Oak Creek Brewing Co. Celebrates Oktoberfest and our 20th Anniversary!
Sound Like Fun? Definitely!!
Sedona’s own Oak Creek Brewing Co., located at 2050 Yavapai Drive, continues its twentieth anniversary celebration with its two-day Oktoberfest bash on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th.. Fresh craft beers made on premise will flow inside the brewery and outside in the beer garden to the tune of live Oktoberfest music performed by Flagstaff’s own Thirsty Five. The Brewery opens at noon each day with music starting from 2:30 and going to 5:30 on both days.
There will also be the official tapping of Oak Creek’s HOP20 anniversary beer, a double IPA designed by Master Brewers Fred Kraus and Jim Strelau made with twenty different hop varieties including all of those used in brewing beer throughout the brewery’s history. Of course there will also be plenty of Bavarian Wheat and Gold Lager for hard core O’Fest aficionados.
The Oak Creek Brewing Co. has become a Sedona institution over the twenty years since Fred and Rita Kraus brought their dreams with them from Bavaria,Germany to Sedona in late 1993 after Fred’s two year brewmaster apprenticeship at the Hufeisen Brewery in Pottenstein, Germany.
Fred was trained by brewmaster Josef Wiengaertner, a graduate of the prestigious Doemens Brewing School outside of Munich. From those lessons Oak Creek Brewing has continued to break ground over the years:
- Introducing the likes of its Hefeweizen (Bavarian wheat) beer, Amber and Nut Brown Ale to Arizonans,
- Growing from 700 barrels a year in 1995 to almost 6000 estimated for this year and
- Graduating from keg only distribution to package beer available in supermarkets, convenience stores and other outlets in 12 oz. bottle six packs!
Oak Creek naturally carbonates all of its beers utilizing the Bavarian “spunding” process while using the highest quality malted barleys resulting in an exceptionally fresh, refined, drinkable line of beers. Oak Creek has also recently introduced its hoppy, delicious, India Pale Ale in kegs and bottles.
The Oak Creek Brewing Co. continues to be known as a mecca for local and visiting musicians, having supported live music in its on-premise tap room for the twenty years of its history. Customers can enjoy the entertainment inside or out in the large, enclosed beer garden with water feature, fire pit and attractive plantings.
All are welcome to stop by on this special weekend Oktoberfest and take a pick from nine of the freshly brewed beers on tap while listening to exceptional music and enjoying some great hometown BBQ!
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