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Oktoberfest 2015: Events underway in northern Indiana

Yes, it’s still September, but Oktoberfest is underway.

Like St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, an international celebration gives an excuse for us to celebrate here at home.

The biggest events will happen Oct. 3. Goshen Brewing Co. is having a big event that day, but is already celebrating.

Several dozen people rode bikes from the brewery through a bit of Goshen and back Saturday, Sept. 19, before Mayor Allan Kauffman poured the first stein of Oktoberfest beer and GBCo brewer/owner Jesse Sensenig tapped a small keg of Tailwind IPA.


Mayor Allan Kauffman pours #oktoberfest. @goshenbrewing

A video posted by Marshall King (@hungrymarshall) on Sep 19, 2015 at 9:46am PDT


Happy #oktoberfest. Mayor Allan Kauffman pours the first at Goshen Brewing Co. @goshenbrewing

A photo posted by Marshall King (@hungrymarshall) on Sep 19, 2015 at 8:26am PDT

The brewery sold 1 liter steins for $30 in the days leading up to the start of Oktoberfest. Until Oct. 4, the members of the mug club can order up to 1 liter of a GBCo beer in the stein and get table service rather than walking to the bar to order

The Oktoberfest beer is 5.5 percent alcohol and has pumpkin and smoked squash in the mix, as well as spices, Sensenig said.

On Oct. 3, the brewpub will have music and food specials from 1 to 10 p.m. GBCo is collaborating with Ignition Music to plan the event, though it’ll be at the brewpub at 315 W. Washington St., Goshen.

Other planned Oktoberfest events are:

  • Pillars of Elkhart 2015 Oktoberfest, Chili Cook-off and Cornhole Tournament. The annual event in Central Park in downtown Elkhart will again have chili tasting from local restaurants from 1 to 4 p.m. for $5 per person, according to information from Pillars on Facebook. A cornhole tournament starting at 2 p.m. is $40 per team. Kids activities will include pumpkin painting and a bounce house. Iechyd Da will be providing some of the beer in the beer garden from 1 to 6 p.m. and the Notre Dame/Clemson game will be shown on the mega-screen. Mr. Z Band will be playing music.
  • Miles Lab will again have its annual event Oct. 3 with German foods and an impressive tap list. Bell’s, Ayinger, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Schlafly will all have fall-themed beers on tap that day at 3763 E. Jackson Blvd. Owner Mike Miles said they’re also saving Dogfish 120 Minute and Founder’s Redankulous for the day. In honor of the event, there will be traditional schnitzel, brats and roast chicken, plus sides and desserts. 

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