As I was driving home from Red River’s Oktoberfest last Sunday, I had a couple questions on my mind. How much Oktoberfest is too much Oktoberfest? And can anyone really have too much Oktoberfest in their lives? The answers that I came up with were thus: “too much” is too broad of a statement, and no, you can never have too much Oktoberfest! And that’s why the Germans celebrate this festival every year for 17 to 18 days. Well, tomorrow (Saturday), Santa Fe Brewing Company is hosting their fourth annual Oktoberfiesta at the brewery, just off of highway 14, at 35 Fire Place. Not to be confused with their Oktoberfest (Beer) Release Party, which I wrote about in August, this will be the real deal, whole enchilada, and sauerkraut meal. This, beer and fiesta enthusiasts, will be one Oktoberfest bash in true Santa Fe Brewing style that you do NOT want to miss.
This year, three bands and a house DJ will be playing/spinning/killin’ it all day from noon to 7, including the mariachi band, Mariachi Diferencia, the jam band, Pigment, and the cure to southwestern rock, The Strange. The roof will come down.
Also, throughout the day, true tests of Wit and Will shall be held — contests of six-pack holding, yodeling, and bratwurst eating, none for the faint of heart. What’s German for “Game on?!”
SFBC will also be hosting a beer tasting with three other great breweries. For a mere suggested donation of $5, Oktoberfesters, 21 and older, will get a taster glass to sample the brewsical stylings of SFBC, Canteen Brewhouse, Boxing Bear Brewing Co., and Bosque Brewing Co. Even Santa Fe Cider Works will be there selling something a bit different. (Wink, wink.) And for your noshing pleasure, local food trucks Joe’s Sausage and Tacos y Mas will be there on site.
It’s a great philosophy to “celebrate the season, for no reason,” but SFBC has a great reason this year, or three, actually. Even though this is an admission-free event, a portion of the day’s proceeds will go to benefit the Santa Fe Humane Society & Animal Shelter, the Esperanza Woman’s Shelter, and the Assistance Dogs of the Southwest. Haven’t I been saying it all along? Beer saves lives, man!
This crazy shindig is a family friendly event, so bring out the kiddos. Bring Grandma. Bring that weird aunt that always wants to show off her inappropriate dolphin tattoo. Hey, maybe one of them can be the DD! (Fest responsibly, folks! If you booze it, don’t cruise it.) I’m already convinced this will be the party of the year; in fact, I will be there celebrating my birthday, because it’s my particular brand of bash. So grab your Dirndls and lederhosen (how many times will I say that this year?) OR sombrero and head out to Santa Fe Brewing Company for a wicked good time! See you there! Aye, Aye!
From SFBC Website:
Schedule of Events
Noon – 12:30 — House DJ
12:30 – 1:30 — Mariachi Diferencia
1:30 – 2:15 — Six-pack holding contest (sign up limited to first 10 people located at festival entrance). There will also be a men’s heat and a women’s heat.
2:15 – 3 — Brat-eating contest (sign up is limited to the first 10 people located at festival entrance)
3 – 5 — Pigment
5 – 5:15 — Yodeling Contest (sign up is limited to the first five people located at the festival entrance)
5:15 – 7:30 — The Strange
* all event times are approximate and subject to change