Sample Beers in a Great Fall Atmosphere at Bramwell Oktoberfest
Beer. Brats. Bluegrass. These three things are a winning combination at Bramwell, W.Va.’s annual Oktoberfest. Set for October 11, this year’s Oktoberfest is sure to draw families, craft beer enthusiasts and anyone looking for a fun fall festivity.
Bramwell Oktoberfest, now in its 19th year, began as a way to showcase craft beer, fine foods and live music in the town’s historic brick-street district known as Millionaire Row, says festival organizer George Sitler.
Frequent festival-goer Matt Barnett, says the historic district is the “perfect backdrop” for the event. He discovered Oktoberfest five years ago and hasn’t missed one since.
“It gets more impressive every year,” Barnett says. “There are more people, more music and just a great fall atmosphere.”
The overall experience of sampling a variety of beers and talking with the brewers is what Barnett likes best about Oktoberfest. Fourteen brewers will participate in this year’s festival, including Mountain State Brewing Company, Antietam Brewery and Morgantown Brewing Company. According to Sitler, Oktoberfest will feature a beer style competition judged by Owen Ogletree and Kerri Allen, organizers of Georgia's Classic City Brew Fest and writers for Southern Brew News.
In addition to tasting the brews, festival attendees enjoy chowing down, too. Food vendors with dishes like barbecue or German sausages on the menu happily serve the crowd.
Craft vendors sell their handmade wares. And musical performances – including bluegrass, folk, blues and alternative genres – can be heard throughout the day on the closed brick streets and porches of gorgeous turn-of-the-century coal baron mansions.
Admission is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the festival. Guests under 21 years of age have access to the contest and musical entertainment areas. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For advance tickets, call the Mercer County CVB at 800-221-3206. For more information: bramwelloktoberfest.com.