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October 3, 2013

Down home brew: Oktoberfest to feature 1st Cullman-brewed beer

CULLMAN — Cullman’s first brew pub is officially open for business, and the first batch of local beer will be good to go this week — just in time for Oktoberfest 2013.

The Blue Moose Cafe and Brewpub will release the first commercial beer produced in Cullman since the late 1800s tonight at 7 p.m., to coincide with the local Oktoberfest festivities

Dubbed Colonel Cullman's Festbier, brewers say it is a traditional German beer.

“It’s an Oktoberfest-style, which means it is an amber matly lager,” brewmaster Mike Mullaney said. “There’s not a lot of hops, and it has a real clean and crisp flavor. I think people will love it.”

Quantities will be limited, so customers will be given numbers as they enter to ensure as many people as possible are able to try the first batch.

“We’re really excited to see how it plays out. We’re kind of seeing it as being a pioneer for craft beer here in Cullman,” Blue Moose owner Jacob Wood said. “It will be kind of a dark, seasonal beer with a bit higher alcohol content. But, I tasted a bit a few days ago, and it’s good, smooth and tasty.”

To ensure there is enough supply for all of Oktoberfest week, organizers will ration the supply each day for the October 5-12 event.

The local brew will be on display at the local biergarten, along with Alabama breweries Avondale Brewing Co. of Birmingham, Back Forty Beer Co. of Gadsden, Below the Radar Brewhouse of Huntsville, Blue Pants Brewery of Madison, Cahaba Brewing Co. of Birmingham, Good People Brewing Co. of Birmingham, Old Black Bear Brewing Co. of Huntsville, Straight to Ale of Huntsville, and Yellowhammer Brewing of Huntsville.

Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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