Oktoberfest happenings in Charlotte
If you missed out on Charlotte Oktoberfest (which was fantastic, by the way), or just want to keep the festivities going now that we’ve officially entered October, there are a number of local events going on this month that celebrate the official coming of fall and delicious beer.
Other events may be added as the month progresses, so be sure to check back in with On Tap regularly. And if I missed something, please let me know.
• Of course, when it comes to this traditional German festival, you have to go to Charlotte’s source in that aspect: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, which holds firm to the Reinheitsgebot standard in order to provide the best quality beer.
And you can sample the quality at OMB’s fifth annual Mecktober Fest this Saturday, Oct. 5 from noon to 10 p.m. at the brewery. Enjoy fresh beer, food and live music the entire day.
There is a $5 entry fee, and all of the beer and food is a la carte (it’s also a cash-only event). As in years past, one of the highlights will be the nine-piece Holzhackern Tyrolean Band providing traditional Bavarian songs. Entry is limited, and given Saturday’s forecast (87 degrees with zero percent chance of rain as of right now), I’d get there sooner rather than later.
• For the northern-area local craft beer lovers, the Duckworth’s location in Mooresville is also having an Oktoberfest celebration this Sat. beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be beer and food tickets available for purchase at the door.
Duckworth’s will be serving German sausages, sauerkraut and potato salad and feature beer selections from Birdsong, NoDa, Olde Hickory and Sierra Nevada, among others. There will also be live music by Wally & Dave.
• Pumpkin beers have been out for some time now, and Good Bottle Co. is giving you a chance to try a multitude of offerings during its pumpkin tap takeover this coming Tues., Oct. 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Good Bottle will feature local offerings from NoDa Brewing Company (Gordgeous) and Olde Mecklenburg (technically Mecktoberfest is not a pumpkin beer but it is outstanding), along with Southern Tier Pumking, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Cisco Pumple Drumkin and R.J. Rockers Gruntled Pumpkin, among others.
• Located in the SouthEnd district, World of Beer is having a “WOBtoberfest” on Sat., Oct. 12 from open to close. This festival will feature live entertainment and numerous raffles and giveaways.
World of Beer will feature a heavy German beer lineup, along with special loyalty flights and even some German drafts on a Randall, which should be interesting. The event starts at noon and will run until 2 a.m.
• If you want to partake in this month’s activities with man’s best friend, then Triple C Brewing Company is the place to be. On Sat., Oct. 26, Triple C is having its “Barktoberfest” Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A $20 donation will get you lunch from Penn Station Subs, doggie treats and ice cream from Canine Café and a goodie bag. There will also be a one-mile walk against cancer, in which people and their dogs will go to Canine Café and back to Triple C (proceeds benefit Cops for the Cure and Murray’s Fund), along with a Dog “Howl-o-Ween” Costume Contest.
The Dream Dogs will provide live music, and food trucks will be on hand as well. Also, you can get your picture taken with your dog for $10, with proceeds going to CC’s Heart Fund. Register for the event now by going to www.cops4thecure.com