Beer lovers in Williamsburg now have the opportunity to celebrate Oktoberfest while supporting The Arc of Greater Williamsburg at Anheuser-Busch’s first Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday.
“We live here, we work here and we brew this beer here,” said Jeffery Scott, Williamsburg brewery’s general manager. “We’re a part of this community and we want to show that it’s a part of us.”
The event is the first of what Scott hopes to be an annual celebration.
After brewery tours opened this past summer for the first time in 20 years, members of The Arc contacted staff at Anheuser-Busch about putting on an Oktoberfest event and the brewery decided to take it one step further and join them as hosts, Scott said.
“A lot of our folks that work here are local and we want to act local and be local with our community,” said Jennifer Logan, brewmaster. “That means supporting local organizations and helping to make an impact.”
The Arc of Greater Williamsburg is a nonprofit in the area that provides services that improve life quality for those with developmental disabilities, according to the organization’s website.
The event will at the brewery’s biergarten, which was completed in 2017 and holds approximately 600 people. There will be live music, food trucks, and games.
Tickets will be $25 per person (21 and older). The cost includes one beer token, a brewery tour and a commemorative stein.
Those younger than 21 do not need to buy a ticket but will still be allowed on the brewery tour.
The tour will take guests through the facility’s cellar, brew house, and quality and packaging department.
In addition, the brewery will be selling merchandise alongside Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co., which will be present at the event for beer sampling.
Proceeds from the event will go toward The Arc of Greater Williamsburg.
Oktoberfest will be from 3-7 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Williamsburg Brewery. To buy tickets, visit Budweiser Tours online.