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Jax Beer Guy teams up with Play Harder Tours for Helen, Ga. Oktoberfest package

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It is with great pleasure and quite a bit of excitement that I announce my partnership with Play Harder Tours for the first of what we hope will be many Jax Beer Guy beer adventures.

For our first destination we wanted something that was quintessentially beer-related. We could think of nothing better than Oktoberfest Printin Helen, Ga., the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States.

Nestled in the North Georgia mountains, Helen is a delightful town that has been turned in to an authentic German Alpine village. On its picturesque main street you will find an outdoor Bier Garten, an authentic German bakery, quaint shops and restaurants and loads of charm.

The festival takes place in the village Festhalle where you will be entertained by German oom-pah-pah bands, witness — and hear — alphorns blown, cow bells struck and accordions squeezed. Attendees will be dressed up in their finest drndles and lederhosen and polka dancing is sure to be the preferred dance floor activity.

In the Festhalle you tables will be set up in long rows — just like in Munich — for socializing with friends both new and old while enjoying mugs of cold German beer and eating brats, pretzels and more.

To learn more about Helen and the surrounding area, read my article from the Folio Weekly published March 1st.

If you have always wanted to attend this amazing event, now is your chance. Our trip includes luxury round-trip transportation to and from Helen by motor coach, tickets to the famous Helen Oktoberfest celebration and a few other surprises we have up our sleeves for you.

The round-trip motor coach transportation and Oktoberfest ticket is a steal at just $220 per person. In addition, single, double or quadruple occupancy rooms can be reserved through Play Harder Tours beginning at just $60 per person.

Contact Bill at (904) 910-7009 or bill@playhardertours.com for details or to reserve your spot today. This is going to be a very popular tour and space is limited, so reserve your place at the party today!

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Beer, Octoberfest

 

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Oktoberfests and Beer Fests abound this time of year

Oktoberfest (1)Whether you are German or just German at heart, this time of year has every beer-lover thinking of brats, oompah and brews. Mid-to-late September is the traditional time for Oktoberfest, the German wedding celebration turned beer festival. If a trip to Munich is not feasible for you, fret not; there are plenty of Oktoberfests and other beer festivals around Jacksonville to keep your beer boot full and your brat craving sated.

September 12

Anheuser-Busch Oktoberfest
111 Busch Drive, Jacksonville

Craft beer aficionados may turn their nose up, but Anheuser-Busch was started by a German in St. Louis over 100 years ago. This year the brewing behemoth is throwing a German-style party at six of their breweries around the country including right here in Jacksonville. The polka-infused fest will feature some of the company’s German imports like Spaten and Franziskaner along with traditional food items like pretzels and bratwursts.

Tickets are $30 and include a stein, two beers and one food item. You can purchase them here.

September 17 (and every Thursday night)

Hemming Park Beer Garden
Hemming Park, Jacksonville

It may not be an Oktoberfest per se, but it is a beer garden and the Germans love their bier gartens. Swing on downtown for this weekly social gathering and enjoy a beer under the tree canopy of Hemming Park. While you are there, grab a bite to eat at the on-site food truck and enjoy the views of Jacksonville’s lovely, and increasingly lively, downtown.

No ticket is needed. Cash bar.

September 19

Bruval
Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach

This second year event evolved from a very popular first year at Mellow Mushroom, Jax Beach. With over 20 breweries pouring more than 60 brews, this event is sure to be a continued hit for years to come.

“In our eyes, Bruval is the perfect mix of Duval and craft beer,” said Tye Wallace of Void Magazine, the event’s sponsor. “Simply, we see Bruval as the celebration of really good beer.”

Guests may attend the event free, but all-you-care-to-drink tickets are $30 in advance and $40 after September 16. To purchase tickets go here.

September 27

Bonnabrew
Under the Fuller Warren Bridge, Jacksonville

From 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the grounds of the Riverside Art Market will transform into a music-filled, performance art displaying conglomeration of freak bikes, dragon boats and beer.  Tickets for UNLIMITED Beer Sampling are only $30 in advance or $35 the day of the event!

