BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Raise your mugs to Bed-Stuy.
The owners of a local craft beer bar are closing off part of Putnam Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant to bring what they say is the neighborhood's first Oktoberfest celebration, complete with German beer, food and folk music.
"What we wanted to do is provide a new experience for people in the neighborhood," said co-owner Michael Brooks.
The shop, still in its first year, is a spinoff of Bed-Vyne Wine. The owners were inspired to throw the Oktoberfest celebration as a way to mark the wine store's two-year anniversary, while also promoting their new space.
In addition to German beer like Stiegl Goldbrau and Dinkelacker Oktoberfest, the festival will feature German-style domestic beer like Coney Island Oktoberfest and Kelso, craft ciders and international wines.
The owners have also reached out to local vendors like Common Grounds Cafe, as well as to some well-known eateries, including the East Village hot dog shop Crif Dogs, the Italian pastry truck La Bella Torte and Williamsburg's Delaney Barbecue, which is grilling up German sausages. The local band the Antonio Dangerfield Ensemble will perform traditional German folk music.
Brooks said he hopes the celebration will help bring more people to the area to support local merchants.
"We think it's a win-win scenario for the neighborhood," Brooks said. "I haven't seen anything like it."
The first annual Bed-Stuy Oktoberfest takes place on Oct. 19, 2-6 p.m. Admission is free. Drink tickets are $5 each.