Hoist those commemorative steins! Seven years ago, Anaheim Brewery helped christen Anaheim’s ‘Brew City’ designation with its first Oktoberfest. Nearly a decade later, the festival is one of the most hotly anticipated events on the October beer-drinking calendar, this year to be celebrated over two consecutive weekends; Saturday, October 7th and Saturday, October 14th, 5-10pm at the brewery on Anaheim Blvd.
Oktoberfest is all about authenticity for Anaheim Brewery’s Greg Gerovac. No pumpkin ales here. Instead, on tap is the Oktoberfest Lager Gerovac has been brewing since the 1990s. A malty Märzen with caramel and toffee notes, its 100-year old recipe was first recorded in an old leather journal unearthed by one of Gerovac’s former beer bosses during a visit to Munich’s Paulaner Brewery.
It clocks in at a healthy 6.5% abv, which makes the traditional brew a solid pairing for the hearty fare on offer during Oktoberfest from Viking Food Truck. Think smoked Bratwurst with sauerkraut and beer cheese sauce, or tater tots doused with dark ale chili and Viking ketchup.
Dying to don your lederhosen? On October 7th, slip into the world’s sexiest short-alls, grab your dirndl-sporting partner, and hit the dancefloor for traditional German music and folk dancing. On October 14th, the oom pah pah comes courtesy of the 25-piece German-American Brass Brand.
To commemorate their 7th annual Oktoberfest, Anaheim Brewery had authentic salt-glazed pottery steins hand-made for the occasion in Germany. On sale for $20 (plus beer), they’re available at the bar throughout the month, and Gerovac says a version with a pewter-lid is anticipated in-house by mid-October. Prost!