Craftboro Brewing Depot is hosting an Oktoberfest-themed anniversary party in Carrboro on Oct. 8 from noon to 10 p.m.
The event — called "Oktoberfestiversary" — will involve raffle drawings, music, dancing and contests.
Jason McCarter, co-owner of Craftboro Brewing Depot, said the brewery's third anniversary happened to be close to Germany’s Oktoberfest celebrations. So, he decided to fuse the two together.
This year, Oktoberfest took place from Sept. 17 through Oct. 3. The festival, which takes place annually in Munich, Germany, features beer, food and dancing.
“It's a good time. We thought it was a great idea to just kind of wind it all together, mash it up,” McCarter said.
He said the venue opened five months before the COVID-19 pandemic, so events to mark its first anniversary two years ago were limited. He added that the brewery only hosted a small celebration, with a few special release beers.
McCarter said that the process to prepare began early this year. He hired the Little German Band and Dancers, a group that does perform traditional dances and music from the Bavaria region of Germany, to perform at the event. McCarter said Craftboro Brewing Depot also hired the group for the 2021 Oktoberfestiversary.
He added that another repeat activity includes the "steinholding" contest, which requires participants to hold out a one-liter beer glass at a 90-degree angle. Whoever can hold the stein up for the longest wins the contest. McCarter said that this year, the winner of the contest will get a free drink per week for the rest of the year.
Caroline Vaverek, a bartender at Craftboro and UNC graduate student, said she’s been working there for about 15 months.