For Beer tickets, call 904.860.2465

October 3

Intuition Ale Works Oktoberfest
710 King Street, Jacksonville

After a couple of years celebrating Oktoberfest away from the brewery, Intuition has brought the celebration home and plan to close off King Street in front of their building. Plan on eating light the morning of the event because the $40 ticket includes all-you-can-eat German sausages and other specialties, a souvenir stein with one beer fill and a giant pretzel.

Get your tickets here.

Engine 15 Brewing Company Oktoberfest
1500 Beach Blvd #217, Jacksonville Beach

The Jax Beach Brewery holds its annual celebration in its parking lot as usual with plenty of beer, food and fun.

No ticket necessary. Cash bar.

European Street – Beaches Oktoberfest
992 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach

Every year the folks at European Street host a community-focused Oktoberfest celebration. This year is no different. Expect to find plenty of German beers on tap along with pretzels and brats. The first 100 guests to purchase beer tickets will receive an authentic Warsteiner beer boot. There will also be traditional music, stein hoisting contests and raffles.

No ticket necessary. Cash bar.

Green Room Brewing Company
228 3rd Street North, Jacksonville Beach

Join the surf crowd for a fun-filled Oktoberfest celebration featuring cold brews, music and plenty of fun.

No tickets necessary. Cash Bar.

October 7

Oktoberfest at Art Walk
Downtown Jacksonville

Each month the Downtown Art Walk attracts art-lovers, partiers and assorted others to the downtown core. Over its run, the event has become a monthly ritual for many of the city’s hip and happening as well as those looking for a fun, lively night out. As has been the custom for several years, the October Art Walk takes on a decidedly German flair with a beer garden in Hamming Park, music, games and a ceremonial keg tapping by new mayor Lenny Curry.

No ticket necessary. Cash bar.

October 9 and 10

Jaxtoberfest
St. John’s Town Center

Now in its third year, the massive Oktoberfest-themed party has moved from the Shipyards downtown to a more central location at the Town Center. Look for a large selection of German and domestic craft brews along with plenty of mouth-watering food. Entertainment will range from German Oompah bands to local bands. In addition there will be a variety of games including a dachshund race.

General admission tickets are $8 per day or $12 for both days. If VIP is how you roll, you will receive a souvenir mug and larger pours for the same price as regular for $40 one-day and $60 for both days. Beer price is $6.

For tickets click here.

October 16

Beaches Oktoberfest
Seawalk Pavillion, Jacksonville Beach

This three-day celebration begins on Friday night with Craftoberfest a craft beer festival with more than 30 craft breweries represented. Beers may be purchased individually for the event an unlimited-sampling pass is available for $30 early bird sales or $45 full price.

The fun continues on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18. VIP passes cost $30 for early purchasers and $45 after that. Included is a stein, beer passport, one free beer and more. Or, you could go All-Access for $50 early and $65 later and get all the above plus unlimited sampling Friday night.

Purchase passes here.

October 17

European Street – Riverside Oktoberfest
2753 Park Street, Jacksonville

Every year the folks at European Street host a community-focused Oktoberfest celebration. This year is no different. Expect to find plenty of German beers on tap along with pretzels and brats. The first 100 guests to purchase beer tickets will receive an authentic Warsteiner beer boot. There will also be traditional music, stein hoisting contests and raffles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Beer Festival

 

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A-B to host Oktoberfest at six breweries

oktoberfest_logo_ftcOktoberfest is the Holy Grail of beer festivals to many beer enthusiasts around the world. Each year millions of revelers make the pilgrimage to Munich, Germany to eat, drink and be merry under massive beer tents. If a trip to Europe is not feasible for you, Anheuser-Busch is bringing an authentic German Oktoberfest celebration to six of its breweries. The events, full of traditional Oktoberfest festivities, will celebrate authentic German beer, food and entertainment in September and October.

