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Thursday, September 17, 2015

OktoBEERfest 2015 starts THIS Saturday!

OktoBEERfest, a Shultzy's annual tradition, is back again and bigger than ever.

It's almost inconceivable, but we're scheduled to break our own crazy OktoBEERfest record again with 39 different Oktoberfest beers scheduled to appear on draft; we don't know of any place else in the country pouring anywhere near as many great Oktoberfest beers.

Here's the list (subject to change)
Alpine Marzen (Oroville, WA)
Alpine Festbier (Oroville, WA)
American Oktoberfest (Edmonds, WA)
Avery "The Kaiser" Imperial Oktoberfest (Boulder, CO)
Ayinger (Germany)
Ballast Point Oktoberfest (San Diego, CA)
Bayern Oktoberfest (Missoula, MT)
Bayreuther Oktoberfest (Germany)
Benediktiner Oktoberfest (Germany)
Black Raven "Hochtoberfest" (Redmond, WA)
Chuckanut Festbier (Bellingham, WA)
Deschutes Oktoberfest (Bend, OR)
Firestone Walker "Oaktoberfest" (Petaluma, CA)
Full Sail Oktoberfest (Hood River, OR)
Georgetown "Tomtoberfest" (Seattle, WA)
Goose Island Oktoberfest (Chicago, IL)
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest (Germany)
HB Munich Oktoberfest (Germany)
Leavenworth Oktoberfest (Leavenworth, WA)
Left Hand Oktoberfest (Longmont, CO)
Leinenkugel Oktoberfest (Chippewa Falls, WI)
Ninkasi Oktoberfest (Eugene, OR)
Paulaner Oktoberfest (Germany)
Paulaner Festbier (Germany)
Pfriem Oktoberfest (Hood River, OR)
Pyramid Oktoberfest (Seattle, WA)
Reuben's Oktoberfest (Seattle, WA)
Sam Adams Oktoberfest (Boston, MA)
Schneider Edelweisse (Germany)
Shiner Oktoberfest (Shiner, TX)
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest (Chico, CA)
Silver City Oktoberfest (Bremerton, WA)
Spaten Oktoberfest (Germany)
Victory Festbier (Downingtown, PA)
Victory Zeltbier (Downingtown, PA)
Warsteiner Oktoberfest (Germany)
Weihenstephan Oktoberfest (Germany)
Widmer Oktoberfest (Portland, OR)
Würzburger Oktoberfest (Germany)

They're all awesome beers (yes, we are offered Oktoberfest beers that don't make the cut), but there are a few extra-special highlights...

Victory Zeltbier - Once again, Steve German and our friends at Victory Brewing are sharing their ultra-exclusive Zeltbier with us at Shultzy's. The only other place you can drink this amazing modern Oktoberfest style is to go to Philadelphia and venture out to suburban (exurban?) Downingtown to their brewery and enjoy it at the source. OR, you can just join us at Shultzy's. Amaze your friends by explaining that "Zelt" is "tent" in German and refers to the Oktoberfest tents in Munich.

Pfriem Oktoberfest - Josh Pfriem, an old Shultzy's friend since his days at Chuckanut Brewing has been brewing fantastic high-quality beers in Oregon that our customers always enjoy when we pour them at Shultzy's. This year, he's been kind enough to ship us some of his limited supply of Oktoberfest beer across the border so Washingtonians can enjoy a German/Oregonian Oktoberfest treat.

Reuben's Oktoberfest - Adam Robbins, Co-Founder and Head Brewer of hometown favorite Reuben's Brews is hosting an Oktoberfest party at his brewpub in Ballard. They didn't make any extra beer for the event, but symbolic of their awesome spirit, they're sharing a small keg with us for our OktoBEERfest so folks on this side of I-5 can enjoy it, too.

Chuckanut Oktoberfest - Will & Mari Kemper are so swamped with beer-loving folks in Whatcom County at their brewery that they don't really have any extra Chuckanut Festbier to sell outside this year, but they are generously sending a keg down to Seattle. We've had Chuckanut Oktoberfest at every OktoBEERfest, and we're glad they're helping us keep that streak alive.

Paulaner Festbier - Paulaner is hardly new to Shultzy's or OktoBEERfest, but this year we have TWO different Paulaners. We have the usual delicious Paulaner Märzen, but this year we also have a limited supply of Paulaner Weisn, the modern-style Oktoberfest beer that's being poured in the Paulaner tent in Munich this year. Don't miss it!

New & Notable: These beers are making their 1st OktoBEERfest showing: Ballast Point, Bayreuther, Benediktiner, Black Raven, Paulaner Festbier, Pfriem, Reubern's Würzburger.

Short Supply: We have only a single 50-liter keg of several OktoBEERfest beers, but for Avery, Schneider, and Reuben's, we have just a single 20-liter keg. Those ones are going to disappear in a flash -- keep an eye on our Twitter feed for tap updates or just stop on by (even better since Twitter updates are NOT made instantaneously).