Tech Travel Agent: Best Fall Beer Festivals of 2019

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As the summer heat begins to give way to autumn leaves and cooler days, it can mean only one thing–the fall beer festivals are about to be in full swing! Featuring good food, music, and the best brews, fall beer festivals bring families, millennials, Gen X, and boomers together in one place. While it may seem that nearly every town across America has its own Oktoberfest going on, here are our picks for the 5 best fall beer festivals. 

Where the Wild Beers Are: September 14, 2019

Think you’ve been there and done that with beer festivals? Think again. Leave it to Brooklyn, New York to put its own unique spin on beer festivals with Where the Wild Beers Are. Bringing together lovers of wild and sour ales, Where the Wild Beers Are is unlike any other beer festival in America.

Attendees to the event must register in advance and bring a bottle (or as many as they’d like) of a wild, sour, or farmhouse ale to share. With attendees coming from across the country (and some even further), it’s not uncommon to find import or extremely rare domestic brews at the event. In addition to the bottle share, samples from many of the finest sour ale breweries are available during the event. 

Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute: September 27-29, 2019

Oktoberfest in Dayton, Ohio

Just up the interstate from our offices, the Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest has been bringing the best beers, bands, and crafts to Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding region since 1971. Featuring delicious food in the massive food court, more than 60 artisans, and activities for the whole family, Oktoberfest is a Dayton tradition and the Institute’s largest annual fundraiser. 

In addition to a TV cave so that attendees don’t miss out on any college or NFL football action, the festival boasts a huge selection of more than 40 craft and international beers. Several of the beers are rarely found in stores and some aren’t available commercially at all – meaning that Oktoberfest attendees are among the lucky few who get to imbibe these brews. 

Great American Beer Festival: October 3-5, 2019

No list of beer festivals would be complete without the Great American Beer Festival. Held annually in Denver, Colorado, the Festival is the single largest beer festival in America. 

While the Great American Beer Festival offers up more than 4,000 beers available to sample, they also focus on educating beer drinkers about the craft. Attendees can download the list of breweries and a map of the festival from the website and take time between samples to attend short sessions about different brew styles and learn more about the history of their favorite breweries by visiting the pavilions. 

Detroit Fall Beer Festival: October 26-27, 2019

Featuring only beers from Michigan breweries, Detroit, Michigan annually plays host to the Detroit Fall Beer Festival at the Eastern Market. Bringing together beer and one of the state’s oldest farmers markets, the festival is a must-do for any true beer enthusiast.

Celebrating its 10th year, the festival boasts more than 800 craft beers from over 120 breweries. Live music and some of the best food from Detroit’s regional food trucks and Eastern Market vendors blend perfectly with the local brews to create a good time for all. 

Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers: November 8-9, 2019

Looking for a beer festival with a bit more kick? Look no further than Chicago, Illinois and the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers (FOBAB). This is definitely not the festival for the casual beer drinker. 

Featuring beers that have spent time aging in barrels that previously held spirits like whiskey or scotch, these beers boast a higher octane and deeper flavor profile than any other. More than just a festival, FOBAB is also the home of the National Barrel-Aged Beer Competition and brewers take the competition for Best of Show very seriously. 

Get your booth vendor ready

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If you’re planning to attend any fall beer festivals as a vendor, make it easy for customers to spend more and speed up the payment process by accepting mobile payments. Aircard and WiFi hotspot rentals allow you to easily connect to WiFi to enable credit card payments – and even offer guests the opportunity to connect while they shop. Android tablet and iPad rentals provide more opportunities for you to process these payments, especially with contract-free processing apps like Square, PayPal, and Apple Pay.

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