Marlins Park is turning out to be a handy location to host a beer festival. The baseball team announced that the stadium will host the Beck's 2014 Miami Octoberfest, formerly known as Brickellfest, October 4.
The worldwide beer festival celebrating the fall harvest will be an extravaganza of German and craft beers. Rain or shine, the show will go on. The roof will provide shelter or shade in the West Plaza. The festival will last from noon to 11 p.m.
Beers featured include Beck's Pilsner and Oktoberfest; Shock Top Belgian White, Apple Crisp, Raspberry, Honey Bourbon, and Pumpkin ales; Johnny Appleseed hard cider; 312 lager and pale ale; and Goose Island's line of beers, including Honkers, IPA, Rambler IPA, Muddy Imperial Stout, the Ogden, Matilda, Sophie, and, of course, Oktoberfest.
This year's Oktoberfest is not affiliated with Sam Adams beer or Boston Company. According to a spokesperson for the event organizers, Vitamin C Communications, the festival will include a greater variety of craft beer.
Vitamin C has also organized similar past events in Brickell celebrating Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick's Day. It also worked on Lauderdalefest in Fort Lauderdale. "We wanted to include more craft beer and not just Sam Adams," said Vivian Alvarez, vice president of Vitamin C.
According to Alvarez, the former Brickell location was sold to a different owner, which is why the new festival will be held at Marlins Park.
Just as with past events, authentic German food will be served. Music will be provided by a live German band, Miami's own La Linea, and DJs including DJ Africa, DJ Vertigo, and DJ Zog. Attractions include a dunk tank, zipline, and Ferris wheel.
Tickets are already on sale. Early-bird sales for general admission have already ended, but general admission and VIP tickets can still be purchased for $36 and $72.
Two ticket packages are available: One includes VIP entry to the festival, one 16-ounce beer in a souvenir mug, one plate of German-style cuisine, one Alpine hat, and early check-in from noon to 2 p.m. The general admission package includes entry to the event and one 16-ounce sponsored beer.
Fans can purchase tickets at marlins.com/octoberfest and enter the promotion code OFEST for a 50 percent discount.