Beer, brats, leg wrestling and … grown men in leather shorts and suspenders — what could be better?
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — If there’s anyone in Summit County who has the chops to put on an Oktoberfest, it’s probably Andy Grogger. Along with having worked at one of the famed chicken-grilling emporiums at the real Oktoberfest in Munich, the Austrian-born chef exudes an exuberant portion of Gemütlichkeit, that magical quality of relaxed friendliness that’s probably the main ingredient needed to pull off a successful beer festival.
SUMMIT COUNTY — The blue sky and puffy white clouds over Frisco matched the checkered tablecloths at the Frisco Oktoberfest perfectly. It’s so classic, there’s even a German saying for it: Der Bayerische Bierhimmel, loosely translated as the Bavarian beer sky.
And with a spired beer tent mirroring the shapes of the nearby Tenmile Range, and guests sprawled on the green grass nearby, day one of this year’s local edition of the seasonal beer bash also captured some of the feel of the traditional Bavarian beer gardens, where the scene is somewhat less hectic than at the full-blown version in Munich each year. There was music, leg-wrestling, face-painting, along with plenty of schnitzel, roast pork, sauerkraut, apple strudel. Of course, the beer flowed freely, which is a good thing for the Summit Concert Band, which will benefit from the proceeds.
The fun continues Sunday (Sept. 5) at the Frisco Nordic Center, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.