Steve Jones, Pateros Creek Brewery’s head of brewing operations, started an annual party nine years ago to celebrate the food and beer of Oktoberfest. It all began in his backyard, when he was a home brewer long before Pateros Creek even opened its doors. There was home-brewed German beer, home-cooked German food, friends, family, and of course, Steve. Steve wanted to celebrate beer and food, just like the Germans do every fall during Oktoberfest, but his friends and wife had other plans. They wanted to celebrate Steve as well. Every year since (much to Steve’s chagrin) the faithful gather to celebrate Stevetoberfest. And, Steve, of course.
Stevetoberfest, now in its ninth year, invites one and all, German or not to Pateros Creek Brewery on September 20th from 2-7pm at 242 North College Avenue, right in the heart of Old Town, Fort Collins. Also, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Respite Care here in Fort Collins. If your name is “Steve” or “Stephanie” (or any variation of Steve), your first beer is on the house! The event is garnering National attention! An August 21, 2014 National Geographic Digital Nomad Blog post mentioned Pateros Creek and this annual event. Digital Nomad author Robert Reid described Pateros Creek Brewery as the “World Capital of Steve”. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
At Stevetoberfest there will be authentic German food prepared by Hog Wild BBQ, games like Cornhole, and music by the New Georgians, Roma Ransom, Cool Hand Juke and Aires Attic. Of course, the best part will be the limited-edition beers available, like the Stevetoberfest Marzen and other surprise tappings as well. To all those not named Steve or Stephanie out there, you’re invited too. Non-Steve/Stephanies first beer won’t be free, but it will be flowing for you. So, calling ALL Steves, Stevens, Stevies or Stephanies! Come enjoy your first beer on the house, and say “hi” to the guy who started it all…Steve. Lederhosen and dirndl dresses not required!