Get Ready! We are very excited to host the area’s first multi day Oktoberfest celebration, Sept 21 through 23, 2018
True to the mission of “Local, Handcrafted, Fresh” – we will feature a traditional German celebration with a NY flair. Festivities begin on Friday, Sept. 21 with a DJ spinning traditional Bavarian music, DJs, beer and brats starting at 4 p.m.
On our 20 beer taps, we will be featuring flights of our own Oktoberfest Beer, made from 100 percent NY hops, as well as a unique collection of German-style beers from NY state farm brewers around the state.
The next day – Saturday, Sept 22. at noon, the brew house staff will host “Beer School” which will feature how beer is made, showcasing techniques for craft NY farm brewing and ingredients. The session will include beer tasting and a German-style lunch. Space is limited; pre-registration is encouraged. Tickets available on eventbrite.
By 3 p.m., get your arms ready for Cooperstown area’s first and only Stein Holding competition. Also known as Masskrugstemmen, this is the Bavarian feat of strength and endurance where contestants hold a 1-liter stein of “bier” (equivalent of five pounds) out in front of them at shoulder level for as long as they can. The bier cannot be spilled, and elbows must remain straight with extended arms kept parallel to the ground. The winner will be who can keep their stein aloft the longest. There will be Women’s and Men’s Divisions with the winner of each division winning a Red Shed themed prize.
By sunset, enjoy the sunset over the rolling NY hills, while enjoying a fresh brew and traditional German fare. At 8 p.m., Becca Frame and the Tall Boys take the live music stage to rock out the rest of the night.
Sunday festivities will continue with an additional Beer School session starting at noon. At 1:30, all dogs are welcome to Walter’s Dachshund and Pup Parade. Bring your pups to enjoy the traditional music and show off their own German or other costumes.
Lederhosen and Drindls are encouraged to be worn throughout the festival. This event is family-friendly and open to guests of all ages!