Fairfield, Calif. – September 12

Jacksonville, Fla. – September 12

Fort Collins, Colo. – September 12 and 13

St. Louis, Mo. – September 25, 26 and 27

Cartersville, Ga. – October 3 and 4

Merrimack, N.H. – October 10

In true Oktoberfest tradition, St. Louis will host a wedding ceremony to kick off the celebratory weekend. The tradition of celebrating a wedding at Oktoberfest dates back to the early 1800s when Crown Prince Ludwig, the future King of Bavaria, invited the entire population of Munich to honor his recent marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.

At each location, brewmasters and local dignitaries will kick off the celebration by tapping the first keg and leading guests in a ceremonial toast.

Guests can enjoy a variety of German-style beers, such as Spaten, Franziskaner and other seasonal favorites, paired with traditional German fare such as bratwursts, Bavarian pretzels and gingerbread cookies. Visitors can participate in traditional German games and enjoy live music and entertainment.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ABOktoberfest.com.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Beer Festival

 

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Sierra Nevada collaborates with German brewery on Oktobefest

sierrenevadaoktoberfestKen Grossman, the mastermind behind Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is known to be fiercely loyal to his family, his brand and those who enjoy his products. As one of the pioneers in the craft beer industry, he is also keenly aware of the importance of keeping his product offerings fresh and exciting. With his newest project, Grossman brings together his family with another family-owned and family-run brewery in Germany. The project sees his company collaboratively brewing a new Oktoberfest beer with 600-year-old Brauhaus Riegle of Augsburg, Germany.

Read all the details in the official press release below:

Chico, CA— June 29, 2015—On a trip to Germany this spring, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. finalized its inaugural partner, Augsburg’s Brauhaus Riegele, for a brand new Oktoberfest beer. Released each fall starting in 2015, the collaborative seasonal will feature a different German brewery every year. The partnership blends centuries of brewing tradition with modern spirit, giving craft drinkers the ultimate Oktoberfest, a Bavarian festival beer unlike any they’ve experienced in the US.

Family owned like Sierra Nevada, Brauhaus Riegele has brewed excellent craft beers since 1386, and more than 600 years later, its innovation earns accolades including 2015 Craft Brewer of the Year at the Meininger International Craft Beer Awards. Just as Sierra Nevada’s Ken and Brian Grossman lead as a father-son team, Brauhaus Riegele has a father-son duo at the helm. Its 27th generation Master Brewer Dr. Sebastian Priller-Riegele works alongside his son Sebastian Priller-Riegele, a World Champion Beer Sommelier, to brew a lineup of beers that together have earned more than 200 awards and medals stateside and abroad. Their brewmaster, Frank Muller, has won the German Government’s “Bundesehrenpreis” award for quality seven times—every year it’s been given.

“We’re honored that Brauhaus Riegele, a real cornerstone of German craft brewing, is kicking off this Oktoberfest collaboration with us,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “We’re both family owned, our children are hands on, and we share a passion for great beer. We’re aligned in so many ways, and we’re excited about the outstanding beer that’s emerged.”

“For years we’ve followed the great development of Sierra Nevada and we are really impressed by Ken and Brian’s fantastic beer culture,” said Sebastian Priller-Riegele, Brauhaus Riegele’s marketing manager. “We are really looking forward to sharing this outstanding beer together that shows our passion and dedication to the art of brewing. It’s an honor to work with Sierra Nevada.”

The Sierra Nevada and Brauhaus Riegele collaboration Oktoberfest will hit retail shelves in August. It will only be distributed in North America, although Brauhaus Riegele fans in Germany need not worry. The two breweries are collaborating on a separate barrel-aged beer to be brewed and aged on site at Brauhaus Riegele’s traditional Bavarian sudhaus.

About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for craft brewers worldwide with innovations in the brewhouse as well as advances in sustainability. It is famous for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Hop Hunter® IPA, Nooner® Pilsner, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at www.sierranevada.com.

