Raines and Rosser are planning a new, much smaller festival, which they hope to debut in June 2015. It will be based on the VIP portion of Hotoberfest, and feature rare and wood-aged beers.
“The VIP experience ticket at Hotoberfest was limited to 500 people,” Raines said, recently. “Having it smaller will eliminate a lot of the logistics and allow us to concentrate on getting great beers tapped directly from wooden barrels. And we may even incorporate some spirits tied to the barrels.
“The bottom line, I guess, is that we will leave the big festivals to the people who are doing them now. We want to attract enthusiasts interested in barrel-aged beers and a premium event. And we want to have a focus on Georgia craft beer and tie it to fundraising for the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild.”
More October Beer Festivals
If you’re missing Hotoberfest this year, here some other October beer events to check out.
Hop Harvest Festival — Saturday
Terrapin Beer Co.
at its Athens brewery, the Hop Harvest Festival always features the limited release of the fresh "wet hop" beer, So Fresh & So Green, Green. Live music, food vendors, an artisan market, a community art project, and a big selection of Terrapin beer favorites, plus eight special casks, each made with a specific hop, are part of the festivities. Pre-sale glass vouchers $20, with $5 of each sale donated to the Dogwood Alliance. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. 265 Newton Bridge Road, Athens, 706-549-3377.
Decatur Craft Beer Festival — Oct. 18
One of the original community beer tasting events, the
Decatur Craft Beer Festival
takes place on Decatur Square, offers a limited number tickets sold online, and always sells out early. But look for over 100 curated American craft beers, showcased along with live music and food for sale from local vendors. And you can always enjoy Decatur's bar and restaurant scene. $40 general/$100 VIP. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 18. Decatur Square, Decatur.
Georgia Craft Brewers Festival — Oct. 25
Georgia Craft Beer Festival
is a new outdoor festival in Candler Park featuring over 30 Georgia breweries and benefitting the Georgia Craft Beer Guild. In its second installment, the festival will feature games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, edibles from some of the city's top food trucks, and over 100 craft beers to sample, plus early admission and other amenities for VIP ticket holders Tickets, $40-$75. Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 25. 1500 McLendon Ave., NE, Atlanta.
The Wing Cafe Rare & Vintage Beer Brunch — Oct. 25
The Wing Cafe
in Marietta is putting its own spin on Hotoberfest with its First Annual Rare & Vintage Beer Brunch and Festival. Expect passed apps and small bites during the tasting, which takes place around the patio and tiki bar. Among the goodies on tap, Abita Baltic Porter aged in a Pappy Van Winkle barrel, Rodenbach Foederbier, Straffe Hendrick Heritage 2012, and Terrapin Pumpkin Pie Imperial Porter. Tickets, $65, include, food, beer, collectors glass, and swag. 2145 Roswell Road, Marietta, 770-509-9464.