Harvest season is upon us. For those of us here in the Northwest, that means lots and lots of Fresh Hop Ales – which makes me quite happy. However, the abundance of wonderful Fresh Hop beers we get this time of year can sometimes obscure the start of another great annual beer tradition: Oktoberfest.
I’m a serious hop-head, but when Fall arrives, my palate sometimes needs an occasional break from the hops and starts craving something with more of those rich, toasty and bready malt flavors. I’m referring, of course, to the traditional, German style Märzen/Oktoberfest.
The official start of Oktoberfest this year is on Saturday, September 22nd. One week later, on Friday, September 28th, Queen Anne Beerhall kicks off their 3-weekend celebration of Oktoberfest, sponsored this year by Weihenstephaner Festbier.
Here is the full press release from Queen Anne Beerhall:
(Thursday, September 13th-Seattle WASH) – Bust out your Lederhosen, Queen Anne Beerhall is excited to announce the return of Oktoberfest! The third-annual celebration will take place across three weekends, September 28th-29th, October 5th-6th and October 12th-13th.
Beer drinkers can get into the spirit with Weihenstephaner Festbier, a full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager brewed specially for the season. Festival attendees can also take home a commemorative Queen Anne Beerhall Radeberger stein. There will be plenty of food to soak up all that bier, with hearty specials including Rabbit Stew, Venison Roulladen and Chicken Paprikash.
Nightly stein-holding contests bring athleticism and some healthy competition to the Beer hall. Every night at 8 PM entrants can compete for swag and glory. On October 16th, the last night of the festival, all previous weekend winners will be invited back to compete in a finals round, with the strongest of the strong winning a pair of Seahawks tickets.
As in years past, fan favorites The Bavarian Beer Garden band will perform a set of their signature polka and Oktoberfest schlager music on October 12th.
The weather may be getting colder, but you can still beat the Seattle Freeze by cozying up to a table full of strangers with a frosty stein! Queen Anne Beerhall’s large space, communal tables and authentic European vibe make for the perfect Oktoberfest setting. Mark your calendars and start pumping up those stein-holding muscles!
Queen Anne Beerhall Oktoberfest
September 28th & 29th, October 5th & 6th, 12th &13th
Queen Anne Beerhall
203 Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98119
More about Queen Anne Beerhall:
The Queen Anne Beerhall brings the traditional Czech beer hall experience to Seattle. Enjoyed for centuries by Europeans, the beer hall is a place where friends and strangers mingle in a lively, friendly atmosphere, energized by a regular schedule of live music. The 7,000 square foot hall features barrel-vaulted ceilings and decor details designed to evoke the atmosphere of a traditional beer hall. Their offerings feature 25 premium draft beers and over 50 bottles, and their menu include classic beer hall fare with Pacific Northwest influences.
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With their Oktoberfest celebration spread out over three weekends, surely you can find the time to take a quick hop break and come enjoy some traditional German Lagers at Queen Anne Beerhall. Also, don’t forget about their wonderful food – and I’m not just taking about pretzels. It’s starting to feel more and more like Fall out there and I sure could go for some Rabbit Stew, Chicken Paprikash or perhaps some Kasespätzle or Wild Boar Goulash. Prost!
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.