Checking in on This Weekend's OctFest

September 06, 2017

By Eno Sarris, September 06, 2017

This Saturday, September 9, it’s time for OctFest, our big beer and music fest in Brooklyn featuring unlimited tastings from 40 breweries and music from Built to Spill, Guided by Voices, Okkervil River, The Sadies, Kilo Kish, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. With food trucks and water at the ready, October is ready to have a blast with you this weekend.

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There’s some news to share, and not all of it good. We’re devastated to learn that Charles Bradley has had to cancel his tour due to health problems. “When I come back, I’ll come back strong, with God’s love. With God’s will, I’ll be back soon,” he said in a release. BEATA will be spinning a soul-heavy rotation in tribute to Charles Bradley between sets as we all hope the very best for Bradley, and root for the singer.

Indie rockers Built to Spill have stepped into the void to help out. The legendary group won’t otherwise be playing the East Coast this fall, so this is a happy surprise born of a somber moment. We look forward to their “inscrutable, unassuming presence” as Pitchfork put it in the review of Built to Spill’s latest new album.

Looks like it will be a rocking eight hours Saturday:

The brewers are working hard to get everything in place for the festival Saturday. The list of the final forty is impressive:

  • 1911 Cider
  • 4 Hands
  • Adirondack
  • Aktien Brewery of Kaufbeuren
  • Alltech Lexington Brewing
  • Alphabet City
  • Austin Eastciders
  • Bira91
  • Blue Point
  • Braven
  • Bronx Brewery
  • Budweiser
  • Camden Town
  • Cisco Brewing
  • Citizen Cider
  • Collective Arts Brewing
  • Empire
  • Five Boroughs Brewing
  • Flying Dog
  • Graft Cider
  • Hanging Hills
  • Kona Brewing
  • Lord Hobo
  • Montauk Brewing
  • Narragansett
  • Old Blue Last
  • Oskar Blues
  • Owl's Brew Radler
  • Pabst
  • Peekskill
  • Pilsner Urquell
  • Radeberger Gruppe
  • Rogue
  • Schlafly
  • Shmaltz
  • Singlecut
  • Small Town Brewery
  • Stony Creek
  • Threes
  • Weihenstephaner

Having the chance to drink England’s Camden Town, Canada’s Collective Arts, and the American debut of India’s Bira 91 will give this an exciting international feel, but New York is also well represented. Local breweries Singlecut, Bronx, Five Boroughs, Blue Point and Threes lead the New York squad.

The actual beer list is forming and in play, but there are some likely heroes. Budweiser is pouring Brewery Fresh beer straight from their Newark brewery line, kegged Saturday morning. Threes is bringing a fun collaboration with Collective Arts called After Dawn, a Kolsch they called “crisp and fruity with a pleasant hop edge.” Lord Hobo is bringing their legendary Boomsauce. Blue Point is bringing Mother Pumpkin Ale, and Rogue is bringing a Cold Brew IPA that we all may need to try.

Guided by Voices

The drum roll is beginning, and everyone’s looking forward to Saturday. Kona thought this was a perfect event for their beer. “We like to remind busy Mainlanders to slow down and appreciate what matters most, and OctFest is about bringing people together – artists, innovators, brewers – and having a great time” they said in an email. Germany’s Radeberg was also excited to be a part of a musical enterprise, considering they are currently saluting “five new rock stars who embody the intrepid spirit of Radeberger Pilsner’s founders – the Radeberger Tastemakers.” OkCupid is excited to start connecting people over their dating dealbreakers and makers with an IRL photo experience at the fest.

Two floors of drinking, the best in food trucks, and a lineup worthy of a collaboration between October and Pitchfork: OctFest will surely prove to be a great value and a great time.

ZX Ventures, a division within AB InBev, is an investor in October
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