Beer flight

A flight of Connecticut craft beer

Harvest Festival at Jonathan Edwards Winery, Sept. 30 & Oct. 1

This annual festival returns to the scenic Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington. Guests can enjoy wine, bands, food and picnicking from noon-6 p.m. both days. Additional festivities include face painting, photo booth, hayrides and a grape-stomping contest. Tickets are $25 each day. 860-535-0202,

Smoke in the Valley Craft Beer Festival, Oct. 7

This popular festival returns to Matthies Field in Seymour. It features dozens of breweries and hundreds of beers, as well as music on two stages. The event is run by the Seymour Land Trust and raises money for several local nonprofits. To date, the annual festival has raised more than $275,000. The event is 1-4:30 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $30. 203-437-1009,

Sun BrewFest, Oct. 7

The slogan for Mohegan Sun’s annual beer festival is “let the good times flow.” Festival-goers can do just that while enjoying more than 150 types of beer, a host of related festivities, and food from local restaurants. The grand tasting runs from 1-4 p.m. There is also an epic cornhole tournament that costs $100 to enter for two-person teams. 888-226-7711,

Harvest Bounty Brew Fest,  Oct. 14

Beer, wine and spirits will all be available to sample at this festival. There will also be music and food trucks including Snowden’s Barbecue, The Whey Station and The Farm Truck by Winvian. The first 200 guests will go home with a tasting glass. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and $15 for designated drivers. 860-567-8302,

Crazy Brew Bash, Oct. 14

The third annual Crazy Brew Bash will take place at the Mount Southington ski resort. The festival features a wide variety of beers as well as raffles, live music, cornhole and food trucks from across the state. It runs from noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $30.

G.O.A.T. Brew Fest, Oct. 21

The Hartford Yard Goats’ first season at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford is in the books, and baseballs will give way to beers at this one-day beer fest. Breweries that signed on early to participate include Ballast Point, Goose Island, Jack’s Abby, Long Trail, Shebeen and These Guys. Proceeds will benefit the Yard Goats Foundation, a Connecticut-based nonprofit that provides opportunities for local youths. The event runs from 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $40. 860-246-4628,


Erik Ofgang is the author of Buzzed: Beers, Booze, & Coffee Brews  Where to Enjoy the Best Craft Beverages in New England. Have a craft beverage event coming up next month? Email him at

The senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, Erik is the co-author of Penguin Random House’s “The Good Vices” and author of “Buzzed” and “Gillette Castle.” He is also an adjunct professor at WCSU’s MFA Program and Quinnipiac University