Members of the Oompah Machine perform at the McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell on Sept. 29. See page 5 for more. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Members of the Oompah Machine perform at the McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell on Sept. 29. See page 5 for more. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

October beer festivals kick off the season

McMenamins held its annual Oktoberfest event last weekend, but there’s more on the way.

The air is crisp, the rain is back and for Eastsiders, that means there’s plenty beer to go around.

Every October, bars, taprooms and breweries hold events celebrating local beer, and this year is no exception. McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell held an Oktoberfest celebration on Sept. 29, complete with live music, food and beer. The event featured the Oompah Machine, a quartet of performers decked out in Bavarian costume in the afternoon, followed by Hot Damn Scandal in the evening.

McMenamins isn’t the only place to snag a beer this season though. The 5th annual Bothell Underground Beer Festival will be held from noon until 6 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Bothell City Hall garage located at 18415 101st Ave. NE. It features beers and ciders from nearly 30 breweries and cideries as well as music and food.

Kenmore’s Cairn Brewing will be holding OktoberForest events throughout October at the North Creek Forest and the brewery. These events include a volunteer work party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the forest on Oct. 6, and a beer release party for the brewery’s newest beer, the North Creek Common, at Cairn Brewing later that day. Family-friendly hikes will be held at the North Creek Forest on Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 as well.

Issaquah’s Salmon Days will feature a beer garden. The annual festival is being held on Oct. 6 and 7 in the city’s Olde Town center and will feature a parade, four stages of entertainment, food and a farmers market on top of beer and wine. The festival celebrates the return of native salmon to their spawning waters in the Issaquah Creek.

For those in east King County, The Summit at Snoqualmie will be holding a Roktoberfest event from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Silver Fir Lodge. The 6th annual event will include a costume and yodeling contest as well as food and beer.

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