04 October 2008
This year's Lion Brewery Oktoberfest celebration was different. For those that remember previous festivals, the caged-in festival area was small and the parking lot was large. This year, what was formerly the parking lot is now the festival area. Food vendors, rides, cigars and yes beer. With beer trailers down the center of the festival and huge tents on both sides, access to the beer was better than ever. Lots of room to walk, talk, eat and drink...and tons of space at the stage. So you're wondering what the deal on beer was? Your $3 admission buys you a 16oz Stegmaier Oktoberfest labeled mug and entrance to the festival. From there "drink tickets" are $1 each. Lion root beer cost 1-ticket ($1), Lionshead and Lionshead Light 2-tickets ($2) and everything else 3-tickets ($3). Now you may be wondering what was "everything else"...well we hit the big beer tents and everything else included Oktoberfest and Midsummer Wit...BUT then we found the small beer tent! Wander down to the far (east) end of the festival grounds and there was a "special" beer tent. Not only did this tent have Stegmaier Porter, Pocono Lager and Pocono Pale Ale...but also a surprise. Legacy Brewing Co out of Reading, who contract brew some of their beers @ Lion were pouring their Hedonism Red Ale, their Midnight Wit, their Euphoria Belgian triple and last but not least their Hoptimus Prime double IPA. Not a bad bargain if you do the math. 16-ounces of 9% ABV 92 IBU Hoptimus Prime for $3. Naturally it kicked by about 8:15PM, but it was nice while it lasted and the Euphoria Red was a great hoppy substitute. Thanks to all the guys at Lion and Legacy for another wonderful Oktoberfest.