Why Fly To Munich? Martin’s Downtown Has Your Oktoberfest Celebration This Saturday
Not going to make it to Munich for Oktoberfest this year? For those of us who live in and around Roanoke, there is an alternative, and it will feature the two words I’ve always said perks a beer fan’s attention up more quickly than most anything: beer and garden. This Saturday, Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grille will be hosting an Oktoberfest celebration by switching most of their taps over to Oktoberfest style beers and serving them both inside and out in a temporary beer garden. Scheduled to be on draft will be Brooklyn Brewing’s Oktoberfest, Starr Hill’s “Festie”, as well as a few excellent import versions of the fall beer style, from German breweries Hofbrau, Paulaner, and Spaten.
Starr Hill’s (Crozet, Va) Festie is well known in the area, and Brooklyn’s Oktoberfest has always been a personal favorite among American craft versions of the style, and both the Hofbrau and Spaten have their fans. But if you do make it down to Martin’s on Saturday, do not miss the Paulaner. It is a exceedingly easy to drink yet flavorful, ever so slightly rich, clean tasting brew with a tremendous amount of balance between all of these features. If you’re planning on doing a little Oktoberfest comparing with your friends, start here, and though you may find plenty of reasons to like the others, see if you don’t work your way back to it.
German food will be on the menu, and live music on an outdoor stage is also planned. There is no admission, and the event lasts all day, beginning at 3pm and going til 1am.
Lederhosen not required.