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Harpoon Octoberfest 2008 – Boston and Vermont

Before too long, it’ll be time to get your lederhosen out of the closet and ready to wear, cause it will be Octoberfest season! I have 3 words to get you in the mood: fresh beer, bratwurst, and oompah. Okay, so that’s four words, but I can break it all down to two: Harpoon Octoberfest. The biggest and grandest Harpoon celebration of the year is back for its 19th year here in Boston and 8th year in Windsor. Here are the dates:

19th Annual Harpoon Octoberfest in Boston: October 3 and 4
8th Annual Harpoon Vermont Octoberfest in Windsor: October 11 and 12

In addition, the 6th Annual Harpoon Octoberfest Road Race in Windsor will be held on Sunday, October 12. This year, all proceeds will go to the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. This race is a great way to start your Octoberfest celebration and help out a most worthwhile cause. For this year’s race, we have added a few twists including the Best German Costume Contest, with Prizes will be awarded to the best Male, Female, and Team German Costumes…. Can you say “Lederhosen”?

Your $25 entry fee includes an Octoberfest mug, 2 beer tickets, Kayem Bratwurst, and and complimentary post-race entry into the 8th Annual Harpoon Vermont Octoberfest at The Harpoon Brewery.
Harpoon Octoberfest 2008
Boston’s Brewery Celebrates 19th Anniversary of the Region’s Most Beloved Octoberfest

EVENT: Harpoon Octoberfest Festival 2008

PROSIT! Join Boston’s Harpoon Brewery for the Boston’s largest Octoberfest celebration. More than 12,000 people are expected to attend the 19th Annual Harpoon Octoberfest. Live music featuring German-style Oompah bands entertain the crowd while delicious knockwurst and bratwurst are served. Join in the festivities by entering the infamous German chocolate cake-eating contests or the chicken-dancing contests. A wide selection of Harpoon’s Boston-brewed beers will be available, including Harpoon IPA and Harpoon Octoberfest beer – both Gold Medal winners this year at international beer competitions in their respective styles.

-Friday, October 3, 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. (Entrance closes at 9:30 p.m.)
-Saturday, October 4, 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Entrance closes at 7:30 p.m.)

Oompah bands: The Jolly Kopperschmidts, The Oberleandler Hofbrau Band, The Mad Bavarian Brass Band. Rock & Pop Bands: TBD.

The Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, Mass.

-$15.00 door charge per person. Cash Bar.
-Tickets are not sold in advance.
-You must be 21 years or older to enter and have proper ID.
-Free shuttles from South Station. Parking available in garage across the street.
-Harpoon Draft Sodas will be available.

Harpoon Octoberfest 2008 – Windsor, Vermont‏
8th Annual Harpoon Vermont Octoberfest 2008


Harpoon Vermont Octoberfest, Windsor, VT – October 11 & 12, 2008

PROSIT! Join us at the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor for our 8th Annual Harpoon Vermont Octoberfest celebration. A live German oompah band will entertain the crowd while delicious German-style knockwurst and bratwurst are served by a local restaurant. Enter the chicken-dancing contest or the German chocolate cake-eating contest for Harpoon prizes! A wide selection of Harpoon’s beers will be available, including Harpoon IPA and UFO Hefeweizen. The featured beer of the festival will be our fall seasonal, Harpoon Octoberfest Beer. Take a tour of the brewery and see where it’s all made. So grab your lederhosen and head to Harpoon for Octoberfest!

And join us on Sunday for the 6th Annual Harpoon Octoberfest Vermont Road Race (5k). Visit for info.

Dates & Times:
– Saturday, October 11, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
– Sunday, October 12, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
– Sunday, October 12, Harpoon Octoberfest 5K Road Race

At the Harpoon Brewery, 336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor, Vermont


-$10.00 door charge per person includes one Harpoon beer or soda.
-Tickets are not sold in advance.
-You must be 21 years or older and have proper I.D to be served beer. Children under 12 admitted free and must be accompanied by an adult.
– Cash bars serving a selection of delicious 12oz. Harpoon beers.
– Harpoon Draft Sodas will be available.

Event Info:

For more info: or call 888-HARPOON x 3
Photos and event passes available on request


Founded in 1986, the Harpoon Brewery distributes its locally brewed products throughout the Northeast. The Harpoon Brewery’s line of craft beer features six year-round beers, including its signature Harpoon I.P.A., and four special seasonal selections. In June 2000, the Harpoon Brewery purchased a second brewery in Windsor, Vermont. For information on Brewery Tours and events, call 1-888-HARPOON or visit their website at

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