OLF Parent Club gears up for Oktoberfest fundraiser

By Thaddeus Miller / tmiller@losbanosenterprise.comSeptember 14, 2012 

Beer and sausage, or "bier und bratwurst" as the Germans say, is the focus of a Catholic school fundraiser later this month.

Our Lady of Fatima Parent Club plans Oktoberfest on the campus, 1625 Center Ave., from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

Organizers plan more than 150 types of beer and sausage, cheese, wine and edibles.

Kirk Carter, a beer distributor, said there will be domestic, craft, seasonal, limited edition and -- for the adventurous -- obscure draughts:

Lagunitas Brewing Co. is a Petaluma-based firm known best for its hoppy India Pale Ale, or IPA.

Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales prides itself on "odd ingredients, super-strong extreme beers (and) crazy, made-up styles," according to its website.

Something of a growing brewery, Green Flash Brewing Co. ales will make an appearance alongside San Diego neighbor Stone Brewing Co., purveyor of the Arrogant Bastard line.

Duvel is a high-end, light and crispy Belgian ale.

Ninkasi Brewing Co., which is named after the Sumerian goddess of beer, will offer an assortment of stouts, ales and porters. Carter called the Eugene, Ore.-based brewer "the Sierra Nevada of the Northwest."

And, speaking of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., the company from Chico will offer limited edition brew from the Beer Camp series, like its oatmeal stout, imperial red and floral IPA.

The three-hour event of food and drink continues to be a popular attraction with about 900 expected, according to parent club treasurer Kym McAdam.

Some of the food samples come with admission, McAdam said, but OLF classes will also sell food in booths. While the lagers, pilsners and other drinks are the star of the show, she said, the event is also a great social event.

"I'm not a drinker, and I enjoy it," McAdam said.

The money made goes toward operating expenses and is a way to keep tuition costs down. The school charges about $3,800 for tuition, with a total cost per student of about $5,700 per year.

Tickets for the Sept. 29 Oktoberfest are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. For tickets, call McAdam at (209) 509-6982 or Rosie Brandi at (209) 675-6372.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanosenterprise.com.

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