Monday, October 7, 2013

Oktoberfest

I attended my first ever Oktoberfest on Saturday. Beau's Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill. (the tickets I won from the Ottawa Beer Fest in the summer)

If there's one thing you have to do if you go there, it's make sure you buy the tickets that include bus fair. It's well worth the extra cost because there were so many different beers there to try and you don't want to be driving. Or, find someone who doesn't like beer to be your designated driver. Or, camp there. I didn't realize they had space for camping.

Beer tokens were $5 each. They had 4 large beer tents where they had 3 or 4 different flavours and/or styles of Beau's own creations where 1 token got you an 8oz cup, and one craft tent where they had 50-60 beers from Beau's and many other craft breweries. At this tent, you could get two 4oz samples for a single token. A little pricey I think, compared to LCBO prices.

Among the tasty beverages we tried, were...

  • Beau's Night Marzen
  • Black Oak Brewing's Hop Bomb
  • Beau's Tom Green Beer (Milk Stout)
  • Beau's Oktobock
  • Beau's Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale
  • Amsterdam Brewing Co's Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
  • Barley Day's Brewery's Scrimshaw Oyster Stout
  • Grand River Brewing's Pugnacious Pale Ale
  • Granite Brewery's Hopping Mad
  • Beau's Dampf Punk (Dampfbier)
I'm sure there were others that I forgot about. I think our favourite was the Tom Green Beer, which was also my first milk stout.

The food was pretty good. The only disappointment was The Works burger. Not very flavourful and the patty seemed rather small. Maybe I should have paid extra for the bacon. I've eaten at The Works many times in the past and they're always been awesome. My wife bought perogie poutine with sausage (from the Barley Mow?). We'll have to try making those at home some time. Later in the afternoon we bought a reuben from Olivea. It was delicious.

I'll put up some photos here soon.

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