Say Ok to Oktobeerfest? Don’t Mind if I do!
Sep10

Say Ok to Oktobeerfest? Don’t Mind if I do!

  Orange is the new black; 30 is the new 40…beer is the new wine.  At least in my opinion it is. Craft beer production has exploded in the last few years and I, for one, couldn’t be happier.  With so much variety, there is literally a beer for everyone.  Which makes the 16th Annual Oktobeerfest one of the events that is a can’t miss in my book.  And this year’s event is looking to be better than ever! Over 35 Indiana breweries will come together on September 13th at Headwaters Park West with the help of Mad Anthony Brewing Company to celebrate and promote locally crafted products.  I had the opportunity to meet with Tiffany Cox, the marketing coordinator for Mad Anthony Brewing Company, and she was able to give me the inside scoop on Oktobeerfest. This is the 16th Oktobeerfest. How have things changed the most in the last 16 years? We have developed this festival into a celebration of Indiana craft beer culture and use the festival to highlight other amazing things going on in our area, like the growing food truck market and talented local bands.  This was not a quick process, but definitely a rewarding one. We also learned the best way to throw a party is to get the community involved. What is new this year that you’d recommend a first time attendee check out? New to this year’s festival is the Mad Brewers Challenge, co-sponsored by MABC and Brewer’s Art Supply. One lucky home-brewer will win the chance to have their beer commercially brewed and served at all Mad Anthony brewpubs.  The top ten entries will be served at the festival and voted on by attendees. Love local foods? Also new this year is the Food Truck Alley, which will highlight the growing food truck culture in Fort Wayne.  Set to make appearances are: Bravas, Big John’s Ragin’ Cajun and Affine. Outside of these great additions, we have also been able to increase our brewer attendance. This year’s festival will feature over 35 Indiana craft breweries/pubs. What is your favorite part of the event? My favorite part was always being able to talk to the brewers.  A lot of festivals utilize distributors to stand in for a brewery, but as a taster you miss out on the ability to ask questions about the beer and get the answer from those who know it best.  I could always count on Oktobeerfest because it was distributor free. Any overall recommendations from a beer tasting perspective for our first timers? Drink mild, sweet beers first and rich, bitter beers last: o   Drinking your beers in...

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