The origins of Oktoberfest date back to 1810, when the original celebration was in honor of a royal marriage. The decision to continue the festival in 1811 led to a full-blown public event that became the modern Oktoberfest, a multi-day celebration with beer, food, music and dancing.The origins of Oktoberfest date back to 1810, when the original celebration was in honor of a royal marriage. The decision to continue the festival in 1811 led to a full-blown public event that became the modern Oktoberfest, a multi-day celebration with beer, food, music and dancing.
Two of Oklahoma City’s most popular breweries continue the Oktoberfest tradition this year with celebrations in September and October. The first, Stonecloud, one of our newest brewing companies, will host Oktoberfest & Hangover Brunch on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17.
The Saturday event features the metro’s first ever steinholding competition. Haven’t heard of it? We hadn’t either. There is even a U.S. Steinholding Association, so it’s a legitimate “sport.” Basically, you just hold a full, one-liter stein directly out in front of your body parallel to the ground for as long as you are able. The association’s web site suggests you be in “good athletic shape” to excel at steinholding. Sure.
Stonecloud’s Oktoberfest begins at 2:00 PM on the 16th, and registration for steinholding will end at 2:30 PM. The competition starts at 3:00 PM. As part of the festivities, two new beers will be on tap, including the Operation Steingraber, a German-style Festbier. The second is Grandma’s Hands, a German chocolate cake Imperial Stout. Stella Reauxs food truck will be on site Saturday and Sunday.
Festbier is now the official beer of Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration, having replaced the traditional Marzen style in the latter 20th century. Lighter than a Marzen, Festbier is typically a malty lager with a touch of sweetness and very few bitter, hoppy notes.
Information about the event is available on the Stonecloud Brewing Company Facebook page.
Anthem Brewing Company is partnering with Spoetzl Brewery (Shiner) on October 6 and 7 in the Farmers Market District to present OKCtoberfest. In addition to beers from those two brewers, more than 40 beers, including local breweries and German imports, will be featured.
Anthem’s president and brewmaster, Patrick Lively, said the full lineup has not been determined yet, but he expects approximately a half dozen local breweries. Among that group will be COOP Ale Works, and they will be pouring their COOP Oktoberfest, a solid, balanced Festbier with good but not overwhelming malt character and layers of flavor.
Anthem will be pouring their core lineup, as well as Ogletoberfest, an homage to local blog The Lost Ogle. The Ogletoberfest is what Lively calls an “American Festbier.” It’s a Vienna Lager with good malt and great balance. There is a touch of malty sweetness and low alcohol—about 5.5 percent ABV. As Lively put it: “If you’re going to ask people to drink all day during a festival, you have to keep the alcohol low.”
OKCtoberfest is $10 to enter, but advance tickets are available for $7. The event features food trucks and live music, as well. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.okctoberfest.com. The event is from 2:00 PM to midnight on Friday and noon to midnight on Saturday. You must be 21 to enter.