Oktoberfest Kickoff Festival at Shipgarten

Come kickoff OKTOBERFEST on Saturday, September 17th with our “tapping of the keg”, a special Ceremonial Keg sent from Germany! Bring along your family and friends as there will be activities for all ages!


We will have a fantastic selection of over 50 biers from Germany, Belgium, Austria and the U.S. for everyone to enjoy. Representatives from several breweries will join us to showcase their biers and offer samples!


1:15 PM – “Tapping of the Keg”

1:30 PM – Stein Hoisting Competition

2:30 PM – Sausage Eating Competition

5:15PM – Apple Bobbing Contest (Individual Buckets)

5:30 PM – Stein-to-Stein Competition


➳ 50+ Biers to Sample

➳ Meet and Greet Brewery Reps from Germany, Belgium, Austria & the US!

♫ Live Music (12:30 PM – 7:30 PM)

♫ 12:30 to 3:30pm: Elemental Alibi

♫ 4:00 to 7:30pm: Lele Rose

♫ This Saturday Huihoalaha is doing a live Polynesian Dance Performance in the kids corder from 2-3pm

♫ Live DJ Maskell (8 PM – 2 AM)

★ Spiderman & Rapunzel Live Character Performance @ 3 PM

➳ Bier & Samples

➳ Bratwurst, Pretzels, Wings, Specials of the Day

➳ Outdoor Games & Activities

➳ Pet Friendly

➳ Woofie’s Mobile Pet Spa

➳ Giveaways, Competitions, & Prizes

➳ Kids’ Corner with Face Painting, Moon Bounce, Crafts, and More

➳ Photo Booth

Canelo vs. GGG Trilogy Fight at Shipgarten – NO COVER

➳ 25-foot outdoor screen

➳ 5 projector screens

➳ HDTVs all around the venue

➳ No Cover

➳ Prelims at 6pm

✪ Featured Breweries ✪


Radenberger Pilsner- 4.8% ABV- A full-bodied, complex taste with a little more hops than most Pilsners gives Radeberger its distinctive, memorable flavour. Baked bread and honey, with a hint of toasted biscuit and freshly milled grain make for nice malt complexity.

DAB- 5% ABV- A pale, bottom-fermented blond lager. It is a harmoniously balanced, crisp and easy-to-drink beer with pleasing notes of hops and malt. A very well-rounded taste profile with a soft and elegant texture.

Progusta- 6.8% ABV- With Progusta, the types of hops used come to the fore, and harmonize perfectly with the bitter note. The hoppy aroma can be attributed to the American Citra and German Hallertauer Mittelfrüh varieties, which complement each other beautifully. The sweetness remaining after fermentation forms a nice interplay with the bitter note.

Schoff- 2.5% ABV- The world’s first Hefeweizen grapefruit beer. It’s a 50/50 blend of Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen beer and natural carbonated grapefruit flavor for a zesty and fizzy taste experience.

Kindred Spirit

Octoberfest- 6.1% ABV- A malty bronze color, this traditional style fest beer boasts an aroma of toasted malt, with hints of caramel and a touch of noble hops. Flavors of toasted malt and earthy hops lead to a dry, crisp finish.

Headspace IPA- 7.7% ABV- A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.

Ale Works

Pumpkin latte- 7.3% ABV- Alewerks’ world-famous Pumpkin Ale brewed with coffee, vanilla, and lactose.

Octoberfest- 5.6% ABV- Oktoberfest is a traditional, German-style Märzen. Prior to refrigeration, Märzens were brewed in the Spring and tucked away to be enjoyed after the weather cooled. Märzenbier is full-bodied, rich and toasty with a warm copper color, and ours is faithful to that tradition.

Drunk Fruit

Lychee- 4.5% ABV- A light and refreshing seltzer that captures the floral aromas of lychee and brings out the natural sweetness of the tropical fruit.

Melon- 4.5% ABV- Honeydew melon is ubiquitous in the world of Asian sweets. Takes inspiration from perhaps the most iconic of them all: the Melona bar, a velvety ice cream pop.

Yuzu- 4.5% ABV- A light and refreshing hard seltzer. Yuzu is a citrus fruit found in Japan and is similar to a lemon and lime fused together.

Calvert Brewery

Oktoberfest- 5.5% ABV- Made with German malts and Tettnang and Saaz hops, this Oktoberfest is crisp and clean, yet rich and layered, just like the first day of Autumn.

I Just Crush A lot- 5.5% ABV- This tart ale with plum and blackberry transforms during the drinking. From the initial burst of sour, through the rich, fruity middle, and into the bready malt finish, it sends the drinker on a dream vacation for the taste buds. The complexity tantalizes the palate with each sip. It’s so crushable that you’ll crave it.

Wetten Importers

Eggenberg Lemon Radler- 2.4% ABV- Waves of bright citrus aroma beckon you closer once this liquid hits the glass. Brewed with a mix of lemon, lime and elderberry lemonade, this addition to Eggenberg’s line-up might just be its most-refreshing yet.

TucherFestBier- 5% ABV- This Festbier is brewed as a fuller-bodied Helles lager with a slightly louder presence of old world hops instead of a Marzen and is available to festivals year-round!

Tucher Hefe- 5.35% ABV- A traditional, high fermented Bavarian yeast beer specialty with an accentuated wheat beer flavour and high vitamin B contents.

