Three Tasteful Endeavors

These craft beer events also help their communities

The craft craze continues as three more major craft beer events are scheduled for October. And that doesn’t include the fourth annual Wilmington Beer Week, which will feature the best craft beer destinations in Greater Wilmington Nov. 1-8.

These events not only give attendees the opportunity to taste great beer, proceeds from all three will help support the host community. So get out your calendar (or your iPad or smart phone), and make a note of these dates. Oh, and all events are rain or shine.

The River Towns Craft Beer Festival is part of the River Towns Ride & Festival, taking place in Historic Delaware City and Historic New Castle from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. There is no admission fee; it will be a pay-as-you go event with more than 16 craft beers or ciders featured including: Brooklyn Brewery, Lagunitas, Oskar Blues, Twin Lakes, Third Wave, 16 Mile,Weyerbacher and Six Point. A complimentary shuttle will be running between the two towns and live music will be provided by four bands: Special Delivery and Lyric Drive (New Castle); The Bullets and Buffalo Chip & The Heard (Delaware City). Aside from the craft beer component, there will be plenty of family activities (hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, games, exhibitions) and a recreational bike ride between the two towns that starts at 12:30 p.m. For details, visit rivertownsfestival.com.

The Kennett Brewfest is set for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 2 to 6 p.m. on South Broad Street in Kennett Square. Tickets are $50 for general admission, $70 for Connoisseur tickets, and $15 for designated driver tickets. The Connoisseur pass includes a two-hour early admission, plus tastings of select beers with food pairings. “We should be featuring close to 100 breweries for the regular festival and featuring 34 of them in our hugely popular Connoisseur session,” says event chairman Jeff Norman. The designated driver ticket includes non-alcoholic beverages and prohibits the ticket-holder from purchasing alcoholic drinks. Part of the profits will go toward the Historic Kennett Square organization. The event is for 21 and over only. For more information, visit kennettbrewfest.com.

The Delaware Wine & Beer Festival is from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the 19th Century Farm Village on Dupont Highway in Dover. Tickets are $60 for general admission, $75 for VIP passes, and $10 for designated driver. The VIP pass includes additional tastings, the chance to vote on a favorite, a complimentary beer glass, and giveaways. The designated driver ticket grants admission to the event but restricts purchasing of any alcoholic beverages. The event is 21 and older, except for designated drivers. Activities include a keg tossing competition, corn hole tournament, and a merchandise store. “We like to offer something out of the ordinary for our festival-goers,” says executive director Cindy Small. This event was one of the 2014 “Top 100 USA Events” chosen by the American Bus Association. The festival is 21 and over except for designated drivers. More information is available at delawarewineandbeerfestival.com.

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