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Press Release - August 9, 2013

“Top 10” Oktoberfest in the Universe, Right Here in Fremont
Tickets on Sale Now for 17th Annual Fremont Oktoberfest, September 20-22, 2013

SEATTLE– Hailed on numerous “top 10 places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the world” lists, Fremont Oktoberfest takes over two entire city blocks in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood – the “Center of the Universe” – September 20-22, 2013.

“It’s Fremont Oktoberfest,” says Creative Director Phil Megenhardt. “So we add an eccentric Fremont-twist to this famous tradition. That’s why we stand out. We have a huge lineup of award-winning microbrews to go beyond traditional German beer, we give a nod to the German “oompah” bands but favor popular local rock bands, and we even have Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving!”

Featuring the biggest beer garden in the Northwest, Fremont Oktoberfest has over 100 craft and microbrews for guests to taste with their 5oz mini-steins, and for the traditionalists, full liter steins for German beers are available in the Buxom Beer Garden.  “Autumn brings an abundance of seasonal beer flavors that we can’t wait to showcase,” says Megenhardt.

The all-ages family-friendly Village features food trucks, Kids’ Area, Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving, Sunday Dogtoberfest, and its own Village Beer Garden. It is also the finish line for the Fremont Oktoberfest 5K, playfully referred to as “the Ultimate Beer Run.”

“Tens of thousands of people come raise a toast and celebrate in the streets of Fremont,” says Megenhardt. “We’re number one in the universe. Seattle’s fall tradition is not to be missed!”

Tickets to the Fremont Oktoberfest Tasting Garden are available now, $20 and up for guests 21 and over. The Fremont Oktoberfest Village is free and all-ages.

Tickets and more information are available at FremontOktoberfest.com. 

Fremont Oktoberfest is produced by Bold Hat Productions, and is a benefit for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, funding local schools, art groups, community events, and promoting Fremont as the “Center of the Universe.” More information can be found at FremontSeattle.com.

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Suggested Tweet: “Top 10” Oktoberfest right here in Seattle! Tickets on sale now for @FOktoberfest, September 20-22
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Press Release - August 16, 2013

The Ultimate Beer Run
11th Annual Fremont Oktoberfest 5K, September 22, 2013

Seattle, WA – The Fremont Oktoberfest 5K is the ultimate beer run, with racers crossing the finish line at the Fremont Oktoberfest Village Beer Garden and toasting their victory with a refreshing beer included in registration (for racers 21 years of age or older). 

Runners may take the standard 5K route and run solo, or in true Fremont fashion, they can follow a path less traveled and join the unique Beer Belly Division or Team Division.

Men weighing over 220 pounds and women weighing over 175 pounds are eligible to compete in the Beer Belly Division and receive the unfair advantage of a head start, giving them the chance to be first to the finish line (and beer).

“We honor the most elite Oktoberfest athletes,” explains Creative Director Phil Megenhardt, “those who have spent years indulging in Northwest microbrews, and who are sporting the much sought after beer belly!”

Runners can also compete with friends in the Team Division for multiple award categories: biggest team, fastest team (based on the four fastest runners), and best dressed team.

 “Hopefully you’re friends with Usain Bolt and Lolo Jones!” jokes Megenhardt. “You’ll want to gather lots of your quickest friends and get them to dress up in their ridiculous banana costumes or traditional German dirndl to win ALL the awards.”

Runners start at the Solstice Plaza (near N. 34th Street and Fremont Ave N.), run along the Burke Gilman Trail and Ship Canal, and end at the Fremont Oktoberfest Village Beer Garden.

Pre-registration is $25 and includes a seasonal beer for racers 21 years of age or older, and a Fremont Oktoberfest 5K t-shirt (guaranteed with registration before September 19).

Racers can learn more and register online at FremontOktoberfest.com/run.

The Fremont Oktoberfest 5K is part of the 17th annual Fremont Oktoberfest, September 20-22, 2013, featuring over 100 craft and microbrews, a full main stage lineup, and even a kids’ area with fun for all ages. More information can be found at FremontOktoberfest.com. 

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Press Release - August 19, 2013

Rockin’ Seattle Bands Pair Perfectly with Porters and Pilsners
Music lineup announced for Fremont Oktoberfest, September 20-22, 2013

SEATTLE– Fremont Oktoberfest presents a full lineup of live, local music to pair with over 100 microbrews, craft beers and imports, September 20-22, 2013.

