All About Beer Magazine - Volume 36, Issue 5
September 30, 2015 By Heather Vandenengel


Oct. 2-3

Beaus Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill, OntarioBeau’s Oktoberfest

Vankleek Hill, Ontario

This two-day Oktoberfest celebration and fundraising event features five new Beau’s beers special for the festival, plus Bavarian and seasonally inspired cuisine from 25 restaurants. Games, competitions and all-ages entertainment take place during the day, and Canadian indie music groups are featured nightly.


Oct. 3-4

Handmade Bike & Beer Festival

Portland, Oregon

The cycle lovers at Hopworks Urban Brewery are bringing back this family-friendly bike ’n’ beer fest for the second year. The event features more than 30 custom bike frame builders, brewers pouring their hand-crafted refreshments, bike performances, live music and local food vendors.


Oct. 10

World Beer Festival Durham 2015World Beer Festival Durham

Durham, North Carolina

The next WBF celebrates the 20th anniversary of North Carolina’s biggest global beer gathering. Held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the event features local, state, national and international brewers along with spotlights on brewing, ingredients and beer culture. Sample cask ales, visit the Belgian bier garden, taste international ciders and meet your favorite beer book authors.


Oct. 16-17

Shelton Brothers Festival

St. Petersburg, Florida

From Belgium’s Cantillon to New Zealand’s Yeastie Boys to Colorado’s Crooked Stave, more than 80 world-class brewers and cider makers will convene in St. Pete for the annual festival, presented by beer importers and distributors The Shelton Brothers.


Oct. 16

Montana Fall Brewers Festival

Missoula, Montana

Montana ranks fourth in the country for breweries per capita, and you can sample what the state’s been up to at this festival featuring only Montana breweries. Organized by the Montana Brewers Association, it includes unlimited samples, food and live music, and fest-exclusive beers.


Beer Releases

New Holland Brewing MischievousNew Holland Brewing Co.


6.0% | Brett-Fermented Wild Ale

This wild ale from Michigan’s New Holland is 100 percent fermented by Brettanomyces, lending it an earthiness, spice and mineral character, along with a modest tartness. Per the brewery’s recommendation, pair it with wild game, charcuterie or stone fruit.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids w/ Otter Creek Brewing Co.

Double or Nothing

10.5% | Barley Wine w/ Maple Syrup

Following their double IPA collaboration last year, Vermont-based breweries Lawson’s and Otter Creek have teamed up again. This time they’ve come up with a “divine” take on an American-style barley wine, brewed with Vermont maple syrup and aged on maple staves.

Ska Brewing Modus MandarinaSka Brewing Co.

Modus Mandarina India Pale Ale

6.8% | India Pale Ale w/ Orange Peel

The citrus-boosted twist on Ska’s Modus Hoperandi IPA returns: Modus Mandarina IPA, dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops and brewed with sweet orange peels, is now available in 12-ounce cans year-round.

Oskar Blues Launches Coffee Roasting Company

From beer to beans, Colorado’s Oskar Blues has a “can-do” attitude. The brewery’s new coffee line, Hotbox Roasters, packages fair-trade coffee beans in aluminum Crowlers: 32-ounce resealable growler cans that the brewery also uses for its beers.

The original lineup includes Bolivia Newton John (light-medium roast), Frank Sumatra (medium) and Kenya Dig It (medium-dark), all roasted on site at the brewery in Longmont. Look out for an upcoming cold brew as well as coffee and beer collaborations from Oskar Blues and Hotbox.

Lagunitas OneHitter Series

All year long, Lagunitas Brewing Co. has been rolling out new beers as part of its OneHitter Series, showcasing “unique, strange Lagunitas one-offs.” Its High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout in this series was named an All About Beer Recommended pick in our July issue.

The next OneHitter release rolls out in October with Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale, in six-packs and on draft. November will see the release of NachtTime IPA Noir, a darker version of Lagunitas’Daytime IPA brewed with a special yeast strain and available only on draft.