At the start of a new month, it’s time to scout new beer destinations. Fall is a fantastic time for beer: stouts and porters are back, football’s on, and everything just tastes better with some crunchy leaves falling. Here’s where to for November 2015:
San Diego Beer Week: San Diego is an amazing beer town year-round, but the full force of the city’s brew scene is on display during its seventh annual beer week, which runs Nov. 6-15. It all kicks off with the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival on Sat., Nov. 6, and continues with plenty more events including tours, beer dinners, releases, and more throughout the week. Search the full schedule here.
Bayou Beer Fest, Houma, Louisiana: This third-annual festival assembles more than a dozen Southern breweries, including Bayou Teche, Tin Roof, Great Raft, Crooked Letter, 40 Arpent and more for this Nov. 14 festival, expected to draw 2,000 attendees. Tickets are $30 online or $35 at the gate.
Hangout Oyster Cook-Off, Gulf Shores, Alabama: Oskar Blues collaborated with four Alabama breweries (Straight to Ale, Good People, Cahaba and Fairhope) in early September to create Hoptub Bath Machine, a pale ale brewed with green peppercorns. The beer will be available in select Alabama and Florida markets, but will have its grand unveiling at the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend Nov. 6-7. The weekend kicks off with a Friday night festival and continues with chefs’ workshops, a bloody mary invitational and of course, the Saturday oyster cook-off. Tickets are $10 for the oyster cook-off and $40 for the beer festival; see the official website to purchase and for more information.
Cider Bite, Portland, Oregon: Portland, you lucky city. Already home to four cider bars, PDX welcomed a fifth, Cider Bite, to the city’s west side in early October. Expect 25 ciders on tap with more in bottles, as well as growler fills and a coming-soon food menu.
Denver Bacon and Beer Festival: The fourth annual celebration of beer and pork returns to the Mile High City Nov. 7-8, offering beer and bacon bites from more than 50 restaurants and breweries including River North Brewery, Fiction Beer Co., Storm Peak Brewing, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Co. and others. Remaining tickets are $50 and are available online.
Bon Marché Brewery Debut, San Francisco: Master cicerone Rich Higgins will be on hand Nov. 5 when San Fran’s Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar unveils its new brewery and debuts its first beer, a bière de garde. The event begins at 5:30 with tours of the brewery starting at 6; Tours, tasting and savory food pairings are $45 and can be reserved online.
Blues, Brews & Barbecue Thursdays, Zeppelin Hall, Jersey City, New Jersey: Jersey City’s Zeppelin Hall regularly offers a massive beer selection on its 144 tap lines, but Thursdays are now the best time to visit since the beer hall debuted its Blues, Brews & Barbecue weekly event last month. On Thursdays beginning at 8 p.m., the restaurant offers a menu of dry-rubbed barbecue dishes including Texas brisket and smoked wings alongside live blues music and, of course, beer. All food and beverages are priced a la carte.
Freaky Friday Lagerfest, Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, Washington: We’re fans of a great, American-made lager, so we’d recommend checking out Silver City Brewery’s taproom on Friday, Nov. 13 (spooky!) for Lagerfest. The brewery will tap all five of its lagers, including the seasonal goodbye of its Ziggy Zoggy summer lager and Oktoberfest, as well as a sneak peek of its Cold One Pilsner. Festivities kick off at 2 p.m.
AleSmith Tasting Room, San Diego: AleSmith opened San Diego’s largest tasting room—25,000 square feet—last month with a patio, three 20-tap towers and views of the 80-barrel brewhouse. You’d find us at the Miramar taproom for pints on the patio next to a cozy fire pit.
The Salt Lick & Jester King Collaborative Beer Pairing Dinner, Driftwood, Texas: Two Texas institutions, Jester King Brewing and The Salt Lick barbecue restaurant, combine for a Nov. 18 beer dinner in the restaurant’s Salt Lick Cellars. It’s the first beer dinner the barbecue spot’s ever hosted, and seating is limited to 60 people. The prix-fixe menu includes BBQ-style oysters, slow-braised beef short ribs, mini-rhubarb pies, and sourdough crostinis with smoked pulled chicken, all paired with Jester King beers including Kollaborationsbier, a collaborative beer created with Austin’s own Live Oak Brewing; La Vie en Rose, a fruity beer refermented with raspberries; Snörkel which is brewed with oyster mushrooms; and Ambrée, a tart amber beer option; Fēn táo, a barrel-aged wild beer refermented with Hill Country peaches; and Reposé, a brandy barrel-aged farmhouse ale. Tickets are $75 and are available online.