Every September and October beer lovers get a chance to indulge their Bavarian roots during an onslaught of Oktoberfest festivities. Some events go the traditional route with liters of Märzen, Schweinebraten and prancing Lederhosen, while others stray far from the Germanic tree to become their own spectacle. This is what you’ll find when Biketoberfest returns to Marin.
The brewfest and bicycle expo will take place at FairAnselm Plaza in downtown Fairfax on September 25 from 11am to 6pm. You can expect “celebrity rides, live music, food, family activities, a Cargo Bike Jubilee, dozens of bicycle component, nutrition and athletic attire vendors, and 25 West Coast brewers serving over 40 beers.”
The event serves as a fundraiser for the hosts, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) and Access4Bikes (A4B). The MBC advocates for improved and expanded bikeways, promotes cycling rights, conducts education and would like to see 20% of all trips in Marin be made by walking or biking by 2020. A4B is a non-profit political organization that “seeks to establish equitable access for mountain biking on the public trails of Marin County.”
Admission to the event is free, but if you want to do some tasting it will cost you $25 in advance or $30 day-of (unlimited tastings). For more information go to www.biketoberfestmarin.com.
Here’s the current list of participating breweries:
Anderson Valley Brewing
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beltane Brewing Company
Broken Drum Brewery
Clif Family Winery & Farm
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Lucky Hand Brewing
Marin Brewing Co.