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Copper Mountain bar has key to Oktoberfest in Munich

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COPPER MOUNTAIN – So, you’re surrounded by beer, ox meat, pretzels and big men singing out of tune. Munich, Germany’s Oktoberfest is in full force and you’ve just flown in from Summit County for some VIP treatment. This could be you – if you win the Tucker’s Tavern Oktoberfest raffle set for Saturday at 8 p.m.

According to Tucker’s Tavern owner Jeff Christensen, he has two VIP passes to the German beer fest, spanning three nights starting Oct. 1. The winner and a friend will have access to a welcoming reception, a VIP tour of Paulaner Brewery, VIP access to the Paulaner tent at Oktoberfest, and two reservations on the balcony of the Hacker-Pschorr tent.

“Those aren’t easy things to get reserved,” Christensen said

Travel, accommodations and VIP access to Germany’s Oktoberfest are included in the trip to be raffled off to locals and visitors. Hearty beer drinkers can increase their chances of winning by drinking brews (and eating) at Tucker’s all week.

For every $50 spent, a customer will get one piece of paper with their name on it to be drawn out of the raffle box Saturday. Christensen’s staff will keep a running tab of how much people spend through Saturday – the raffle closes at 7 p.m.

“We’ll do a drawing to pick three finalists,” Christensen said. “The finalists will be narrowed down to two with an Oktoberfest nail drive, and the winner will be picked by playing rock-paper-scissors.”

For everyone who doesn’t know, a “nail drive” is a “hilarious activity” where participants take the flat end of a roofing hammer and use it to drive a nail into a log.

“It doesn’t matter if you win, you just can’t lose,” Christensen said. “If you bend the nail, you’re out. It’s hard to do. The stump is outside the bar if you want to practice.”

German-style food and an oompah band will also be present at the festivities. Though Tucker’s capacity is set at 150 people, raffle participants must be present to win.

“If you can’t get in because of capacity limits, you should stay in the area,” Christensen said, noting that finalists will be called by phone if they’re not in the bar. They’ll have 15 minutes to claim their spot in the nail drive.

Tucker’s Tavern acquired this beer-tastic trip because it’s a top seller of Paulaner, a German brew, in the U.S. And it only carries the Paulaner brand on tap.

Though this is the first year the trip will be raffled off at Tucker’s, Christensen hopes it won’t be the last.

“We’re hoping to be known for it,” he said.

For more information, call Tucker’s Tavern at (970) 968-2033. To learn about Paulaner beer, visit

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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