From September 17th through October 3rd, six million people are expected to attend the 183rd Oktoberfest in Munich this year! That’s a lot of beer. At Tonewood, we plan to celebrate the spirit of Oktoberfest in a few ways. So, if you can’t make it to Munich this year, that’s okay. We’ve got you covered.
First, we brewed a German dark lager call a Dunkel (officially pronounced doon kuhl). Originally brewed in Bavaria, Munich grains lends a toasty, bready maltiness and traditional Noble hops help to soften the sweetness. Our version - the Dreadnought Dunkel - comes in at 4.4% ABV and it just feels right drinking it as the air gets crisper, nights get shorter, and autumn sets in.
Second, we are going to Oktoberfest. The Audubon Fire Department is hosting its version of Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 15th from 6 - 10 pm. Tickets include food and drink. By drink they mean beer. It's $30 per person, $55 per couple or, if you wait until the 15th $35 at the door. All proceeds benefit Audubon Fire Department.
Also, Dreadnought will be featured at Pumpkins in the Parking Lot at Keg and Kitchen on Saturday, October 1st; and we will be featured at Farm and Fisherman's Beast Fest in Cherry Hill on Sunday, October 2nd.
Celebrate with us throughout the end of September and October. Lederhosen are completely optional.
Here's a link to some other great Oktoberfests in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Brief History of Oktoberfest
The annual festival began simply in 1810 when Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese and the citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate the royal nuptials in the Bavarian fields. The celebration was repeated the following year, aligning with traditional horse races that were customarily run around the time of the Royal’s anniversary.
As the festival continued in subsequent years it grew in size and offerings, eventually allowing breweries to serve their thirst-quenching beers. Today, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest festival. There are parades, amusements, food, and music, in addition to the regional craft German beers which have made the festival so popular across the globe.
* Fun fact: Dunkel was the only beer served at the wedding reception of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese during the first Oktoberfest.