Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Oktober's the Time for a Little Food, Fun - and Beer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Oktober's the Time for a Little Food, Fun - and Beer

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Byline: Ed Stansel

You want beer fests, we got beer fests.

- First up is Anheuser-Busch's version of Oktoberfest, Saturday at the company's Jacksonville brewery. The website bills it as "a taste of Munich in the heart of Jacksonville," so maybe the A-B marketing folks need to check Google maps - it's at 111 Busch Drive on the Northside. Bud Light isn't exactly a traditional Oktoberfest brew, so the company is bringing in some A-B/InBev German beers, including Spaten and Franziskaner. Tickets are $30 and include a stein, two beers and one food item. You can purchase them at www.aboktoberfest.com.

- Next is Bruval, Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. There'll be live music, games, a beer garden and, of course, lots of local, regional and national craft beer. The festival is free, but if you want the full experience, all-you-can-drink tasting tickets are $30 in advance, $40 after Tuesday (if there are any left by then). For more information and tickets, visit bruvaljax.com.

- Intuition Ale Works will turn its King Street brewery into a beer hall on Saturday, Oct. 3, with oompah music from the Swinging Bavarians, all-you-can-eat German food and Oktoberfest and Kolsch beers brewed for the occasion. Tickets are $40 in advance (they're expected to sell out), and include a souvenir stein, one free beer fill and a giant pretzel from Cinotti's Bakery. Info and tickets at www.intuitionaleworks.com.

- And in Jacksonville Beach, Engine 15 Brewing Co., Green Room Brewing and European Street Caf will all have their Oktoberfest bashes on Saturday, Oct. 3. European Street's Riverside location will have its celebration Oct. 17.

- Oktoberfest @ Art Walk is set for Oct. 7 in downtown Jacksonville. The festival will kick off with the tapping of a special cask from Bold City Brewery by Mayor Lenny Curry. A biergarten will be set up in Hemming Park, and the party zone will extend down Laura Street to The Jacksonville Landing, with live music, games, contests and German-themed food and beer. Details should be up soon at jacksonvilleartwalk.com.

- Jaxtoberfest is Oct. …

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