18 October, 2019, 18:50

Oktoberfest 2019 Lineup: Ready or not, beer we come

German-style beer, brewery tours, sausages, and lots of dancing.

Every year, local bars, breweries, and restaurants treat us to a two- to three-week folk festival that runs from mid and late September to the beginning of October.

Can your lederhosen handle all of the shenanigans?

Whether you’d like to visit a specific place for your favorite beer or get a taste of more than one local brewery at the Trail Dust Town Oktoberfest, you’ve got plenty of options.

Also, pay attention to the date because some are happening sooner than others.

Tap & Bottle North

5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, September 19
7254 N. Oracle Rd.
Tap & Bottle Beer for Desert Harvesters

Tap & Bottle Beer for Desert Harvesters

The downtown craft beer spot is throwing a party with Sierra Nevada to celebrate Oktoberfest.

They’re going to be serving limited brews and will also have plenty of games to play.

Featured Beer
  • Oktoberfest
  • Kellerweis
  • Hazy Little Thing IPA
  • 2017 Narwhal

For more information, check out Tap & Bottle’s Facebook event page

Pueblo Vida Brewing Company

Noon – 11 p.m. Saturday, September 21
115 E. Broadway Blvd.

The downtown taproom is pumped for one of the most festive times of the year.

They’ll be releasing an Oktoberfest-style lager named the Eiskalt, as well as a special Pueblo Vida Steins. You can snag a four-pack of Eiskalt and a Stein for $25 during this event.

For more information, visit Pueblo Vida Brewing’s Facebook event page

Mount Lemmon, Ski Valley

Saturday, September 21 – Sunday, October 13
10300 Ski Run Rd., Mount Lemmon, AZ

Ski Valley, near the top of Mount Lemmon, is throwing their annual Oktoberfest that’s fit for the entire family for four weekends.

Aside from the incredible weather, there’s going to be German beer, traditional German food, a live German band, and plenty of fun over a span of multiple days. It’d be a good idea to designate a driver and carpool up the mountain.

For more information on the week-long event, call (520) 576-1321 or visit skithelemmon.com.

Arizona Beer House

Noon – Midnight, Saturday, September 28
150 S. Kolb Rd.
Arizona Beer House

Photo courtesy of Arizona Beer House on Facebook

It’s “A Very Arizona Oktoberfest” at the eastside drinking spot.

There’s going to be a lot of family-friendly fun, German-style beer, food trucks, face painting, balloon twisting, and live music until midnight.

For more information, visit Arizona Beer House’s Facebook event page

Dillinger Brewing Company

Friday, September 27 – Saturday, September 28
3895 N. Oracle Rd.
(Credit: Dillinger Brewing Co. on Facebook)

(Credit: Dillinger Brewing Co. on Facebook)

Dillinger Brewing Company is hosting a two-day party of fun with Oktoberfest-style beer, games, music, and food. They’re even setting up a large community table for extra seating.

2 – 10 p.m. on Friday, September 27
  • Release of the Festbier
  • Pop’s Hot Chicken food truck will be parked out front
Noon – 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 28
  • B.A. Naked Warrior release paired with German Streusel
  • Serrano Seduction Beer Cheese
  • Live music from 7 – 9 p.m.

For more information, visit Dillinger Brewing Company’s Facebook event page

Ten55 Brewing Company

11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6
110 E. Congress St.
Ten55 Brewing Company

Ten55 Brewing Company (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

There is a lot going on at the brewery this year.

It’s going to be three days of non-stop partying with German beers, food, a costume contest, Stein holding competitions, live music, and the fun times you normally have at Ten55 Brewing.

This year’s brews include the Hefeweizen, Dunkleweisse, Helles, Zwickelbier, Dampfbier, and a brand new Altbier. You’ll also find some food specials on the Classic German Jagerschnitzel and Spaetzle.

For more information, visit Ten55 Brewing’s Facebook event page

Button Brew House

Noon – 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 5
110 E. Congress St.

