Occidental Oktoberfest

Nestled way up by the St. John's Bridge, Occidental Brewing Company is quietly pumping out some great beers. Occidental's focus is on "continental" beers. Rather than the big, bold, boozy American styles, they are focusing on traditional German style beers like Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, Kölsch, Altbier, and Dunkel. Of course "continental" also includes Belgian styles, so keep an eye out for their Voorjaar Tripel. No matter the style, Occidental promotes the subtler malt and hop flavors and makes use of yeast strains that are on the cleaner side. For a subtle beer to work, all of the dimensions need to be in harmony, not fighting each other for power. But reading about beer is one thing, get out to Occidental and see how their ideas translate into beer.

And now you have no excuse as Occidental Brewing puts on their second annual Oktoberfest which includes a new beer release, music, and food! From their official press release:

Occidental Brewing Co. will host its second annual Oktoberfest Saturday, September 29 from noon to 10 PM. Following last years successful event, we expect even more folks to join us for the release of our 2012 Festbier as well as live music and great German food. This year’s Festbier will be a rich yet quaffable lager in the old tradition of Oktoberfest beers before light colors and flavors began to dominate the style. German noble hops will provide a delicate hop character to pair with a firm malt profile featuring Munich and Vienna malts. Also on offer will be Occidental’s regular lineup of German-inspired brews. Hmmm, beer... Portland stars of the euroslav gypsy scene, Chervona, return to headline with their wild, russo-roma- balko dance party. Other guests will perform throughout the day. Urban German will be on hand to feed our hungry revellers this year with an amazing menu of German snacks and entrees, including sausages, roast, spaetzle, pretzels and more. Just as last year, the fest takes place at the brewery and the adjacent courtyard at Cathedral Park Place near the base of the St. Johns bridge and beautiful Cathedral Park; 6635 N Baltimore Ave. Minors are welcome. Please join us for great beer, food, music, and company.

Prost! Ben and Dan Engler Occidental Brewing Company