September and October are great months to attend a craft beer event. Okay, probably any month is a great month. But here a few top picks for September and October in New York state.
Please note: This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. If you feel a craft beer event has been woefully ignored, please add it to the comments.
In order of occurence:
Last Saranac Thursday of 2010
Description: If you haven't made it to a Saranac Thursday in Utica, NY this year, this will be your last chance of the season to check it out at the FX Matt Brewery.
Description: Join Ithaca Beer Compan for the 4th Annual Ithaca Brew Fest at beautiful Stewart Park at the base of Cayuga Lake. Sample beers poured by over 45 local, regional, national, and international breweries...
More info: http://www.ithacabrewfest.com
Ommefest: A taste of upstate NY
Description: Celebrating the fall harvest, come enjoy local foods, beer, wine, arts and crafts at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown.
More info: http://www.ommegang.com/?mcat=3&scat=0
Madison County Hop Fest
Description: Located in Oneida featuring video presentations, a raffle, homebrew clubs, concessions, hop exhibits, hop growing displays, and the crowning of Hop King 2010.
More info: http://www.mchs1900.org/hopfest/index.php
September 24th - October 3rd
NY Craft Beer Week
Description: The 3rd Annual NY Craft Beer Week presents an outstanding line-up of special events and promotions happening in all five boroughs and rounds up today's top craft breweries available in the city...
More info: http://www.nycbeerweek.com
September 25th & 26th
Get Real NY
Description: Get Real NY is a celebration of the best cask beer and local food available.Expect to have your palate rocked as you sample some of the most amazing cask beers from here, there and everywhere in between. Taking place at the Altman Building, New York, NY.
More info: http://twitter.com/GetRealNY
Custom Brewcrafters' Autumn Festival of Ales
Description: The annual brewfest in Honeoye Falls (Rochester area).
October 1st and 2nd
Great World Beer Fest
Description: The Great World Beer Fest (GWBF), originally known as "Brewtopia," features brewers from around the world in a fun, competitive, and most importantly, prominent festival designed to increase the public's awareness of craft beers. Each session features hundreds of beer samplings as well as live music, lectures and an opportunity to meet and greet your favorite brewers.
More info: http://www.brewtopiafest.com