Oktoberfest is scheduled for Saturday from 4-9 p.m. at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center, but Thursday, Oct. 19 is the last day tickets are available for purchase.
A limited number of event tickets are still available at $50 each, said Todd Scholl, director of sales and marketing at the hotel.
"Tickets will be shut off at the close of the business day Thursday," Scholl said. "We are definitely in a sellout status."
Tickets must be purchased online, at www.auhcc.com/oktoberfest. They will not be available at the door.
“Oktoberfest attendees will get to choose from more than 100 beers from local craft breweries and national brand favorites,” according to a press release from the hotel.
A launchpad for home brewers
One highlight of the event is the Homebrew Alley competition, which is in its fourth year, said Adam Keeshan, executive assistant manager of food and beverage at the hotel.
“It’s a great way for people who brew at home, ever since that became legal in Alabama, to showcase their capabilities in front of a crowd,” Keeshan said. “Any time you get people who are passionate about what they do, it’s fun to give them exposure.”
There is no charge for brewers to enter the Homebrew Alley competition, but the winner will have the chance to work with a regional brewery. They will spend time with a brewmaster to hone their craft.
“In turn, we buy back their product and sell it here at the hotel,” Keeshan said. The winning brew will be available on tap at Arricia’s Trattoria and Piccolo.
A selection of German wines will also be available, for attendees who might not have a taste for beer. And for everyone, bratwurst and pretzels will be sold at the event, according to a press release.
Live music and TVs showing college football games also will be scattered throughout the festival.
“(Oktoberfest) was an event that we started when craft beer really started taking off,” Keeshan said. “We invited Back Forty, Good People, I think Avondale was there. We wanted to do something fun and different from a culinary standpoint and support Alabama breweries.
“We had six states registered last year on ticket sales. Many of the attendees are from the Auburn area, but we do get the Montgomery, Birmingham and Columbus crowds.”