Sunday, September 23rd @ 10AM
You don’t have to go to Germany to partake in the celebration of the world’s most well-known beer festival. HopCat will bring it to you! We’ll be pouring our favorite local and authentic imported Oktoberfestbiers, and serving our favorite German-inspired food specials. Guests are encouraged to wear their best lederhosen or dirndls. We’ll also be giving away a limited amount of Oktoberfest steins (while supplies last) so get there early!
Metropolitan Brewing – Afterburner Oktoberfest – 6.1% - Märzen
Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Oktoberfest – 6.5% - Märzen
Brauerei Aying – Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen – 5.8% - Märzen
Potosi Brewery – Oktoberfest – 5.5% - Märzen
Hofbräu München – Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier – 6.3% - Märzen
A little history from the official Oktoberfest website - "Why is Oktoberfest called 'Oktoberfest' when it actually begins in September?"
The historical background: the first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.
By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over "die Wiesen" or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times."