Lowry Beer Garden, which opened in the old Hangar 2 building in Lowry in May, was built to celebrate German beer-drinking culture — a culture that wouldn't be complete without brats and streudel, oompah music, lederhosen and Oktoberfest. So, beginning today, the open-air Garden will begin a three-day Oktoberfest with all of those things.
"What is customary at beer gardens is the communal-style seating," says Kirsten Becker, a Lowry spokeswoman. "In Munich, the Germans use the same kind of tables we have — and everyone is singing and dancing on them. People make forever friendships at Oktoberfest."
Lowry Beer Garden has a couple dozen of its own long tables, but the party's primary sponsor, Paulaner beer, will bring in even more — enough that the venue plans to double in size during the celebration by expanding out into the parking lot.
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In addition to the beer, brats and other German delicacies, there will also be a ceremonial tapping of an authentic wooden keg, live oompah music, authentic glass steins, chicken dancing, face painting and performances by entertainer Helmut Fricker.
Oktoberfest runs today from 5 p.m. to midnight (although the music stops at 10 p.m.); Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is a suggested $2 donation for admission to the Garden, 7577 East Academy Boulevard; a portion of the proceeds will go to the Denver Children's Home.