1. Talk Like a Piraat. There has always been a certain amount of overlap between the culture of the tavern and the culture of the pirate ship. At 7pm on Thurs., Sept. 19, they come together at Teresa’s Cafe & Next Door Bar (124 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, 610.293.9909, teresas-cafe.com): Whoever does the best pirate impression in the best pirate costume will win a giant 9-liter bottle of Piraat ale.
2. Pumpkinfest. Hop Angel Brauhaus (7980 Oxford Ave., 215.437.1939, hopangel.com) is hosting a pumpkin beer festival Sept. 21–22, featuring a selection of brews, a jack o’lantern contest, keg bowling and more.
3. Resurrection Ale House’s 4th Anniversary. Sept. 24 marks a joyous birthday celebration for Resurrection Ale House (2425 Grays Ferry Ave, 215.735.2202, resurrectionalehouse.com), where they’re busting out the Allagash starting at 5pm.
4. St. Practice Daze. September is halfway to St. Patrick’s Day—which means it’s time for the folks at McGillin’s Olde Ale House (1310 Drury St., 215.735.5562, mcgillins.com) to celebrate St. Practice Daze with a weekend of stout and live Irish music Sept. 27–28.
5. 5th Annual Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Festival. Sat., Oct. 5 is the massive Great Pumpkin event at The Institute Bar (549 N. 12th St., 267.318.7772, institutebar.com)—purportedly the biggest pumpkin beer fest in the world. More than 80 brews, plus DJs and bluegrass bands will be available for your tasting and/or listening pleasure—respectively!—from 11am to 7pm.
6. Midtown Village Fall Festival & Beer Garden. On Sun., Oct. 6, Drury Street outside of McGillin’s (215.735.5562, mcgillins.com) will come alive with a neighborhood entertainment festival featuring karaoke, DJs, live performances and plenty of German food and drink.
7. Pumpkin Smash! Look, it’s fall, OK? There is going to be a lot of pumpkin beer. On Sun., Oct. 13, it’s City Tap House (3925 Walnut St., 215.662.0105, citytaphouse.com) that picks up the proverbial carving knife and runs with it. (That’s a figure of speech. Don’t run with knives.) More than 30 squash-tinged drafts will include such brews as Great Gherkin, Punkuccino, Hansel & Gretel and Mr. Yuck.
8. Wet Hop Rodeo and Ranchero Brunch. Yeah, the pirate thing was fun. But now it’s time for cowboy—now being Nov. 9 at Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Ave., 215.739.9684, johnnybrendas.com), where the 4th annual Wet Hop Rodeo brings an assortment of fresh hopped beers together with a Tex-Mex brunch. Stuff yourself with huevos rancheros and a Victory in good conscience and even better appetite.
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