Montclair Brewery To Host First Annual Outdoor Oktoberfest with 18 Beers on Tap

Denise Sawadogo, Montclair Brewery General Manager/Co-Owner and Kristen Zacharres, Oktoberfest co-organizer and owner of Eclectic Chic Boutique

The Montclair Brewery will to host its First Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 28 from 1:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Inspired by the annual beer tradition in Munich, Germany, the outdoor festival in the back parking lot of the brewery’s 101 Walnut Street location will include 18 beers on tap, live music, food and fun for the entire family. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.

With autumn’s arrival, Montclair Brewery is excited to release a brand new Oktoberfest Lager and a Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. The Pine Street Pilsner, Frambois Lambic Raspberry ale and National Emergency New England style IPA are expected to be featured along with a few other special craft brews. In addition to what’s on tap, Montclair’s Eclectic Chic Boutique owner Kristen Zachares has partnered with Montclair Brewery to curate an exciting outdoor market with fun crafts and beer souvenirs. Zachares is also organizing a variety of food vendors for the festival that will include several vegan and gluten free options. The event will kick off with the Montclair Brewery’s twist on the customary Munich Oktoberfest tapping of the first keg at 1:30 p.m. and will have an Oktoberfest costume contest as well.

Head brewer and co-owner Leo Sawadogo is the tour guide in the photo.

The event will feature live entertainment from Black Lace Blues, performing an original mix of blues, funk, rock and other genres of music at 4 p.m. Then, the Little Engineers are scheduled to perform a mixture of jazz, folk, and rock music at 7:30 p.m. Rasha-Jay, who will be returning for her third brewery appearance, is sure to inspire and move the crowd with edgy vocals as the band closes out the festival from 9 p.m. to the 9:45 p.m. closing. The blues-based alternative rock singer proudly pulls her influence from the likes of the legendary Prince, and the Foo Fighters. Blissedout Beats, D.J. Butta, and D.J. Mega will work the turntables in between sets.

Regular admission price at $15 includes one drink ticket, one commemorative pin and a souvenir cup. For $25, VIP ticket holders will receive all of the above, plus a pretzel necklace, 10% off at the outdoor festival shop and reserved seating. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed to impress in their best German Oktoberfest attire for a chance to win prizes during the costume contest.

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