Though the original Oktoberfest in Munich will come to a close on October 3rd this year, Widmer Brothers Brewing will host its 12th Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 8, 2016. For the 12th year the event will move from the brewery to Portland’s Living Room at Pioneer Courthouse Square from Noon to 9:00pm.
Moving its Oktoberfest to a new larger and accessible location is something that Widmer Brothers founder Rob Widmer is excited for. “Oktoberfest started as a Bavarian wedding celebration but in Portland it has become a celebration of beer. Join us on October 8th from noon to 9pm in Portland’s living room at Pioneer Courthouse Square for pretzels, sausages and delicious Oktoberfestbier! Prost!,” wrote Rob Widmer in a release.
Widmer Brothers will be serving up some of its most well known beers including Hefeweizen, Steel Bridge Porter, Upheaval IPA, PDX Pilsner, and of course its Okto Festival Ale. There will also be some small-batch specialty beers from its new Innovation Brewery that will only available at Oktoberfest.
As with past Oktoberfest celebrations from Widmer, the 2016 edition will once again feature an amazing lineup of music. This year Widmer is teaming up with 94/7 FM Alternative Portland to bring in headline musicians X Ambassadors. Last year this hip hop influenced band reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Song Chart with its song Renegades. Local artists Foreign Talks and Quiet Type will join X Ambassadors at Oktoberfest
The day’s lineup will feature the following.
12:00pm – 2:00pm: 94/7fm’s DJ, Gustav
3:00pm: Foreign Talks
4:00pm *Band Announcement Coming Soon*
5:00pm DJ Danny Merkury
6:00pm Quiet Type
7:00pm X Ambassadors
Oktoberfest tickets packaged begin at $25.00 and are now available at PortlandPerks.com. Must be 21+ to purchase alcohol.
$25 includes general admission to fest with X Ambassadors and local entertainment.
$35 includes admission, a 14 oz stein and one drink token
$75 includes admission, a 16 oz stien, one drink token, a commemorative Oktoberfest keepsake, and access to VIP area with premium viewing
This year’s mugs will be plastic due to the event being held in Pioneer Courthouse Square. However, previous year’s Widmer Oktoberfest mugs will be allowed in conjunction with purchased admission. Beer pours will only be up to 14 ounces.
Pioneer Courthouse Square 701 SW Sixth Avenue Portland, OR 97205
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.