FALL BEER FESTS
At noon today, Sept. 22, the mayor of Munich, Germany, will tap the first keg of Oktoberfest beer, and the beer, music and dancing of Oktoberfest will flow until Oct. 7.
A tradition that dates back to 1810, the first Oktoberfest was in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on Oct. 12, 1810, and ended on Oct. 17 with a horse race.
But as time went along, the festival was expanded and moved into September to take advantage of the near perfect weather usually accompanying the first few weeks of fall.
While we all can’t afford a plane ticket to Germany, you can all hoist a stein, eat some sausage and schnitzel and polka all you please.
Here’s a look at a few incoming beer festivals around the region.
The Tri-State destination German-Appalachian gastropub, Bahnhof WVrsthaus & Biergarten, 745 7th Ave., is hosting live music, food specials and events at the Biergarten during traditional Oktoberfest season in late September including live polka from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 22, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.
There will also be a Bahnhof Coin Hunt. During the week of Sept 22-29, coins will be hidden all around Huntington area. Clues will be posted multiple times during the week on their Facebook page. Find a coin and bring it in Sept. 29 to get $5 off per coin or trade it in to win prizes.
Oktoberfest food will include Oxtail Stew, Knackwurst Sausage, Steak Brot, Braised Beer and Apple Pork Shank and a Taste of Germany Smorgasbord of German Favorites.
Find Bahnhof on Facebook or Twitter @BAHNHOFWV to find out more about their German beer specials and other Oktoberfest events.
Presented by Samuel Adams, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is America’s largest Oktoberfest. The fest is held on Second and Third streets, between Elm and Walnut in downtown Cincinnati from Sept. 21-23. There are many public and private parking garages downtown within walking distance of the festival site.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati showcases the rich German heritage of southwest Ohio as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be America’s largest Oktoberfest with more than 575,000 people attending each year.
Go online at http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com for more info.
5th annual River Valley Craft Beer Fest
Taking place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, The Party Connection, 2034 11th St., Portsmouth, Ohio, will be hosting the fifth annual River Valley Craft Beer Fest with more than 30 breweries serving up over 300 beers at This years entertainment includes Frank Grasso and Devil’s Creek and food trucks will be available.
The event is rain or shine. There are General admission and VIP tickets (hour early admission).
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/rivervalleycraft-beerfest/for more info.
Fire And Ice — Craft Beer and chili cookoff
From 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 3rd Annual WV Fire & Ice will be at the Logan County Airport, 3247 Bandmill Hollow Road, Logan.
Enjoy a night of craft beer tasting, a chili cookoff and a performance by national act R&B performer Johnny Rawls. The Mississippi-born Rawls has been playing the blues for more than 50 years. For more information regarding a corporate sponsorship or individual tickets call 304-752-1324 or go to www.logancountychamber-ofcommerce.com.
Get tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annu-al-west-virginia-fire-ice-tick-ets-46770901024.
Hank Williams Tribute and Beer Festival
Hank Williams Sr. would have turned 95 on Monday. Keep his memory alive in Oak Hill, West Virginia, at the Hank Williams Tribute and Beer Festival Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Lively Family Amphitheater, just two blocks away from where the world-renowned performer was found dead on January 1, 1953.
The festival rolls 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, with a flow of live music along with craft beer and wine, local food and classic cars.
Enjoy an outstanding evening of entertainment with John Lilly and Rob McNurlin, two nationally known classic country artists who team up to host the annual Hank Williams Sr. tribute show each January in Charleston.
Also performing will be The Bing Brothers Band featuring Jake Krack from 4-6, and John “the Blues Troll” Taylor from 2-4 and Black Garlic from 8-10 p.m.
Go online https://visitwv.com/event/hank-williams-trib-ute-beer-festival/?instance_id=5927.
Set for 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Charleston’s West Side, it’s the 11th annual OktoberWest with more than 100 craft brews, and several limited Octoberfest and German varieties, listen to three incredible bands at this year’s festival including Lucky Chops, and Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band. There’s also stein holding and best traditional dress contests, and new this year is the keg rolling contest.
Admission is $35 general admission, $20 for non-drinkers and $10 for kids 12 and under. Tickets increase by $5 at the gate. Go online at charles-tonwestside.org/events/.
With Bramwell no longer hosting its epic Oktoberfest, the city of Bluefield has taken up the tradition. The third annual Oktoberfest in the Park takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Bluefield City Park.
Enjoy a host of regional beers including Starr Hill Brewery, South Street, Blue Mountain and Chaos Mountain. There will be live music from the 13-piece Sauerkraut Band and food trucks serving German foods. Tickets are $25 advance or $30 at the gate for the fest for adults 18 and over. Get tickets at Eventbrite.
