It’s Oktoberfest season once again, and you have plenty of choices to visit Oktoberfest celebrations around the state this year. Adding to the list is Santa Fe Brewing Company with their zany twist on a traditional Oktoberfest celebration, Oktoberfiesta. Sure, there will be brats, contests, dirndls, and a great Oktoberfest beer, but if you’ve ever been to Santa Fe’s version of this familiar festival, you already know that is where the similarity ends. There will also be tacos, mariachis, and baby goats. That’s right, the baby goats will be there on Sunday for the kids to pet, and the adults to do their best not to take one home. Who knew so many people loved baby goats?
It all happens this weekend as SFBC bring back their annual charity fundraiser superbash, and you’re all invited for Saturday or Sunday or both. If you’re not familiar with the concept, sometime in August, SFBC asks people to vote, via Facebook, for the local charities they would like to support. The top three with the most votes are then supported by the event with a portion of the door cover donated to the charity. The best part is that you get to choose which one of the three charities your money goes to once you get through the door.
This year the charities benefiting from all the Oktoberfiesta fun are Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society, Adaptive Sports Program New Mexico, and Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families.
“We always try to focus the whole event around the charities,” general manager Alana Jones said. “We want to give back to the community that’s given us so much. And, because we like to party.”
As in past years, the door cover also gets you a commemorative glass. Door cover varies depending on size of glass you select; five-ounce, half-liter stein, or full-liter stein, if you’re really thirsty. And, with all the great beer, you probably will be.
Speaking of beer, returning this year are the guest taps, from which you can sample. Below is the beer list from the five participating breweries, and I’m excited about each of them. Well, I don’t personally do pumpkin beers, but I’m always excited to prove my palate wrong. SFBC has certainly tried to acquire some interesting brews from these great breweries, including the brand new Rowley Farmhouse Ales in Santa Fe, who kindly donated a Rye Saison for the charities.
Canteen Brewhouse – Cheeky Codswallop ESB (5% ABV, 30 IBU)
Second Street Brewery – Oktoberfest (5.4% ABV), Red & Yellow Armadillo – Imperial Red Ale (9.2%, 82 IBU)
Bosque Brewing Co. – PSA Pumpkin Spice Ale (6%, 15 IBU)
Boxing Bear Brewing – Oso Loco Coffee Red (4.8%, 25 IBU)
Rowley Farmhouse Ales – Fields of Rye – Rye Saison (7%, 15 IBU)
As always, there will be food trucks on site, with plenty of German-themed meals, and tacos. I promised tacos, because what would Oktoberfiesta be without tacos, and eggrolls, right? Right.
Food Trucks: Dr. Field Goods, Egg Whoa Yeah!, Joe S. Sausage, Santa Fe Barbecue, and Taqueria Gracias Madre!
Contests: Returning this year are everyone’s favorite contests, brat-eating, yodeling, six-pack holding, and pumpkin painting for the kids.
Music: This year SFBC has loaded the big stage with great local talent and a variety of musical genres including mariachi, rock, Americana, reggae, marching band, and they’ve thrown in a little jam band and hip hop for good measure. It’s certainly an eclectic mix, but again, it’s Oktoberfiesta! The bands include Mariachi Diferencia, Pigment, Siren Shipwreck, Imperial Rooster, Mondo Vibrations, St. Range, The Hillstompers, and The Battlefield, from Los Angeles.
What’s different this year is that Oktoberfiesta is no longer under the big tent as in years past. It will take place at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing, the concert venue adjacent to the brewery. If you haven’t already experienced The Bridge, then Oktoberfiesta is a great reason to check out this great space. A concert venue run by a brewery? Great concept, right? Who wants to pay $15 per domestic beer anyway? We don’t.
It will also be your first opportunity to see the interior space of The Bridge, as this will be the first time SFBC opens the doors to the public. The event begins at noon both days, and ends at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 6 p.m. on Sunday. After the event is over at The Bridge on Saturday, you can wind down with a little live hip hop from an up-and-coming group to end out the night.
This will be my third or fourth time at SFBC’s Oktoberfiesta. There may be one year I don’t totally remember. Those things happen. But, I truly hope you can come out for this fun event. It’s got a little something for everyone. Bring the family for the pumpkin and face painting, as well as ice cream and root beer vendors, and baby goats! The music and food will be excellent as always, but best of all, you get a great chance to support local beer, bands, food, vendors, and charities. Toss on those dirndls and lederhosen, or throw on a pancho if you wish; it’s going to be a fun weekend at The Bridge. I’ll see you there.