Buoy Beer Celebrates Oktoberfest with Food Hub Festivities & Canned Festbier

As summer winds down throughout the Pacific Northwest, the Buoy brewers have been brewing up refreshing lagers to celebrate the time-honored tradition of Oktoberfest. This year will mark the 212th year of the original Bavarian festival and Buoy Beer’s first. Celebrations will be held at the Astoria Food Hub, Buoy’s current restaurant location. The company’s restaurant moved three blocks east on Astoria’s Riverwalk immediately after its original building partially collapsed in June. 

On September 23rd-25th, Buoy Beer will host a weekend of beers, music, and German-style cuisine. Collaborations with ForeLand Beer and Level Beer will be on tap, along with fresh-hopped selections from both breweries. On Saturday, enter the Stein-holding competition and sing along to rounds of “Ein Prosit” with music from Portland-based traditional German-style band Haldeman’s Oompah Boys from 1-3pm and 4-6pm. Festgoers can also enjoy a barrel-aged version of Festbier, a beer that Fruhlingsfest attendees sampled before it was packed away in virgin, lightly toasted oak barrels and has been cold lagering since April. 

As part of the 2022 lager series, Festbier will be canned in 16oz cans, marking another first for Buoy Beer. Brewed with heirloom German malts including Weyermann Isaria and Munich, Festbier is a crisp, full-bodied lager with bready and biscuit aromatics balanced with Hersbrucker and Saaz hops. It will be available at independent bottle shops, grocery stores, and on draft throughout the Pacific Northwest, and will make a special appearance at the Oktoberfest celebrations. Look out for this flavorful lager on the shelves this September. 

NW Red Ale 12oz cans and Kolsch 16oz cans and drafts are available in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho for the summer. Enjoy the style-diverse, balanced beers of the Buoy brewers this fall by grabbing a pack (or two) of each. 

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