Urban Chestnut Brewing Company announced today that their 7th annual “Oktoberfest St. Louis” will be returning this fall. Festival grounds open and beer pouring begins at noon Friday, September 22nd and runs through Sunday, September 24th, 2017, at UCBC’s Midtown Brewery and Biergarten location on 3229 Washington Ave. Oktoberfest St. Louis officially begins during a ceremonial keg-tapping @ 7pm. Special guest keg-tapper to be announced.
UCBC’s OktoberFestbier/Märzen (Oachkatzlschwoaf), Bavarian Lager (Zwickel), and Bavarian Weissbier (Schnickelfritz) will be available in half-liter & liter pours at the fest. Oktoberfest St. Louis will also feature the standard fare found at Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration, i.e. pretzels, brats, currywurst, roasted chicken, and frikadellen.
Stein holding and finger wrestling competitions will also return, and music acts include Bolzen Beer Band, Die Spitzbaum, Dave Hylla’s Good Times Band, The Deutschmeister Brass Band, St. Louis Express, Larry Hallar, Uber Cool, among many more.
This year UCBC will be implementing a token-based payment system similar to what’s used during Munich’s Oktoberfest. The token system simplifies the concept of ‘monetary exchange’ by eliminating: change, tipping, and interaction time, thereby reducing lines. During the festival, all bier, food, and commemorative Oktoberfest steins will be purchased via the use of tokens, which are valued at $6 apiece. Tokens are purchased in advance of ‘exchange’ and UCBC strongly encourages anyone who is planning to attend Oktoberfest St. Louis to purchase Fest Packages, which are $25 and include five (5) tokens valued at $30, and may be purchased August 23rd through September 14th. All other tokens must be purchased, day-of-festival, via cash-only.
“Every year we dial in the Oktoberfest formula a little more. We implemented our token system this year to shorten lines by decreasing the transaction time for bier & food. The one or two-token payment system keeps things simple, especially with gratuity already built in. Festival-goers should really look at getting a Fest Pack ahead of time, which will save those individuals money and reduce their time in line at the festival.” commented Urban Chestnut Events Manager Ryan Rakel.
Festival enthusiasts can also participate in a Twitter contest this year to win special VIP Fest Packages by tweeting the official Oktoberfest St. Louis hashtag “#OktoberfestSTL” along with ‘what they’re looking forward to most about this year’s fest’. The VIP Fest Packages include a commemorative Oktoberfest stein, five bier & food tokens, and a case of O-Katz 16 oz cans. Contest tweets must be published between August 23rd and September 11th and contestants must be following Urban Chestnut on Twitter to qualify. One entry per person per day. Visit urbanchestnut.com/oktoberfeststl for additional details.