You won’t have to travel to Munich, Germany to partake in Oktoberfest festivities this year. Karbach Brewing Co. is bringing the big party over to the brewery on Karbach street with their annual festival, Karbachtoberfest.
Karbach is going on their sixth year of bringing their take on the German beer celebration and this year things are getting bigger and better. The festivities for Karbachtoberfest are now spreading over a four week span – just like the real Oktoberfest in Munich – kicking off this Thursday, Sept. 14 spanning through Saturday, Oct. 7.
“We are really kicking it up a notch this year, in terms of bringing in some awesome entertainment during the fest,” Karbach Brand Manager, David Graham said. “It will be absolutely free admission to these shows. “
The fun starts off this week, with Heapin Helpin’ taking the stage on Thursday, Sept. 14; The Suspects on Friday, Sept. 15; and Bun B with Trae the Truth on Saturday, Sept. 16. All acts will kick-off at 8 p.m. and are completely free for all ages.
Karbachtoberfest isn’t just the name of the brewery’s local famed lineup and party, it is also one of their seasonal beers. Karbachtoberfest is a traditional marzen style lager with Vienna and Munich malts.
“It’s the longest fermentation time of any of our beers – it stays in the tanks a full eight weeks,” Graham said. “Where like Hopadillo would be a two to three week start to finish beer, so Karbachtoberfest takes quite a bit longer. What you get in that cold aging time is a really, unbelievably smooth malt character out of that beer. It’s 5.5% ABV; it’s something you can drink by the mug full and still be functioning. It’s a great beer for this time of year where we can be experiencing heat or a little bit of nice weather. It’s light enough bodied to be fresh, and still a lot of that malt body for cooler evenings.”
After hurricane Harvey, the festival restructured a bit. The brewery has made an initial $10,000 donation to The 100 Club on behalf of the late Sergeant Steve Perez, K-9 Angels Rescue, The Diaper Foundation and the Houston Habitat for Humanity. The fundraising continues and the brewery will welcome each of these foundations to Karbachtoberfest to raise awareness on their mission and how you can help. The 100 Club will be out at weekend one; K-9 Angels at weekend two; The Diaper Foundation at weekend three; Houston Habitat for Humanity at weekend four.
In addition, Karbach will do a cents per case donation to these charities when someone buys a six-pack of Love Street, donations going to The 100 Club; Hopadillo, donations going to the K-9 Angels; Staycation, donations going to The Diaper Foundation; Weekend Warrior, donations going to Houston Habitat for Humanity.
“We started this Aug. 31 and it will go through the end of the year,” Graham said.
Even if beer isn’t your taste or adult beverages aren’t on your lineup, the Karbach restaurant will be adding German-style and inspired dishes to the menu. The restaurant menu wouldn’t be complete without Sausage on a Stick, Schnitzel Wings, Curry Wurst and Crispy Pork Shank. The biergarten will be equipped with German flared food trucks, too.
“No matter what style your music is, you can come out and have a great time,” Graham said. “This is a fun festive time, admission is free, come one, come all and enjoy the season with us.”