So apparently April 1st is not the only day evil tricks are played on the unassuming. You can officially add Oct. 22nd to the days of malevolent ruses thanks to the Muller Khors Oktoberfest that was held in Scottsdale at the Salt River Fields. It turns out I learned an important international piece of trivia that day; Muller Khors (the event sponsors) is actually German for Miller and Coors, not exactly major German beer breweries. As I walked past the ticket station, exchanged my cash for tickets and got my wristband, I figured that like most events, my admission would at least afford me a single beer, but no. Instead a cheap plastic stein could be purchased for $10.00 and refilled for $6.00 which made me begin to start running the numbers in my head. So far, two tickets would have been around $35.00, two plastic steins $10.00 and of course don’t forget the parking. Needless to say the experience was not priceless; in fact it cost about $60.00 for two Coors lights. With barbecue vendors and kettle popcorn stands aplenty, it was a far cry from the German beer garden I was hoping for. I think the icing on the cake for me though was the fact that their premium beer for the event was Killians Red, a fine Irish beer. What the Hell?? Other then the word Oktoberfest on the entry-way sign there was literally nothing representative of German food, beer, or culture. They should have just called it what it was, pay an unreasonably high cover charge to stand in a big field on a swelteringly hot day while you get raped by generic breweries fest. At least that way there would be nothing to complain about and it would be the truth. So knowing what I know now, I want to apologize to our local Cigar Brief community for even acknowledging the event and I hope nobody planned and blew their whole Saturday around the sham. Now as October begins to wane I can honestly say that as someone who attended several Oktoberfests all around the Arizona area that the Muller Khors Oktoberfest is the hands down winner for worst Oktoberfest in Arizona 2011. Damn you marketing department, you got me good!
Protest Sobriety: Scottsdale Oktoberfest A Sham
About the Author: Jason Schwartz
Hailing from the far east i.e. Connecticut, this unlikely walking paradox of Eastern beliefs and cigar smoke has found himself a new home at Cigar Brief. Part Sun Tzu and part Confucius, Jason likes to say his little slice of Nirvana is smoking a good cigar and partaking in a fine whiskey. His real contributions and strengths lie in being a straight shooter and knowing his spirits-and-stick pairings. Follow Jason as he enlightens you about cigars, spirits, and does it all with a little Confucian wit!