Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rochester Mills Beer Co’s Annual Autumn Festival Returns September 25-27

It’s time again to grab your lederhosen and head for the Mills. Following the time-honored Alps tradition that started 200 years ago in Munich, Germany, the Rochester Mills Beer Company invites you to partake in its annual Oktoberfest festivities, September 25-27 – and you needn’t be German or travel halfway around the world to do so. This family-friendly celebration features German-style cuisine and plenty of beer under a huge outdoor tent. Come join thousands of your closest friends, family and neighbors who annually turnout to enjoy the live music, dancing and children’s activities taking place behind the brewery during the three-day celebration.

The weekend kicks off Thursday, Sept. 25 with a Ceremonial tapping of Rochester Mills Oktoberfest Seasonal Celebration Lager in the Restaurant at 7pm, followed by live music performed by Big Ray Motor City Kings at 8pm.

Friday and Saturday join the thousands of visitors who annually attend to enjoy the live Oompah and polka music, Bavarian dancing and children’s activities taking place behind the brewery’s Downtown Rochester location. The Oktoberfest celebration also includes games, moonwalks, pony rides, petting zoo, clowns, as well as balloon and tattoo artists for the kids. Those young at heart can participate in the ever-popular harvest challenges including sauerkraut-eating, brat-eating or stein hoisting competitions. The festival tent is open from 5pm-Midnight on Friday and 1pm-Midnight on Saturday. Admission is only $5 for adults and is good for both days; children 16 and under get in free (with a paid adult). All of the proceeds from the event benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, Friends of Jacob Foundation and the North Oakland County Waves swim club who volunteer during the event.

Head Brewer Forrest Knapp has prepared fresh batches of Rochester Mills Water Street Wheat (German-style Hefe-Weizen), Lazy Daze Lite (Michigan-style light beer) and this year’s Oktoberfest Lager (German-style lager).

Enjoy live performances nightly under the tent from Enzian. The Vagabonds perform Saturday afternoon and the Carpathia dancers will perform Friday and Saturday Night.

The brewpub will operate under regular hours and offer a full menu and selection of beers on tap during the event. Free entertainment inside the brewery features live performances by Cosmic Groove on Friday and Remedy on Saturday, both starting at 9pm.

For more information, call 248-650-5080 or log onto www.rochestermillsbeerco.com.

September 25th, 26th, & 27th 2014

Thursday (September 25)
7-11pm w/ Ceremonial Tapping (7pm) of the first keg inside the pub

Friday (September 26)
Festival 4-11pm, (Brat & Kraut eating 8:30 Stein Hoist @ 9:30)
Live Band Performance 9pm-2am inside brewery

Saturday (September 27)
Festival Noon-11pm, (Brat & Kraut eating 8:30 Stein Hoist @ 9:30)
Live Band Performance 9pm-2am inside brewery

Rochester Mills Beer Co. - 400 Water Street Rochester, Michigan 48307

$5 adults at the tent; children 16 and under get in free (with a paid adult).
Must be 21 years old or older and have a valid ID to obtain a hand stamp to purchase alcohol.

The Rochester Mills Beer Co. opened in 1998 in Downtown Rochester and has been brewing handcrafted lagers and ales ever since. Located in the historic Western Knitting Mill, the brewery is located on Water Street, just two blocks east of Main Street. The menu features a broad selection of eclectic American cuisine, all prepared with the freshest and often local Michigan ingredients. From delectable appetizers, fresh salads, pizzas and pastas to delicious entrees and unique sandwiches, the menu has something for everyone, including the kids. Special amenities include an outdoor patio, pool tables, and live entertainment every Friday, and Saturday nights. The Lazy Daze Lounge is available for private parties. The restaurant has expanded its ability to cater off premises events and parties bringing the Mills to you.

Rochester Mills’ brands, Cornerstone IPA, Rochester Red Ale, Milkshake Stout and Lazy Daze Amber Lager are available on draft to other Michigan bars and restaurants. and packaged product in 16 oz. (Full Pint) cans. Rochester Mills Beer Co. is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild (www.MiBeer.com).

Since 1984, Make-A-Wish® Michigan has granted more than 7,500 wishes to Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact conducted by Make-A-Wish® America, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Brighton, Mich., with offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Make-A-Wish Michigan is funded through community support. Nearly 80 percent of each dollar spent directly benefits the Michigan wish-granting program. Visit www.michigan.wish.org to learn more.

The Friends of Jacob Foundation, a Michigan based charity enriching the lives of families affected by Autism Spectrum disorders by providing: grants for financial assistance to help with therapeutic interventions, medical bills, socialization activities and support networks. Since our inception, The Friends of Jacob Foundation has granted over $60,000 to help families all over Michigan with financial assistance for medical bills, therapy, equipment and respite care. Your support through donations allows us to continue to provide these grants and services to these special children and special families. www.friendsofjacob.org

A family-friendly swim team based out of the North Oakland Family YMCA in Auburn Hills offering competitive swimming for all age groups. Instruction, technique, yardage, a positive work ethic, team building, and loads of fun is the NOW experience. NOW is a dual affiliated team, swimming both YMCA and USA meets. NOW offers a year round swim program. For more information visit www.teamunify.com.

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