The northwest side brewery is throwing a party with eight other local breweries.

Button Brew House is sharing their space and parking lot for the epic Oktoberfest celebration. You can expect plenty of beer, music, and food by American Flying Buffalo.

Tickets are $20 for a half liter Stein and two beer fills. Each additional pour is $1 or $5 for any of the breweries posted up outside. Tickets are limited so be sure to purchase them now from Button Brew House.

Participating Breweries
  • Black Rock Brewers
  • Borderlands Brewing Company
  • Catalina Brewing Company
  • Copper Brothel Brewery
  • Crooked Tooth Brewing Company
  • Harbottle Brewing Company
  • Dillinger Brewing Company
  • Tombstone Brewing Company

For more information, visit Button Brew House on Facebook

Trail Dust Town

3 – 10 p.m. Saturday, October 5
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

In celebration, Trail Dust Town’s Oktoberfest has once again invited a handful of local breweries to the courtyard.

It’s going to be a blast with German-inspired food, Trail Dust Town attractions, and more.

Featured Breweries:
  • 1912 Brewing Company
  • Barrio Brewing Company
  • BlackRock Brewers
  • Borderlands Brewing Company
  • Sentinel Peak Brewing Company
  • Uncle Bear’s Brewery

Tickets are $2 each this year and each beer tasting, pint, amusement ride or food item costs a certain amount of tickets.

For more information, call (520) 296-4551 or visit Trail Dust Town on Facebook.

Tap & Bottle North

5 – 8 p.m. Thursday, October 10
7254 N. Oracle Rd.
Tombstone Brewing Company All Aboard the Hype Train Double IPA at Tap & Bottle North (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tombstone Brewing Company All Aboard the Hype Train Double IPA at Tap & Bottle North (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Much like its downtown spot, the northwest side hangout is hosting an extravaganza with Sierra Nevada — just in case you missed the other event.

However, there’s going to be different limited brews at this one.

Featured Beer
  • Oktoberfest
  • Kellerweis
  • 2017 Trip in the Woods Narwhal Coconut Cocoa
  • 2017 Trip in the Woods: Scotch Map

For more information, check out Tap & Bottle’s Facebook event page

Sentinel Peak Brewing Company

11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday, October 12
4746 E. Grant Rd.
Sentinel Peak Brewing Company Pint Glass (Credit: Jackie Tran)

(Credit: Jackie Tran)

This one’s happening a little later, so if you’ve missed out on the other events you still have a chance to celebrate.

The party at the midtown brewery starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m.

For more information, check out Sentinel Peak Brewing’s Facebook event page

Dragoon Brewing Company

2 – 5 p.m., Sunday, October 20
3895 N. Oracle Rd.
Beer flight at Dragoon Brewing Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Beer flight at Dragoon Brewing Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dragoon Brewing is celebrating with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra this year.

If you buy a ticket to TSO’s show you’ll get a free pint at the brewery, popular drinking songs, and a tour of where all of the magic happens.

Also, some tasty brats will be available for purchase from German Food Station.

For more information, visit Dragoon Brewing’s Facebook event page

Blue Willow Restaurant & Gift Shop

Lunch Special weekdays September 23 – October 4; Dinner Special 5 p.m.  October 1 – 5
2616 N. Campbell Ave.
(Photo courtesy of Blue Willow)

(Photo courtesy of Blue Willow)

Blue Willow will offer a German lunch special and dinner special for the designated times noted above.

The lunch special is the Schnitzel Sandwich ($12) on a pretzel roll with sauerkraut,
rotkohl, and warm potato salad. The dinner special is a Traditional German Schnitzel ($16) with rotkohl, spätzle, and lemon.

Oktoberfest Hefe~Weizen ($4) and Apfelstrudel ($6) are available with both specials.

For more information, visit bluewillowtucson.com.

Matt Sterner is a journalist, novelist, loves films, and would like to think he's a filmmaker. When he's eating, he likes to talk with his mouth full and write about it.

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