Learn the finer points of German brewing styles and sample the real thing in Glenwood Springs where restaurants, breweries and attractions are raising a toast to the Oktoberfest tradition of good beer, good food and good fun—Prost!
Where to celebrate like a Bavarian in Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company, in conjunction with Jennetta Howell Theatricals, will be transforming the brewpub into a Munich-style festhalle for a one-day Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, Sept. 15, from noon to 8 p.m. The day’s events include a beer garden featuring specially brewed Oktoberfest Lager. Other German-themed activities on tap for the day are yodeling, stein-holding and barrel tapping contests. Two bands will keep the crowd on their feet—Alpine Echo, a traditional polka band, will play from noon to 4 p.m. and Painters Stage, a dance band, from 4 to 8 p.m. There will also be plenty of family-fun activities including face painting, balloon art and giant pretzels. The Bavarian fare is straight out of the Old Country with schnitzel, brats, schweinshaxe, sauerkraut, German potato salad, Bavarian cream cake and apple strudel.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park celebrates Octoberfest on two weekends, Oct. 13 and 20, from noon to 4 p.m.
Alpine Echo fills the high-altitude theme park with the sounds of traditional German music featuring accordion, horns, bells and vocals. Adding to the Teutonic flavor, the Lookout Grille will be serving up bratwurst and sauerkraut, as well as seasonal beers and apple cider. In addition to two weekends dedicated to Octoberfest, throughout the month of October, America’s only mountaintop theme park will celebrate the autumn season with family-friendly fall activities that include hay rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, fall photo opportunities, kids’ games and more.
Other Glenwood Springs Places with German Flair
Rosi’s Little Bavarian Restaurant & Pastry Shop serves a German-inspired menu year-round. Try the aufschnitt platte, matzo ball soup, schnitzel and goulash. For dessert, peruse the pastry case for fresh-made authentic southern Deutschland delicacies.
Find thirst-quenching craft beer in Glenwood Springs on tap and in bottles. At Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company, German-style beers are featured throughout the year including wheat beer, altbier and hefeweizen. Casey Brewing & Blending specializes in sour beers, known as Gose bier in German. Restaurants including Smoke Modern BBQ, The Grind and Glenwood Springs Brew Garden also have huge selections from which to choose—try traditional pilsners, bocks, Oktoberfests and Kölsch. Don’t know the difference? Brush up on German beer lingo below.
A Quick Guide to German Beer Styles
The most popular style of German beer, pilsners are pale yellow in color with a characteristic crisp, refreshing body that finishes with a hoppy bite.
Wheat Ales & Hefeweisen
This Bavarian-style wheat beer gets its identifiable cloudy look from unfiltered yeast. It’s low in hop bitterness, making it an easy drinking choice.
Oktoberfest or Spaten
Traditionally brewed in March and served in autumn. Oktoberfest is a sweet, brown ale originating in Munich.
Bocks have a rich mouthfeel, robust flavor and a higher alcohol percentage. If your beer has a goat on the label, chances are it’s a bock. Other types of bock are Doppelbock and Maibock.
This beer style is traditionally brewed near Cologne, Germany. It has a hoppy flavor with a mellow malt presence.
Hailing from Düsseldorf, altbier is typically rich and nutty with a spicy finish.
Berliner Weisse & Gose
Both are sour-style beers with signature tangy flavors.
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