Welcome one and
all to the 19th Annual Bramwell Oktoberfest. This years festivities will take
place on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, featuring
guided outdoor tours of the Bramwell Millionaire Row Historic District.
Tours will be given at 3pm and 5pm.
Bramwell Oktoberfest is known for its excellent live musical entertainment, with
traditional folk, blues, bluegrass and alternative artists performing throughout
Bramwell, the "Home of the
Millionaires", is located near Bluefield on the Virginia/West Virginia Border
near I-77 south. Tucked beneath Pinnacle Rock State Forest in a horseshoe bend
of the Bluestone River, tiny Bramwell is said to
have once been home to more millionaires per
capita than any town on earth. The town is
a hidden enclave of Victorian splendor amid the
once-mighty Pocahontas coalfields.
HOSTS FOR THE PREMIER BEER FESTIVAL IN WEST VIRGINIA,
George and Lara Sitler
Have questions about the Bramwell
Mike is a reformed homebrewer
who decided to take his skills to the
professional level. He started brewing beer in
1995 and promptly became seriously involved in
the Hampton Roads brewing scene. Stints in
officer positions in the Hampton Roads Brewing
and tasting Society and a part time gig teaching
beer making prompted him to purchase one of the
local homebrew supply stores and create
In 2002 he applied for and
was given the brewer position at Hilltop Brewing
Company where he stayed until 2004 when he
retired from the U. S. Navy. After leaving
Hilltop he spend the next couple years running
HomeBrewUSA and running the bottling line at St.
Georges Brewing Company in Hampton, VA.
Approached in 2006 he renovated and built
Williamsburg AleWerks from the ground up. In
2008 he moved to Radford VA to The River Company
Restaurant & Brewery. Making a name for himself
including winning 10 medals at the Bramwell
Oktoberfest he left The River Company in August
to start a new brewery in Greeneville, TN.
Common Ground Brewing Company is schedule to
open in December 2013.
The categories for this year
will be limited to BJCP categories 1 through 7,
and number 15. This includes all lagers and
light and dark hybrids, and German wheat and rye
beers (this is an Oktoberfest, after all). Check
the BJCP site at
bjcp.org for more information on style
Two bottles per entry, $4 fee
per entry, and the form - available on the web
site (url to follow) - must be completed for
each entry. There's no limit on how many beers
you can enter, but only the approved style types
will be judged.
Entries can be sent to
K.R.A.Z.E., 4932 Dempsey Drive, Charleston, WV
25313 beginning September 1, 2013 and will be
accepted up to Thursday, October 2, 2013.
Judging will be held
in Charleston on October 5, with the winners
announced at the festival (as is only proper).
Many of the competition
judges will be at the Bramwell Oktoberfest.
Anyone who wants to bring a bottle or two of
their home brew to the festival for an informal
evaluation will be welcome.
Rob has appreciated good beer ever
since high school, when someone took the
can of Milwaukee’s Best out of his hand
and replaced it with a bottle of
Guinness. Since then, he’s been a home
brewer, beer judge, and general beer
enthusiast, including running the home
brew competition here at Bramwell the
past two years. He is a founder and the
president of the
Association of Zymurgy Enthusiasts
(K.RA.Z.E.), an A.H.A. recognized home
brewing and beer enthusiasts group. And,
as a lawyer, he has worked to help
modernize West Virginia’s beer laws.
He’s attended every
Bramwell Oktoberfest since 2005 and has
been looking forward to this year’s
event since about fifteen minutes after
the 2012 one ended.
Guests under 21 years of age gain access
to the contest and musical entertainment
area. General admission ticketholders
over age 21 may obtain 2-ounce samples
of competing beers.
Children 12 and under are admitted free
of charge.Tickets are $20 in advance and $25
at the gate. To purchase tickets in advance, contact the
Convention and Visitor's Bureau at (800) 221-3206.
For more information contact the
event supervisor, George Sitler, at either
or (304) 248-8004 or contact the Mercer County Convention and Visitors
Bureau, PO Box 4088, Bluefield, WV 24701 (800) 221-3206. You can access
their site at http://www.visitmercercounty.com
On the left side of this
page you will find links to some the friends
that have made the Bramwell Oktoberfest possible
over the years. Please visit their sites, find
out more about them and taste their delectable