The constant enmity between fall harvest festivals and beer festivals raged for centuries until the notorious Pumpkin Ale Treaty was signed to unify these rival factions. Give peace a chance with today's Groupon to Oktobeerfest in Ballston Spa on Saturday, September 17 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get admission for one to Oktobeerfest and one German Das Boot mug (a $10 value).
- For $9, you get admission for two to Oktobeerfest and two German Das Boot mugs (a $20 value).
The suds savants at Saratoga Festivals present Oktobeerfest, a celebration of 27 German and American seasonal craft beers poured at Ellms Family Farm. While live music tickles earlobes and German food sternly satisfies stomachs, lederhosen-clad festival patrons play horseshoes, bocce, and other lawn games. Lackadaisical pumpkins and squashes loll about the lush landscape, carving human faces on each other in order to burglarize a delicious brew.
Though drink tickets are not included in this deal, mature adult humans and muscular centaurs may purchase them at the festival ($3 each). A beer sample requires one ticket and a full mug requires two. Festival workers ask patrons to bring valid IDs, tickets, and cash, as well as proper clothing and sunscreen. Additional event details and directions lie in wait on the website.
This Groupon is not valid toward alcohol. Guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID.
As stunning fall colors settle into the leaves of Saratoga County, beer lovers gather at the Malta Drive-In to celebrate the changing of the season with 27 different German and seasonal fall craft beers. Traditional German food complements a wide selection of American seasonal favorites, such as the Fall Summit ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company and the traditional Oktoberfest beer produced yearly by the Spaten brewery. The organizers endeavor to entertain more than taste buds, arranging live musical performances throughout the day from German accordion player Herb Liebenhagen, Saratoga favorite Headband Jack, and the Bluz House Rockers. Visitors also partake in games and contests such as Best Brat Costume or Who Smells the Most Like Cabbage.