There's a new style of Oktoberfest in town, and it focuses on microbrews.
"Microbreweries are such an upcoming thing, and there are just so many in this area," Joe Malloy, member of the Thornhurst Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company and organizer of the first-ever Microtoberfest there, said. "We want to get them all in one place before they expand and take off with the big boys."
With that in mind, Microtoberfest is set for Sunday at the Thornhurst Country Club and will offer 15-plus types of beer, from big players Shock Top to the locally operated Susquehanna Brewing Company. Other breweries will include Frankenmuth, Goose Island, Hop Creek, Malloy's Irish Ales and Yuengling.
A $10-at-the-door donation will grant access to beer and food samples and give attendees a chance to vote for a beer to win the "People's Choice Award."
"We're also going to award more prizes to some of the brewers but with secret judges," Malloy said. "There will be random people going from place to place, trying beers and judging them, but the sellers won't know who is who."
But what good is an Oktoberfest without some authentic eats? The Best of the Wurst stand and Pocono Catering will provide sausages aplenty, perfect preludes to the kettle corn, lemonade and salty pretzels from Al Schwitz also on the list of snacks.
And for the first time in 10 years, the famous potato pancakes from past fire-company fundraisers will be back.
"People would go nuts for them, and they'd be a part of all the fundraisers," Malloy said. "We dusted off all the old griddles, got the old recipe, and we're bringing them back."
The Schutts & Giggles Oompah Band, Sir Chuck Paul and Rod Price will entertain.
To top it all off, the location itself is a part of the area's brewing history.
The Thornhurst Country Club property has ties to the Stegmaier Brewing Company, Malloy said. "It used to be a summer stay for the Stegmaier family, so we couldn't ask for a better place to have people try all these beers."
What: Microtoberfest to benefit the Thornhurst Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company
When: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Creekside Grove, Thornhurst Country Club, Thornhurst
More info: 842-2335