Montrose Town Hall to be turned into German-style beer hall

Beer lovers at the Rhythm & Brews event in March
Beer lovers at the Rhythm & Brews event in March

Forget about Oktoberfest, for Angus beer lovers it is all about Montrose’s OkMoberfest this weekend.

Hot on the heels of Montrose Music Festival’s (MoFest) and Burnside Brewery’s Rhythm & Brews event in March is the follow up OkMoberfest.

Once again, MoFest and Laurencekirk-based Burnside Brewery are collaborating to bring the three-day event to Montrose Town Hall.

And this time they will be transforming it into a German beer hall.

The beer festival is a fundraising event for MoFest, which celebrates its 10th anniversary next year.

Burnside Brewery made their MoFest debut last year by serving up their original MoBest as part of the event’s Year of Food and Drink High Street, and earlier in the year they worked with the festival committee on the Rhythm & Brews beer festival, which David Paton, chairman of MoFest, said was a “natural partnership”.

After Rhythm & Brews, the music festival committee and the brewery said they wanted to make the event an annual one in the Montrose diary, but revellers have only had to wait seven months for their next collaboration.

OkMoberfest will feature a host of craft brews from around 10 different breweries, a dedicated gin, vodka and prosecco bar and specialist ciders.

The event kicks off on Friday (October 7) and runs until Sunday (October 9) and in true MoFest style there will be live music across Friday and Saturday.

MoFest chairman David Paton said: “OkMoberfest is shaping up to be a great ‘sequel’ to Rhythm & Brews, which to date was one of MoFest’s biggest and best fundraisers.

“Tickets are selling well but we have plenty kept back for walk ins over the weekend.”

Breweries at the event along with Burnside will include Six Degrees North, Deeside, Lerwick, Lion’s Lair, Park Brew and Windswept.

Between them there will be more than 30 craft beers on offer with an emphasis on continental styles for a more authentic Oktoberfest feel.

Beers on offer at OkMoberfest include Burnside’s Hefe-Weissbier, Raspberry Weiss, Wild Rhino and MoBest Gold and Dark; 6 Degree North’s Wanderlust Wheat, Honey Bee Good and their new Belgian Pils; Fierce Beers Granadilla Guerilla; and Windswept’s Marooned, Weizen and Waimea.

There will also be a selection of bottled beers, craft cider from Thistly Cross and Waulkmill and gin from Eden and Arbikie, as well as a dedicated Stelle D’Italia prosecco bar.

Entertainment for OkMoberfest will kick off on Friday evening with MoFest favourite Nick Mercer Jnr, frontman of the band Sergeant, followed by the ever popular Two Wheels Good rocking into the small hours.

Saturday afternoon brings with it some old time songs, skiffle and blues as The Moonshiners play live.

This will be followed in the evening by the popular traditional Scottish folk duo A Right Couple O’ Charlies and finished off with some folk, rock and bluegrass from The Brothers Reid.

Sunday aims to be a more relaxed day and has been billed as the ‘drink up’ session for those wanting a chilled out chance to grab the last of the beers and other drinks.

The four sessions will also be offering a selection of hearty German Street food handmade by the award-winning Pavilion Café, which is situated opposite Montrose Town Hall.

On offer will be fresh pretzels, lemon and thyme pork schnitzel, Kasespatzle and Bratwurst.

Tickets for OkMoberfest can be purchased online at www.montrosemusicfestival.co.uk or in person at the MoFest HQ, 66 New Wynd, Montrose, and the Burnside Brewery shop in Laurencekirk.

They can also be purchased on the door at each of the four sessions.

Tickets for OkMoberfest are priced at: Friday, October 7 (5pm to midnight) - £10; Saturday, October 8 afternoon (12 noon to 5.30pm) - £12.50; Saturday, October 8 evening (6.30pm to midnight) - £12.50; all day Saturday - £20; Sunday, October 9 ‘drink up’ session - £5.

Tickets for Friday’s and Saturday’s sessions will include complimentary tokens and souvenir glass.

Sunday’s session will include complimentary tokens only.