Oktoberfest is back: Organizers ready to take German celebration up a notch in GJ
Oktoberfest is back in Grand Junction with beer, food, music and a new spot to call home. Finally.
Organizers involved in a couple of the past efforts to get the celebration going have now joined forces and are ready to take the festival up a notch and watch it grow.
Oktoberfest Amped is set for 2–6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the amphitheater at Las Colonias Park, 925 Struthers Ave.
It is being put together by Townsquare Media Grand Junction, Kannah Creek Brewing Co. and Pinnacle Venue Services with the goal of creating an annual Oktoberfest celebration that allows you to discover and enjoy Colorado craft beer and music.
And so beer and hard cider from 13 Colorado breweries and cideries will greet you at Oktoberfest Amped. Local bands will play on the stage, German food will be served and the Chalet Dancers will perform German dances.
“I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be great for the community,” said Rick Carmean, market president for Townsquare Media Grand Junction, which in years past worked with the local German American Club on the Oktoberfest celebration downtown.
Oktoberfest Amped is an easy combination of traditional German style and local flavor, said Tyler Geerdes, marketing coordinator for Kannah Creek, which hosted an Oktoberfest event in 2016 at its Edgewater Brewery.
“It’s not a sampling festival,” Geerdes said. “It’s really a festival where you can try a couple kinds of beers and then decided what you want to drink.”
Each of the breweries will bring kegs of at least two of its craft beers, many of which will be German style beers such as a pilsener or hefeweizen, and some will likely bring specialty beers “that you won’t be able to get anywhere but the event,” Geerdes said. “There’s a pretty wide variety.”
There will be some chairs set out so you can sit, relax and enjoy the day, the beer and the music, but you might want to bring your own camp chair because “we’ve got a lot of lawn,” said Pinnacle’s Maria Rainsdon about the amphitheater.
There will be lawn games out for you to play and the day is expected to be beautiful, she said.
And “the pricing is fantastic,” Carmean said.
For $18 you can get a 1-liter commemorative stein. For $12 you can get a 16-ounce commemorative mug. A designated driver ticket costs $10.
Your first 12-ounce pour is included with the cost of the stein or mug and will be a Kannah Creek beer.
After than you can refill your stein or mug with the beer of your choice for $6.
“You couldn’t find that anywhere and music on top of that and great food,” Carmean said. “We hope it grows from here.”