The last days of summer are upon us. There is a chill in the air in the mornings and evenings. It will not be long before the mountains return to their normal appearance, covered in snow. On the way up to Breck fall was clearly happening. The aspen trees in the mountains had turned from their summer green to their beautiful golden orange of the fall. The mountains looked amazing as the indicated it is time for a change of season. With fall here it was time for a great tradition in Breck, Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest lasted all of this past weekend. Oktoberfest is the annual event at the end of the summer to celebrate drinking beer and listening to polka music, which there was plenty of both. Oktoberfest is one of the biggest events in Breck, definitely the biggest of the summer. Most of Main Street was blocked off for the occasion. On sunday the crowd was kind of light. However, on Saturday the street was packed with people, plenty of whom should of stopped drinking a few steins ago.
Oktoberfest was structured much like the beer festival earlier this summer. Although at Oktoberfest they did a little better job controlling your beer intake. You could buy a commemorative beer stein in either a half liter or liter size. You did not have to buy a stein it was simply there for you to have a memory of your weekend since all the beer drinking might have prevented memories from forming. Unlike the beer festival a stein could not just be filled up as many times as you wanted. You had to buy drink tickets to get your stein filled. They would only sell four tickets to you at once and presumably they reserved the right to stop selling you tickets if you staggered to the ticket line one too many times.
The beer selection was somewhat limited, but there was plenty of it. Of course there had to be a german selection. For that there were Paulaner beer tents. There was also a little local flavor as Breckenridge Brewery also had beer tents set up. There was not a huge selection, but a huge amount to drink. I am pretty sure that is what Oktoberfest is all about.
Like other festivals there were other vendors there as well. There were a lot of great food vendors there. You need to fill your stomach when you are downing stein after stein of beer. There was traditional Oktoberfest grub: bratwurst and weinerschnitzel. There were even New England lobster rolls. They could not have been the freshest food there, but delicious all the same.
Oktoberfest was the culmination of great summer festivals in Breck. It won’t be long before all the great winter activities start up in America’s favorite ski town.