Looking for another Oktoberfest celebration in Houston? Saint Arnold Brewing Company will host its annual Oktoberfest party at the brewery for two nights, Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11. Both nights are separate events, so you can choose the night you'd prefer to attend. But, don't hesitate making that decision; Saint Arnold's Oktoberfest celebrations always sell out and each night the brewery holds approximately 350 guests.
The Oktoberfest parties will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets to each night cost $45 per person (all guests must be 21 years or older) and include food, beer, a mug and entertainment from a live band. Lennie Ambrose, marketing and events director of Saint Arnold, says the feast includes an array of German specialties: weiner schnitzel, sauerkraut and sausages.
"To me it's a really cool event that we used to have catered because we wanted to have food at that event, a German meal, and we used to have it catered in, but last year was the first year since we have had the new kitchen that we started being able to [make] it in house," Ambrose says. "So I think that that just adds a little extra to it that it comes from here. The kraut and stuff is made from our beer and the mustard is as well. It's always a really good tie."
Along with the German food prepared by executive chef Ryan Savoie and his crew, guests will enjoy beers from the regular lineup as well as three special casks: Oktoberfest, Divine Reserve No. 14 and the 20th Anniversary Ale.
Ambrose says the mug each guest receives is like a collector's item, especially for those who have attended since the very first Oktoberfest at the brewery. Saint Arnold has been hosting Oktoberfest parties for at least 12 years, dating back to the old brewery location.
Don't forget to dress in your Oktoberfest best to compete for King and Queen of Oktoberfest. Just show up your lederhosen or dirndl and let someone at the brewery know you want to compete in the contest. The winning King and Queen will each receive $100.
Now, all of this is fine and dandy, but it wouldn't be an Oktoberfest without some good music. On Friday, Chris Ryback - The Accordion Cowboy will provide the tunes for the evening, and on Saturday, the brewery will be graced by the presence of The Dujka Brothers, the originators of the Saint Arnold Polka (click the link to watch the YouTube music video). The possibility they will play that song is quite high.
Get your tickets ASAP. As of yesterday afternoon, Ambrose said there were about 100 tickets left for Friday and 50 left for Saturday. This event sells out every year, and it looks like 2014 will as well.