7 Beer, Wine & Spirits Festivals to Wet Your Whistle this Fall

Cheers to cool, crisp air and craft brews!

Photo courtesy of Cheers Morristown

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival

Oct 26: Beer, food and music! What better way to spend a fall Friday? Sip more than 100 craft beers, listen to live entertainment  from Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead Tribute Band from NJ and taste fare from local food trucks, such as CheezeN, Angry Archie’s, The Guac Spot, The Flying Pie Guy.
7-11 pm; $55-$65; designated driver, $15.
Richards Building, Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta (indoors and outdoors)

Haunted Hops & Ghoulish Grub

Oct 27: The New Jersey Craft Beer Garden is a fest worth screaming about. There will be 18 beers on tap, such as Brotherton Brewing’s Jersey Devil (Double IPA), Third State’s Marzen Wentz (Oktoberfest) and Human Village’s Pumpkin is the New Black (Pumpkin Ale). Now onto the “ghoulish grub.” There will be 15 food trucks to feed your monstrous appetite. Try favorites like the Empanada Guy, Ma & Pa’s Tex Mex, and PJ’s Wings an Things. There will be vendors selling unique products, live entertainment by South Jersey cover band Stealing Savanah, and costume contests.
11 am-6 pm; $10-$22
Riverwinds Community Center, West Deptford

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week

Nov 2-11: Jersey Shore Restaurant Week means restaurants along the coast are offering three-course meals for $22.18 or $32.18. It also means there’s plenty of sipping soirees to attend. Don’t miss the Great Jersey Shore Martini Contest on November 4 at the Spring Lake Manor, the Burgers, Bloodies & Brews event on November 10 at Reef & Barrel in Manasquan, and Regions of France: Wines, Cheeses & Bistro Fare on November 11 at the Taylor Pavillion in Belmar.

Grape Adventure Wine & Food Festival

Nov 3-4: Six Flags hosts the Grape Adventure Wine Festival, featuring 17 local wineries, 18 crafters and 19 food vendors. Visitors can also tour the 350-acre safari park and participate in a giraffe feeding.
11:30 am-5 pm; $21.99, festival only; $42.99, festival and safari
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson

Cheers Morristown: A Beer, Wine & Spirits Fest

Nov 10: Mingle with the brewers, distillers and winemakers as you sample more than 150 styles of drinks. Live entertainment from Luke & The Troublemakers adds to the fun as well as food (additional cost), games and vendors.
6-9:30 pm; $15, designated driver; $60-$70, general admission
Morristown Armory

Whiskey Revival

Nov 24: This festival combines suds and spirits. Distillers include Woodford Reserve, Trail Distilling, George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, Old Forester, Knob Creek Bourbon. Tickets include mixology classes, seminars, food and live entertainment.
7-10pm; $59.
Golden Nugget, Atlantic City

Jersey City Craft Brew Fest

Nov 17: Stouts, ciders and even sangria will be available for sampling during this Oktoberfest celebration. Local breweries include Double Nickel, Angry ErikLone Eagle Brewing and 7 Mile Brewery. The drink samples are paired with live entertainment, games and food vendors such as Mozzarepas, Chocolate Moonshine Co. and Pizza Vita.
Session 1: 1-4:30 pm; Session 2: 6-9:30 pm;  General admission tickets are $60, $65 after Nov 3, $70 after Nov 10 and $15 for designated drivers.
Harborside Atrium, Jersey City

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