Going to Oktoberfest at the Adirondack Pub and Brewery has become somewhat of a tradition since I bought my house. It’s close so we don’t have to drive, is always a fun time and there are usually some unique beers that are not on tap at your local bar.
|Me, Kelly and Roger (l to r)|
Let’s start with the music. The first year we went there was a German band that had us cracking up. This year there was a polka band that surprised the heck out of us. When we got there they were playing traditional German tunes and even got people dancing. Then they decided to “mix it up.” Their first selection – “Jersey Girl.” On an accordion. The variety of music was a nice touch.
Food was not included in your $25 ticket, but was extremely discounted and extremely good — $2 for each thing or $6 for a plate. They even had vegetarian selections like hot pretzels and potato pancakes. I went for the potato pancakes, which were the perfect carb/salt balance after all that beer.
The best part of the day usually comes toward the end of the event — the always-fun keg toss. Women compete against each other with an empty keg and the men compete against each other with a full keg. Usually by the time they start, everyone has had time to sample a number of beers, so it becomes a friendly competition where every is cheering everyone else on.
Many of the breweries, brought a very limited number of taps, and pretty much had only their Oktoberfest, which was a little disappointing. But, there were several breweries that stood out, including The Saratoga Thoroughbrews, who had a fabulous white ale, Crossroads Brewing Company’s red and stout, as well as Brewery Ommegang, who had a tasty brew, but unfortunately, I can’t remember what it was called!
Oktoberfest at the Adirondack Pub and Brewery is a really fun event to check out in the Adirondack region, and always provides a really good time. A portion of the proceeds every year also goes to a dedicated charity. So, fill up your mug and drink for a cause!
Just a little tip, if you can, buy your tickets in advance at the brewery, because they’re usually about $5 cheaper. And, while you’re there, make sure you try one of my favorite beers, the Cafe Vero Stout. While we were eating, I went and bought a pint so my friends could taste it. At least one of them was an instant fan.