5th Annual Oktoberfest 2013

Posted on: February 24th, 2012 by doug hager


5th Annual Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest

Philadelphia, PA, August 22, 2013 –Brauhaus Schmitz’s is back with its 5th Annual Oktoberfest Season. The celebration kicks off Monday September 16th. With the addition of the Brauer Bund, Wursthaus Schmitz and new events 2013 will make this the largest Oktoberfest yet, with an expectance of over 5,000 attendees. We’re proud to announce our sponsors this year: CityPaper, WhereMagazine, CityEats, Paulaner, Warsteiner, Hofbrau, Traunstein, Berentzen. The event will be held rain or shine. Admission is free and street and lot parking are available.


The Official 5th Annual Oktoberfest Block Party will start at 12pm and end at 8pm. The 700 block of South Street will be closed to traffic allowing us to erect a 200 foot long tent with seating for approximately 700. This year we will also have a stage area set up near 8th st. The Heimatklange band will once again entertain with live Oompah music. Other activities throughout the day will be the tapping of a ceremonial keg, the Championship round of our Liter Lift Competition, as well as facepainting, schnapps tasting, approximately 2000 pounds of Sausage and Pork, and copious amounts of German beer. Brauhaus has added some new and exciting events the week before and after their street festival as well as an addition of another Oktoberfest festival at Wursthaus Schmitz in the Reading Terminal Market (full details to follow).


Owner Doug Hager and Chef Jeremy Nolen are preparing for their biggest year to date “”It amazes me how much this event has exploded over the past 4 years! It started out with a little 50 seat beer garden on the sidewalk to this monster event that attracts thousands of people. We have made some changes in the layout that should allow for more space for everyone but expanding this event is becoming a very serious consideration. This truly has become one of the best Oktoberfest events in the area” says Hager.


“This year will be our biggest Oktoberfest yet. In terms of food, last year we cooked almost one ton and this year I think we can break that. It’s crazy to think that we will have more than a ton of pork sold in one day! Our hashtag #aporkalypse is definitely appropriate this year.”, says Chef Nolen.

 All events are free admission and pay as you go!


Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest Week Events:

  • Liter Lift Competition


Every night from Monday 9/16 to Friday 9/20 we will have a qualifying round of our very own Masskrugstemmen with the top 2 finishers to compete in the Championship at our big event on Saturday.


The rules are simple, 15 people will compete each night to see who can hold a Liter mug filled with beer with one outstretched arm the longest! The event is free to enter and is limited to 15 contestants each night.. Competition will take place at 8PM each night and the Championship will take place at 2PM on Saturday 9/21.


Top 2 finishers each night will receive a prize pack from the sponsoring brewery so you can represent them in fashion on Saturday! Grand Prize on Saturday is “A FREE BEER FOR A YEAR”!

Entry is free, but reservation is required http://brauhausschmitz.com/liter-lift/

Monday           Brauhaus Schmitz
Tuesday          Paulaner
Wednesday     Warsteiner      Warsteiner Wednesday
Thursday         Hofbrau          Hofbrau “Hers”day Ladies Night
Friday             Traunstein       Trinken mit Traunstein


Mon 9/16 AND Monday 9/23

Oktoberfest Flight Night + DiBruno’s Beer & Cheese Pairing – available during dinner service

We’ll be pouring 10 different German and American Oktoberfest style beers and pairing them with DiBruno Brother’s most delicious and obscure cheese selections. Oktoberfest beers will be available in 2 tasting flights so you can sample them all!


Tues 9/17

Big in Munich Industry Night – 8pm

Chef Jeremy Nolen’s Industry band is back rocking out Oktoberfest style. Featuring (insert here)


Weds 9/18

Warsteiner Wednesday – 7pm

Enjoy beer specials and give aways from Warsteiner and Konig Ludwig.


Thurs 9/19

Hofbrau “Hers”day – 7pm

Ladies will enjoy beer specials and give-aways from Hofbrau as well as a special ladies only Liter lift competition!


Fri 9/20

Trinken mit Traunstein and Kick the Keg Lottery – All night

Enjoy Traunstein specials while you help us make room in the beer cooler for the big event. If your beer kicks the keg, it’s free and you get an Oktoberfest survival kit!


Sat 9/21

5th Annual Oktoberfest Street Festival – 12pm-8pm

Join us for our biggest party yet, we’ll be shutting down South Street and partying all day with live oompah music, a pig roast and lots of great German beer!


Sun 9/22

Day of Rest? Yeah right! Reading Terminal Market Oktoberfest 12pm-6pm

Still have a little gas left in the tank? Join us at our Wursthaus Schmitz stand for a continuation of the festivities. We will have live music, amazing food and even more German beer!


Monday 9/23

Hung over Happy Hour – 3pm

Did you wake up with tickets in your pocket left over from Saturday’s Oktoberfest festival? Use them up this Monday on our selection of Oktoberfest beers on tap.


Thurs 9/26 German Quizzo Hosted by Joe Gunn and Doug Hager – 8pm

Drink liters and show off your knowledge of German Pop Culture and beer trivia hosted by Doug Hager and Jose Pistola’s Joe Gunn.


Oktoberfest VIP Street Festival tickets are SOLD OUT. 

After purchasing your VIP tickets for the Oktoberfest STREET FESTIVAL you are added to will call the and your name will be added to our list.

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