Prost!

This past Saturday, I attended my very first Oktoberfest celebration! It was such an amazing experience and I am so excited to attend future fests next year. My local brewery, Recess Brewing, hosts an annual Oktoberfest and myself, my boyfriend, and my brother showed up before the doors even unlocked! I can’t deny it, I felt self-conscious waiting outside for the doors to open – but I am so grateful to have arrived early.

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I was anxious to get my hands on two of their Oktoberfest steins and try out their “Choco-dunk-nuts” and their “Eville Pumpkin” and I’m happy to say I got them all! The “Choco-dunk-nuts” was made by adding chocolate and peanut butter into their dunkelweizen beer – it was very intriguing. This beer was not my favorite of the day, but I really enjoyed trying something new…it almost had a spicy flavor to it! I absolutely loved the “Eville Pumpkin,” it tasted like a fairly standard pumpkin ale and I have really been looking forward to the true transition to fall so I can start enjoying those basic girl beers!

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The tasty beers were the highlight, but the Deutschmeister Brass Band was fantastic, and the food was indescribable. The Goshen Butcher Shop brought various meats and I can’t stop thinking about their pork nuggets – I’d love to say I could find a way to perfectly replicate those smoky bites, but there is no way to make them as flawlessly as the Goshen Butcher Shop did! They certainly found a new customer in me, that day. To top everything off, the weather that day was ideal. Here in Southern Illinois, we have days in the fall that still reach 90°, but Mother Nature decided to give us the perfect break and kept the sunny day from even reaching 70°!

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After enjoying the outside weather while sipping on brews, we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon sitting at an indoor table, with the open-window’s cool breeze blowing by. There was nothing I would have changed about such an enjoyable experience – except maybe the hangover than came later.

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