersey Beer and Wine Festival, takes place on Saturday, October 12that Mercer County Park Festival Grounds. Complete with food trucks and live music, this is the place to be to celebrate the fall season! Jimmy and the Parrots are headlining the concert with Brothers in Harmony kicking off the show. Be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets so you can enjoy your drinks in a comfortable seat. The tasting will go on until 5pm, but the music will continue after! Keep in mind that tickets are limited.
- Annual Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer, and Food Fest
Get ready for three hours of the ultimate tasting experience on Thursday, October 3rdat the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, NJ. With more than 25 craft beers and ciders, 45 wines, 15 spirits and cocktails, and over 50 food samplings, this is an event that will be hard to beat! Uncorked & Uncapped begins at 6:30pm, and be sure to grab tickets in advance!
- Gloucester County’s Annual Food & Craft Beer Festival
On Saturday, October 26th, Gloucester Township is hosting their second annual Food and Craft Beer Festival along the Black Horse Pike in downtown Blackwood. This is event is the perfect way to get together with friends and family to celebrate the fall. You’ll get to enjoy live music, great craft beer and delicious food from 2pm until 7pm!
- The 35thAnnual Oktoberfest at Mountain Creek Resort
Oktoberfest at Mountain Creek is one of the most loved fall festivals in New Jersey! On Saturday, September 21stand Sunday, September 22nd, you’ll get to experience a selection of over 100 varieties of beers, ciders, hard sodas, and seltzers. There will also be authentic German food, and fun activities for both kids and adults. If you’re there on Sunday, you’ll get to see an incredible fireworks display at 7:30pm!
- 3rdAnnual Beer Fest & Rib Cook Off
Check out the Annual Beer Tasting and Rib Cook Off on Saturday, September 28thin Manasquan, NJ! Get ready for tons of local beers and delicious food. You’ll also be supporting the Manasquan First Aid Squad just by being there!
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I just wanted to add one of my favorite Fall beer festivals to Donna’s great list:
6. The Glassboro Craft Beer Festival will be held on Saturday September 28th in Glassboro NJ (Gloucester County) in Glassboro Town Square. Set in this quaint college town, in the heart of Rowan University, it is host to vendors, food trucks, and a plethora of craft breweries with a focus on NJ and Tristate breweries. It is held in a large park environment, so there is plenty of space to also kick back and relax while taking a break to listen to live music. Over 50 breweries have signed up so far.
A Note on Safety
When you’re drinking craft beer at a festival, it’s easy to forget how much heavier of a beer it is than what you may typically drink. Always play it safe and have a designated driver. Drunk driving is a common cause of car accidents. It’s always a good idea to prepare beforehand so that you can enjoy the festival even more!