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Oktobeerfest Fun!

by Courtney on September 17, 2011

Talk about a BLAST of a day!

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Brian, Mal, Jeff, Sarah, Me, and Jay spent our entire afternoon boozin’ it up at Oktobeerfest. The event was really nicely organized, it was a perfect day for it, the crowd was hopin’, and there was plenty of beer to go around. Mug

One of the coolest aspects, right from the get-go, was that we got these awesome mugs to be able to cart around with us all day long, rather than continually using plastic cups. It was great then, and will be great many times down the road, I’m sure.

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Once we got ourselves checked in and had mugs in hand, it was time to scope out the scene.

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The event was held at Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa, which none of us had ever been to. It’s definitely a nice spot, and I made a few mental notes to try to make it back for Halloween Hayrides and the Corn Maze. Winking smile

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There were five different beer stations set up throughout the farm, so our crew started off by heading to the closest one.

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As soon as I saw pumpkin beer on tap, I went for it. I wish I knew what the names of the beers were that I tried today, but unfortunately, it was hard to tell since they weren’t labeled very well. It may have been called Pumking??

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All I know is that it was good.

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One of the other things that we liked was how you could use the drink tickets you buy for either a full mug (2 tickets), or a sample, half mug (1 ticket).

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More times than not, the person pouring was very generous with their sample size, which we certainly weren’t complaining about! Winking smile

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Our group spent a good portion of the day chatting, laughing our faces off, sampling each others’ beers, and just having an absolutely awesome time.

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There was even live music for a majority of the day, which definitely added to the theme of the event.

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Some of us were actually really enjoying that live music.

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The couples…

Sarah & Jeff

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Brian & Mal

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Ummm, yeah, whoever they are? Winking smile

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The event also had some awesome looking and smelling food which a few of us ended up grabbing mid-day.

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Tell me that is not one amazing-looking piece of heaven, right?!? A German Chocolate Brownie which, let me tell you, definitely tasted like it fell from the heavens. So, so good!

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The rest of the day carried on, with plenty more laughs and of course, some shenanigans.

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By the way, did you guys know that today is officially halfway to St. Patrick’s Day? No wonder there was shenanigans…we love to have a good time on St. Patty’s Day, so of course we’d celebrate on half St. Patrick’s day (sort of like a half birthday?)

There were shoes missing…

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Slides to slide down…

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Plenty of “CHEERS” to go around…

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Nonstop laughter…

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And tons of fun with some awesome friends.

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I Red heart my friends. Smile

(Thank you so much to A.J., from Saratoga Festivals for providing the tickets for the event. It was an amazing day!)

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After an afternoon of drinking beer and laughing until our bellies hurt, it is definitely time for me to hit the hay. Jay and I have an early morning tomorrow…we’re headed to this fun place!

G’night, friends!!

(P.S. – I completely forgot to choose a winner for my Facebook Page Giveaway, so I will be doing that tomorrow…lucky for any of you who haven’t had a chance to enter yet!) Winking smile

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1 Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy September 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Looks like SUCH a fun day! :) Glad you had a great Saturday!
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2 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries September 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Looks like fun! Cory and I went to a WINE festival today with a group of our friends :) It was a blast, but I’m so ready for bed!
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3 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Ok, I take back what I said earlier about enjoying a wine tasting more. That looks like a blast! What a fun day :)
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4 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

What fun!!!! :) Great friends make days like that go down in the record books!
Although I would rather sample wine, sampling beer isn’t a bad thing either! FUN!!!
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5 debbie (accidently delish) September 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm

oh it looks like you had such a good day!! i am so jealous. we have an oktoberfest type here too sponsored by Fat Tire. can NOT wait for that. everyone dresses up crazy and there are just a ton of bikes!
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6 Molly Carter September 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm

1. I adore your hair color.
2. The festival looks fantastic.
3. I cannot believe y’all are wearing scarves and jackets! It was in the 90s this week. :(
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7 Krissie J September 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm

The Imperial Pumking is made by Southern Tier Brewing Co. and it’s one of our favorites. Smells and tastes just like pumpkin pie. We have some from the beer sampler we just did with our friends. Looks like a great time! :-)
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8 Courtney September 18, 2011 at 7:05 am

Ahhhh ok, that sounds possibly familiar now!
Thanks, girl :)

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9 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 18, 2011 at 12:06 am

What a FUN day!! Looks like a great time!
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10 Khushboo September 18, 2011 at 12:28 am

What an amazing day–> I wasn’t even there and these pics brought a smile to my face so I can only imagine what a great mood you guys were in all day!
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11 Molly September 18, 2011 at 1:13 am

you’re so pretty! Looks like you and your friends had a great time!

