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Jug and Kilt to celebrate Oktoberfest

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 09:12 PM

Chris Shields, the owner of the Tri-State’s authentic English pub, The Jug and Kilt, has a confession to make. He’s been holding back something from his patrons. Make that holding back a lot.

Shields has been squirreling away kegs of Oktoberfest brews so that on Friday, Sept. 20, The Jug and Kilt, located at 5636 U.S. 60 East next to Kmart between Huntington and Barboursville, will tap some 11 different Oktoberfest beers at the bar’s 30-tap system.

Shields said they will be rolling out the barrels on Friday and will be holding a traditional 17-day Oktoberfest that will include several bands coming in from out of town and special events as well as this collection of Oktoberfest and fall harvest (pumpkin) brews that include: Sierra Nevada Tumbler, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Yuengling Oktoberfest, Blackwater Brewing Harvest, North End Tavern Harvest 13, Southern Tier Pumpkin, J.R. Rocker Gruntled Pumpkin, Ayinger Oktoberfest, Magic Hat Oktoberfest, and Bridge Brew Harvest.

“We’ve been holding back and it’s been killing us because a lot of people have already been putting their Oktoberfest beers out,” Shields said. “We’ll change out those 11 taps on Friday and keep them as long as they’re there.”

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
There’s a ton of great festivals in the Tri-State this weekend, but if you’re up for a little river run over to one of North America’s largest Oktoberfests you won’t be disappointed.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati will take over downtown Cincinnati  (six blocks of Fifth Avenue) with three days of celebrating the city’s rich German heritage. The Oktoberfest runs 5 to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.. Sunday.

Presented by Sam Adams, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country and the second largest in the world. More than half-a-million people will converge on a six-block area of Fifth Street to eat, sing, mingle, sport lederhosen, listen to polka music, try to speak German and perform the Chicken Dance.

Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati features seven stages showcasing continuous live German music and more than 30 food vendors serving close to 200 dishes.

For more info, go online at http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/ .

Bramwell Brews Listed
Speaking of Oktoberfests, the 18th Bramwell Oktoberfest (featuring microbreweries from about six states) will run from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, on the brick streets of Bramwell’s Millionaire Row Historic District.

So far breweries include: Bridge Brew Works, Chestnut Brew Works, Charleston Brewing Company, Blue Mountain, Southern Tier, Sunken City, Morgantown Brewing Company, Blackwater, Antietam, Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Saranac, Mendocino Brewery.

General admission ticketholders over age 21 may obtain 2-ounce samples of competing beers from breweries from around the region including among others.

Children 12 and under are admitted free. Adult tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the gate. For tickets in advance, contact the Mercer County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 800-221-3206 or go online at www.bramwelloktoberfest.com .

Suds At Snowshoe
Snowshoe Mountain, the largest ski resort in West Virginia, has announced a new fest called, FreeFall, which will take place Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29.

That fest will include a mountaintop brew fest celebration with a vast assortment of the nation’s finest craft beers, as well as music by Rusted Root, and of course some cool outdoors events like a cross-country mountain bike race, a ski movie premiere and a Saturday night fireworks display above the resort’s village. The 2013 FreeFall Festival is free to the public. The Brewfest, which will be 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Village, will be a $20 ticket with beer sampling and a collector’s cup.

Snowshoe will also have pass sales all weekend long for 2014 Bike Park Season Passes and 2013-2014 Winter Pass Products. You can find information on this event and the pass sales online at http://www.snowshoemtn.com/freefall .

Touring The Brewery
Normally, Portsmouth Brewing Company in Ohio would have its twice monthly brew tour today, Sept. 20 (first and third Fridays), but this one has been punted. The next tour is set for 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. You can explore Ohio’s oldest brewery (est. in 1843) and get the behind  the scenes look at Microbrewing, ask questions, and stay for dinner and some tasting of some of the PBC brews on draft including the fall favorite a Maple Nut Brown Ale, made with Ronnie Richards’ maple syrup tapped just down the road in Buena Vista, Ohio. And, of course, here in football season, the Dortmunder Spartan Export which is named for Portsmouth, Ohio’s 1930’s NFL team, the Portsmouth Spartans (now the Detroit Lions), that played the league’s first night game and first indoor game.

Go online at www.portsmouthohbrewing.com for more info.

Bottle & Wedge Hiring
Blaine Crabtree’s small craft brew Bottle and Wedge, tucked into the ol’ bank that Jesse James robbed back in the day, is looking to hire a part time salesperson. Crabtree said he is looking for someone who has an excellent knowledge of craft beer, is personable, and, of course, at least 21 years old. Stop in or call 304-522-8818 for more info.

Dave Lavender writes about entertainment for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-6686, email at lavender@herald-dispatch.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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