About Brauhaus Riegele
Founded in 1386, Brauhaus Riegele is acknowledged as one of Germanys leading breweries in respect to quality and beer culture. It is located in Augsburg in the heart of Bavaria, where roughly 30 different kinds of craft beers are brewed, among them “Commerzienrat Riegele Privat,” Germany’s beer of the decade. More information at www.riegele.de or www.riegele-biermanufaktur.de.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Beer

 

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8 Best U.S. Oktoberfests

While the real Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany may be over, there are still plenty of fall celebrations that spotlight German heritage with oompah music, bratwurst and plenty of beer here in the United States. The folks at The Sparefoot Blog, have compiled an infographic that highlights eight of our country’s biggest and best Oktoberfest celebrations.

Read the entire article here: http://blog.sparefoot.com/6906-eight-best-oktoberfests-in-big-us-cities/

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Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Infographic

 

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Oktoberfest comes to Jacksonville’s Memorial Park

Oktoberfest2013_IntuitionOktoberfest is breaking out all over Jacksonville over the next few weeks. This week brings the Second Annual Art Walk Oktoberfest (see article here) and the first Oktoberfest at Memorial Park put on by the Memorial Park Association (MPA). The event, which takes place October 3 and 4, is being put on to help raise the last $40,000 of $200,000 needed to obtain matching funds from the city for restoration of the 90-year-old park.

Annually MPA receives donations averaging $45,000, 95% of that income is spent on park maintenance, promoting the park and improvements to supplement city efforts.  MPA pays for additional mowing, tree trimming, debris removal, fertilizing and planting of new shrubs and annuals.  MPA board members collectively donate in excess of 500 hours working in the park and promoting MPA’s mission of preserving and enhancing this gem.

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the 6-acre park was designed by the Olmstead Brothers landscaping company and dedicated on Christmas Day 1924. The park was created to honor the more than 1,200 casualties Florida suffered during World War I.

Friday night, October 3, is VIP night at the festival. For a donation of $125 guests receive a stein, three beers, a pretzel and all you can eat German food including vegetarian options.  In addition, VIP guests can return to the festivities the next day at no additional charge and stein fills for just $5. VIP tickets are only available to MPA members at the association’s website. But, the public is encouraged join. For VIP ticket and membership information visit: http://memparkjax.org/event/2014-oktoberfest-vip-preview-party-friday-october-3rd/.

If VIP is not your thing, or in your budget, general admission tickets for Saturday, October 4 are $40 each and entitle guests to a souvenir Oktoberfest stein, one free stein fill, a giant pretzel and live German music.

Returning to Jacksonville once again for this event is Oompah band The Swinging Bavarians. The traditionally dressed band, made up of musicians mostly from the same family, provide rousing German music, yodeling, toasts, slap dancing and authentic ambiance.  Other entertainment will include the crowning of the King and Queen of Oktoberfest, stein holding contests and other traditional German games.

Beer at the event will be provided by local brewers Intuition Ale Works, Aardwolf Brewing Company and Veterans United Craft Brewery.

Food will be plentiful due to a partnership with the Jax Truckies food truck group. Trucks that are expected to be in attendance include: Bold City Pops, Delish Kebabs, Jalapeno Truck, Son of a Butcher and Super Food Truck. Each food truck has committed to creating and serving at least one German dish for the event.

General admission tickets for the event are $40 at the gate or, if purchased online before the date of the event, $35. General admission tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-oktoberfest-in-memorial-park-tickets-12939112233.

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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Beer

 

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Oktoberfest infographic tells all

It’s that magical time of the year when men don their lederhosen and women doll up in their dirndls. Yes, Oktoberfest draws near and the folks at Home Brew West in Ireland have put together an infographic that provides you with all you could ever want to know abut the world’s largest festival.

Visit Home Brew West’s website here.

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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in Beer

 

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