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Nothing says Oktoberfest in North Texas like the ceremonial tapping of a 200 year-old keg by Franconia brewmaster Dennis Wehrmann. This annual occurrence marks the opening of McKinney Oktoberfest on the city's downtown square, and this year it will be no different.
What will be different, though, is that Franconia won't be the only brand of beer being served at this year's festival. For 2015, McKinney is bringing in additional Oktoberfest offerings from breweries in Texas and Germany. Not only that, Tupps Brewery will be on hand for the first time after opening earlier this year in the host city. Along with a handful of year-round beers, Tupps will be pouring a new pumpkin-inspired seasonal called Tuppkin' Ale.
Also on the bill for this year is the Meet the Brewmaster VIP Event, featuring a meet and greet with the folks from Franconia. The cost is $35 (+ fees), which includes a t-shirt, stein, guided sampling and 15 tasting coupons (good for roughly two beers). Tickets for Meet the Brewmaster may be purchased on Eventbrite for sessions occurring on all three days of the festival.
McKinney Oktoberfest runs from Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27. A full list of activities can be found on the event website, but here's a rundown of the beers expected to be available:
Franconia: Kölsch, Wheat, Dunkel and Oktoberfest.
Tupps: Black Ale, Cotton Mill Gold, Tupps IPA and Tuppkin' Ale.
Texas: Karbach, Real Ale and Saint Arnold.
Germany: Hofbräu, Paulaner and Spaten.