There is some uncontrollable urge that hits me this time of year to flee New York as fast as possible. Maybe its the fall air, the lost chance for autumn colors, or the simple pleasure of a brisk hike on a cool morning. Whatever it is, I can’t help but throw my Metrocard into the wind and trade my beloved Brooklyn for sunny New England. A few weeks ago I had such an opportunity, cut out of the city, and head north for an annual fall escape to one of my favorite beer-swilling states, Vermont. “Leafer” and “Hippie” jokes aside, there are some great things happening in the Green Mountain State as far as beer is concerned with breweries like Hill Farmstead and Lawson’s Finest Liquids pushing out coveted brews that are hard to come by even on their local turf. The first stop on our tour, however, was with one of the bigger craft breweries of the state, Harpoon, for their annual Oktoberfest celebration.
“The Harpoon Brewery’s famous Octoberfest now happens twice a year! Come to the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, Vermont for our German style Octoberfest. Come enjoy fresh Harpoon Octoberfest beer, German food, and German Oompah music. Ja!”
Beers flowed in abundance – provided you bought enough drink tickets – and this was definitely a chance to see the German influence on Harpoon’s line-up. The Munich Dark, Oktoberfest, and Pott’s Landbier were all on tap along with American favorites such as the UFO and IPA.
Brews aside, the family-friendly Oktoberfest featured cake eating contests, keg bowling, a traditional German oompah band and – of course – German food. And while there were no rare beers, extreme releases or any of the other usual coveted beer event activities, it was a great chance to get together with a few hundred of your new, closest friends and celebrate the fall season. It was also a great excuse to visit the nearby Path of Life sculpture garden.
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