Oktoberfest has always been a time for celebration with the Barrel Brothers, especially since Andy & Eileen (Der Kaiser & Duchess) started the annual bier tasting festival at their house way back in 1997. Since then we've gathered together on a Saturday afternoon in late September or early October to taste 6 beer selections, chosen by the participants. These "contestants" were then judged by everyone there on qualities such as taste, aroma, label artwork, ect. and rated from 1(lowest) to 5 (highest). Scores were tallied at the end of the evening and the Oktoberfest Champion Beer for that year was crowned! In between tasting, games (Bunco) are played, Bier Hall songs are sung with gusto, past celebrations are remembered and great food is enjoyed by all.
2004 was especially noteworthy since Der Kaiser & Duchess decided to open the invitation to the 2nd generation of Barrel Brothers & Sisters. This is our kids and their boyfriends/girlfriends/guests who are now in their early to mid 20's. We wanted them also to enjoy what a great event Oktoberfest had become and now they could join us in our annual tasting & judging. The festival was an outstanding success with a record 9 beers to taste! Oktoberfest, from it's simple origin at Andy & Eileen's in 1997 has now become a grand annual celebration that nobody wants to miss. Don't miss these slideshows since they capture the festival's spirit. Young & old alike agree, a Barrel Brother Oktoberfest is an event you don't want to miss!
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