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October 12, 2012

Brews, schnitzel and family fun

Oktoberfest returns at bigger venue

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Laird advertised, “The subscriber informs the public that he has begun the malting and brewing business again opposite Somersby’s Landing (on the waterfront). Gentlemen who wish to export any of this porter may have it put up in the best manner, in good new barrels and warranted.”

Along with numerous rum distilleries, breweries thrived in Newburyport in the 18th and 19th centuries, historians say.

In recent years, the interest in craft beers — some of them imported from Germany — has increased.

Two breweries are scheduled to open in Newburyport within the coming year. And numerous bars and restaurants have expanded their offerings of craft beers.

The Grog, for instance, offers 32 different kinds of craft beer. And Joseph Leone, who plans to open a restaurant at 38-40 Merrimac St., said that his new venue would offer 100 varieties.

Beer drinking isn’t the only feature of this Oktoberfest, of course.

Children’s events draw many families. But it does appear that the combination of beer, music and events for the whole family has struck a cord with many residents.

Roger Fuller of Newburyport, who attended last year at the Mall, said he will been in attendance at Cashman Park.

“It was a fun atmosphere,” said Fuller, a retired teacher. “It was a beautiful day, there were activities for the little kids and beer, food and music in the tent for adults.

“On a sunny fall day, it was a great combination.”

Chamber officials say this Oktoberfest, whose lead sponsor is TD Bank, will be held rain or shine.

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