Photo by Max Efrein.
German beer lovers at your mark.
Today, Sept. 25, is the second day of Prescott’s Oktoberfest and the only day of the two-day event that will feature authentic German beers.
“The Oktoberfest beer from Germany is hard to get,” said Prescott Oktoberfest organizer Steve Gottlieb of Eagle Management and Events LLC.
In order to claim the 36 half-barrels of beer from Munich, Germany, Gottlieb had to put an order in nine months in advance. “The only other German beer in the state is going to the Tempe Oktoberfest,” Gottlieb said.
The German beers available will be Weihenstephan: 1516 keller, Weis, Lager, and Festbier; Becks Oktoberfest; Franziskaner: Dunkel weis; and Spaten: Lager, and Oktoberfest, according to the www.prescottevents.net website.
Prescott’s Oktoberfest kicked off at 5 p.m. Saturday, and went until 10 p.m. At 6, Prescott Mayor Harry Oberg followed the tradition of starting the event by “tapping the keg.” With assistance from a professional, Oberg successfully popped open a keg of wheat lemon beer provided by Prescott Brewing Company. Right before doing so, he spoke to the significance of Prescott’s Oktoberfest.
“This is a very important event for us,” Oberg said. “Tonight we’re really trying to do this for the Zeist Germany group.”
Hosted by the City of Prescott, Oktoberfest is put on every year to benefit the Prescott Sister Cities organization, which annually uses its share of the proceeds to help cover the travel costs for local exchange students traveling to Prescott’s Sister City of Zeitz, Germany.
Chris Kuknyo, former Prescott City Council member and committee member of the Prescott-Zeitz sister cities partnership, spoke as well.
“I tell you what, when they come back, they’re changed for the better,” Kuknyo said of the students who participate in the program.
Admission to the Oktoberfest event is $20, which includes eight sample tickets. Gottlieb noted that the sample glasses would be about a half-pint.
Complementing the beer and wine is food from about a dozen food trucks – offering everything from pretzels and brats to Mexican food and barbecue.
Also on Sunday, Analog Outlaws will begin performing at 1 p.m., with Black Moods appearing at 3 p.m.