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Raise your glasses! Five fall beer fests

By Jason & Todd Alström, Special to CNN
Beer festivals across the United States will showcase hundreds of diverse brews.
Beer festivals across the United States will showcase hundreds of diverse brews.
  • The Durham Bulls stadium in North Carolina will host the World Beer Festival October 9
  • Explore nearly 200 Michigan beers at the Detroit Fall Beer Festival
  • Check out live music and more than 100 brews at New Mexico's Albuquerque Hopfest

Editor's note: Brothers Jason and Todd Alström are the founders of BeerAdvocate, a movement that aims to "wake the masses to better beer options."

(CNN) -- The chill of fall is in the air, pour some beer in your glass. Germany's Oktoberfest isn't the only outlet for beer lovers this season. Check out these five beer festivals across the United States.

World Beer Festival

October 9 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Durham, North Carolina

Hosted by our friends at All About Beer magazine, World Beer Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the South Atlantic region with a flavor of beer for every palate. We're talking more than 150 beers from brewers around the globe, two sessions (12-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.), food and live music at a very scenic downtown Durham, North Carolina. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.

Albuquerque Hopfest

October 16 at O'Neill's Pub
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Boasted as New Mexico's biggest beer fest, and back for its third year with even more beer, Albuquerque Hopfest will be using the acre back lot space at O'Neill's Pub in Nob Hill to serve more than 100 brews from nearly 40 brewers, many hailing from the Southwest region. The festival runs from 2 to 8 p.m., with beer tasting from 3 to 6 p.m., live music from five bands -- the entire spread. Hopheads unite! Tickets are $30 online and $40 at the event.

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Stoudts Microbrew Festival

October 16 at the Stoudts Biergarten
Adamstown, Pennsylvania

Nineteen years running, this beer fest is a legend. Hell, they still use that old term "microbrew," which has been replaced by the newer, hipper, trendier term: "craft." Not only will you be able to sample beers from microbrewers from around the U.S., but the Stoudts Microbrew Festival will be dishing up some of their authentic German cuisine plus live music in the Stoudts beer garden and banquet hall. Noon-4 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. Tickets are only $30.

Detroit Fall Beer Festival

October 23 at the Eastern Market
Detroit, Michigan

Historically, Detroit is known for cars, but a little-known fact is that brewers in Michigan are producing beers that rival those from both coasts. Don't believe us? Explore nearly 200 beers from more than 40 Michigan breweries at the Detroit Fall Beer Festival, and then get back to us. From 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Admission includes 15 3-ounce sample tokens; 50 cents for each additional. And it's a great way to support Michigan brewers.

CBC Pumpkin Fest

October 30 at Cambridge Brewing Company
Cambridge, Massachusetts

In the CBC Pumpkin Fest's own words: "There will be an absurdly large variety of pumpkin ales, crazy costumes, jack-o'-lanterns and good ole fashioned Halloween shenanigans." This year's gourd fest is boasting nearly 20 creative pumpkin ales from brewers across the U.S., a slew of CBC house pumpkin ales and a killer menu of pumpkin-infused eats to soak it all up with. The $10 cover gets you a commemorative pint glass and beer map. Starts at 4 p.m. and continues past midnight.