Oktoberfest Craft Beer Takeover Every Weekend

Oktoberfest Craft Beer

There’s one word that comes to everyone’s mind when they hear about Oktoberfest. That word is of course, “Beer”! Oktoberfest is about loving life and community, and it just seems natural to celebrate those things with a cold brew in your hand and a twinkle in your eye. At Alpine Village Oktoberfest we are proud to pour 1800 kegs of the German Warsteiner beer every year, and many people come to us throughout the year for their European beer import needs. But you may not have know that of the 20 taps in our bar, only a handful of those pour European beers at any time. The other taps are dedicated to craft beers from all over the United States many of them brewed right here in Los Angeles. At Alpine Village we’re proud to be German but equally proud to be German-AMERICAN. That’s why we’ve dedicated one of our 4 bars in the Oktoberfest tent as the KraftBar and each weekend of Oktoberfest we’ll have one American craft brewery take over the taps there, pouring a variety of their delicious beers. Who knew you could get Oktoberfest Craft Beer? Here’s who we’ve got on our roster:


September 11th and 12th Firestone Walker out of Paso Robles, California. “Lions, Bears, and Beer: Founded in 1996 by Adam Firestone (aka the Bear) & David Walker (aka the Lion), Firestone Walker Brewing Company began as a small brewery with roots in wine country on California’s Central Coast. Now a regional brewery, our singular purpose remains – to craft ever better beer.  Passionately in pursuit of the perfect beer…and never satisfied.”

Oktoberfest craft beer takeover by stone

September 18th, 19th, and 20th Stone Brewing Co. out of San Diego, California. Stone brewed their first craft beer in 1996 and in just 17 years they grew to become the 10th largest craft brewery in the United States. But Stone isn’t stopping there. July 2014 when Alpine Village was having our annual Euro Bierfest bringing one of a kind, hard to find, limited edition beers from across the pond, Stone was busy announcing that they will be the first American craft brewery to open up shop in Europe with a Stone Brewing Co. in Berlin, Germany.

Oktoberfest Craft Beer takeover by Golden Road Brewing

September 25th, 26th, and 27th Golden Road Brewing based in Los Angeles only started up in 2011 but has since become a staple of the craft beer scene in LA. Their motto is, “We believe in great beer, which is an extension of our commitment to family, sustainability, good food, and the arts.”

Oktoberfest Craft Beer Takeover by Smog City

October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Smog City Brewing one of our Torrance, California neighbors. They also started brewing in 2011 and have been non-stop busy ever since. We’re happy to have them right down the road because they consistently put out well-crafted beers of some very tasty varieties. Don’t trust me? try them at Oktoberfest!


October 9th, 10th, and 11th Allagash Brewing from Portland, Maine. When Allagash started in 1995, brewers making Belgian style beers were few and far between. Founder Rob Tod wanted to change that. While the long popular German and British style breweries adhere to centuries old techniques and rules when it comes to how their beers are brewed, the Belgian brewing styles leave a whole lot of wiggle room for creativity. Out of this style of brewing we see some classic, simple beers and more than a few Frankenstein-esque creations. As a Belgian/American brewing company, Allagash is home to 6 year-round staple beers, 7 seasonal releases, and many one-time-only and keg only releases.

Oktoberfest Craft Beer takeover by strand brewing coming

October 16th, 17th, and 18th Strand Brewing Co. another one of our Torrance neighbors, Strand is a micro-brewery which distributes to Los Angeles and beyond. “It is with great pride that we continue to be part of the growing craft beer culture here in L.A.  We hope to produce outstanding beer for years to come.”

Oktoberfest craft beer takeover by hangar 24

October 23rd, 24th, and 25th Hangar 24 from Redlands, California. “Hanger 24 craft brewery began with a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends. Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook and his buddies used to meet at hangar 24 after an afternoon of flying to trade stories, talk aviation, play music and share a few cold ones that Ben just finished brewing at home. These days, the location of where these fine beers are brewed has changed, but the quality time spent enjoying a delicious, handcrafted beer and conversation with friends is the same as ever. Cheers.”

Oktoberfest craft beer takeover by Absolution brewing

October 30th and 31st (OktoberBEAST) Absolution Brewing another Torrance local. “We concentrate on crafting high quality small batch beers 5 to 6 barrels at a time (gotta have room for that boiling froth at the top). We use single infusion mashing in our open mash tun, though we do some decoction on occasion. All of our fermenters are glycol jacketed open fermenters that allow for temperature- controlled fermentation. While these fermenters may be open, they are always lidded to prevent contamination from floating in on the breeze. Each fermenter is capable of converting 12 barrels of wort into our fine beers, so most of our brews are double-batched to fill our fermenters.”

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