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.
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
Owen Ogletree and Kerri
Allen will be back to judge this year!
We are so fortunate
that Owen and Kerri had time in their
busy, globe hopping schedule to join us
and judge our competition this year. We
not only respect their judgment, we
enjoy their company! They know their
beer and they know how to have a good
time! I look forward to hearing all
about their recent adventures.
And so will our
Larry is Beer styles
expert and columnist for
and Atlanta Craft Beer
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, 2014 and will be
accepted up to Thursday, October 2, 2014.
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