Boese Brothers kicks off its Oktoberfest festivities Friday. Courtesy/Boese Brothers
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
The big Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Germany is canceled this year but luckily, plans for the event in Los Alamos are still going strong.
Boese Brother Brewery, 145 Central Park Square, will kick off its Oktoberfest celebrations Friday.
The festivities are noon to 10 p.m. three weekends in a row on Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 18-19, Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 2-3.
Patrons can enjoy popular German foods such as beer brats, sauerkraut, pretzels and cheese. Although there will be some New Mexican flavors mixed in such as green chile cheeseburgers on pretzel buns.
For vegans or vegetarians, there will be Beyond Brats on the menu. Boese Brother Co-owner Sam Boese said as a vegetarian himself, he attests that the Beyond Burgers and Brats are delicious.
Boese Brother’s Oktoberfest also will feature its Oktoberfest lager that the brewery serves every year. Boese said traditionally the beer has a rich malt flavor and a mellow and clean hop bitterness.
The pandemic put the kibosh on live music but Boese said that recorded polka music will be played.
He added most of Oktoberfest will take place outside in the grassy lawn next to the brewery to comply with the Governor’s health order.
Despite the changes, Boese said he is looking forward to festivities.
“I think I tell everyone that Oktoberfest is my favorite beer celebration,” he said.
It is an opportunity to enjoy good food and beer, Boese added.
Also, “it is the last chance to get out and enjoy the outdoors … before it gets too cold,” he said.
Despite the challenges the pandemic has posed toward restaurants, Boese said the community has been very supportive of the brewery.
“People are getting more and more used to way we have to go to restaurants and bars these days,” he said. “People feel more comfortable with sitting in their favorite bars and restaurants.”
Oktoberfest is a long-held tradition, Boese said. The beer festival started in 1810 and has been held annually in Munich. According to Wikipedia, the festival is 16 to 18 days long and can attract more than 6 million people every year.