Tapping into German Heritage: Urban Chestnut Hosts a Munich-Style Oktoberfest
Polka in the streets during the ninth-annual Oktoberfest celebration Sept. 27-29, courtesy of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. The craft brewer’s free Munich-style festival fills Washington Avenue between Midtown and Grand Center (from UCBC’s Biergarten to the Circus Flora Big Top) with German food, amusements, entertainment, live music and UCBC beer.
Breweries in Munich have both regular and seasonal brews on tap for the late-September festival, and UCBC is carrying on that trend with these three: Oachkatzlschwoaf (or O-Katz for short), an amber lager; Zwickel, UCBC’s flagship Bavarian-style lager; and Schnickelfritz, a refreshing Bavarian wheat beer. They’re all available in half-liter and 1-liter pours (and you can even bring your own stein if you have one).
To keep lines short, beer and water will be the only beverages sold streetside, but non-beer options inside the UCBC tasting room include UCBC’s hop water and Bushelhead cider, plus various sodas.
Companies looking for a unique happy hour or client experience will want to check out the Festival Packs, which include souvenir steins, 1-liter fills and Oktoberfest swag for purchase at discounted prices.
Festivities at the three-day event include Family Day on Sept. 29—featuring fun for all ages by Top Golf, The Magic House, Circus Flora, Purina and more—and Vendor Village on Sept. 28 and 29, with shopping stalls galore from local makers and artisans.
The two live-music stages—specializing in polka and traditional German music, with other styles sprinkled in—are sponsored by Go! Magazine and The Riverfront Times. Additional Oktoberfest sponsors include Hilton, iHeart Radio, Purina and Topgolf.
UCBC is offering one lucky St. Louisan the chance to win a special Oktoberfest package: vouchers for fest food, two commemorative steins, two 1-liter stein refills and two festival t-shirts. Enter online for your chance to win.
Bier begins pouring and the festival grounds open Friday, Sept. 27, at noon, followed by a ceremonial keg-tapping at 7:30 p.m. This year’s honorary guest keg-tappers are the #MLS4THELOU’s Carolyn Kindle Betz and Adam Betz.
Oktoberfest hours are Friday, Sept. 27, from 12 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 29, from 12-7 p.m. Information about the beers, food vendors, a music schedule and frequently asked questions can be found online.
Images courtesy of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
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