Twisted Trunk Brewing is hosting what’s believed to be Palm Beach Gardens’ first Oktoberfest – complete with Biergarten – 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the brewery, 2000 PGA Boulevard Suite 5506.
The day is as much a celebration of the city’s history as it is Bavarian culture. Twisted Trunk is opening a half hour early to allow people to get settled before the unveiling of two metal prints of black and white photos from the city’s early years, General Manager Pat Dolan said.
One photo is of one of the banyan trees on Northlake Boulevard that city founder and insurance magnate John D. MacArthur paid to move to Palm Beach Gardens from Lake Park. The picture is of the tree in the air on a crane.
The other is a picture of MacArthur with a sign that says “Welcome to Palm Beach Gardens.” Both are “very retro,” Twisted Trunk co-founder Fran Andrewlevich said.
The first two are just the beginning, he said. The brewery will put up two new pictures spotlighting Palm Beach Gardens’ history in chronological order every eight to nine months.
The authentic German food and games start at 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. can release of Twisted Trunk’s double gummy beer. The brewery will also release “Gardens Gold,” its Vienna Lager. A limited number of Gardens Gold t-shirts and steins will be for sale throughout the day.
Authenticity is rewarded: Revelers who wear lederhosen can buy beer for $3 throughout the day, Dolan said.
The menu includes bratwurst, sauerkraut, German pretzels and potato salad. Every German band is, of course, booked for October, but music will be piped through the speakers all day.
Don’t drink too much too early. There will be a stein-holding competition (whether the stein should be full or empty hasn’t been decided), keg toss and beer obstacle course in the form of a relay race – “really tongue-in-cheek” games, Andrewlevich said.