Once again, the Pendleton Round-Up will bring a bit of Germany to Pendleton for the annual Oktoberfest Pendleton. This year’s festivities will take place on Saturday, October 12th from Noon-9:00pm.
Oktoberfest Pendleton will feature a variety of beer styles from classic German styles to fresh hopped IPAs. About half of the beers are from Eastern Oregon/ Washington breweries and cider companies. Highlighting the great beers and ciders coming from this part of the NW was a priority for the festival’s organizers.
The lineup of Oktoberfest Pendleton breweries includes Block 15, Blue Mt. Cider, Buoy, Dragon’s Gate, Freebridge, Heater Allen, Hermiston, Fortside, Iron Horse, Irv & Millies, McMenamins, Prodigal Son, Side A, and West Coast Grocery.
Pendleton’s own Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery will be serving delicious mixed drinks with its vodka, gin, and whiskey. Scarlet Oak Barrels will be sampling their wine.
The food will again highlight the event’s title sponsor, Hill Meat Company. Matthew Barnes, Prodigal Son’s chef, has put together quite the menu. Look for Hill meat sausage (beer brat, German sausage, or smoked beef). The sides will include house-made sauerkraut, rotkohl (braised red cabbage with apple and pork), gurkensalat (a creamy & tangy German cucumber salad), kartoffelsalat (German potato salad), & apfelmus (apple sauce). Rolling Stone’s soft pretzels will be served with obatzda (Bavarian cheese spread).
Live music will be performed through most of the event. Musicians from the Oregon East Symphony will perform oompah style music for the first half of the day. Imperial Twang will perform their brand of country rock into the evening. There will be crafts, and games for the kids from 12-5 thanks to the Eastern Oregon Children’s Museum.
Entry into the Oktoberfest Pendleton is $15 and includes a glass mug and two beer tokens. Non-drinkers and minors over twelve can attend for $5. Kids under twelve get in free. Presale tickets are available at Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub.
All proceeds will be split between Pendleton Center for the Arts, Cason’s Place, Pioneer Humane Society, & Peace Lutheran Church. We were able to award three $2,000 academic scholarships to graduating seniors this past year as well. To date, we have been able to donate over $65,000 between local charities and scholarships. None of this would be possible without the generous help from our sponsors!
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D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.