Local brews battle German classics for Oktoberfest. Who will win?
TIME to dust off your giant steins, strap on the lederhosen and march merrily to the nearest boisterous beer hall. This weekend marks the start of Oktoberfest — Munich’s traditional monthlong celebration of sausage, beer and bravado — and on Saturday afternoon, the New York City Brewers Guild will convene its own version, Blocktoberfest, with a party in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, complete with a barbecue smoker, live jazz music and, of course, plenty of refreshing, local suds from 19 NYC breweries.
“Blocktoberfest is a chance for New York City’s breweries to come together and prove that NYC is a great city for beer,” says Guild president Kelly Taylor, owner of Brooklyn’s KelSo Beer Co. and brewmaster for Manhattan’s Heartland Brewery.
While most breweries will be serving their usual flagship beers and fall seasonals, some, including Taylor’s own KelSo, Staten Island’s Flagship and Queens’ Rockaway Brewing, have commissioned brand new German- and Oktoberfest-inspired lagers and ales brewed especially for the event. (Brooklyn Brewery’s venerable Oktoberfest Märzen, first introduced 14 years ago, will also be poured.)