Beau’s Ok­to­ber­fest

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Tone: Zicke za­cke, zicke za­cke, hoi hoi hoi! Raise a pint — or four! What started as a few pic­nic tables on the brew­ery’s front lawn has grown into a can’t-miss fall event at­tract­ing 20,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally for craft beer (with a fo­cus on Ger­man styles), in­de­pen­dent Cana­dian mu­sic and Bavar­ian-in­spired food from top lo­cal restau­rants.

I Spy: Beau’s pop­u­lar Farm Ta­ble: Marzen Ok­to­ber­fest lager will re­turn for the party. Beau’s new Ok­to­ber­fest mix pack, which in­cludes a Vi­enna-style lager, a ginger hopfen­weisse, a Baltic porter, and a spiced beer called a mumme. The spe­cialty brews will be avail­able at Ok­to­ber­fest and the LCBO.

True Colours: Come for the beers, stay for the mu­sic. A prost-wor­thy lineup in­cludes 54-40 with Born Ruf­fi­ans (Fri­day), and K-os with Han­nah Ge­orges (Satur­day). Bus trans­porta­tion from Ot­tawa, Mon­treal and Corn­wall is avail­able (tick­ets must be pur­chased in ad­vance). Camp­ing space ex­ists for week­end pass hold­ers. Wear­ing leder­ho­sen is op­tional.

Top left: Steve Beauch­esne takes part in the Ok­to­ber­fest pa­rade Above (clock­wise): Live mu­sic plays on two stages; leder­ho­sen is op­tional; try beer from 50 other na­tional and in­ter­na­tional craft brew­eries.

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