2017 Edmonton Oktoberfest
Thanks to Alberta Beer Festivals for bringing Germany’s Oktoberfest to Edmonton!
By Mairyn Chorney on Oct. 02, 2017
Oktoberfest at Edmonton’s Expo Center was unlike any of the other beerfests that I had been to in the past. I went in with a few friends of mine and right away we could tell the atmosphere was different. If you’ve been to an Alberta Beer Festival event before and was lucky enough to attend Oktoberfest this year, you probably know what I’m talking about. The main difference between Oktoberfest and previous beer festivals was that we got full pints. That’s right, FULL 16oz. pints! The 4oz. sampling glasses are no more at Oktoberfest. To fill the glass costs 2 drink tickets, but we also had the option of only filling up halfway for 1 ticket. Since this Oktoberfest wasn’t all about sampling beers like the Calgary International Beerfest and the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival, I felt as though the crowd was different. Sure, there was still beer geeks and the beer industry cliques but there was also more people that were just there to hang out, drink beer and have a good time.
The atmosphere at Oktoberfest is festive, with dancers in traditional German garb, and Oompa bands to entertain you. The snacks included German fare like salted pretzels with spicy mustard, stew, and of course, schnitzel! There was long tables set up in every “pavilion” so it was always easy to find a place to sit and eat. Like all of Alberta Beer Festival events, the selection of beer was amazing. You could get anything from a dark chocolate porter to a cloudy witbier. They even were pouring ciders!
Alberta Beer Festivals did not disappoint once again. Oktoberfest is a great place to drink your favourite brew or try beers you’ve never even heard of! Check out ABF’s website to find more information and to get tickets to their upcoming events! Prost!
My top 3 favourite YEG Oktoberfest beers:
- Oktoberfest Lager – Medicine Hat Brewing Company
- Naughty Amber – Fat Unicorn Brewery
- Cloud Break HopfenWeizen – Bench Creek Brewing
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