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Get your drink on at Oktoberfest

SEATTLE -- Celebrate Oktoberfest Sept. 12-13, complete with German-style brews, Oompah bands, even a stage full of accordion players at the Washington Beer Commission's Oktoberfest 2008. The Bavarian-themed event will be held under a tent in the parking lot of the Pyramid Alehouse, 1201 First Ave. S., Seattle.

In addition to vendors offering the traditional mahogany-hued Oktoberfest beer, the tent also will play host to more than 30 Washington breweries. To pay homage to the long tradition of Oktoberfest in Germany, many brewers in Washington make an attempt to create their own renditions of the Oktoberfest beer every year. Some stay true to the traditional smooth, malty lager, while others try to be more experimental by adding their own twists.

The music stage will have Oompah and Zydeco acts as well as the Accordion Explosion with a stage full of accordion players singing and toasting the occasion.

There will be limited food vendors at the event, mainly Bratwursts and pretzels. But the Pyramid Alehouse will be open and offering its full menu during the event.

Admission includes a 12-ounce tasting mug and six tokens. Six-ounce half tastes are one token each, 12-ounce mugs are two.

Hours are from 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 and from 1 to 10 p.m. Sept. 13. Admission is $25 per person. You must be 21 or older to attend. Designated driver admission is $5.

For more information, or to buy advance tickets, go to www.washingtonbeer.com/oktoberfest.htm or call 206-447-5649.

*Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com

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