Whether your taste buds periodically demand a healthy dose of lager or you’re looking to put on a little insulating weight before winter, Oktoberfest awaits a fun-loving crowd to celebrate German history, food and beer.
“Oktoberfest is all about when the princess got married in Germany. They celebrated, and that’s how Oktoberfest started,” says Erika Nowka of the German Club of Anchorage. “It is also celebrating the harvest, and they are tapping all the new beer on Oktoberfest, also.”
On October 5-6, the club will host Anchorage’s annual version of Oktoberfest at the William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center in downtown Anchroage. Inside, visitors will find a number of reasons to raise a glass, to include the beer that fills it.
“This is actually for all the public, and we do the bell ringing, folk dancing; we have two bands, have traditional food and many beers.” says Nowka.
When possible the German Club has donated extra funds raised to charity. The club has existed since 1961 with 125 or more current members. Members have built a walking bridge and playground equipment and perform other activities to support the community.
Most notably, they provide all of us with one of the single-most anticipated events in Anchorage.
The German Club of Anchorage has a new website in the works (domain to be determined) to help keep Oktoberfest fans up to date. Watch for updates on the club’s Facebook page, or find the event posting on www.anchorage.net.
More Oktoberfest events
A number of establishments, some already known for serving fine beers, will be hosting Oktoberfest celebrations complete with German-style food, tall glasses of beer and live entertainment. One event in particular, the Great Alaskan Beer Train, combines rail travel and superb fall scenery with their celebration. There’s always a way and a reason to celebrate!
Alyeska Resort: Their events include German food, beer and a live polka band to set the celebratory mood. Admission is $5 or $15 with filled souvenir beer stein, and each day’s festivities last from 6 p.m. – midnight.
Great Alaska Beer Train: With the Alaska Railroad as your designated driver, travel along Turnagain Arm to Portage Glacier and back for a 60-mile round trip. The Railroad calls their beer list an “impressive assortment of the finest local microbrews.” The trip fair includes six half pints of beer and hors d’oeuvres. To make reservations call Alaska Railroad, (907) 265-2494.
September 22-October 7
Café Amsterdam: They’ll be providing German food and beer during the entire duration of the traditional Oktoberfest, and Amsterdam often hosts a larger celebration. Stay informed online, www.cafe-amsterdam.com, or call (907) 274-0074.
Tentatively September 29-30 and October 6-7
Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse Oktoberfest: Humpy’s is known for holding two Oktoberfest celebrations during late September and early October weekends. Cost of admission was $75 last year and included a five course meal and six or seven beers. Stay informed online, www.humpys.com.