Raise a glass: OktoBrewFest brings brew masters to Muscatine

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Though Muscatine may sit thousands of miles away from Munich, Germany, it does not mean it cannot get into the spirit of Oktoberfest. This fall, Keep Muscatine Beautiful will host the inaugural Pearl City OktoBrewFest Sept. 25. Bursting with tasty beers for connoisseurs and casual tasters aged 21 and up alike, OktoBrewFest will bring together some of the best regional breweries and entertainers for a memorable day of outdoor fun.

To kickoff OktoBrewFest, Brewmaster Bob Howard will welcome guests to an afternoon of good beers and good times. 20 different breweries from all across Iowa will attend. Muscatine’s own Contrary Brewery will attend as well. For those looking for something to eat, food trucks will make an appearance as well.

As if having good drinks with friends outdoors on a beautiful fall afternoon does not sound good enough, OktoBrewFest will include fun contests as well. A beer stein competition will test who has the super strength to hold a full beer stein up in each hand for the longest. Karaoke night will take on an alpine twist with folks competing to see who can yodel best. Big eaters can go head-to-head in a brat eating contest. To round out the afternoon’s lighthearted friendly competitions, OktoBrewFest will also feature a beer belly competition. Those wanting to have some non-competitive fun can put on their dancing shoes and get a bit silly with the chicken dance.

Throughout the day, great music from area musicians will set the tone for OktoBrewFest’s festivities. Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen will play a mix of authentic European polkas and waltzes mixed with modern party favorites sure to get the crowd warmed up. Frankie Joe and Kinfolk will bring a welcome downhome sound to Muscatine’s newest big event.

Tickets for OktoBrewFest have already gone on sale online and at Contrary Brewery at 411 W Mississippi Drive, Muscatine. $30 general admissions tickets will get you a keepsake tasting glass, while $50 VIP Access tickets will get you a glass, swag bag, and early access to all the breweries in attendance. Proceeds will go to Keep Muscatine Beautiful’s proposed amphitheater project.

As the air crisps up and people get excited for fall, OktoBrewFest’s organizers invite you to come celebrate with them. “If you’re looking for something different on the beautiful Muscatine riverfront this is the event to try!” urged OktoBrewFest organizer Chris Boar.