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Festivals, Oktoberfests and the release of Norm
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Norman Miller reviews brews, offers food pairings and writes about breweries. Norman is a reporter and beer columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. For questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations, email ...
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Oct. 3, 2013 5:15 p.m.



Depressed that summer is gone? Don’t be because there are tons of beer events going on in the next few days and they’ll help you get rid of the fall doldrums.

John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House in Shoppers World in Framingham is hosting an Oktoberfest Party on Oct. 13 (rain date Oct. 20) from noon to 6 p..

This outdoor event, which is family friendly, will take place outdoors on the patio and in the back parking lot.

There will be facepainting, food trucks, live music, prizes and giveaways. And you won’t have to worry about missing the Patriots game because it’ll be played on an outdoor projector.

In addition, brewer R.J. Schultz’s newest beer, the Iron Chancellor, will be released. The Iron Chancellor is an imperial Oktoberfest lager.

Tickets are $5, and are available in advance by calling 508-875-2337.

Can’t wait that long for an Oktoberfest party? Then head to Old Magoun’s Saloon in Somerville this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. each day.

During that time, Olde Magoun’s will be transformed into a traditional biergarten as Paulaner is bringing its traveling biergarten to town.

Along with six different Paulaner beers, there will be traditional Oktoberfest beer available.

The saloon will also make their weekly Sunday Roast Night a night of German food with meals such as Schweinshaxen, potato dumplings, cider-glased cabbage and mushroom pan sauce.

Looking for something a little different? Then head to Peppercorn’s in Worcester on Tuesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Norm_Label

The Boston-Area Beer Enthusiasts Society (B.A.B.E.S.) is hosting a release party of Wormtown Brewery’s Norm. Norm, a chocolate-coconut stout, will be available in bottles for the first time.

Stop in to say hi to brewer Ben Roesch, myself or the B.A.B.E.S.

Rye & Thyme, my favorite beer destination in my hometown of Leominster, is hosting a multi-day beer festival, kicking off this evening.

The kickoff party begins at 8 p.m. with live music, and beers from Jack’s Abby, Wachusett, Troegs and Oskar Blues on tap.

Tomorrow, there will be a Sixpoint Brewery beer and cheese pairing event at 6 p.m. for $15, as well as live music from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Featured breweries will be Brooklyn, Blue Point and Kentucky Ales.

On Saturday, there will be a beer cocktail demo with Mayflower Brewing at 5 p.m for $20. There will be a sausage and beer pairing event at 7 p.m. featuring Jack’s Abby Brewing for $15. From 9 p.m. to close, there will be Jack’s Abby Tap Takeover with one of the brothers Hendler in attendance.

Finally on Sunday, there will be a porter and stout brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you’re looking to travel a little further away, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is holding its annual Sun BrewFest on Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will also be a BrewBrunch on Sunday from 11 a.m.

The festival will feature more than 100 different beers from breweries such as Goose Island, Dogfish Head and Long Trial.

Tickets are $25 for each session of the beerfest and tickets for the BrewBrunch (featuring an open bar of Goose Island and Shock Top beers) is $75.

Click here for tickets.

 

 

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