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Harpoon Octoberfest – What It Means to Us

September 30, 2011
Harpoon Octoberfest 1991

Tonight we kick off our 22nd annual Harpoon Octoberfest in Boston, and we couldn’t be more excited to invite everyone to come and enjoy some great craft beer and live music with us!

Octoberfest means a lot to us here at Harpoon, and not just because it’s an awesome party that we invite thousands of friends to. It’s an idea that has been with the company since we first started.

Rich and Dan had always wanted to host a festival at the brewery, as a tribute to the famous fall festival in Munich. However, in 1991 times were tough for the newly minted brewery, and it was not clear if Harpoon would still be in business for another year.

So they took a leap of faith and thought they were going to go out with one last hurrah…

And then everything changed.

When they opened the doors the first night of the festival, Rich, Dan and five other Harpoon employees saw the crowds start to roll in. An estimated 2,000 people came to the first Octoberfest – so many people that Harpooners had to call family members to come and help pour beer!

The rest is history.

Last year, more than 14,000 people came down to our Boston brewery to celebrate Harpoon Octoberfest, and another 6,000 came out to celebrate with us in Windsor. The tradition of heading over to Harpoon Brewery and celebrating with oompah bands, Bavarian food and barrels of fresh Harpoon beer is one that has deep roots here at the brewery – and we hope that you come out and celebrate with us this year either today or Saturday in Boston or Columbus Day weekend in Vermont!



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