The Hotel at Auburn University’s fifth annual Oktoberfest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20 from 3 to 9 p.m. in the hotel’s north parking lot located at 241 S. College St.
The event, sponsored by The Event Group: A Tailgate Guys Company, AlaBev, Kathy Powell Statefarm and The Hotel at Auburn University, will feature 29 breweries and more than 100 craft beers for attendees to sample.
“The one-off beers are the highlight of the festival,” said Adam Keeshan, food and beverage executive assistant manager at The Hotel at Auburn University. “Oktoberfest is an opportunity for people to try these limited edition beers along with traditional IPAs, Saisons and wheats. We want to showcase unique aspects of the craft beer industry so our selection will not be the same beer people try over and over again.”
The 29 local and national breweries in attendance will include notable names like Good People Brewing Company, Monday Night Brewing, Samuel Adams and Innis & Gunn. Each brewery will have a variety of beers for attendees to sample. Select breweries will serve one-off beers, brewed special for Oktoberfest.
This year’s festival will feature Homebrew Alley, a new home brewing competition that will demonstrate the newly legalized Alabama craft.
“Homebrew Alley will consist of 10 homebrewers present to showcase their beer to the public,” Keeshan said. “Each homebrewer will pour one or two beers, and the American Homebrewers Association will judge the contest.”
Oktoberfest attendees will have the chance to taste and choose their favorite homebrew between 3 and 7 p.m. The Homebrew Master and the crowd favorite will be announced at 8 p.m.
The winner of the homebrew competition will have his or her recipe brewed at the Blue Pants Brewery in Madison, Ala., and featured on draft at The Hotel at Auburn University later this fall.
Blue Pants Brewery’s sales director, Chris Christian, sees the great opportunity the competition can offer amateur brewers.
“I'm not familiar with any brewer, especially in Alabama, that didn't get their start home brewing,” Christian said. “Our brewer, Weedy Weidenthal, got his start home brewing before receiving his formal training at the Siebel Institute.”
Tickets to the event are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com until Sept. 18 for $35 or $45 at the door. General Admission tickets include entry into the festival, beer tasting and a souvenir glass. Designated Drivers in attendance will receive free entry to the festival and two non-alcoholic drink tokens.
For more on this event, or any other upcoming events, like the AUHCC Facebook page.