On Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m., the Blue Moose Cafe & Brewpub (216 1st Avenue SE, Cullman) will hold a release party to debut Colonel Cullman's Festbier, the first commercial beer brewed in the city of Cullman since the late 1800s.
Colonel Cullman's Festbier (also spelled "Kullman") is a traditional German Oktoberfest-style brew, a fitting style considering Cullman's rich history of Oktoberfest. The brewing operation is so new at Blue Moose Cafe & Brewpub that they were only able to brew one batch of beer in time for the launch event on Friday. Due to the limited quantity, those who attend the release party will be given numbers as they enter the brewpub to ensure as many patrons as possible get a chance to enjoy this first keg. To kick off the event, Larry Rowlette, known locally as Col. Cullman, will draw one of the issued numbers to pick who will be the first person to buy a Cullman-brewed beer in over a century.
If you cannot make it out to the Blue Moose on Friday, worry not because the majority of the first batch of Colonel Cullman's Festbier has been allotted to be sold during Cullman's Oktoberfest celebration to be held October 5 through 12. Colonel Cullman's Festbier will be a featured offering in the Alabama Craft Biergarten, and organizers will ration the supply to ensure that it is available throughout the Oktoberfest. The Biergarten is themed to showcase and promote locally-brewed craft beer, and the following nine Alabama breweries will be pouring beers there alongside the Blue Moose:
- Avondale Brewing Co. (Birmingham)
- Back Forty Beer Co. (Gadsden)
- Below the Radar Brewhouse (Huntsville)
- Blue Pants Brewery (Madison)
- Cahaba Brewing Company (Birmingham)
- Good People Brewing Company (Birmingham)
- Old Black Bear Brewing Company (Huntsville)
- Straight to Ale (Huntsville)
- Yellowhammer Brewing (Huntsville)
The Cullman Oktoberfest is a family friendly event and it is free to attend. In addition to all the beery goodness, there will also be plenty of German food, games and dancing. For more event details, keep an eye on the Cullman Oktoberfest website and the Facebook page for the Alabama Craft Biergarten.
Whether it is at the Colonel Cullman's Festbier release party on Friday or during the Oktoberfest, make sure to head over to Cullman to extend Blue Moose Cafe & Brewpub a warm welcome to the Alabama craft beer community. Personally, I would like to wish everyone at the Blue Moose good luck and countless years of great success with the brewpub. Congratulations, you guys. Prost!