Festival » Resort and liquor officials still discussing plan for Oktoberfest.
By Kathy Stephenson | The Salt Lake Tribune

Enjoying a mug of high-alcohol beer or a glass of German wine at Snowbird’s annual Oktoberfest is still in question.

But beer will flow this Saturday and Sunday at the resort’s sixth annual Brewfest and Father’s Day barbecue.
A record number of brewers — 16 in all — are expected to attend the two-day event, Dave Fields, vice president of resort operations, said in a recent news release.

Participating breweries are Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Full Sail, Deschutes, Sam Adams/Angry Orchard, Lagunitas, Bohemian, Uinta, Hoppers, Red Rock, Wasatch, Squatters, Roosters, Epic, Annex and Moab.

The state liquor commission last month granted Snowbird a single-event alcohol permit for Brewfest. The permit allows beer, wine and spirits to be served *at the one-time community and civic event.

The board warned Snowbird officials that a similar permit might not be granted for Oktoberfest, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from Aug. 16 through Oct. 12. In recent months, the commission and staff at the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC) have been getting tough about granting single-event permits to businesses that already have liquor licenses.

Snowbird holds 19 state liquor licenses for all of its restaurants and bars. Those licenses only allow for 3.2 beer to be served in the outdoor area where Oktoberfest is held. Serving higher-alcohol beer, wine or spirits requires an additional permit or some other UDABC accommodation.

After the meeting, Snowbird General Manager Bob Bonar said the resort will try to work out a plan with the UDABC so that guests can continue to enjoy wine, spirits and heavy beer (higher than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight) at Oktoberfest, an annual event at Snowbird for more than four decades.

An alternate plan for Oktoberfest also is being discussed, a Snowbird spokesperson said earlier this week.

A UDABC spokesperson said there was "no change" because the office had not received Snowbird’s single-event request for Oktoberfest.
For now there is Brewfest. Admission is free and 3-ounce samples of 3.2 beer are $1. Higher-alcohol beer will cost more.

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