image sourced from Silver City BrewingAugust, like previous months in 2013, will soon be a memory. For some of you this brings welcome relief to unwatered lawns, sunburned skin, and overheating air conditioners.

This also means the oncoming arrival of Fall beers. Some would call them Harvest beers, or Festival beers, while others call them Pumpkin beers. But did you forget that Oktoberfest is celebrated in September?

Why Oktoberfest isn’t supposed to be celebrated in October.

The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during the sixteen days up to, and including, the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival would go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October, to mark the anniversary of the event. The festival is held in an area named the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow , of Therese ), often called Wiesn for short, located near Munich's center. Large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed, with almost 7 million liters served during the 16 day festival in 2007. Visitors may also enjoy a wide variety of traditional food such as Hendl(chicken ), Schweinebraten (roast pork ), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock ), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages ) along with Brezeln (Pretzel ), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes ), Sauerkraut or Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cabbage ) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spiced cheese-butter spread) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).

So give October 2013 the 30-day, cold shoulder. Start preparing for the arrival of German-style beers like Silver City’s Oktoberfest Lager.

Silver City Brewery’s description of their beer 

Silver City Oktoberfest Lager is an authentic interpretation of the classic style. Just a few sips of this luscious brew and you are transported to the great beer halls of Bavaria. We hope you enjoy the rich malty sweetness, and spicy hop character of this popular seasonal brew. 6.25% ABV

Starting late August, you can expect to find limited amounts of this beer, circulating throughout the Puget Sound. Plus the brewery will be hosting a release party on August 26th, starting at 3pm.

Event Details. August 26th, 3pm – ?
Silver City Oktoberfest Lager Released
206 Katy Penman  Bremerton, WA 98312

As always, if you can’t find Silver City Oktoberfest near you then ask your grocer to get some!


About Silver City Brewery

Silver City Brewery has been a Kitsap staple since it’s inception in Silverdale, WA in September of 1996. Brothers Scott & Steve Houmes, local restauranteurs since 1990, shared a vision of bringing a world class brewpub restaurant to the “West Sound”. The brothers teamed up with local Thomas Kemper brewer & founder of the West Sound Brewers Club,brewmaster “Big Daddy” Don Spencer.

Silver City’s flagship restaurant developed a strong local following winning numerous local “Best of” awards & regionally has been awarded the best Brewpub in Western Washington by Evening Magazine every year since 2007.  In 2010 Silver City restaurant was awarded the best brewpub in the nation by Luxist magazine.

Throughout the years Big Daddy’s brews have won over 65 awards in the prestigious World Beer Cup, North American Beer Awards, & the Great American Beer Festival, making Silver City one of the most decorated breweries in the Northwest.  We at Silver City pride ourselves in brewing a large variety of different brews, showing the diversity & range of the brewers. Of this Don says "I wanted to create many different styles, provide a lot of different tastes. I didn't want to limit myself. As a brewer, I'm very traditional. I like my beer to taste like beer. So I try to stay true to style but at the same time you want to push some beers to the edge, be creative and try new things."

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