Tucker Rotbier- 5.5 ABV- Rich, very pleasant, with soft tones of roasted malt, notes of coffee, dark chocolate and spices. Light, tart hop notes develop closer to the finish line.


Oktoberfestbier- 6% ABV- A German Marzen style suited for Munich’s famous festival: aromatic, savory and gold-colored. Spaten Oktoberfest offers a balanced flavor with a hint of sweet, almost candied malt.


FestBier- 5.8% ABV- Full-bodied seasonal beer with a strong character – malt flavoured with fruity overtones


FestBier- 6% ABV- Full-bodied and flavorful, copper/amber in color with a rich creamy head that laces nicely down the glass. Robust, hearty flavor.


FestBier- 6.3% ABV- A touch doughy, a bit toasty pils flavor with a modest amount of initial sweetness. Floral, herbal with a light, decent and certainly sufficient hop bite about it.


FestBier- 6.0% ABV- The perfect balance of a light taste of hops and a strong note of malt. A feast of a beer, which always goes down well. This beer is only brewed for the Oktoberfest. That’s where it belongs, along with all the fun of the fair like the Ferris wheel and roasted almonds.


Oktoberfest- 5.7% ABV- Combines smooth malt aromas with a pronounced hop bitterness. This well-balanced flavour is complemented by gently sparkling carbonic acid to give it the typical liveliness of a genuine wheat beer. Smooth, strong and irresistible – brewing tradition at its finest.

Southern Tier

Southern Tier Pumping- 8.6% ABV- Hints of pumpkin pie and spice aromas on the nose. Huge flavors of genuine pumpkin pie, nutmeg, and cinnamon come through. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, yet crisp. It’s like eating a whole pumpkin pie!

Coffee Pumking- 8.6% ABV- Settle in with smooth, roasty cold brew coffee combined with pumpkin pie spice. Each sip provides a sense of comfort like a morning’s first brewed batch of perfectly roasted coffee.

Victory Brewing

Berry Monkey- 9.5% ABV- Perfectly fruited Sour Tripel Ale loaded with raspberries and other natural flavors that add just the right balance of sweetness and tang with a smooth finish.


Vitus- 7.7% ABV- light-coloured, spicy single-bock, “Vitus” is saturated with fine yeast and a creamy foam. It is a specialty with a round character based on the extra long storage time. The fruity smell of dried apricots joins aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana. Full-bodied and sparkling with an effervescent mouthfeel. Thus, the Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock beer but more like a noble, fruity wheat beer.


Infrared Starfish – 5.7% ABV- Infrared Starfish features a new hop to the industry called Nectaron (sister to Waimea out of New Zealand). Big notes of juicy pineapple, peach, nectarines, lime, and tropical passionfruit in this beer!

VelociRabbit – 5.5% ABV- The ancient ancestor of the modern day Kangaroo, a VelociRabbit was notorious for herding large amounts of Beach Chickens to their demise. This lower ABV IPA is the little brother of Laser Raptors. Using the same amounts of Mosaic, Simcoe and Chinook as Laser Raptors, this beer has a powerful berry aroma and nice pine note. The oats and wheat maintain the creamy mouthfeel that Laser Raptors is known for lending the lower ABV the ability to make a crispy break just as the hops surprise your palate.

Crooked Run Fermentation

Spinning Circles – 6% ABV- Spinning Circles is an opaque, soft IPA with lots of Motueka and Strata for flavors of mango, Meyer lemon, and pithy lime.

Downeast Cider

Cider Donut – 5.2% ABV- Cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla with a fresh pressed cider backbone. Come for the apples stay for the donut.

Pumpkin Blend – 5.1% ABV- Apples pressed with Pumpkins, aged with chai tea spices. It’s balance makes it perfect for the pumpkin fan and cider drinker alike.


Fightin’ Hokies – 5% ABV- Clean and crisp, with pleasant aromatics of fresh bread, a subtle underlying floral note from noble hops, and a touch of malt sweetness in the finish, this golden Munich-style helles lager is cold-conditioned for weeks, resulting in an exceptionally refreshing beer. We raise a glass to you, the remarkable people that make Virginia Tech what it is today. Go Hokies!!

Lost Boy Cider

Pumpkin Head – 6.9% ABV- Semi-dry cider with pumpkin, spices, and vanilla.

Three Notch’d Brewing

Apple Crumb – 5.5% ABV- Brewed with cinnamon, vanilla and Virginia-grown apples from Silver Creek & Seaman Orchards in Tyro.

We will also be serving samples of all our regular draft beers from Tysons Biergarten and Waffles & Tacos.

To see Tysons Biergarten’s list, click here…

To see Waffles & Tacos’ list, click here…

History of Oktoberfest:

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival. Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a folk festival running from mid or late September into October (this year it officially starts in Munich on September 17th), with more than 6 million people from around the world in attendance every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese). Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810.

Kronprinz (Crown Prince) Ludwig (1786-1868), later King Ludwig I (reign: 1825-1848), married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s Meadow”) in honour of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wiesn”. Horse races, in the tradition of the 15th century Scharlachrennen (Scarlet Race at Karlstor), were held on October 17 to honor the newlyweds. Every year since this tradition has been repeated and is now called “Oktoberfest”.

Restaurant opens at 11 AM & the Festival runs from 1 PM until 6 PM. Restaurant closes at 2 AM.

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