Seattle, WA – It’s September and that can only mean one thing, Halloween decorations? No. It’s Oktoberfest and that usually means, tones of brown colored lagers and ales, large 1 liter (or 32 ounces) mugs, and people yearning for a polka dance.
But for the past 14 years, the Fremont Oktoberfest has celebrated this tradition with it’s own unique, Fremont flair. Featuring everything from Chainsaw Pumpkin Carvers, to a “Miss Buxom” contest, the festival is centered on great beer, great entertainment and the company of others.
This year’s three days of entertainment will feature such as acts as Rewind, Dub Lounge International, Spellbinder, on Friday. On Saturday on top of the previously mentioned Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carvers, you can also see Madly in Dub, Boomzilla, Tubaluba, Altered States of Funk, Big High, Staxx Brothers, and Left Hand Smoke. Finally on Sunday the festival saves the best for last with Farko Collective, The Satellite4
more Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Exhibition, and the Polyrhythmics.
One thing that we forgot to mention as part of the entertainment is the Sunday of Oktoberfest, as they will be hosting Dogtoberfest, a day with ‘man’s best friend’. Bring your dog and enjoy a pint of water with your favorite pet.
As always the purpose of this festival is to enjoy one’s self but of course within moderation. But for those who insist on heading down for too many liters, may we suggestion a Metro or Sound Transit (maybe a Community Transit) bus, or bring a friend along as a designated driver. But if the idea of sitting in a bus with a potential audience, then we suggest one of the following cab companies.
- Yellow Cab: 206-622-6500
- Gray Top Cab: 206-282-8222
- Orange Cab: 206-552-8800
- Redtop Cab: 206-789-4949
Not to be left out, we do have a long shopping list of beers supplied by both local and out of state breweries. We have highlighted our must have beers.
- Granny’s Apple Pie
- Shticky Blonde
- Hell or High Watermelon Wheat
- Brew Free! or Die IPA
- White Ale (Belgian Witbier)
- Baron Oktoberfest
The Baron Oktoberfest is a traditional German Style Oktoberfest / Marzen. Deep copper/amber in color with a rich but light malt flavor. Finishes crisp and easy, leaving the mouth desiring more. We age the Oktoberfest for a full three months to guarantee a fantastically smooth beer. All ingredients for the beer are imported from Germany. Brewed in accordance to the German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot) of 1516. Where You Can Find It: Greater Seattle Area
- Three Skulls Hop the Plank IPA
Marzen / 6% | Classic German Dark Marzen. Not too sweet and yet very malty and nice hop flavor. Where You Can Find It: Red Door, Hill Top Ale House
- St. Wilbur Hefeweizen
- Belgian White
- Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
- Fresh Hopped Harvest Ale
Harvest Ale / 4.5% | Big Al Brewing Fresh Hopped Harvest Ale is the result of infusing 180 pounds of wet, fresh Yakima Valley hops in our fall seasonal. Big, citrus fresh hop flavor and aroma along with deeply refined malt flavors mark this rich and warming medium-bodied Amber ale. Brewed to honor the end of our summer labors adn the change of season, Fresh Hopped Harvest Ale will help take the edge off those cool early autumn evenings. Where You Can Find It: Fremont Oktoberfest is the first place this beer will be available. Then look for it at your favorite ale house.
- Heavy Horse
Scotch Ale / 6.2% | Limited Release. Where You Can Find It: Bars and Stores
- Moose Drool
- Hazed & Infused Dry-Hopped Ale
- Flashback India Brown Ale
- Hop Czar
- Oktoberfest Bier
Blonde / 5.0% | Today’s modern German Oktoberfest beers are golden lagers with smooth malt character and a full body — perfect for festival quaffing. Where You Can Find It: Check out ChuckanutBreweryandKitchen.com
- Mirror Pond Pale Ale
- Black Butte Porter
Marzen / 5.0% | Utilizes German Pilsner and Munich malts, as well as German N. Brewer and Hallertau hops. We tried a very traditional method of acidification in our brew kettle. We used a sour wort strain we received from the Distelhauser Brewery in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany.
- 2010 Jubelale
- California Blonde Ale
- DBA Double Barrel Ale
Vienna Lager / 4.5% | Light, refreshing taste leave you wanting more. Where You Can Find It: FirestoneBeer.com
- Pacemaker Porter
- Universale Pale Ale
- Mystere de la Saison
Other Ale - Then it wouldn't be a mystery / 6.9% | Ahh, the tease of a mystery, the joy of a new season...we invite you to enjoy the latest in the Mystery Festival series. Where You Can Find It: Oktoberfest Only
- Manny's Pale Ale
- Lucille IPA
IPA / 7.2% | Finally, we've breached the IPA category, and we hope we've made it worth your wait. This is a hoppy yet palatable brew, with definitive floral and citrus tones. The name, you ask? Watch Cool Hand Luke. ABV is about 7%. Where You Can Find It: Growlers only at the brewery for now.
