Your guide to 2016 Atlanta beer festivals

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Your guide to 2016 Atlanta beer festivals

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420 Fest marks the unofficial start to beer festival season in Atlanta.

If you like beer and the great outdoors, this list will speak to you.

There's an array of metro Atlanta's beer festivals going on this summer and fall.

Here are the details on where and when to enjoy the beer and outdoors combo (The list will be updated as event details become available.):  

Brookhaven Beerfest 3-8 p.m., June 11. Price: $45. 1220 Fernwood Cir NE, Brookhaven. Visit www.brookhavenbeerfest.com for contact details.

The event is in its sixth year offering more than 200 beer and wine tasting options to festival goers and plenty of local food options. Musical guests include J Rock Most, Funk You, and Heather Luttrell and the Possumden. For more and details on a discount, visit the event site.

Alpharetta Craft Beer Festival and 5k. 8 p.m., June 20. Price TBD. Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. 678-297-2811. worldshoppiest5k.com.

Atlanta loves craft beer. So it's no wonder we'd pair it with our exercise. Enter the Craft Beer Festival, featuring more than 100 craft beer vendors and a 5k run. Held on the streets of downtown Alpharetta with tasting to begin at 6 p.m, the race has a plot twist: The 5K Road Race begins two full hours after the drinking (at 8 p.m). All runners will receive a race T-shirt and a free beer to celebrate their finish. Visit worldshoppiest5k.com for information.

Oktoberfest. Sept. 8-11, Sept. 15-18, Sept. 22-Oct. 30. $8-10. 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen. 706-878-1619. helenchamber.com.

Georgia's only traditional Alpine village brings Oktoberfest to life with German beers on tap, the sweet sounds of polka and its associated traditional dances, endless links of bratwurst and more. Not to be missed is the opportunity, or spiritual obligation as the case may be, to order Das Boot from King Ludwig's Biergarten. It's a beer, served in a large glass boot.

Oktoberfest begins on a long weekend schedule from Sept. 8 through Sept. 18, and resumes Sept. 22, at which point things are decidedly full time through the end of October. Visit www.helenchamber.com for more information and remember it's a long drive back from the North Georgia hills, so you might be wise to book a Helen hotel in advance of traveling.

Great Atlanta Beer Festival. 1-6 p.m. Oct. 8. Price $40 in advance, $45 after Sept. 29 and $55 at the door. 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE, Atlanta. greatatlantabeerfest.com

No word yet whether the Great Atlanta Beer Festival -- an outing "proudly helping Atlanta celebrate beer" -- will return to Turner Field this September, nor whether such an event would mark the final iteration of the festival in its current stadium home. We want answers, we have none. Keep an eye on greatatlantabeerfest.com.

Decatur Craft Beer Festival. October. Date TBD. Price TBD. Decatur's Square, Decatur. decaturbeerfestival.com.

More than 80 breweries participated in last October's Decatur Craft Beer Festival, which is set in Decatur's main downtown square. Tickets include a special tasting glass and unlimited sips. The festival also offers VIP tickets.

Georgia Craft Beer Festival. October. Time TBD. Price TBD. 2333 Defoor Hills Road NW, Atlanta. 404-355-5558. georgiacraftbeerfestival.com.

Last year, Red Brick hosted the Georgia Craft Beer Festival; an annual Atlanta event that features more than 30 breweries from around the state showcasing their signature drinks and attracting both enthusiasts and a crowd. This year will mark the event's fifth year in operation. Event details are still TBD, so visit georgiacraftbeerfestival.com to keep up to date.

Strong Beer Festival. Time TBD. Date TBD. Price TBD. 292 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-698-6100. atlstrongbeerfest.com.

No information yet on when in December the Wrecking Bar Brewpub might be hosting the fourth annual strong beer festival, an event dedicated exclusively to high gravity beers 8 percent ABV or higher. Last year, more than 25 breweries participated, many of which are otherwise unavailable to the public. The event has a limited run of tickets, so order early.

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