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Celebrate Oktoberfest early at Miles Lab

This year, Saturday, Sept. 20, kicks off the 16-day celebration known as Oktoberfest. An important part of Bavarian culture, Oktoberfest has been celebrated in Munich, Germany, and around the world, since 1810.

There are plenty of websites that provide information about the history, but if you want to get in on the local celebration, head to Miles Lab (located at 3763 E Jackson Blvd, Elkhart) this coming Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.  

This will be the 3rd annual Oktoberfest held at Miles Lab. With the help of Indiana Beverage, they have secured a firkin of Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen (5.8% ABV), which will be tapped around noon.  

Also available on tap will be Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen (5.8% ABV) and Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier (5.8% ABV), along with Bell’s Brewery (5.5% ABV) and Upland Brewing (6.7% ABV) Oktoberfest beers. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale (8% ABV, IBUs 16), another fall favorite, will also be tapped.  

The food menu will include schnitzel sandwich (hand breaded tenderloin with German mustard), Bratwürst. Spätzle, warm German potato salad, potato soup, roast chicken, and of course sauerkraut.  Mike Miles is really excited to offer this event for the third year and is looking forward to people coming out and just having a good time.

Sadly, I have never been to Germany for Oktoberfest, but I have had friends go and bring back some nice steins.

For those of us that will be celebrating Oktoberfest at home, I have found the perfect Oktoberfest product for your beer drinking enjoyment: The Das Can-In-Stein, which turns any 12oz beer can into a pewter tankard. This product was introduced last April Fool’s Day by as just that — an April fools joke.  However, the demand was so great that they made it a reality.  

Sadly, it only holds 12 oz. cans (none of the wonderful 16 oz. cans that some of our own Indiana and Michigan beers are distributed in).  Mine arrived just the other day and although I was not able to track down any Oktoberfest style beers in cans, I did find a large number of good choices to break in my new Can-in-Stein. Here are the product specs:

  • Makes it look like you’re drinking from a pewter tankard
  • Hinged lid with thumb-lever easy to operate with a single hand
  • The perfect container for your beer or Mountain Dew during long gaming sessions
  • Capacity: Standard 12 oz. can
  • Materials: Pewter-look resin
  • Keeps drinks cooler longer since they are not warmed by human hands
  • Dimensions: 4 3/4″ wide, 3 1/2″ base diameter, 7 1/2″ tall
  • Not dishwasher-safe
  • Not microwave-safe
  • $9.99, click here to purchase

Check back next week to find out how you can win your own Das Can-In-Stein right here on Michiana’s own Hop Notes.

Looking forward to Saturday, October 25, Miles Lab will be hosting a Bell’s Brewery tap takeover including the following beers:


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