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Weekend Pick: Hyde Park Brew Fest











Nichols Park, Chicago is going to host a beer fest that rivals the honor of the Great American Beer Fest. This Saturday at Nichols Park, 30 and more brewers in Chicago bring out their finest beers and ciders for sampling. The Brew Fest is sponsored by Sam Adams and Kimbark Beverage Shoppe and the breweries to host include: Revolution, Two Brothers, Lagunitas, Ale Syndicate, Vice District, Metropolitan, Baderbrau, Atlas, Bell's, Brooklyn, Hofbrau, Capital Brewing and many more. If you come on down this weekend with tickets you'll receive 20 sample tickets and a souvenir glass from the fest! But there's not just delicious crafted beer, there will be live music, food trucks and vendors. A great kick off to your October.

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The Annual Autumn Wine Festival is Bringing All the Wine

We don’t know how it happened, but somehow, fall has crept up on us. It seems only moments ago you were peeling off long sleeve shirts while melting on the subway platform and guzzling iced coffee to air condition your insides, and suddenly you are ordering Pumpkin Spiced everything and impulse buying chambray button downs and fall sweaters. We get it – we’re right there with you. Why not embrace your love of this fleeting, amber tinged season buy joining us at the 2nd Annual Autumn Wine Festival, sponsored by New York Wine Festivals and Vintry Wines on Saturday, November 22nd.

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Make Every Venture a Black Box Occasion


For savory wine ventures, think Black Box. Black Box Wines are absolutely perfect for holidays, parties, birthday bashes...and any outdoor plan! This award-winning brand places a major emphasis on top-notch flavor, quality and enjoyment, which is represented through each luscious sip.

Black Box’s 90-point 2009 Merlot was ranked sixth in Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 100 Best Buy” in 2012. This brand’s smart and efficient packaging portrays a more eco-friendly flair than your typical bottled wine, as less energy is required to produce and transport it. Upon opening, your box will savor its freshness for about one month. Relish at a dinner gathering or with Sunday’s pasta dinner!

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Pour It Up: The Village Voice's Brooklyn Pour 2014
















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Weekend Pick: 2014 Harpoon Octoberfest at Harpoon Brewery

We couldn’t think of a better way to cap off the first week of October than with a German-style celebration where you can expect to find all the trademark Octoberfest features such as refreshing Harpoon brews, hearty food, and lively music. Head to the Harpoon Brewery after work and say “TGIF” the German way: Prost!

What: 2014 Harpoon Octoberfest at Harpoon Brewery

When: Friday, October 3rd, 5:30pm

Where: Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston, MA


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Free Beer Is Happening and We Thought You'd Like to Know

Happy hour is for suckers; come out to Virgil’s Real Barbecue’s (152 W 44th St.) FREE Autumn Beer Fest Tasting tonight, September 23rd from 5-7pm for, you guessed it, free beer.

Tonight’s tasting includes four featured breweries: Red Hook, Seattle Kona, Hawaii O-mission and Oregon.

Already got plans for tonight? No worries. On October 9th, between the same hours, you’ll be able to give three other breweries a try! Goose Island Oktoberfest, Good Island IPA and Goose Island Honker’s will all be in attendance.

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Weekend Pick: The 4th Annual Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

It’s about that time of the year for the annual Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival. With over 100 craft brews from various locations, this beer tasting event is not one to miss. Over 1,000 beer fans will be present to taste the different flavors of brews from seasonal to micro to reserve brews. Brooklyn is happy to host the event that will bring a different crowd of beer drinkers and curators to taste and critique some of the best brews in the tri-state area. If you plan to take part in the tasting, come prepared with a clean palette and an empty stomach. There will be food, and of course plenty to drink. A DJ will be present to intensify the atmosphere. So, come ready for a good time and good drinks.

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Weekend Pick: Distilling Tour at Philadelphia Distilling

This Saturday, come out and learn the secrets behind the processes of Philadelphia Distilling! Find out how Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Penn 1681 Vodka, Vieux Carré Absinthe, XXX Shine Whiskey, and The Bay Seasoned Vodka are all made. Meet the distillers and prepare for an excellent taste test!

There are two tours scheduled - one at 2pm and one at 4pm. Don't miss out on amazing opportunity to try out some fine liquor and discover the stories behind them!

What: Distilling Tour at Philadelphia Distilling

When: Saturday, September 27th, 2pm and 4pm

Where: Philadelphia Distilling, 12285 McNulty Rd., Philadelphia, PA



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Top-notch Wines to Savor this Season

This season calls for something savory and luscious, and Joonbug has two prominent solutions for you: Santa Cristina and Tormaresca. Complement each meal with a glass (or two) of vino, and your palate will certainly not be disappointed! Start this season off right with two elite leaders in the wine industry.

Santa Cristina

Santa Cristina’s Rosso 2010 has an impeccably gorgeous ruby red color, perfected with purple hues. Upon opening the wine, you will enjoy dynamic aromas of red raspberry and cherry. These balanced, silky flavors grace the palate with an extensive fruity flair. The Rosso 2010 contains 13% alcohol.

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Weekend Pick: OctoberFest at the Samuel Adams Brewery

Boston beer buffs are often caught boasting about their hometown’s iconic brewery -- the famous producer of Sam Adams, one of the country’s most recognized lagers. The beginning of Autumn not only marks the release of the seasonal Octoberfest variety, but is also time to celebrate the annual OctoberFest event hosted by the Boston Beer Company. A $30 entrance ticket to one of the three two-and-a-half hour time slots covers beer tastings, access to food vendors (where festival-goers can grab German grub from distributors such as Karl’s Sausages, Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe, and Boston Pretzel), fun activities (show off your skills at the stein hoisting competition!), live Bavarian music (brass bands ftw!), and a 16 oz. stein to perpetuate the post-party fall festivities. RSVP here.

What: OctoberFest at the Samuel Adams Brewery

When: Saturday, September 20th, 11am

Where: Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, 30 Germania St., Boston, MA