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Oktobeerfest moves location, features regional and international brewers

The Oktobeerfest crowd has been growing by the year. This year’s event will take place at the Malta Drive-In on Saturday, Oct. 13 and will feature nearly 30 beers. Submitted photo.

The Oktobeerfest crowd has been growing by the year. This year’s event will take place at the Malta Drive-In on Saturday, Oct. 13 and will feature nearly 30 beers. Submitted photo.

— The first two Oktobeerfests were held at the Ellms Family Farm. Bodden said he approached Ed Caro, owner of Malta Drive-In, and he was all for the idea. Bodden pointed to a few reasons for the switch, including the venue’s proximity to downtown Saratoga and I-87 along with the growing popularity of the event.

“It’s just a more convenient location. … And just the logistics of hosting an event on a farm has tends to be a little bit of a challenge,” said Bodden.

The inaugural year of the event saw about 1,000 visitors, and the second drew 2,000 guests.

“This year we’re hoping for 3,000. We’ve definitely been in a growth mode for few years here, and the reason why is that it’s a unique event but it’s an inexpensive ticket to buy. … It’s just $5 to get in,” said Bodden.

At Oktobeerfest, you can expect to sample beers from well-known brewers like Saranac and Samuel Adams to local favorites including Olde Saratoga Oktoberfest.

“We wanted to have a good variety of beer,” said Bodden, “everything from pumpkin beers to German and craft beers. It’s really a good time.”

“They do a great job at putting this on. It gives the community a place to go, with a relaxing atmosphere,” said James.

The Malta Drive-In is located at 2785, Route 9, Malta. Visit oktobeerfestny.com for further details on the event. Shuttles to and from the Drive-In will be available in Saratoga Springs

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