September 26, 2014, 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 enjoy live music and sample many regional beers and snacks prepared by area restaurants. Admission includes a souvenir pint glass. Proceeds benefit the Mark Twain House & Museum.
September 27, 2014, Barnstable County Fairgrounds, East Falmouth, MA, 401-318-2991. Not ready to say goodbye to summer? Head for Cape Cod on the last Saturday in September, and tip back a few cold ones at the Cape Cod Brew Fest.
October 3-4, 2014, Killington Resort, Killington, VT, 802-422-6201. Sample microbrews made in Vermont and New England at the 19th annual Killington Brewfest. For 2014, Brewfest is a two-day event. Tickets for all activities are limited and should be purchased in advance. Plan to stay a few days and combine beer drinking with some spectacular leaf peeping.
October 11, 2014, 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.