Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 23, 2013

No, it’s not October yet, but that slight chill in the evening air is reminding us that we’re about to be in the thick of beer season. As such, we’ve devoted This Week’s Playlistto the hoppiest of beverages, Beer!

Predictably, this is a country music heavy playlist. Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Bob Wills, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams (Jr. and Sr.) are just a few of the country crooners who recorded heartfelt odes to the wonders and woes of their favorite brews. But we did manage to mix it up a bit, including tracks by Fishbone, Dialated Peoples and Billie Holliday. Texas artists are well represented with tracks from the Texas Tornadoes, Dale Watson and the Asylum St. Spankers.

Also, it turns out that we’re not the only ones starting October Fest early. Banger’s kicked things off twelve days of Oktoberfest events last weekend. The events continue through Sunday, October 6. Emma Janzen has the full rundown of theme nights and featured brews, but we’re eyeballing Friday night’s festivities which include a Dirndl and Lederhosen costume contest as a best bet. Other beer-related events coming up include Austoberfest at Saengerrunde Hall, Gettin’ Sauced at Hops & Grain and the Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival at Fiesta Gardens all of which take place on Saturday.