Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Celebrates Oktoberfest
Munich may hold the Volkskrone for most popular Oktoberfest in the world, but Urban Chestnut Brewing Company in St. Louis puts their own unique spin on the timeless German festivity. This year, the popular hometown craft brewery is hosting its 8th annual Oktoberfest St. Louis, Sept. 28-30, at the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten, located on Washington Ave.
During the three-day festival, thousands gather in Midtown to celebrate German culture and imbibe in one of the most popular festivals of the year. Each year, UCBC’s Oktoberfest gets bigger and more diverse, but compared to previous events, this month’s festival will bring exciting new additions—and a few surprises. The year’s theme is “Biergarten to Big Top” and, in addition to pretzels, brats, and tall steins filled with signature craft beer, festival attendees can expect a closed street full of food trucks, a bustling street market, music performances, and more.
To kick things off, UCBC will unveil a limited-edition German beer—a Dunkel—brewed by co-founder and head Brewmaster Florian Kuplent, who goes back to his roots with this recipe circa 1967 from Germany’s Brauerei Erharting —where Kuplent completed his first apprenticeship. The beer will be best enjoyed in one of UCBC’s 1L commemorative steins available for purchase at the festival, and the small-batch beer will only be on tap during Oktoberfest St. Louis.
But new beer isn’t the only surprise in store. In partnership with Circus Flora and the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Urban Chestnut has lined up a bevy of local and regional musical guests, family-fun activities, and circus performers to delight and entertain festivalgoers the entire weekend. “Every year attendance at Oktoberfest St. Louis continues to grow, and this year we wanted to focus on the live music aspect of the festival,” said David Wolfe, co-founder UCBC. “Partnering with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation to utilize the Circus Flora tent as a main stage is a great way for us to support local musicians in a unique setting and include our neighbors from Grand Center in the festivities. It’s always fun when the circus comes to town, and this year’s Oktoberfest will be one to remember.”
On Saturday, challenge your party to a traditional Bavarian Masskrugstemmen–a beerstein-holding contest–to win prizes and bragging rights. While the first two days will be geared toward German beer and food, Family Day on Sunday, Sept. 30 will allow families a chance to enjoy the festivities with family crafts and activities like juggling, cookie-decorating, and acrobatic performances from members of Circus Flora. UCBC is also well-known for their puppy love, so bring the furry friend of the family and enjoy dog-friendly activities, courtesy of Purina.
The newly added Festival Market will allow visitors to shop handmade and artisan goods from local vendors all weekend long. Check out Art Farm’s screen-prints, purchase locally sourced provisions from Mac’s Local Buys, or sit-in on acclaimed chef Rob Connoley’s pop-up speed-dining experience, Bulrush. The walkable bazaar will run along Washington Ave., from UCBC’s Biergarten to Circus Flora’s Big Top Tent in Grand Center, where you can catch music acts like blues master Marquise Knox, Al Holliday and the East Side Band, and enough German polka to shake a schnitzel. Take off work early Friday afternoon to secure a spot for the ceremonial keg-tapping at 6 p.m. Then fill up your stein and shout “Prost!”
Learn more about UCBC’s Oktoberfest at oktoberfeststl.com.
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