Auburn's presents own taste of Germany

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:00 am | Updated: 10:05 am, Thu Sep 26, 2013.

The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, along with Alabama Beverage a Tailgate Guys Company, will host Oktoberfest, Auburn’s annual craft beer showcase, Sept. 28 from 4 to 9 p.m. The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center has hosted this German tradition for the last two years.

Adam Keeshan, senior restaurant manager at the hotel, explained the event's growing popularity.

“The first two years that we hosted this we did it a little smaller and a little more intimate.” Keeshan said. “Over the years we’ve had a lot of interest grow from several breweries and have decided to expand it this year.”

This year Oktoberfest will feature more than 100 different craft brews, including beers from 25 different breweries. Sample breweries include Bell’s Brewery, Railyard Brewing Co. and Straight to Ale. Along with traditional and seasonal beers, guests will be able to taste one-off beers specifically brewed for Oktoberfest.

Guests will be entertained with live music and have the opportunity to enjoy traditional German Oktoberfest food such as bratwurst, sauerkraut and obatzter (or as Americans call it, a cheese spread).

Tickets are available in three packages. General admission tickets are $35 and include entry into the festival, a souvenir glass and free sampling of a variety of 100 craft beers.

The “Eat, Drink, & Be German” Package is $60 and includes one general admission ticket, five food tickets and an Oktoberfest T-Shirt.

For guests looking to make a night out of the event, the hotel is offering a full package for $199.

“It’s a great deal and includes a nights stay in the hotel, two tickets to the festival, two T-shirts, food tickets and breakfast for two in the morning at Ariccia at the Hotel at Auburn University,” said Keeshan.

There are also two smaller packages available including the general admission ticket for $35 and the “Eat, Drink, & Be German” package for $60. The larger package includes one general admissions ticket, five food tickets and an Oktoberfest T-shirt.

Guests will be entertained by the band Route 66 as well as several costume contests including a lederhosen (leather shorts) and dirndlkleid (traditional dress in Germany) contest.

“We are definitely looking forward to it,” said Keeshan. “The breweries are definitely looking forward to coming to Auburn.”

Tickets can be purchased at auoktoberfest.bpt.me. Pre-sale tickets will be available until Sept. 27, but tickets are available at the door for an increased price. For more information about this event or the hotel, visit auhcc.com/oktoberfest/default-en.html.

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