Is it really getting to be that time already? Summer, especially in Seattle, always seems so darn short. A couple of weeks ago I was already seeing pumpkin beers appearing on craft beer store shelves and now, here come the Oktoberfest announcements. Don’t get me wrong. I love Fall and the Seasonal craft styles that come along with it, but it’s a bittersweet reminder that the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and Summer is starting to fade.
Of course, as I just mentioned, Fall’s arrival also means Oktoberfest biers and Oktoberfest celebrations. The Märzen/Oktoberfest style is probably my favorite style of Lager. Sure, a well made Pilsner is great on a hot Summer day, but I love the more toasty malt flavors of a good Märzen. If you’re also a fan of a good Märzen and other German/European styles (Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, Kölsch, Vienna Lager, Roggenbier, etc.) then you’ll want to mark your calendar for September 16th and this year’s Ballard Oktoberfest.
For those of you who may not be aware, Oktoberfest does not start in October but in mid September and ends the first week of October. So any place you see holding their Oktoberfest celebration in October is doing it wrong. They’re celebrating the ending of Oktoberfest rather than the start of it. Ballard is doing it right by hosting their Oktoberfest celebration on September 16th, the first day of Oktoberfest in Germany this year (always kicking off on the 3rd Saturday of September).
This year four Ballard breweries have teamed up to host the festivities: Lucky Envelope Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, and Stoup Brewing. Each brewery will be tapping at least one special Oktoberfest brew for the festival and you can also add to your glassware collection as each brewery will have a 0.5 liter commemorative stein or boot.
Here is the full press release from Lucky Envelope, Populuxe, Reuben’s, and Stoup:
SEATTLE, WASH. (August 16, 2017) – Dust off your lederhosen and get ready to put a little oompah in your day. The Ballard Oktoberfest is coming back for its third year!
On Saturday, Sept. 16, four Ballard breweries will bring a little bit of Bavaria to the Ballard corridor with a neighborhood Oktoberfest crawl made possible in part by returning sponsor Verity Credit Union.
“Once again, Verity Credit Union is thrilled to team up with the Ballard brewing community to sponsor the Third Annual East Ballard Oktoberfest”, says Alicia Diefenbach, Community Relations Specialist. “Spending the afternoon with our neighbors, brewers, and an amazing Oompah band is the perfect way to celebrate this community tradition. We look forward to passing out pretzel bites and souvenir Polaroids to help attendees commemorate the day”.
The event will kick off in festive fashion with a traveling oompah band. The Oompah Machine will start playing at Stoup Brewing at 1 p.m. They will then will march revelers to Populuxe Brewing at 2 p.m., Lucky Envelope at 3 p.m. and Reuben’s Brews at 4 p.m.
Each brewery will have at least one special Oktoberfest brew and a limited-edition 0.5 liter commemorative stein or boot. You can purchase glassware for $6 empty or $10 filled.
And because it’s not a party without great food, revelers will have several options to choose from. In addition to pretzel bites provided by Verity Credit Union, each brewery will also have a food truck on site.
Here are some of the seasonal brews and bites the breweries plan to have at the celebration:
Beer: Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, German Pilsner & Märzen
Food Truck: The ever creative Napkin Friends is hard at work on a special that will embrace the Bavarian festivities of the day between 2 Latke potato pancakes of course!
Beer: Populuxe Oktoberfest and Kolsch
Food Truck: A true taste of Bavaria with schnitzel, kraut and fritz from Itty Bitty Schnitty
Lucky Envelope Brewing
Beer: Oktoberfest Vienna Lager, Helles Lager and Smoked Tea Rauch Helles
Food Truck: Ravenleaf Food Truck will serve southwest and Caribbean barbecue prepared with fresh northwest ingredients.
Beer: Märzen, Gose, Roggenbier, and other German styles
Food Truck: Burgerphenia will be featuring the Prague Dog: bratwurst, red kraut, spicy mustard on a brioche bun. They’ll also be serving scrumptious burgers and dangerously delicious fries. Lekker!
Lucky Envelope Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Reuben’s Brews and Stoup Brewing are local, family-owned craft breweries and taprooms in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
Dust off your Lederhosen or pull that Dirndl out of the closet and get ready to celebrate. As you can see, there’ll be plenty of great beers and delicious food available. So bring the whole family along with your appetite and be ready to eat, drink and do the chicken dance. Prost! This year’s festival is sponsored by Verity Credit Union.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.