The seasons are changing and that calls for a celebration! So, today and Friday the Boese Brothers Brewery is hosting an Oktoberfest event.
The celebration begins at 4 p.m. today and then again 2 p.m. Friday. The park next to the brewpub will feature a beer garden with grills serving up bratwursts, both meat and vegan, hot dogs, pretzels with beer cheese, potato salad, and corn on the cob.
Additionally, Boese Brewery and the Bathtub Row Brewery will each host a beer tent. If the weather does not cooperate either day, the event will move inside the brewpub and the partying will continue!
The Boese Brewery beer tent will feature an Oktoberfest beer and Tru Blu Pilsner. For the real beer aficionados, beers boots will be available. Besides food and beverages, there will be corn hole toss games and live music by a German Polka band, Swing Shift Band.
Co-Owner Sam Boese said the Oktoberfest celebrations are a tradition for his and his brother’s, George, business. Boese said they have had the Swing Shift Band to help celebrate Oktoberfest for four years at their Albuquerque brewery, every year they have been open. He added Oktoberfest celebrations are a personal favorite for him.
Boese said he lived in Pittsburgh and Oktoberfest is a big deal there. So, when he moved to Albuquerque he wanted to continue to participate in the celebrations.
“Personally, it is my favorite beer event of the year,” he said, adding, “You get to throw up a lot of decorations.”
A lot of Oktoberfest festivities feature blue and white colors, which are the colors of the Bavarian flag, Boese said where Oktoberfest is hugely celebrated. Plus, he joked that an event that encourages eating and drinking your face off is a great one.
Bar Manager Anthony Flores added, “Any excuse to party is a good one in my opinion.”
Boese emphasized the event will be family friendly; participants do not need to be 21 or older to participate. However, wristbands will be given to those who are 21 and older.
The festivities are also an opportunity to collaborate with Bathtub Row Brewery.
Flores said they were looking for something to participate with Bathtub Row Brewery in.
“It just makes it a collaborative effort,” Flores said.
Oktoberfest is celebrated throughout the world, but the big celebration is in Munich, Germany, Boese said, where it is a two-three week folk festival celebration.
The event is free and open to the public. Tickets for beer and food will be sold at the event. Boese Brothers Brewery is at 145 Central Park Square.