718 South St. Philadelphia, PA

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March 24th – 26th

Besides the famous Oktoberfest, Starkbierfest (or the 5th season) is the second big beer festival in Munich and a great opportunity to have fun with your friends and wear the traditional Dirndl or Lederhosen. Historical origin of the strong beer or Bockbier lies in catholic religion: the monks were not allowed to eat during the period of fasting, and therefore brewed dark beer which was much stronger in calories and alcohol to substitute for food, “Liquid Bread” of sorts. You might be surprised to learn that although Stark means “strong” in German, the name of Starkbier doesn’t actually refer to the alcoholic punch it packs, rather the beer’s Stammwürze or “original wort”. This indicates the amount of solids in the beverage. Nowadays most people don’t fast anymore, but the dark beer and the beer festival has survived the times so don’t miss this “little Oktoberfest”.

We will offer 15 of Germany’s best Strong Biers!
Decked out in BLACK & GOLD our Brauer Bund Bierhall will have traditional bench seating for 140 of our closest friends and fans.
Session Start Times: Friday 5PM / Saturday 1PM / Saturday 5PM / Saturday 8PM / Sunday 1PM
$15 ($20 at the door) Includes: Admission, ceramic 10 oz. Brauhaus Schmitz branded beer stein, first StarkBier, pretzel necklace and live entertainment! 

Tickets are limited and seating is first come first serve. Special Festival menu will be available for additional purchase.

Beer line up is subject to change but here’s a taste:
Aecht Schlenkerla Oak Smoked Doppelbock
Schneider Aventinus Eisbock
Ettal Curator
Zoller Hof Donator
Arcobräu Coronator
Andechs Doppelbock
Paulaner Salvator
Weihenstephaner Korbinian
Hofbräu Delikator
Weihenstephaner Vitus
Schneider Aventinus
Weihenstephaner Kristall Weizenbock
Schneider Hopfen Weisse
Ayinger Celebrator

Willy Aust – Friday 7-10pm
Eine Kleine Oompah – Saturday 2-5pm / 7pm-10pm
Willy Aust – Sunday 2-5pm


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