Oktoberfest! - Adults welcome to partake at annual festival

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Justin Turk takes a drink from his freshly filled pint during last year’s Octoberfest celebration in downtown Prescott.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Justin Turk takes a drink from his freshly filled pint during last year’s Octoberfest celebration in downtown Prescott.

Put on the lederhosen, grab the stein and cut some cabbage to make sauerkraut, because it's time to head downtown for Oktoberfest. Raising funds for the Sister City Association's student exchange program, the event on Saturday, Sept. 26 will feature 50 beers plus cider and wine from 1 to 7 p.m. on Gurley Street. Only for adults 21 and over, attendees will get 10 samples for $20.

Event Organizer Steve Gottlieb said he's been running Oktoberfest for about six years, adding that it had previously been run by the Chamber of Commerce and John and Roxanne Nielsen, the owners of Prescott Brewing Company.

"It's one of those events that I saw that they weren't going to run and grabbed it," he said, adding that he thought of making it a fundraiser for the Sister City Association of Prescott. He said he hopes to raise between $5,000 and $10,000.

Held downtown on Gurley Street, Gottlieb said Oktoberfest is in front of Prescott Brewing Company because they were Prescott's first microbrewer.

This year's Oktoberfest will have 50 beers, which Gottlieb said include beers from Prescott Brewing Company and Granite Mountain Brewing, with Trader Joe's providing the four different wines. This year will also see expanded food offerings, said Gottlieb, mentioning that last year there was only bratwurst. This weekend's event will still offer brats by Rock n' Dog, but also pizza and pretzels by Papa Johns, Safari Samosas, lemonade, kettle corn and soft drinks.

Gottlieb spoke highly of this year's beer selection.

"The beers we selected this year are fantastic and have won medals at different beer festivals," he said. "We've also got a lot of flavor in them, in the sense that we've got traditional pumpkin stuff and your Oktoberfest beers being there, then we've got some of the mainstreams, some of the traditional beers people like drinking."

But alcohol isn't the only thing on tap for Oktoberfest. Gottlieb noted the polka accordion music at 1 p.m. and performances by Trial by Fire and Funk Frequency at 3 p.m. At 2 p.m. the German Council to the United Nations, based in Phoenix, and Mayor Kuykendall will do a Firkin Tapping. A Firkin is a small barrel of beer, on quarter the size of a regular barrel that houses cask-conditioned ale.

For more information, visit http://www.visit-prescott.com/events-in-prescott-arizona.

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