Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest is Sept. 30

Friends celebrate Oktoberfest at Sierra Nevada Brewing. Courtesy of Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s 3rd Annual Oktoberfest returns to North Carolina to draw out thousands of lederhosen-clad beer lovers, from 5 – 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. It will be an evening of festbier, feasts, costumes, dancing, and more.
Celebrate with Sierra Nevada beer, including the new Oktoberfest Collaboration, a German-inspired feast, musical performances, live glassblowing demonstrations, a Chicken Dance contest, Flash Your ‘Stache competition and more/
The festival will be held at Six Row Field at Sierra Nevada Brewing, Mills River, with free shuttles from Asheville and Hendersonville or parking provided at the WNC Ag Center.
All tickets are available until sold out. This is a 21-and-over event for all attendees. All ticket sales are online through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oktoberfest-2017-mills-river-nc-tickets-34357242437.
General admission tickets are $45 and include a contemporary German meal provided by the Sierra Nevada Taproom; a commemorative beer stein; shuttle; and one drink or pretzel ticket.
Designated driver tickets are $30, including a contemporary German meal provided by the Sierra Nevada Taproom; a commemorative stein for water, lemonade or iced tea (your wristband will indicate that you are not eligible to be served beer); shuttle; and a pretzel ticket.
Additional beer tickets are $5; Beer/pretzel/cupcake tickets are $5 each and are available for purchase online (recommended) or at the event.
The beers will feature Sierra Nevada’s third Oktoberfest Collaboration Festival Beer. This year SN worked with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, whose approach to the classic style Sierra Nevada brewers have long admired. The result is a festival beer true to their style —– deep golden in color, with deceptively rich malt flavor and balanced by traditional German-grown whole-cone hops. Also on tap will be a full selection of Sierra Nevada beers including German IPA, Southern Gothic, Pale Ale, Kellerweis and Otra Vez.
Keeping with tradition, a contemporary German feast will be provided by the Sierra Nevada Taproom. The feast will be available from 5 – 8 p.m., and is included in the ticket price. Bavarian style pretzels with Sierra Nevada mustards and German chocolate cupcakes with coconut-pecan filling are available until 10 p.m. in exchange for a beer/pretzel ticket!
The menu includes: Sausage and Kraut (Nooner poached bratwurst, sauerkraut); Sauerbraten & red cabbage (Brasstown beef roast, porter braised cabbage); Wood roasted pig (slow roasted Heritage Farms pork, Oktoberfest wholegrain mustard sauce); German potato salad (mustard vinaigrette, celery, green onions and dill); brussels sprouts (roasted brussels sprouts, cranberries); and Harvest salad (organic baby lettuces, shaved fennel, roasted butternut squash, sunflower seeds and smoked tomato vinaigrette).

Music will be by:
• Minor Mishap Marching Band
Minor Mishap Marching Band is a 25-piece renegade circus-punk brass band — Bourbon Street meets Budapest. The band is inspired by a love of street music, brass bands, and spectacle, as well as a desire to create community and reinvent public • Sirius.B
Sirius.B’s music is created with an eclectic mix of vocal harmonies and instruments including cello, accordion, violin, marching band & African percussion, charango, flamenco and acoustic guitar, banjo, and melodica. Sirius.B brings to you the finest Absurdist Gypsy Folk Funk Punk that the world has to offer.
• Mountain Top Polka Band
In 2009, an Oktoberfest “Oompah Band” was formed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School in West Asheville, North Carolina. Band members dress in traditional German attire and take control of the audience by teaching polka dance, the traditional “Chicken Dance” and other crowd favorites. The band base continues to grow and throughout the years has included accordions, singers, baritones, tubas, harpsichord, clarinets, trumpets, Alpine Horns, cowbells, drummers, guitars, bells, and so much more.

In addition, there will be live glassblowing demonstrations. Hot Glass Academy and Asheville Area Arts Council are back at it with a mobile glassblowing studio at the festival for live demonstrations from local artists. Enjoy glassblowers creating works of art while you watch! Select items will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the Asheville Area Arts Council.

Please don’t drink and drive. Take the free shuttle or a taxi — make some new friends and keep everyone safe. Transportation options include:
1. Complimentary shuttles
• Asheville – bike valet & shuttle:  Leave your bicycle or car in Asheville and let us shuttle you to the event. SN is working with Asheville on Bikes to set up a convenient location bike valet and parking lot at A-B Tech Community College, lot B-7 in front of the Dogwood Building. Shuttles will run continuously beginning at 3:30 p.m. until the festival finishes. Those who ride bikes will be rewarded with a free pretzel voucher.

• Hendersonville shuttle – Shuttles continuously looping taking off at 4:30 p.m. from the Courthouse Annex Parking Lot, adjacent to Fourth Avenue and Grove Street.  The return trip leaves Sierra Nevada at 10 p.m.

2. Parking or taxi: Complimentary parking is available at the WNC Agricultural Center, located two miles from the brewery. Shuttles will be on hand to take you to the festival entrance starting at 4their your car overnight in the parking lot and pick it up the next day.  All taxi/Uber/personal car pick-up will be at the WNC Ag Center.

For information on Sierra Nevada Brewing, visit www.sierranevada.com.