Oktoberfest season coming to an end, but it’s not over yet

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A Stone Church Brewing server holds up the authentic German steins provided by the brewery during their Oktoberfest celebration Saturday, Oct. 12, in Old Town Temecula. Jeff Pack photo

For beer lovers, there is a holiday every year that means they don’t need a reason to spend all day long drinking out of a giant German stein.

Oktoberfest is making the rounds in southwest Riverside County, and there are plenty of events to go around, just in case someone missed the one hosted by Stone Church Brewing Saturday, Oct. 12.

The crowd that gathered at the Old Town Temecula location Saturday were ready to guzzle craft brews from authentic German steins, snack on hot pretzels and chant oy-oy-oy.
They heard a Slovenia band, Die Oberkrainer Polka Madels, perform for all of Front Street to hear.

If that sounds like the kind of fun you like to have, there’s more on the way this coming weekend.

Bel Vino Winery and Refuge Brewery are pairing up to host the winery’s first-ever Oktoberfest from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. That’s right, Oktoberfest at a winery.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door and the event will feature live music, bratwurst, a bubbly bar, games with prizes and more.

For advance tickets, email Kristi@belvinowinery.com. Bel Vino Winery is at 33515 Rancho California Road in Temecula Wine Country.

If a resident wants more, they should swing by Oktoberfest at Killarney’s Irish Pub from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. That’s right, Oktoberfest at an Irish pub.

There’s no fee to attend, but there will be $5 pints of Sam Adams Octoberfest, beer, food and games. Buy one of the authentic steins for $15 and get refills all day long for $9.
Of course, the winner of the stein holding contest will take home an official ceramic German stein, and there will be plenty of bratwurst and hot links for sale.

Killarney’s Restaurant and Irish Pub is at 32475 Temecula Parkway in Temecula.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.