Kaltenberg brews boldly at Bavarian Beer Fest
KEYSTONE – Keystone’s Bavarian Beer Festival brews yodels, chicken dances, and, of course, great beer Saturday at River Run.
The festival features brews from the Kaltenberg Brewery in Bavaria – whose founder, King Ludwig, inspired the original Octoberfest in the 1800s with his wedding reception.
Saturday’s festival begins with a moment of silence and the national anthem at 11 a.m. in remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, followed by a welcome address from the Snake River Fire Department. The department will bring fire trucks and place firemen’s work boots at River Run to collect donations.
In addition to funds collected by the boots, more than 25 percent of the proceeds from food and beer sales Saturday will benefit Summit County’s Volunteer Fireman’s Fund. Last year’s festival raised $2,500 for the fund, said Elizabeth Tobias, event coordinator.
“We wanted to keep it local to celebrate what our firefighters have done, but this festival is in remembrance of Sept. 11,” Tobias said.
The festival’s Bügermeister starts the party at 11:15 a.m. with an “ompa,” accompanied by the Alpine Folk Dancers on the main stage.
Those Austrian Guys play German polkas, waltzes and marches and the chicken dance from 11:30-11:45 a.m. and from 2:45-6 p.m. A smaller configuration of the band normally plays at Der Fondue Chessel at Keystone throughout the ski season, but for the Barvarian festival, the full band – six to eight members – rolls out barrels of fun.
The Usual Suspects take the stage from 1-2:30 p.m. with all-American tunes ranging from 1960s and Motown to ’80s covers.
“We’re playing off the part American, part Bavarian theme to break it up a little and to give Those Austrian Guys a break,” Tobias said.
A German cuisine booth from Der Fondue Chessel offers sausages, German potato salad, coleslaw, bratwurst, torte and apple strudel. The Kaltenberg Brewery presents its Pilsner, Dunkel and Oktoberfest beers for $4, and beer lovers may purchase a $10 commemorative, half-liter mug, which includes a free brew.
The straw-colored Pilsner presents a crisp, lasting, hoppy flavor, while the clove-flavored Weiss leaves a slightly tart taste. The clear-amber Dunkel has a dry, malty flavor, and a creamy head tops the golden Oktoberfest.
Though the festival is a no-pet event, two St. Bernards – which are the mascots of the event – will pose for pictures.
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