SOMERVILLE, NJ - Village Brewing Company, which opened in the bustling arts, entertainment and restaurant/retail district five months ago, will host its first annual Oktoberfest celebration Friday, Sept. 21st.

The outdoor beer festival will be held across the street from the brewery and restaurant on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

Beer tents and food tents will be set up on Division Street to serve a variety of beers crafted at Somerset County's largest brewery and food from the Village Brewing kitchen, including schnitzel, bratwurst and pretzel bites infused with Village Brewing beer, served with cheese and chocolate dipping sauce.

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Lederhosen outfits are optional.

Oktoberfest is a German tradition celebrated worldwide during the fall months; it's all about beer, and there will be plenty of Somerville brews and imported brews from which to choose.

One tent will serve beers brewed exclusively by Village Brewing in Somerville, including a special Oktoberfest beer; a second tent will serve beers imported from Germany. All beers will be on tap. Souvenir mugs will be sold.

There will be live music all day on the Division Street stage, starting with the Peter Lister Trio playing traditional American bluegrass, 12:30-2 p.m.; the Bobby Syvarth Band with its own brand of funk, 2:30-4 p.m.; The Joe Stone and Black Forest Blues band plays 4:30-6:30 p.m. and This Old Engine, a Grateful Dead tribute band from 7-8:45 p.m.  There will be plenty of room to dance.

Other activities include a selfie/Instagram station, hair braiding and games including a corn hole toss and traditional German Stein Holding contest, a test of strength and determination. Other games include life-sized chess and checkers and ping pong.Prizes will be awarded.

Since opening earlier this year, Village Brewing Company has worked with local farmers, donating the spent grain from the brewing process which is picked up by the farmers and fed to their livestock.

River Bend Farms in Far Hills will butcher pigs raised and fed with the spent grain to make bratwurst for the Oktoberfest celebration. The brats will be blended with the brewery's 5 and Dime beer, a red ale, and cheddar cheese, according to Iris Frank, co-owner of Village Brewing Company. 

The 5 and Dime beer takes its name from Woolworth's, the former occupant of the Village Brewing building at 34 West Main St.

The Blue Sheep Bake Shop on Division Street will bake fresh chocolate cupcakes for Oktoberfest, which will be blended with Village Brewing's Porter beer, Frank added.

Village Brewing merchandise and sourvenirs, including 1st annual Oktoberfest theme items will be available.

The event is free and open to all ages but no alcohol will be served to anyone under the age of 21. No outside food or drink is allowed.

Further information is available online at www.villagebrewing.com