Montclair Brewery Celebrates Third Annual Outdoor Oktoberfest with Lil’ Bastad

Montclair, NJ 𑁋 Montclair Brewery will be celebrating its Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 25 from 12:30-10:30 p.m. The event includes live music, contests, food, and over 22 craft beers and other craft drinks on tap. The festivities will take place at the brewery’s Outdoor Beer Garden at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. This year, the outdoor festival will be headlined by popular and local band Lil’ Bastad.

To celebrate the event, Montclair Brewery is presenting a wide variety of exciting drinks. In true Oktoberfest fashion, they will have their Czech style pilsner, Claremont Pilsner, and their new Oktoberfest style amber dunkel lager, Blue Stripe. They are also thrilled to release their new Fumé, a German Rauchbier (smoked beer), Hakuna Mutatata ale brewed with an African indegenous fruit and their new selection of hard seltzer cocktails. A variety of non-alcoholic craft drinks such as MB craft root beer and pineapple ginger beer will also be on tap.

Oktoberfest is headlined by five-piece blues based band, Lil’ Bastad. Lil’ Bastad led by lead guitarist and vocalist Mark Bowers combines formal “old school” style with their own contemporary feel to form a winning musical combination. Mark Bowers is the main guitarist for the Manhattans and has played often with Kool and the Gang, Shania Twain and others. This is Lil’ Bastad first time playing Montclair Brewery’s Oktoberfest and second time playing at Montclair Brewery. Howlin’ Poets, a local rock band with Blues, R&B, Funk, and Soul influences; Montclair-based indie-folk rock band, Bard Band and Nutley-based Morningwood Brothers quartet will also play throughout the eight-hour long event.

In addition to what is on tap and the live bands, there will be fun for the whole family, such as outdoor games like cornhole, giant Jenga and an Oktoberfest costume contest.

“In true Oktoberfest tradition,” states co-owner Denise Ford Sawadogo “we’ll have stein hoisting competitions and the official tapping of the first keg and we encourage people to come dressed in Oktoberfest inspired clothing, if they wish.”

Local eateries such as Ray’s Luncheonette and Sal’s Gastronomia are expected to prepare special Oktoberfest inspired menus for the event.

“We are excited to have such a strong music line-up as well, especially Lil’ Bastad which is their first time performing at Oktoberfest,” adds co-owner, Leo Sawadogo.

Children must be seated and have a ticket. However, infants being held or in a stroller do not need a ticket. Although pets are normally allowed, they will not be permitted at this event.

Advance general admission tickets are $22 and VIP tickets are $30 and include guaranteed covered seating, the first 150 ticket purchasers will receive a souvenir Oktoberfest stein, commemorative pin and a free drink ticket. A limited number of tickets can be purchased at the door for $25. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit

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