Devils Backbone Hoopla
Just over the mountains in Roseland, Virginia, Devils Backbone Hoopla is set for Sept. 28-30 with nearly 20 musical acts (including Tyler Childers and Larry Keel, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers) combined with camping, workshops, outdoor activities, award-winning craft beer and great eats. Kids 12 and under get in free. Two day adult passes range from $60 (for Saturday and Sunday) to $95 for Friday and Saturday.
This hoppy festival is set to run 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, Kentucky. Enjoy more than 80 craft beers from all over the globe paired with local music and food vendors. General admission tickets are $30 and include 15 sample tickets and a free sampling glass. VIP is $50 for early entry, free wings for one hour, t-shirt and a sampling glass. Designated driver tickets are $10 and includes entry and free soft drinks.
The West Virginia Pumpkin Festival
Set for Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 4-7, at Milton’s West Virginia Pumpkin Park, the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival features all things pumpkin from baking and cooking contests, to pumpkin food booths, contests and, of course, the giant pumpkin auction to raise money for scholarships.
Held since 1986, the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival, which has turned into one of the state’s largest fests with more than 50,000 people travel to Milton to participate in our celebration of the pumpkin harvest.
There’s also one of the largest arts and crafts selections in the region with more than 100 crafters as well as food and business vendors and a wide variety of demonstrations as area master craftsmen share their expertise.
Hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 Thursday and Friday and $10 on Saturday and Sunday. Children 5 and under are free. There’s a group rate, as well. Parking is free.
Call 304-743-8774 for more information or visit wvpump-kinpark.com.
The SMG-managed Big Sandy Superstore Arena’s 2018 Wing Fling is set for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, with what football tailgate fans will recognize as both food groups — chicken wings and beer. The event will feature all-you-can-eat wings with special sauces and dry rubs from the who’s who of Tri-State area restaurants. The event includes a King of the Wings wing eating contest sponsored by Roosters. A Battle for Bragging Rights, the fan-favorite contest, will receive a traveling trophy.
Tickets are $20 for all-you-can-eat wings. There will also be a limited number of VIP tickets for $30, which includes two drink vouchers to be used for beer or soft drinks, 30 minutes* early entry and special seating inside the arena.
If you are interested in your restaurant becoming a participant, contact Jennifer Sturgeon at 304-696-5563 or Jennifer@bigsandyarena.com.
Hops and Heat
The East End Bazaar in Charleston will host Hop & Heat from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 as a FestivALL Fall event. Hops & Heat, an Appalachian Craft Beer and Chili Cookoff celebrating the close to the Open-Air Bazaar season, will encompass more than 80 craft beers from more than 20 Appalachian breweries and crown the Bazaar’s best chili in a chili cookoff competition between 10-plus Bazaar cooks.
The Hops & Heat Chili Cookoff winner will receive an award created by an East End Bazaar artisan.
Featured again this year is the Best Chili Beer Competition. Won last year by Pub-stomper and in 2016 by Big Timber, the competition was a big hit. It will see returning competitors such as Big Timber, Country Boy and Foothills. Several new breweries will enter the competition in 2018.
Only 500 tickets will be sold. Drinker tickets cost $35 and include 5-ounce samples of beer, unlimited chili samples, three 12-ounce beer tickets and one branded tasting cup. Nondrinker tickets are $20 and include unlimited chili samples and access to East End Bazaar food and artisan vendors and the Hops & Heat concert featuring Suga Grits from Washington, D.C.
Go online at https://www.cwvmainstreets.org/hops--heat.html for more info.
Putnam County Craft Beer Festival
Sleepy Hollow Golf Club will be hosting a Putnam County Craft Beer Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Golf Club. Enjoy an afternoon of live music, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors and beers from around West Virginia and the region.
General admission tickets cost $28 which includes entrance, 12 tasting tickets and commemorative tasting mug. VIP tickets, $38 (includes 11 a.m., one hour early advance entrance, VIP parking, T-shirt, commemorative tasting mug and 16 tasting tickets).
Complimentary shuttle service will be provided by the Pace Foundation. The pick-up and drop-off locations will be Valley Park and West Teays Elementary. A $2 per passenger donation is appreciated. This event is for adults 21 years and older.
If you would like vendor information, please contact via email: email@example.com and go online at https://sleepy-hollow-golf-club-events.ticketleap.com/putnam-county-craft-beer-fes-tival/ for more general information and to get tickets.