Lititz Craft Beer Fest sold out!

By on August 12, 2015

Some other options for those who missed out on Lititz Beer Fest tickets

Organizers of the Lititz Craft Beer Fest were surprised, but pleased, by how fast the 2015 festival sold out two weeks ago. If you missed the chance to get tickets there are several other options in the area starting in a few weeks!

Now in its third year, the Lancaster Craft Beer Fest will swing open its gates at Binn’s Park in downtown Lancaster at 4 p.m. (3 p.m. for VIPs) on Aug. 29. The event will build upon the 52 breweries from last year and feature notable pours from Conshohocken Brewing Company, Peak Organic, and Leavenworth Biers.

“We are always trying to attract new breweries so we have more to offer. I’m excited to try Conshohocken; they just popped up out of nowhere,” said co-organizer Jonathan Yeager. “I’m excited to have a lot more ciders available this year. It’s nice for our gluten-free drinkers.”

Frecon’s Cidery, Sir Charles Hard Cider, Jack’s Hard Cider, and Spire Mountain will all provide samples. (And if you love cider as much as I do, you might want to check out Pour to the Core at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia on Oct. 17.) Tickets are still available, and Yeager expects an attendance of 3,100 beer fans. As for food, the event draws local food trucks like the Souvlaki Boys, The Fridge, and Baron von Schwein. New this year is Lancaster brgr Company and their popular Black & Bleu Burger.

Sept. 20 marks the opening of Oktoberfest at Stoudt’s. The Gemutlichkeit Bier Garden will open at 1 p.m. (11:30 a.m. with guaranteed seating for VIP ticket holders) for live music, dancing, and authentic German food. Stoudt’s Oktoberfest runs every Sunday in October. On Oct. 17, beer fest fans can help raise funds for Living Beyond Breast Cancer by sampling brews. Breweries represented include Climax Brewing Company, Evil Genius Brewing Company, and Fegley’s Brew Works.

The folks from Sly Fox will be handing out samples at Lancaster Craft Beer Fest.

The folks from Sly Fox will be handing out samples at Lancaster Craft Beer Fest.

Just as Stoudt’s kicks off Oktoberfest so does Lancaster Liederkranz. Situated at 722 South Chiques Road, Manheim, Lancaster’s oldest Oktoberfest lasts all weekend Sept. 18, 19, and 20. A pay-as-you-drink event, the Liederkranz’s Oktoberfest runs Friday from 6 until 11 p.m., Saturday from 1 until 11 p.m., and Sunday noon until 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 15, and children 5 and under are free. The event goes beyond beer and offers music, dancing, and entertainment for all ages.

The first-ever Ephrata Brewfest remains a bit of a mystery. Slated for Oct. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m., the event will take place downtown, and organizers have said they hope to attract as many Lancaster County breweries as possible. I couldn’t get much more info on the event.

The PLCB lists Downtown Ephrata Inc. (the event’s organizer) as holding an active special occasion liquor license. Blue Ridge Cable recently reported two of the area’s smallest breweries, Black Forest in Ephrata and Sturgis Haus in Lititz, will be attending. Although tickets are not mentioned for sale on the event’s Facebook page or its website, Eventbrite lists tickets at eventbrite.com/e/ephrata-brewfest-tickets-17896106737 for $25 with a $2.37 processing fee. Only 500 tickets will be available. So, it appears the event is a go, but just who else will be pouring? Cheers!

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