Autumn toasts

Local events for the new season

FALL DRINKS Morgan Hill Brew Crawl and Gilroy’s Halloween Beer Crawl invite beer connoisseurs out of the woodwork.
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean all the fun has to stop. Quite the contrary, with Bay Area weather still mild into November, fall ushers in a whole new set of events to get on the calendar.

For oenophiles who enjoy sampling all the wines of Santa Clara Valley, the annual Fall Passport Weekend kicks off from 6-8pm, Friday night, Oct. 13, with a food and wine extravaganza held in the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center. The Passport weekend event continues Saturday and into Sunday, from noon to 5pm and provides access to more than 30 different wineries. Many wineries offer barrel samples, live music and small bites during the festivities.

If beer is more your thing, then you’ll want the fifth annual Brew Crawl which is taking place in downtown Morgan Hill on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-5pm. Walk or crawl your way through 40 craft beers being poured at 20 downtown Morgan Hill shops & restaurants, all within walking distance.

If you were too busy at the Wine Passport weekend to attend the Morgan Hill Brew Crawl, you can still get your beer fix with the fourth Annual Halloween Beer Crawl in Gilroy on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 2-6pm. Costumes are encouraged while you sip your way across the downtown pour stations offering tasty bites, home brew beer and live music. There is an After Party at the District Theater (7430 Monterey Road) featuring live music by the Chicano All-Stars.

Bev Stenehjem
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Bev Stenehjem is a wine columnist for South Valley Magazine and is the author of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Arcadia Publishing. Bev also promotes the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley association on Facebook and Twitter. Reach her at [email protected].