Monday, October 6, 2014

LA Oktoberfest 2014

 Beer, Brats and Bavarian Dancers
The Beverly Hills Country Club was recently the site of the Los Angeles Oktoberfest® benefitting Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services and the Chill Foundation
Thanks to Barcelona Enterprises for bringing it all together!


Alan Semsar showing off his Bavarian style with some help.
Many of the official beer maidens and festival-goers had on their Dirndl Dress and quite a few guys had on Bavarian Lederhosen.

Buxom Beer Maidens
Serving Bottled Bavarian Brews
Warsteiner Oktoberfest
The Oktoberfest High Pour
 Stift Schlägl Doppel Bock
&
Halen Ale Mariënrode Triple
Moritz, Cervezas Moritz, S.A., Barcelona, Spain
&
Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale, Black Sheep Brewery PLC, UK 
Innstadt Passauer Weiße Hefe Naturtrüb
& Innstadt Stadl-Bier
St Peter's Brewery India Pale Ale 
Innstadt Passauer Neues Helles Premium &
Innstadt Passauer Weiße Hefe Naturtrüb

Bearded Beer Dude
Serving Bottled Bavarian Brews
 Rieder Märzen - Brauerei Ried

More Good Beer... 
Pabst Blue Ribbon pouring Primo
 Widmer Brothers Upheaval IPA & Okto Festival Ale

 Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Hoppy Poppy IPA & FMB 101 (Kölsch style ale)
Ballast Point pouring their Longfin Lager & Sculpin IPA
Erik Siering with Minot's Black Star
Double Hopped Golden Lager from Whitefish, Montana.
Erik poured a few quick cans into this woman's stein, which produced a tall, foamy head, and she shared it with her friend!
 It was a warm day, but the beer was chilled with lots of ice!
Some of the beer was even frozen...
Frozen Beer
 Infuse Vodka
  Harmata Family Wines
2012 Memory Maker Cabernet Sauvignon 

Bottle Rock Wines
 Fruit Frescas from Fruit Labs
RESQWATER anti-hangover drink
 Shhh, it's the Silent Auction, by Signature Events.
Supplying The Bavarian Dancers with Ein Prosit and other Oktoberfest songs...
Zicke Zacke Zicke Zacke?  Hoi Hoi Hoi! 
The Bavarian Dancers getting it going.
Posing at the i Heart Momo Photo Booth

 Priscilla—Psychic Advisor & Love Expert
(I guess neither of us saw the photo bomber in the back.)

ALL-AROUND FUN
Bierkrug
Vier glückliche Menschen mit Bierkrüge
Ein großer Kerl mit Bierkrug
Fantastic Fig and his cat Newton showed us all a few card tricks.  I think the cat is a mind reader.
Now how did he know that the card I was thinking of was stuck on the bottom of his shoe? 
The Germany's Famous Bratwurst food truck must have driven a long way to get here.  
The wait for brats was very short at the beginning.
And then they became VERY popular...
This is the looooong line for Germany's Famously Slow Bratwurst. 
Prost!  
Lots of fun contests!
There were actually two similar contests: The Stein Holding Contest (on the stage above) and the Bladder Holding Contest (in the line below). I didn't participate in the Stein contest, but I can safely say I was a winner in the getting-to-the-restroom-safely-after-several-liters-of-beer contest. 
This guy was the most animated Bladder Holding contestant.
It helps to keep moving.
Trinken!
Glücklich!
Bierfreunde!
Tabelle der Bierfreunde.
Selfie der Bierfreunde.
Steinkrug-Wettbewerb.
Laugenbrezel

Alan Semsar doing his Bavarian dance.
Overall, this Oktoberfest was a great time and I met lots of fun people.

I didn't have an opportunity to taste every single beer, wine, or spirit, but I especially enjoyed these:
  • A shot of Infuse Vodka - Chili Pepper
  • A glass of the Fruit Labs Strawberry Lemonade Fruit Fresca
  • Widmer Brothers Upheaval IPA
  • Widmer Brothers Okto Festival Ale
  • St Peter's Brewery India Pale Ale
  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Hoppy Poppy IPA
  • Ballast Point Sculpin IPA 
  • Warsteiner Oktoberfest
I've had the Bottle Rock Wines (The Jam & Anthem) and Harmata Family Wines 2012 Memory Maker Cabernet Sauvignon before and they are all very good.

What can I say? I like IPA beers and I mainly focused on beer tasting. Luckily, there was a little something for everyone.

Prost!

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