“With over 100 beers to taste, you gotta have good music!” says Creative Director Phil Megenhardt. 

Attendees can pair music by Lucky Brown (Saturday at 6:30 p.m.) with Old Salt’s Brown Ale (by Island Hoppin’ Brewery), followed by pairing the Endangered Species (Saturday at 8:00 p.m.) with Flying Monkey Pale Ale by the American Brewery Company.

“But really you can’t go wrong,” says Megenhardt, “all music pairs with a stein of cold beer.”

MUSIC LINEUP

Friday, September 20
7:00 pm – Spare Rib and the Bluegrass Sauce
8:30 pm – Midori and Ezra Boy
10:00 pm – Staxx Brothers 

Saturday, September 21
12:00 pm - Blackberry Bushes
1:15 pm - Feverton
3:30 pm - Warren G. Hardings
5:00 pm – Rippin Chicken
6:30 pm – Lucky Brown
8:00 pm – Endangered Species plays Parliament Funkadelic
9:30 pm – Haiku Chi plays Prince 

Sunday, September 22
12:00 pm – Quinn
1:15 pm – Unsinkable Heavies 

For attendees seeking the more traditional sounds of Oktoberfest to pair with their German biers, there will be “oompah” tunes playing between main stage sets: a Fremont nod to the German tradition. Why? “We’ve seen people run away from the “oompah” bands!” explains Megenhardt. “But at the same time, people still want a taste of that fun German vibe.”

Tickets to the Fremont Oktoberfest Tasting Garden are $20 and up for guests 21 and over. Attendees save $10 by purchasing in advance online.

Tickets and more information are available at FremontOktoberfest.com. 

Fremont Oktoberfest is produced by Bold Hat Productions, and is a benefit for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, funding local schools, art groups, community events, and promoting Fremont as the “Center of the Universe.” More information can be found at FremontSeattle.com.

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Suggested Tweet: Rockin’ Seattle bands pair perfectly with porters and pilsners @FOktoberfest, September 20-22

 

Press Release - August 27, 2013

“Center of the Brewniverse” Promises Microbrews, Macro Fun
At the 17th Annual Fremont Oktoberfest September 20-22, 2013

SEATTLE– Fremont transforms into the “Center of the Brewniverse” at the Fremont Oktoberfest September 20-22, boasting the biggest beer garden in the Northwest with a Tasting Garden offering over 100 seasonal beers poured by more than 40 top breweries.

“Everyone knows Fremont is the ‘Center of the Universe,’” says Creative Director Phil Megenhardt, “and we take it even further, transforming the neighborhood into the ‘Center of the Brewniverse’ with the most incredible lineup of Fall beer.”

The lineup represents the full spectrum of beer options including 26 IPAs, 10 Oktoberfest beers, numerous ales and imports.

“Fall brings an abundance of seasonal beer flavors that we can’t wait to showcase,” says Megenhardt. “We’ve got it all”

Halloween themed brews include the Newcastle Werewolf and Bridgeport Witch Hunt, with pumpkin flavors highlighted by two beers and a cider: the Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale, Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, and Woodchuck Hard Cider Private Reserve Pumpkin.

In an ode to German tradition, there are a number of modern twists on classic Oktoberfest brews including Bainbridge Island Brewing’s Bainbidgetoberfest, Fish Brewing’s Leavenworth Oktoberfest, and Widmer Brother’s Brewing’s Okto Festival Ale

The Undercover Shutdown Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company takes home the prize for the highest ABV (alcohol by volume) at 9.8, with the Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout by No-Li Brewhouse taking second at 9.5.

For the gluten free or non-beer-lovers, Fremont Oktoberfest features ciders, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Tickets to the Fremont Oktoberfest Tasting Garden are $20 and up for guests 21 and over. When purchasing tickets, there is a choice to try a variety of different beers in a 5 oz. mini-mug or to head straight to the Buxom Beer Garden to enjoy half-liter or full-liter steins of German beer. Attendees save $10 by purchasing in advance online. 

Full beer lineup and tickets are available at FremontOktoberfest.com. 

Fremont Oktoberfest is produced by Bold Hat Productions, and is a benefit for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, funding local schools, art groups, community events, and promoting Fremont as the “Center of the Universe.” More information can be found at FremontSeattle.com.

