Alyeska kicked off Oktoberfest last night, and just in time . . . the leaves are golden and holding on due to a surprise Indian summer from Mother Nature. The sun has been out for days and the Harvest Moon filled the sky a few nights ago for a brilliant light show reflecting over the Turnagain Arm. The temperatures have dropped noticeably, and there’s a distinct frost layer on the ground in the early dog-walking hours.
Thoughts move to bubbling crock pots and fresh baked goods right out of the oven. We know you typically come for the dark yummy ales poured at Oktoberfest. This year, the chefs at Alyeska Resort have pulled out all the stops and the second you step foot into the Daylodge, wafts of comfort food surround you. Come with an empty stomach because the food pairs so well with the draft German ales that you’ll want to be ready for the onslaught of edible goodness.
The seasoned Bavarian festavarian will know to first tour the food stations and schmooze the chefs on hand. You never know, a well-timed compliment could mean a sizably larger piece of lightly breaded schnitzel in lemon butter or an extra heap of spaetzel oozing with gravy. Get the $6 pretzel and share with the table. It puts baseball stadium pretzels to shame and no, you can’t get a side of toxic cheese whiz. Finish the night with a butter-laden Linzer cookie filled with raspberry or apricot jam and wash it down with a refreshing Pils or Hefeweizen.
All traditions go out the window next weekend – October 1 & 2 – when Oktoberfestivities continue. We trade in accordions and hard-to-remember German toasts for good ol’ rock and ska. Rebel Blues and Nervis Rex take the stage, and your favorite microbrews take the taps. Cold seasonal Oktoberfest varieties from Sam Adams, Left Hand Brewing Company, Glacier Brewhaus and Silver Gulch will be poured. Not to worry, the delicious German fare will be back including the hearty bratwurst and pickled eggs.
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