Oktoberfest in Germany is one of the most anticipated events of the year but you don’t have to fly across the pond to celebrate. The way to ring in the fall season, we’re bringing Bavaria to Texas so see what’s on tap for September and October festivities. It’s time to put the pumpkin spice latte down and trade it for a beer because two new breweries are opening next week– prost!
Celebrate with Us – Oktoberfest -- October 12
Don your best dirndl because it’s time for our annual celebration. With a beer garden, polka performances, and giant pretzels, it’ll be Munich in Beaumont. Perfect for the whole family, it’s a great excuse to be outside and enjoy a day at the park.
Get Dogg-on Wild – Dogtoberfest -- October 12
A celebration for you and your four-legged friends, downtown “Bow”mont is the place to put your paws up and enjoy the festivities. There’s a parade for all the doggos and contests for the best dressed, master/lookalike, best howler, best tail wager, most talented, and of course, Mr. & Ms. Dogtoberfest.
Any Time of the Year…
Snag a Flight – Neches Brewing Co.
The first craft brewery in the area, Neches Brewing has both their own taps and other local Texas beers on draft. With 14 seasonal craft brews made on-site, try the Walt Wilkins German Pilsner or the Neches Mid Country Marzen to get in the mood. The ambiance is surf shack chic and they often have live music on tap, as well.
Try a New Brewery
Pour Brothers Brewery and Struggle Street Brewing Company are both opening soon (as in next week) and we couldn’t be more excited for Beaumont’s influx of new brews. You can check their statuses via social media but both have already started tinkering and we can’t wait to taste the result. Here’s a little more about what to expect:
Struggle Street Brewing Company
After homebrewing for about 10 years, Scott Reeves decided to try turning his passion into a business with a name indicative of life. A true small-batch brewery with no flagship pour, taps will constantly be rotating with specialty recipes that may change as frequently as week to week. Of the 20 taps, about half will be theirs with everything from pastry stouts to sours and IPAs and guest taps from breweries around the state filling in the gaps. You can see the current tap list on Untapped so if something sounds good – don’t hesitate because it may not be back but that’s just life on struggle street. Their anticipated opening date is September 28.
Pour Brothers Brewery
With a grand opening party slated for September 27, they’ll be starting out with four beers on tap: Fuggley Brown Ale; CardinAle Red; On the LeveL IPA; and Patersbier Golden Ale, which will rotate as they come up with new recipes. They’ve partnered with New York Pizza & Pasta to create an exclusive pub menu which they will deliver door-to-door. Keep an eye on the calendar for food pairings/chef’s tables, a food truck invasion, washers tournament, and maybe even a crawfish boil as special events will be held throughout the year.
And if you're not into beer, here are some cocktails to seek out.