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Suggested Tweet: Fremont becomes the “Center of the Brewniverse” with 100+ beers and 40+ breweries at @FOktobefest September 20-22 

 

Press Release - September 4, 2013

Oktoberfest in September? Fremont Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way
The “Center of the Brewniverse” puts its own twist on tradition

Seattle, WA – The 17th annual Fremont Oktoberfest, taking place September 20-22nd, draws inspiration from the original Munich Oktoberfest, but in true Fremont fashion, puts its own unique “delibertas quirkas” (freedom to be peculiar) twist on the event.  

BEER – Tradition: Steins – Fremont: Mini-Mugs

Just as it is in Munich, the main focus of the festival remains beer. Fremont Oktoberfest successfully incorporates the new with the old by showcasing a handful of traditional German festival beers alongside over 100 pre-dominantly local microbrews. And while the majority of the beer is sampled in 5 oz. mini-mugs, you can also choose to prost from das boot (a stein shaped like a boot of course).

FOOD – Tradition: Brats – Fremont: Grilled Cheese

No Oktoberfest would be complete without a fresh bratwurst charred to perfection, and Fremont Oktoberfest is no different, as Zieglers will be serving the traditional favorites.  A Fremont option stems from a trendy Northwest favorite, the food truck. The Grilled Cheese Experience will be serving uniquely gooey creations all weekend long.

PAGENTRY – Tradition: German Royalty – Fremont: Buxom Royalty

Playing off the original pageantry of Oktoberfest, Fremont Oktoberfest features a Buxom Royalty Contest in the Buxom Beer Garden. Men and women will compete in traditional (and some untraditional) dirndls and lederhosen in hopes of being crowned Fremont Oktoberfest. Forget Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, we have Mr. and Ms. Buxom.

KIDS – Tradition: Clogging – Fremont: Racing

The Fremont Oktoberfest Village pays tribute to Oktoberfest’s harvest past. Kids will delight in the racing their Zucchini cars in the Zucchini 500 and watching professionals attack pumpkins will chainsaws in the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving.

Tickets to the Fremont Oktoberfest Tasting Garden are $20 and up for guests 21 and over. When purchasing tickets, there is a choice to try a variety of different beers in a 5 oz. mini-mug or to head straight to the Buxom Beer Garden to enjoy half-liter or full-liter steins of German beer. Attendees save $10 by purchasing in advance online.

Fremont Oktoberfest is produced by Bold Hat Productions, and is a benefit for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, funding local schools, art groups, community events, and promoting Fremont as the “Center of the Universe.” More information can be found at FremontSeattle.com

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Press Release - September 17, 2013

Insider Tips to Fully Experience Fremont Oktoberfest
How to Successfully Complete a Weekend in the “Center of the Brewniverse”

Seattle, WA—Fremont Oktoberfest, taking place this weekend September 20-22nd, is the ultimate three-day beer festival in the “Center of the Brewniverse”. Guests can follow this list of tips to experience it all, while still managing to remember the festival:

  • Have a plan of action – Fremont Oktoberfest features a Tasting Garden filled with over 100 microbrews and traditional German festival beers. Guests should download the Fremont Oktoberfest Mobile App to find all their top beer choices.

  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach – There is plenty of delicious food to eat at Oktoberfest. Attendees can go traditional with a brat from Zieglers or go Fremont-style with a grilled cheese from the Grilled Cheese Experience.

  • Stay Hydrated – Guests can easily avoid getting kicked out early. Water is readily available throughout the festival.

  • Don’t miss the big gameThe Fremont Oktoberfest Sports Bar will have four giant screens playing the weekend’s biggest games. Attendees can watch the Huskies and Seahawks win while enjoying a Lager from Batch 19.

  • Take a break from the Tasting GardenThe Fremont Oktoberfest Village is the perfect counterpart to the Tasting Garden. No one is too old to go down the giant purple Alpine Slide.

  • Arrange a ride and take a couple of Advil before bed – Everyone is encouraged to plan a safe way home and to make the morning more enjoyable after an epic day at Fremont Oktoberfest.

Tickets to the Fremont Oktoberfest Tasting Garden are $20 and up for guests 21 and over. Attendees save $10 by purchasing online before Friday, September 20.

Tickets and more information are available at FremontOktoberfest.com.

Fremont Oktoberfest is produced by Bold Hat Productions, and is a benefit for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, funding local schools, art groups, community events, and promoting Fremont as the “Center of the Universe.” More information can be found at FremontSeattle.com

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