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Oktoberfest Kicks Off Thursday at Dunedin Brewery

Dunedin's oldest brewery kicks off Oktoberfest with OktoBEERfest Thursday with food, live music, Litersteins and beer. Here's a glance at Dunedin Brewery's party and a roundup of other festivities around Dunedin this month.

Dunedin is well known for its beer.

It is home to two popular craft breweries and a craft beer bar voted among the 100 best in the nation. So it comes as no surprise that Dunedin celebrates its own take on the German Oktoberfest tradition.

Many Oktoberfest events are planned throughout Dunedin, but none is as widely-attended as Dunedin Brewery's three-day street party celebrated every first weekend in October.

And it's appropriately named for what it's really all about: OktoBEERfest.

Dunedin Brewery marks off the outside parking lot with tents, food, live music and, of course, beer.

Here's a look at the schedule:

Literstein Heritage Night (Thursday, Oct. 4; 7 p.m.)
For serious beer drinkers only. Must have a Dunedin Brewery Literstein to participate. The 2012 edition Literstein can be purchased for $35 at the door starting at 7 p.m. (The litersteins are limited edition 1-liter mugs, which are refilled for $6 on standard ales and $8 on special releases); Between Bluffs and The Weeds perform live, 8 p.m. to midnight; no cover.

First Friday Street Party (Friday, Oct. 5; 11 a.m.)
Street party starts at 5 p.m.; Ultraviolet Hippopotamus performs outside from 7 to 11 p.m. and Jahman Brahman from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. inside.

Saturday Street Gathering (Saturday, Oct. 6; 11 a.m.) 
The Dropa Stone performs live outside from 7 to 11 p.m. outside; Ultraviolet Hippopotamus from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. inside.

Here's a look at what's being served and poured: 

  • Food: Bratwurst, Keilbasa, footlong hotdog, veggie dog, sweet-and-sour cabbage, German potato salad, dry-hopped pickles, pretzels
  • Seasonal/Special Release Drafts: Oktoberfest Lager, The Big Bam Boo (official release), Bière de Café, HopNOM, 16th Anniversary Bohemian Pilsner, Maibock Lager, The Noggin (Black Cherry Pale Ale), The Bard, Cask-Conditioned Oktoberfest Lager (gravity pour), Ceremonial Oktobeerfest Cask

Other Oktoberfest specials and happenings around Dunedin this month:

  • Oktoberfest at Two Lions Winery, weeklong celebration kicks off Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. with "Keep the Glass Night," music, food and beer. 
  • Oktoberfest at Honeymoon Island, now and through the end of October, dine out to a German-themed menu of Bavarian Pork Schnitzel, Apple Strudel and 16-ounce Oktoberfest beer. 

Have an Oktoberfest event to share? Shout it out in the comments and then, add it to our events section.

Tom G October 03, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Also don't forget there is another huge event at Cricketer's - Cut Cancer Out. I plan on attending both.

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