|Kurt, Roger and Dave--Bavaria in der Haus|
The 12th Annual Oktoberfest, conducted in Artisan's newly refurbished back room was another one for the record books as this was the first at which a Masskrugstemmen was conducted, and the winner--who managed to outlast 7 other competitors--took home his choice of a growler of Braumeister Dave Hoffman's beer. (Personally, I'd have taken the Pumpkin Porter, though my affinity for Dave's Oktoberfest hasn't faded, and his new Abbey Ale was kick-ass.)
|Mandy "dirndls" at her 12th O-Fest|
|Paul Mulshine and Dave Hoffman say "Cheers!"|
|Pete: "This is hard!"|
(But she secretly confessed she preferred the older fellow.)
John Rivers and Company were in the Haus for the first--and hopefully not last--time, and lovely first-timer Mikaila from Slovakia entertained the crowd with her impressive command of the English language. She was as garrulous as a mobster on the witness stand, but that, too was all in keeping with the spirit of the evening.
|Bunghole Banger Evelyn and Thurston|
"We love to see our guests--repeat customers and new-- having a good time in our place. That's what Artisan's is about," said Pete, who refused to try
Masskrugstemmen, though his brother
Pete (don't ask--it's a long story) gave it a whirl in warmups (above). After a little over two minutes holding up the filled 1-liter stein, his arm was in a sling for the rest of the night. He drank with his other arm, though.
"I'd never been to one," said one guest who requested anonymity. "But as Arnold Schwarzenegger said, I'll be back."