NEVER FEAR! Oktoberfest is a blast even if the weather fails to cooperate. Castle on Tap is prepared with tents, dj, and Ringstetten’s cozy bar, lodge, and porch. Did someone say fire?
If you’ve been following the forecast this week, you’ve been watching the storms roll in and perhaps wondering what’ll happen with Castle on Tap this Saturday. With only scattered showers expected tomorrow, EFDC and Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon have decided to go ahead with the event, woot!
Of course, if we get a lot of rain that’ll put a (ahem) damper on lawn games and spreading out on blankets. But on the plus side: Castle Ringstetten was designed to entertain guests, it’s essentially just a big lodge with an amazing Victorian bar and sweeping riverside porch. We can light their massive fireplace! There’s not really a down side to taking the party indoors.
And who says we’ll be stuck indoors? We’re setting up a dozen tents on the grounds, which frankly only adds to our party’s authenticity — you know how they party at Oktoberfest in Germany? Under tents!
Germans are used to cold, rainy weather this time of year — and so are Philadelphians, come to think. When storms roll in, both cultures take cover in meat, starch, beer. Billy Murphy’s Beer Garden tents provide a great place to watch the rain, catch some fresh air, and make room for another plate of spaetzle.
One possible bummer, though: the slide. Obviously we do not want to get the 100-year-old wood wet. If it’s raining, we can’t use the slide. If this happens, we hope to promote a rain date soon after so that kids and adults can try it out. It’d be a shame to dismantle this hand-crafted, antique relic without its neighborhood swan song.
Castle on Tap ticket holders — get ready for a unique and exciting event with food, history, music, and Wissahickon Brewing Company‘s debut brew for East Falls.
Be the first Fallser to try WBC’s Belgian Strong Ale spiced with fresh mango, blood orange, and ruby grapefruit. Called Tripel Citrus, it’s got hints of clove & coriander (along with 8.5 ABV). Owner Tim Gill will be on-hand at Ringstetten to answer questions about his new operation opening soon on Schoolhouse.
Get ready for East Falls’ first Oktoberfest, rain or shine! As the saying goes, there’s no bad weather, just unsuitable clothing. Get our your galoshes, your rain hats, your water-repellent jackets, and plastic protectors of all kinds. And let’s party like Bavarians at Castle Ringstetten!
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