By Jessica Larsen -
Central Iowa Press
The first day of fall was September 23 and along with the season comes many yearly traditions. Some of these traditions include picking apples, decorating homes with fall dcor, for farmers autumn means work and the harvesting of their crops. Holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving are celebrated during this time and season. Daylight Savings Time ends, there is Columbus Day, Election Day, Veteran's Day and Oktoberfest, yes Oktoberfest.
This year Reinbeck will be celebrating its own Oktoberfest celebration on October 8 and 9 at Broad Street Brewing Company located at 113 Broad Street. Oktoberfest is a festival originally started in Munich, Germany in the year 1810. Trevor Schellhorn, part owner and operator of Broad St. Brewing says, "Oktoberfest means another summers worth of work well done."
Many early settlers in the Reinbeck community were of German decent. According to the Reinbeck Centennial book, Reinbeck was given its name by August Lusch, after his German birthplace. The book also states that every store located in Reinbeck needed at least one clerk that spoke German because many settlers did not speak English. Schellhorn believes that this aspect of the area makes Oktoberfest a noteworthy event.
Exclusively for the celebration Schellhorn has brewed the Reinbecker Rye, a Harvest Ale and The Big G. Schellhorn describes the Reinbecker Rye as, "A malty beer with a clean finish. This German style beer is full bodied with a low hop bitterness." The Harvest Ale is amber in color, modeled after an English pub beer, has a lighter body than the Reinbecker and is made with all local hops. Schellhorn says that the locally grown hops add a crispiness and balance to the beer. The Big G is a gluten free beer that is brewed with sorghum for a tart and citrus medium flavor. Trevor describes the gluten free beer as being, "unusually refreshing."
Glenda Billerbeck owner of The Fountain on Main will be serving a variety of German foods on October 8 from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. and on October 9 starting at noon. Brats, potato salad, kielbasa subs, homemade chicken and noodles, potato pancakes, spatzle, applesauce and a variety of German desserts will be available in the alley between Broad St. Brewing and The Fountain on Main. Billerbeck says, "Come get your German on."
Austin Ditty, Doug Ballard and Clark Kunzman will be playing music beginning Saturday at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday music will be played by Tim Jones. Times will vary.
Schellhorn says that the best German word to describe this event is gemutlichkert. To him this word means friendly and comfortable and is a very fitting word to describe the community spirit of Reinbeck.