MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Montclair Brewery will host an outdoor beer garden to celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 26.
The outdoor event will take place in the rear of the brewery at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. It will include live music, craft beers, food and activities, while following social distance and safety guidelines.
“We decided to keep an outdoor Oktoberfest this year for many reasons,” Montclair Brewery co-owner, Denise Sawadogo said.
“One is that we believe we can do it safely and deliver a fun event for those that are yearning to come out to socialize with those in their safe circle,” Sawadogo explained. “Many are depressed and feeling lonely since so many in-person events have been canceled."
For this year’s Oktoberfest – the brewery’s second since opening in 2018 – staff will run a pair of five-hour sessions to limit capacity and allow for social distancing. The first session will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the second session will take place from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
According to the brewery:
“Due to increased safety measures, all tables will be socially distanced from each other and drinks will be served at the table. To ensure that guests are seated with family or friends, tickets are sold by tables ranging from a table size for 1 person to an eight-person table. Masks must be worn whenever customers are not seated with drinks or food at their table. Children must be seated and have a ticket. However, infants staying in a stroller do not need a ticket. Although pets are normally allowed, they will not be permitted at this event.”
Tickets must be pre-purchased on Montclair Brewery's EventBrite page at http://montclairbrew.eventbrite.com.
In true Oktoberfest fashion, the tap list will include a Czech style pilsner, Claremont Pilsner, and their German style lager, MB Lager. They will have their new Margarita flavored Pilsner, Key Lime Ale and Fullerton Belgian Blonde Ale on tap along with approximately 19 other beer styles. There will also be a variety of drinks for any non-beer drinkers, such as their new hard seltzer, as well as non-alcoholic craft drinks.
Entertainment will include:
“During Montclair Brewery’s first session of Oktoberfest, the Paradise Vendors, an acoustic duo, is expected to perform 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The Bard Band, an indie folk-rock band playing original, poetry-inspired music, performs from 3 to 4 p.m. During the second session, the Howlin Poets will play a mix of rock, R&B, funk and soul music from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ROSTAFA & Co. is expected to perform a mix of reggae, rock, blues, country and R&B from 8 to 9 p.m., and the Lily Vakili Band will help close the event out from 9:15 to 10 p.m. with an energizing mixture of original rock tempos.”
Other activities will take place all day long, and will include the popular Stein Hoisting competition, a traditional Bavarian endurance contest, trivia and table games.
Willow Street will be closed off to traffic during the event to make room for the several food and craft vendors who will be set up along the side of the street. Local businesses such as Ray Luncheonette, Tostchu, the Hot Dog Lady and Company of Yum are expected with “special Oktoberfest themed treats,” the brewery stated.
There will be a costume contest for those who come garbed in their “best Oktoberfest attire.”
Admission is $22 and each ticket holder will receive a souvenir Oktoberfest stein, commemorative pin and a free drink ticket. It is encouraged for attendees to download and register on the Arryved App in advance for touchless on-site payment.
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