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12 Jaclyn September 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

<Mmmmmmn nothing like some fall fun, adult beverages (!) and friends.. .looks like a good day you had !! :D

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13 Shannon September 18, 2011 at 5:02 am

Looks like you had a great time! :)
Yum! German chocolate brownies are soo good!
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14 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 18, 2011 at 5:39 am

Looks like you had a great time! And I’m glad you got some of your beloved Pumpkin Beer (It probably is called Pumking– KATH at KathEats wrote about it last night!)
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15 dawn September 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

Looks like you had a great time. I’ve seen a lot of people drinking the pumpkin beer….I guess I must try it in the name of fall!

I love going to the corn maze every year…so much fun and a true sign of fall.

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16 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 18, 2011 at 8:12 am

This looks like such a fun day! A perfect fall weekend!
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17 Emmarie @ Bananas and Beer September 18, 2011 at 8:22 am

I just tried the Pumpking beer yesterday. If it’s the same one, it’s made by the Southern Tier Brewing Co.
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18 Brenda September 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

Fun times!!
Where did you get your jeans? I love the color of them!

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19 Courtney September 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Thanks! They’re from Express

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20 Paige @ Running Around Normal September 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

This looks like SO much fun. Your gang looks like it was the perfect group to go with – everyone just lettin’ loose and having a good time :D
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21 Ari @ Ari's Menu September 18, 2011 at 9:53 am

That looks like so much fun!!
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22 Grace September 18, 2011 at 10:40 am

That looks like a lot of fun!

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23 Maria@La_Piattini September 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

That looks like a blast! I’m not a beer drinker, but it still looks like a fun thing to do with friends whether drinking or not. I went to a wine festival similar to this a few weeks ago and had a great time.
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24 Melissa September 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm

OMG how fun is that?!? You guys look like so much fun! I need more friends like you! :)
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25 Courtney September 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Yes! Let’s be friends!! :)

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26 Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) September 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Looks like so much fun!

I have a super random question for you, but what do you use to clip your hair back like that? I <3 how it looks!

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27 Courtney September 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Haha omg, it’s actually a super old barrette that used too be my mom’s. It’s ancient lol ;)

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28 Mallory @ It's Only Life September 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm

what a fun day! the best days are spent with great friends & good food (and beer! lol)

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29 Amanda September 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Looks like a fun fall day! :)
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30 sara September 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Courtney! I just made your banana pumpkin bread it was absolutely amazing! I made some changes because I had to use what I had but it was still amazing. Great Harvest has nothing on this banana pumpkin chocolate chip bread.
My substitutions:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vanilla agave (its what I had)
1/4 cup coconut oil
then carob chips instead of raisins. My husband is crazy and doesn’t like raisins
Seriously you are amazing!

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31 Courtney September 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

That sounds amazing! I need to try the carob chips!

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32 Amy September 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Looks like a great start to the fall. Its still hot here in Florida. I wish we had festivals like that. Its things like festivals that make me miss living up north.

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33 Stephanie @ StephSnacks September 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I’m so jealous! This looks like such a fun day :-)
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34 kristen September 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

looks like a blast~! also I love your purse- do you know where you got it?
Also, I have to ask, did you get the cookies and workout in before heading out the door? I always have a million things to do before I leave, but I love it when they actually all get done haha (the workout usually doesnt happen)

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35 Courtney September 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I got the bag at Kohls about a month ago and love it!
And YES! I got the cookies baked and squeezed in a workout via Jillian Michaels on Exercise on Demand. I was impressed with myself ;)

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36 Lizzie September 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm

i lovve your hair and earrings! girl you look so adorbs!
im glad you had an awesome time–i love spending time with good friends of mine!
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37 Katie @ Plates and Paste September 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm

That brownie is epic looking!!!
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38 Lindsay @ biking before bed September 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I love the slide picture. This post inspired me to look up Octoberfest festivals in my area and I found a few!
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39 Laura @ Unchartered 20s September 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Oooo Oktoberfest stuff!! Pumpkin beer! Looks like a great time :)
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