Capital Pint

CAPITAL PINT: Everything you need to know about three major Oktoberfest events in the final week of September!

By Travis Persaud

PROST!
You have two weeks to figure out what that means. It might sound vaguely familiar, but not to worry if your memory is a bit hazy. Usually, if you’re yelling “Prost!” all night long (Lionel shout out!), your memory will fail you at some point. To get to the point, Oktoberfest season is upon us! And the Ottawa area has two incredible events happening September 28 to 30.

VANKLEEK HILL OKTOBERFEST
Our friends at Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. have put together quite the weekend for their annual festival.

The Beer: They’ll be serving their staple Lug-Tread Lagered Ale of course, alongside their Night-Märzen Oktoberfest Lager. PLUS, seven selections from their Wild Oats Series Beers. Okay, catch your breath and hold on tight, here’s the rundown:

  • And Boom Gose the Dynamite: An unfiltered beer with added sea salt (to replicate the salty water of the Gose River in Germany, where this style of beer originates), coriander and subtle acidity post fermentation.
  • Dark Helmut Imperious Schwartzbier: A strong version (7.3%) of a German black lager.
  • Koru Belgian Pale Ale: A pale ale that has peppery yeast notes combined with tropical fruit.
  • Oktobock: Simply, a Maibock brewed for Oktoberfest!
  • Vassar Heirloom Ale: Using a long-forgotten recipe found in Vassar College’s library, this pale ale uses New York State malts and whole leaf Cluster hops.
  • Zons Jo Kokot!: A white beer brewer with oats, honey and molasses.
  • Weiss O’Lantern

More Beer: Being the friendly folks that they are, Beau’s invited a host of other breweries to get in on the fun for their own version of Cask Days, which barVolo in Toronto started in 2005. Over 20 different breweries will be on site offering up unique brews: Amsterdam Brewing Company, Bellwoods Brewery, Big Rig Brewing, Black Oak Brewing, Broadhead Brewery, Cameron’s, Church-Key Brewing, Clock Tower Brew Pub, F&M Brewery, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Granite Brewery, Great Lakes Brewery, House Ales Nano Brewery, Indie Alehouse Brewing, Junction Craft Brewing, Kichesippi Beer, Lake of Bays Company, Mill St. Brewery, Muskoka Brewery, Nickel Brook Brewery, Sawdust City Brewing, and Wellington County Brewery.

Get schooled: As well, during the weekend there will be a number of “beer school” seminars led by leaders in the industry including Dick Cantwell of Elysian Brewing in Seattle, renowned brewmaster Anders Kissmeyer and beer historian Ron Pattinson.

Music: No, Lionel won’t be there. But there will be a great lineup including incredible bands such as Plants and Animals, Elliott Brood, and Hollerado.

The event runs Sept. 28 to 30. Tickets are $18 for each night. There’s a special $45 3-day pass and $5 kids ticket. For more information click here. But hustle, Saturday is already 75 percent sold out!

URBAN ELEMENT PRESENTS…. AN ODE TO OKTOBERFEST
If you can’t make it to Vankleek Hill for Oktoberfest weekend, or just like to be one step in front of the rest, then this Beau’s beer dinner is a must. Put on by the good people at The Urban Element, this exclusive event will feature Beau’s Oktoberfest brew — try it before everyone else does on the weekend! — alongside a bevy of Bavarian comforts including braised lamb shanks, caramelized onion and beer potage, and sauerkraut with sausages.

To register, click here. And, as an added bonus, use the code word BEAUS for 15 percent off the $125 ticket! The beer dinner takes place Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

OKTOBERFEST OTTAWA 2012
Last, but far from least, we have Oktoberfest Ottawa happening at Clarke Fields. Beer, of course, plays a major role and HogsBack Brewing Co. is leading the charge. Their Vintage Lager will be served, alongside THREE specialty beers they’re making exclusively for this event — a Weiss style beer, a brown ale, and a pumpkin beer.

If you’re thinking, “those are some pretty bland names,” you’re right. But don’t worry. HogsBack’s naming creativity didn’t start and end with their Sunofa Beach Kristal Wheat. They’re looking to the public to name each beer. Head over to the festival’s Facebook page for all the contest details!

Oh, and if that isn’t enough, actor George Wendt will be in attendance. Yes, the actor that played Norm on Cheers!

The event takes place Sept. 28 to 30. There are a number of ticket packages available here, including 2-for-1 passes for $20!