11. Festival of Ale
September 21, 2013, Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, MA, 508-853-6015. The Great Hall at the largest museum of arms and armor in the Western Hemisphere is an impressive space for a beer tasting, and this 13th annual event offers the chance to sample some of the finest brews made in the region. Plus, ticket sales support the preservation of the castle-like edifice and its remarkable collection. Tickets go on sale in early August for this annual sellout, which typically features dozens of microbrews to taste, educational seminars, music and food available for purchase.
September 27, 2013, Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT, 860-247-0998. Toast Mark Twain's affection for ale at the annual Oktoberfest beer tasting and party at the author's Connecticut home. Guests will have the opportunity to sample many regional beers and snacks prepared by area restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Mark Twain House & Museum.
October 4-6, 2013, Killington Resort, Killington, VT, 802-422-6200. Sample microbrews made in Vermont and New England at the 18th annual Killington Brewfest, held inside and outside at the ski area's Snowshed Lodge. For 2013, Brewfest is a three-day event. Tickets for all events are limited and should be purchased in advance. Plan to stay a few days and combine beer drinking with some spectacular leaf peeping.
October 12, 2013, Smuggler's Den Campground, Southwest Harbor, ME, 207-244-9264 Find your favorite beer brewed in Maine among the dozens available to taste at this fall festival, which is part of the larger Columbus Day weekend Oktoberfest celebration in Downeast Maine. You'll also enjoy live music and the opportunity to shop for Maine-made gifts and crafts.