You may have noticed I started off with the brand of beer. That’s because it was impossible to ignore the signs all around the venue. And so it was that they tapped the keg of this beer this year. I think we did Sam Adams last year, so this is different — I’ve never heard this brand before, but it said it was the first beer brewed specifically for Oktoberfest!
Anyway, getting to the Fest was easy. I missed the 7 bus so I took the 2 Downtown from 30th Street and then took the Orange Line Trolley to La Mesa. Lots of interesting characters on there as usual but that’s another story. 🙂 The Trolley dropped me off less than 1 block away from the festivities. How convenient.
I started off with Tarantino’s bacon-wrapped brats this year. Amazing, even with the 10-minute wait. Plenty of grilled onions, sauerkraut, and brown mustard. Unfortunately, I sat down next to a fellow who talked a lot and I became distracted, dropping some mustard and sauerkraut on my shorts. Mess. Lovely. I excused myself to avoid further issues.
The line to the Spaten tapping of the keg was crazy long as usual. It’s where all the German entertainment can be found, of course. Thus, I went to the 91X / Lyft Beer Garden this year — free entry, great music, and decent beer (not free, of course). They were out of Bolt IPA, so I settled for Hefeweizen. Not bad, but not what I wanted, for 8 bucks! Festival pricing. At least the DJ was playing good late 80’s freestyle music. A few brave souls went up and attempted to dance. Very entertaining, but not many people there so I left after 1 beer. Didn’t want to miss the Trolley and have to pay for Uber / Lyft.
On my way out I picked up some delicious chimney cakes — Coconut sprinkled. They were warm and the bread was soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside. Took a few bites and jumped on the Trolley — then realized I could have taken the 7 bus home faster. Oh well. I took the Trolley downtown and then took the 7 bus back to North Park. Took about 50 minutes — not bad for getting lost. Oh well, it’s just another adventure.
Oktoberfest was a little disappointing like last year — only the street east of the Trolley tracks was used. No rides. I was told they were bringing them on Saturday and Sunday, so hopefully someone enjoyed them then. It just seemed more crowded, more energy, 2 years ago. At least I did not feel crowded. Overall though, the food was good, people were generally nice, and I enjoyed the evening, so I am glad I went, even if just for tradition.
What do you folks think of the O.B. and El Cajon Oktoberfests? Anyone else like the La Mesa one?