Oktoberfest beers & history

It’s finally September and that means it’s time for my favorite beer season: Oktoberfest!

Some of you might be scratching your head and wondering if I’ve given in to “seasonal slide,” the phenomenon of a season being celebrated earlier and earlier each year. Fear not, dear readers! Oktoberfest is actually celebrated in the waning days of September. The 2016 Munich Oktoberfest will be held Sept. 17 through Oct. 3.

Before we dive into a stein of this malty brew, let’s take a step back in time to Oct. 12, 1810, when the soon-to-be King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Continue reading…

Local Oktoberfest celebrations

Sept. 10, 2 p.m. -7 p.m., Winooski Blocktoberfest, von Trapp Brewing is teaming up with Oktoberfest Vermont and the Winooski Community Partnership, Mule Bar, 38 Main St. Winooski, 339-2020

Sept. 17, 1 p.m. -7 p.m., seventh annual von Trapp Oktoberfest and celebration of new von Trapp Bierhalle, Stowe, www.trappfamily.com

Sept. 21, 5 p.m. -10 p.m., 11th annual American Flatbread Burlington Hearth Oktoberfest Celebration http://bit.ly/AFOktoberfest

Sept. 22-25 second annual Oktoberfest Vermont festival, Burlington’s Waterfront Park, http://www.oktoberfestvermont.com

Sept. 28, 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Oktoberfest at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington, search Facebook  http://bit.ly/FHTGOktober

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