Linda Johnson is a BUZZ Contributing Writer (beer!) and founder of the beer and travel website, BrewNymph.com, covering all things Florida beer from news to events. She is the first female Level 2 Certified Cicerone® in the Jax area, one of six in the metro area, and the only Level 2-certified independent beer writer in the state.
The German Oktoberfest may have recently come to a close, but the festivities are still going strong around the Jax area. Don’t put those dirndls and lederhosen back in the closet just yet! If you’re looking for more Oktoberfest beer tappings and Oompah, you’ll find it in Jax Beach on Saturday, October 7, with events at Engine 15 Brewing, Green Room Brewing, Southern Swells Brewing and European Street Cafe, all within a short distance of each other.
Engine 15 Brewing Company : 7th Annual Oktoberfest at the Jax Beach Brewpub, 1500 Beach Blvd., starting at 11am. German music, a special food menu including Giant Cinotti’s preztels, Feats of Strength, Chicken Bingo, Das Engine Oktoberfest beer (and more beer). Buy the E15 MaB (“mass” one liter stein), and get it refilled for $8 with Das Oktoberfest, J’ville Lager & (904) Weissguy during October!
Green Room Brewing : Tapping of traditional Oktoberfest lager at the brewery, 228 Third St., starting at 12pm. Buy Das Boot this year, and get it refilled with Green Room beers at a discount all Oktober long! Food truck. Wear your Oktoberfest best for 20% off beers! The brewery bar will be open with a special tap list, including: Oktoberfest traditional malty lager; Cascade Dry Hopped Oktoberfest; Jax-o-lantern: Pumpkin Brown Ale brewed with lactose, pumpkin and spices; Chocolate Jax-o-lantern; Peanut Butter Jax-o-lantern; Coffee Jax-o-lantern; Cinnamon Yates Manifesto Imperial Stout, and more.
Southern Swells Brewing : “A Very Basic Oktoberfest” at the brewery/tap room, 1312 Beach Blvd., starting at 1pm. They are releasing two new beers, “30 Seconds to Marzen,” and “This is Not a Pumpkin Beer.” Also: pumpkin painting, DIY pretzel necklaces, and fall themed donuts from The Mini Bar.
European Street Cafe : Annual Oktoberfest celebration at the Jax Beach cafe, 992 Beach Blvd., starting at 11am. The first 50 people to buy a beer ticket receive a one-liter Warsteiner boot. The day features Oompah band The Hungry Five; also German house and techno with Der Spatula. Activities include the chicken dance and Stein Hoisting Competition. Menu items include authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest pretzels and bratwurst. Your first beer is complimentary, if you’re wearing a traditional dirndl or lederhosen.
Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®
Covering Florida’s beer scene, and locally around the greater Jax area
(cover photo by Linda Johnson)