- Supergoose IPA
- O'Briens Harvest Ale
A fresh-hop Fall seasonal | The Northwest's original "fesh hop" ale and a much aniticpated Northwest autumn classic. Copper red in color, rich, robust and distinctive! Where You Can Find It: Wherever good beer is sold
- Longboard Lager
- Pipeline Porter
- Little Sumpin Wild
- Brown Shugga'
- Organic Free Range Red
- Workhorse IPA
Other Ale | New beer: not quite sure yet. We’ll let you know.
- Northwest Hefeweizen
- C-Note Imperial Pale Ale
- Proletariat Red
Mac & Jack’s
- African Amber
- Double IPA
- Serious Madness Black Ale
- King’s Alley Alt
- Ranger IPA
Seasonal / 6.0% | Pale and Wheat Malt with Oats and Rye, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier Hops. 40 IBU's great drinking beer! Where You Can Find It: All over
- Total Domination
- Discord Dark IPA
Dark IPA / 6.5% | A growing style in the Northwest, Dark IPAs feature all the tasty attributes of a standard IPA, yet juxtaposed against a black malt canvas. Discord is not short on character, with a prominent malt character that meets up with the bitterness and hop presence from five different hops. A variety of roasted malts provide color and flavor, yet this beer has a lighter body reminiscent of an IPA, not heavy like a porter or stout. Where can you find it: Available only on-draught at the Seattle Alehouse and select better-beer bars in Seattle through October.
- Big Ballard IPA
IPA / 8.6% | Big Ballard IPA is an imperial IPA with assertive hop flavor and aromatics and a rich, deep golden color. The hop flavor and aroma are balanced by complex, malty undertones; an IPA brewed for diehard IPA drinkers. Malts: 2 Row Pale, Munich, Caramel 60, malted Wheat and Carapils Hops: Alchemy, Willamette, Chinook ABV 8.6%, OG 17.5, AE 3.5 Where You Can Find It: 22 oz bottles in grocery stores & on draught
- Late Harvest
- Roslyn Lager
German Style Dark Lager / 4.0% | Our original brew. It is a mild dark lager with a distinct character, and closely resembles the lager handcrafted by the German brewmeisters at the original Roslyn Brewery and Malting Company one hundred years ago. We use our own recipe of Roslyn water, fresh from the Cascade Mountains, four types of malted barley and three hop varieties to produce this smooth lager.
- Tumbler Brown Ale
- Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop Ale
Wet Hop Ale / 6.7% | Taste the complex flavors of wet hop fresh from the field in this harvest ale. It features bold, earthy green hop flavors with hints of citrus, fresh herbs and pine, balanced by a slightly sweet toasted malt body.
- Wild Cat IPA
- Harvest Moon
- Smoked Porter
- India Pale Ale
The Stranger Big Trouble Double IPA sponsored by Lazy Boy Brewing
- Midnight Ale
- Feuerbier Smoked Ale
Ale (pronounced “fire beer”) has the aroma and warm orange glow of autumn campfires. The flavor is slightly sweet with delicious smoky notes and a clean finish. Inspired by the classic Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier of Bamberg, Germany, we brewed this beer with a new world twist! We combined an American cherry wood smoked malt with Special Belgian, Two-row and Carapils malts, a touch of German Tettnanger hops, and our house ale yeast. Enjoy several steins with friends or serve with your favorite Oktoberfest dishes. 5.6% ABV, 26 IBU
Where You Can Find It: Trade Route Brewing Taproom and selected alehouses
- Drifter Pale Ale
Marzen / 5.5% | The full body and malty flavor make Widmer Oktoberfest an ideal beverage for the Fall season. As the style dictates the hopping is delicate enough to allow the malty character to dominate, yet still provides a floral aroma and finish. Where You Can Find It: Major grocery stores, convenience stores, bars
- Dead Lift Imperial IPA
Don’t delay in purchasing a ticket to this event, because as the photo above shows, it can get busy. See you there!
About Fremont Oktoberfest
This year celebrates 200 years of ktoberfest history and Fremont Oktoberfest is proud to be voted by USA Today and Orbitz.com as one of the world’s top places to toast the tradition.
The 14th Annual Fremont Oktoberfest takes place September 24-26, 2010 in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle benefiting the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.
Fremont Oktoberfest hosts a microbrew tasting garden where guests can sample over 80 beers. The event also features the Buxom Beer Garden and Village Beer Garden where guests can receive German beers by the glass. Various lounges and music stages provide guests with non-stop entertainment including the infamous Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest, Dog Modeling Contest and Miss Buxom Contest.
About Miss Buxom Contest
Back by popular demand is the Miss Buxom Contest held in the Tap House Grill Buxom Beer Garden. It’s our own Fremont twist on the traditional Oktoberfest pageantry.
All contestants must be dressed up in funky, fun German attire and register at The Tap House Grill Buxom Beer Garden between 5pm and 6:30pm on Friday, September 24, 2010. Each contestant must answer a question and the audience will be the judge to decide who is this year’s Miss Buxom.