There’s a lot of reasons to love fall, football is back on tv, temperatures start to cool down, and of course we get the return of fall beers. Two styles of beers that start popping up in September and through the month of October are Pumpkin beers and of course Märzen style lagers more commonly known as Oktoberfest beers. What better way to celebrate some of these beers than by heading up to your hometown brewery and partaking in their local Oktoberfest celebration!
On October 8th, Drafting Table Brewing Company will be hosting their first annual Oktoberfest celebration. This event will be a day full of great brews, fantastic food, and more importantly help support Hospitality House Walled Lake, a local food pantry that is dedicated to providing food primarily for the residents of Walled Lake, Novi, and Wixom Michigan but also assisting with advice and aid throughout the entire southeastern Michigan community .
Hospitality House has been open since February of 2002 and at the time they started as a charity that was able to assist approximately 200 families in the local area. Since opening Hospitality House has grown exponentially. Over the years they have made multiple moves to bigger storage facilities allowing the group to expand their reach and assist more families in need of food. The reason Drafting Table chose Hospitality House is because they provide families in need in our area. Additionally they draw a lot of volunteers from the local schools and communities. The cover charge and the Oktoberfest stein purchase will benefit hospitality house hospitality house because they provide families in need in our area. Additionally they draw a lot of volunteers from the local schools and communities. The cover charge and the Oktoberfest stein purchase will benefit hospitality house.
While supporting this great cause of course you get the chance to have some great fun and tasty beers celebrating Drafting Table’s first Oktoberfest, and first big event since opening their doors earlier this year. One of the beers that will be available throughout the day is Drafting Table’s own Oktoberfest Märzen style lager. This beer balanced out perfectly to have a lighter body but still feature the more malty and roasty flavors normally associated with the Märzen style lager. The beer is smooth and mellow while still having a nice hints of caramel malts and a bready tasting back giving the beer a beautiful sweet and somewhat dry finish. This beer was actually tapped near the end of September and I’m in no way ashamed to admit that it’s been my go to beer for every mug I’ve had poured since.
If you’re not into German style beers but still like to embrace the season change and drink festively All Agourd just might be the beer for you. All Agourd is a pumpkin ale that manages to buck the trend with pumpkin beers by making a brew that still features the flavor of pumpkin but doesn’t make you feel like you’ve just been assaulted by Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. With All Agourd the first flavor I get is a nice maltyness that features vanilla, big time. Right along with that are traditional fall spices accompanying a body that is buttery smooth. The pumpkin flavor itself is really only noticeable on the back of the beer where it peeks out and warms your belly with a all those favorite fall flavors. Full disclosure, I’m normally not a fan of pumpkin anything (I don’t even like pumpkin pie). Not only can I drink this beer, I’ve ordered it more than once. If you’re into the whole pumpkin thing this beer is a must try, just go ahead and order a pint because you won’t be disappointed. If you’re not a fan of pumpkin but still like trying new things order this in a flight, it is absolutely worth trying.
Oktoberfest is not just about beer, you’re also going to need some food to put on top of all that brew. Luckily The Palate is bringing a specialized menu specifically for this event. The Palate is a restaurant and pub that has been open in Milford Mi. since 2012. The owners, Joe and Bristol Hibbert, set out to open a place that had an emphasis on locally grown and produced food’s and beverages. They nailed it. Not only does The Palate regularly feature top shelf beers from some of the most reputable brewers in the state, and they have also crafted a menu that manages to leave patrons stuffed but then still ordering a desert or another round of drinks. For this event The Palate has crafted a menu featuring two kinds of schnitzel, sausages, and even grilled cheese and corn dogs for kids. Additionally we would definitely recommend checking out The Palate’s Oktoberfest Celebration on October 15th.
One of the core values for those of us here at Sommbeer is community, more specifically the craft beer community. An Oktoberfest celebration is one of the most enjoyable events that pop up every year and this is sure to be fun. We also love supporting Breweries that support good causes within the community and supporting Hospitality House certainly falls in the category of good causes. We’re looking forward to seeing you next Saturday October 8th for this event!
Full details on Drafting Table Brewing Co.’s 1st Oktoberfest
DATE: Saturday, October 8th
TIME: Noon – Midnight
LOCATION: Inside & Outside Drafting Table Brewing Co.
– $5.00 at the door to help benefit Hospitality House Food Pantry in Walled Lake, MI
– Free if you wear lederhosen or dirndl
– 21+ years old after 8pm
SPECIALTY BEER RELEASES:
– Morning Hater Doppelbock with Coffee & Hazelnut
– Mean Vanilla Bean Imperial Stout
– Rye Whiskey Barrel Mean Vanilla Bean Imperial Stout
– Only Fools Russian Imperial Stout
MUG CLUB MEMBERSHIP RELEASE:
– Release of 50 Annual Mug Club Memberships @ 12pm
– Authentic German Cuisine by the Palate of Milford.
– Austrian Duo: 3-6pm
– Social Bones: 7-10pm