Goatoberfest kicks off Oktoberfest 2022

2022 Cullman Oktoberfest Burgermeister and Goat Island Brewing Co - O wner Mike Mullaney stands proud at Goatoberfest Saturday, Sept. 24. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Goat Island Brewing was the place to be all day Saturday as it hosted Goatoberfest, kicking off the 2022 Cullman Oktoberfest celebration. This year’s Burgermeister, Mike Mullaney, and his crew at Goat Island rolled out the red carpet for visitors who enjoyed pints inside and outdoors at picnic tables while listening to live music.  

“This is amazing. We’re happy to have everyone here. We love Cullman and we love Oktoberfest, so Goatoberfest made sense,” shared Mullaney, dressed in his sharp lederhosen. 

Mullaney was just one of many pulling their traditional German lederhosen out of the closet. Former Burgermeister Michael Sullins, Goat Island Brewing staff and many others sported the festive costume. Women festooned in dirndl dresses served up beer in steinzeug-krug or glass beer steins in keeping with the tradition. 

Hundreds of revelers grooved to Oompah-Calypse, Rally Stripe and Avenue G Band while taking advantage of Freddie Day’s menu of currywurst, kilometer sausage, wiener schnitzel and bratwurst served with German potato salad, red cabbage and strudel.  

Children, while tempted with the bounce houses, were wooed by the baby goat petting area which was a big draw to both little and big kids. The German Axe Throwing Co. crew were on-hand, along with Brickyard Meats with its delicious beef jerky. Kona Ice had its truck with shaved ice for those wishing to cool down during the celebration. 

Several churches will be serving traditional German meals through drive-thru service this week. Senior Day at Oktoberfest will be on Thursday, Sept. 29, and Oktoberfest will continue on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.cullmantribune.com/2022/09/15/make-plans-for-oktoberfest.  

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