While we’d make the claim that Frankenmuth is the most German town in America, this weekend Cleveland will give us a run for our money as the annual Cleveland Oktoberfest starts tomorrow, August 31.
Frankenmuth Brewery will be bringing our Michigan beer down the Ohio turnpike this weekend for all the festivities, ranging from live music and tons of German food to wiener dog races and a beer holding contest. While holding a beer is usually quite the enjoyable experience, the contest at Cleveland Oktoberfest, dubbed “Masskrugstemen,” tests the endurance of beer lovers by forcing them to hold up a liter mug of beer. After testing your might, take in the arts and craft market and the awesome vintage car show.
As much as we are looking forward to all the aforementioned festivities at Cleveland Oktoberfest, the Frankenmuth Brewery team has our eyes on the prize. What prize? The Oktoberfest Microbrew Competition is the annual contest at Cleveland Oktoberfest that celebrates the best in German beer. Frankenmuth Brewery will be bringing beer from our Michigan brewery, including our 2012 Oktoberfest, Pilsener, Batch 69 American IPA and Munich Dunkel Lager to this year’s competition. Awards will be given out for Best Oktoberfest Beer, Best German Light Lager, Best German Ale, Best of Show, an open Bock category and a People’s Choice awarded after the weekend.
We know that Frankenmuth Brewery and our Michigan beer are still relatively new to the Ohio market, but we really hope to make a statement by picking up some awards against the hometown competition. If you’re in the Cleveland area, or even from Michigan, head to the Cleveland Oktoberfest, running all weekend long through September 3. Come show your support for some truly traditional German brews. We hope to see you at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this weekend and we’ll have a beer from our Michigan brewery waiting for you.