The Beer Lover’s Guide to Brewers’ Village at Oktoberfest
Bourbon Barrel Aged Late Night Pumpkin, Overbite IPA, Wu Tang Cran Mead, Silent Partner Chocolate Stout and Sexy MotherPucker Sour Ale are among the more than 40 different beers featured at the 4th-annual Brewers’ Village.
Sampling everything from traditional German Marzens to local stouts and ciders, the Brewers’ Village is a must see event for all brew hounds. Held during the free Oktoberfest at SteelStacks, the event takes place inside the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling and showcases a who’s who of PA’s finest craft breweries.
As we prepare for four delicious tasting sessions Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1, 4 and 7 p.m., our ArtsQuest staff listed the brews they’re most excited for.
Hatch Chili Ale (Hijinx Brewing Company)
Cory Stelzman, Performing Arts Coordinator
I am a big fan of HiJinx Brewing Company being an Allentown gal myself. Normally I am drawn to IPA’s, but the Hatch Chili Ale spiced/herbed beer immediately caught my attention. I was so intrigued by the name that I gave it a Google and found that it is “mesquite smoked malt with hatch chilies.” YES PLEASE. Sounds like the exact amount of smoke and spice I am looking to drink on a “chili” fall night. Get it? Because there are chilies in it.
Yuengling Oktoberfest is always the one beer I picture in my hand when I think about Oktoberfest at SteelStacks! It goes down smooth with just enough hops, and pairs extremely well with a sausage sandwich.
Another favorite is Tröegs Perpetual IPA. If you like IPA’s there’s a good chance you’ve already had this. And if by some chance you haven’t yet, please start the new chapter of your life and give this a try. There’s a nice clean citrus and hoppy aroma I love about the beer. You’ll have the bright citrus and warm malty flavors up front and end with a very satisfying bitter finish.
I see so many beers and breweries coming to Brewers’ Village that I know I love: Tröegs Master of Pumpkins, Traveler’s Jack-o-Pumpkin Shandy… okay I guess I just like pumpkin beers a lot. So this year, I’m looking to try something new. My first pick is the blood orange ale from Susquehanna Brewing Company, Orange is The New Ale (Ha! I love beer puns). Its described as a mellow shandy-style beer, but what’s got me interested is the blood orange, a fruit which has an intense flavor that can be sweet like a raspberry and tart like a lemon.
My other “must-try” is definitely the Moravian Spice Cake Mead from Colony Meadery. Inspired by thin and buttery Moravian sugar cookies, this semi-sweet mead is flavored with clove, cinnamon, ginger and orange zest! It may not be cold out yet, but that sounds like a drink to enjoy next to a fire on a snowy day.
It’s exciting to have the opportunity to get a taste of the wide variety of great brews being crafted locally. One of those that I most look forward to every fall is Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale from Lion Brewery. Pumpkin beers are my go-to when the weather starts getting chilly, and after tasting and rating more than 16 different pumpkin brews last year, Stegmaier’s came out on top. Rather than the heavy pulpy taste you get with some pumpkin beers, Stegmaier’s has a lighter spiced flavor reminiscent of pumpkin pie. It’s very refreshing and flavorful, and while many other great tasting pumpkin beers have gone the route of imperials, with an ABV of only 5.5%, you don’t have to worry about this one being a one and done.
Another favorite I hope makes an appearance at Brewer’s Village is Kung Fu Gnome by HiJinx. Located in Allentown, the brewery serves up a wide variety, so no matter what tickles your taste buds, you’re bound to find something you like. The most unique is Kung Fu Gnome, a Belgian blonde made special with a hint of Jasmine. It’s the kind of beer that makes you sip in curiosity of its flavors, until you suddenly realize your glass is empty and you need more! Since HiJinx has yet to can this delicious concoction, I have found myself at restaurants and bars for no other reason than they had Kung Fu Gnome on draft. What better way to get my hands on some than by going to Brewers Village to hopefully get a taste, and maybe convince the brewer that they should definitely have this one in stores. In the meantime, I’ll keep stopping by the brewery to fill my growler.
Drinking Games (Hop Hill Brewing Company)
Michelle Veresink Richmond, Membership Manager
I really loved trying Drinking Games by Hop Hill Brewing Co. last year at Brewers Village. It just tastes like the perfect beer to for tailgating or for throwing some quoits in the backyard. Not only is it a refreshing beer, I love enjoying a beer that is locally made!
A pairing made in fall heaven: hard apple cider and baseball. Curveball is the perfect drink to enjoy while watching the Major League Baseball playoffs!
Easton’s Weyerbacher makes some of my favorite India Pale Ales including the citrusy goodness of Last Chance IPA. It’s got a great blend of hoppy bite, citrus flavor and 5.9% ABV. A must-try if you’re a fellow Hophead.
Admittedly I’m not much of a beer drinker, but there are times when fruity mixed drinks just don’t feel location appropriate (such as drinking a Malibu bay breeze at a football game). Cider is like the glorious middle-ground between beer and mixed drink! Angry Orchard’s Crisp Apple has the perfect combination of sweet apple flavor and dry cider that satisfies a sweet tooth without being too overbearing. What better way to celebrate prime apple season?
As for the beers, Sam Adams Rebel Juiced IPA with mango, has my attention and I’m pretty stoked to try it at Brewers’ Village. I tend not to experiment too much with different beers—except when it comes to beer featuring fruit and especially when that fruit is mango! Nothing beats a drink with a little tropical flavor and this sounds like it’s going to be amazing.
Join us at Brewers’ Village
Ticket price for Brewers’ Village Passports are $20 for ArtsQuest Members and $25 for non members. Each passport will be good for one (1) 2-hour tasting and will include tastings for all of that days craft beers as well as a commemorative sampling mug.
Passports Now On Sale
|Friday, October 13 | 7:00PM- 9:00PM||Buy Tickets|
|Saturday, October 14 | 1:00PM- 3:00PM (session 1)||Buy Tickets|
|Saturday, October 14 | 4:00PM- 6:00PM (session2)||Buy Tickets|
|Saturday, October 14 | 7:00PM- 9:00PM (session3)||Buy Tickets|