The leaves are turning, the temps are dropping and the calendar is filling up-it's fall, all right, and the season of fundraisers and events is getting in gear, starting with some brew bashes this weekend. Because in October, everyone's palate starts craving beer.

This afternoon at beer o'clock, Utah Brewers Cooperative (brewer of Wasatch Golden Ale and Squatters India Pale Ale) debuts its new "chubby" keg-shaped packaging at Squatters downtown. The recyclable mini-keg holds the equivalent of 14 bottles of beer and is available at the brewer's store, at Squatters downtown pub and Wasatch Brew Pub.

Party on.

On Friday, picture yourself here:

St. Regis kicks off its Octoberfest, a seasonal celebration that will happen every weekend through the month. The fun commences at 6:30 with Park City mayor Dana Williams' ceremonial tapping of a keg of St. Regis Octoberfest brew specially made by Wasatch for the occasion.

Then it's party time on the Terrace with live music, the harvest firelighting and lots of food for $25 per person, beer a la carte.

The Harvest Firelighting, in case you're mystified by the term, means that a small edible animal will be put on the spit, to slow-cook overnight and be served forth on Saturday's continuation of Octoberfest: a lunch starting at 11 a.m., a full day of live music from 11 to 5, followed by a bocce ball tournament and the ceremonial sabering, with a big bottle of Hellskeep Beer standing in for the customary champagne. The day culminates in a wine/beer pairing dinner ( $75 per).

You'd be smart if decided to stay overnight after such revelry, in which case if you're a local, a room will only set you back $175. With that, you get a $50 voucher to use on other amenities, like maybe the Sunday benedict brunch.

Hey, a night at Salt Lake's Crystal Inn costs $100.

The festivities continue on every weekend in October-go to or call 435 940 5760 for more info.