Bramwell Oktoberfest prepares for 20th anniversary

Bridge Brew Works pouring beer.
Bramwell turns into “Beerwell” one Saturday each October for Bramwell Oktoberfest. The brewers from Bridge Brew Works return to pour their beer again this year

Preparations are almost complete for the 20th anniversary of Bramwell Oktoberfest.  When the gates open at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, the longest-running craft beer festival in West Virginia will hit a milestone.

Crowd of people in Bramwell
Mild autumn weather should bring out a good crowd for the 2015 Bramwell Oktoberfest.

If the weather turns out pleasant, a crowd of approximately 3,000 is expected to fill the streets of this picturesque Mercer County town. Once the home of numerous millionaire coal barons, the brick streets of Bramwell offer a colorful backdrop to the festival. A prestigious list of breweries from West Virginia and surrounding states are participating again this year.

Bramwell Oktoberfest excels in local beer & bands

One of the many Bramwell mansions.
One of the many Bramwell mansions.

George Sitler, festival director and co-founder, announced the line-up of West Virginia breweries and beers last Friday—and it is a good one. (From this beer list, has selected its Don’t Miss Tasting List and presented it at the end of this article.)

Eleven band perform
Eleven bands perform throughout the afternoon at three stages.

The festival appears to have another all-star schedule of musical entertainment, which runs throughout the day. Music acts include traditional folk, blues, bluegrass and alternative artists performing simultaneously on three stages.

 nice variety of food vendors set up shop at the Bramwell Oktoberfest.
A nice variety of food vendors set up shop at the Bramwell Oktoberfest.

As usual, guests can expect a variety of local food vendors who serve traditional Oktoberfest foods and other local specialties. Another option is having lunch, dinner, or ice cream at the Corner Shop soda fountain by the festival entrance gate.

Ticket Information

Tickets are available in advance and at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased for $25 each at Mercer County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in Bluefield, the Train Depot in Bramwell, and Cheap Thrills Records in Princeton. Admission will be $30 at the gate on Saturday. Discounted tickets are available for designated drivers.

The weather is predicted to be mild with temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s and only a small chance of rain for Saturday afternoon. Seems like perfect fall weather for a beer festival.

Bramwell Oktoberfest is certainly among the most unique and enjoyable annual craft beer events anywhere in the Appalachian region. To see a bit of what you can expect, watch the video about the 2014 Bramwell Oktoberfest.

Brewery Line Up for 2015

Morgantown Brewing Company
Morgantown Brewing Company will return to defend its 2014 Best of Festival title. Don’t Miss recommendations in red.

Greenbrier Valley, Lewisburg, WV

Wild Trail Pale Ale
Mothman Black IPA
Devil Anse IPA

Big Timber Brewing, Elkins, WV

Logger Lager Pilsner
West Virginia Wethop Ale
ForestFest Oktoberfest

Mountain State Brewing, Thomas, WV

Seneca IPA
Coal Miner’s Daughter Stout

Morgantown Brewing, Morgantown, WV

Big 12 IPA
Pathfinder Pale Ale
Alpha Blonde Ale
Pumpkin Spiced Ale
80 Shilling Scotch Ale

Dobra Zupas, Beckley, WV

Java Jive
Hopped Up

Bridge Brew Works, Fayetteville, WV

Long Point Lager
Oktoberfest Lager
Mountain Momma America Pale Ale
Draculin Belgian Red IPA
Dun Glen Dubbel
3-River Tripel
Bourbon Barrel Bridge Brew Ale
Bourbon Barrel Peregrine Porter

Chestnut Brew Works, Morgantown, WV

Halleck Pale Ale
South Park Porter
Belgian IPA

Wheeling Brewing Co., Wheeling, WV

Pale Ale
Session IPA
Maple Ale

Antietam Brewery, Hagerstown, MD

Golden Ale
Busthead Maibock
Little Mac Grapefruit IPA
Lil’ Ben’s Milk Stout

Sunken City Brewing, Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Red Clay IPA
Dam Lager
Steamboat Cali Common
Surfside Hefeweizen
Nachthexen Weizenbock

Beer Distributor Tents

Mountain State Beverage Distributors

Oscar Blues – Dales Pale Ale
Southern Tier Pumpking
Blue Mountain ESB
Blue Mountain Hopwork
Country Boy – Shotgun Wedding
Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
Declaw – Dirty Lil- Sweet Baby
Charleston Brewing – 304 Ale
Charleston Brewing – Raj IPA

North Central Distributing

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
Sierra Nevada Ovila
Harpoon Pumpkin UFO
Harpoon Honey Cider
Saranac Gen IV Session IPA

Mercer Wholesale

Samuel Adams Amber Lager
Samuel Adams Summer Wheat
Samuel Adams Oktoberfest
Blue Moon Harvest
Blue Moon Belgian Wheat

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