Funkendank Oktoberfest: A Funky & Danky First

There was something for everyone at Sonoma County’s first Funkendank Oktoberfest, hosted on Saturday, October 22. People from all walks of life came to SOMO Village in Rohnert Park to sample some of the nation’s top hop-forward brews and sours, while munching on locally sourced small bites to the sound of some funky beats.  

Beer lovers enjoying the lineup at Sonoma County's Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by Tim Vallery)
Beer lovers enjoying the lineup at Sonoma County’s Funkendank Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 22, 2016. (Photo by Tim Vallery)

Some attendees showed up in their best Oktoberfest get-ups and posed for pictures, while other guests wore favorite beer shirts and hats to support their beloved breweries. Attendees happily sipped on a variety of brews, while chatting with fellow beer lovers. 

“I have been sipping on Santa Adarius because their beers taste more like wine” said Vivian Fenn of Rohnert Park.

“The Faction Brewery Double IPA is the best Double IPA I’ve ever had. I may be a little biased, because they make a beer for our annual NorCal Beer Geeks Festival, but it’s so smooth”, said Peter Lopez Jr. of the Norcal Beer Geeks group.

“This is a great lineup, a lot of local and Bay Area breweries you don’t always see at beer events” stated Jeff Bull of Santa Rosa as he happily sipped on a Monkish IPA.

"Fridge" poses with beer lovers at Sonoma County's Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by Tim Vallery)
“Fridge” poses with beer lovers at Sonoma County’s Funkendank Oktoberfest on October 22, 2016. (Photo by Tim Vallery)
Ankara Cory had to show ID before she could sample the craft beers at the FunkenDank music and beer festival at Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center in Rohnert Park on Saturday, October 22, 2016. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)
Ankara Cory had to show ID before she could sample the craft beers at the Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by John Burgess)
People ordering beer from Gordon Biersch's Oktoberfest bar at Sonoma County's Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by Tim Vallery)
Guests ordering beer from Gordon Biersch’s Oktoberfest bar at Sonoma County’s Funkendank Oktoberfest on October 22, 2016. (Photo by Tim Vallery)
Over 20 craft breweries poured their best for the patrons at the FunkenDank music and beer festival at Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center in Rohnert Park on Saturday, October 22, 2016. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)
Over 20 craft breweries poured their best for the patrons at the Funkendank Oktoberfest (Photo by John Burgess)

The rooms and grounds at SOMO Village quickly became filled with people and, when the Dixie Giants took the stage, the crowd got moving as the band took their show “on the road,” walking through the venue and grounds while playing their horns. 

The Dixie Giants at Sonoma County's Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by Tim Vallery)
Royal Jelly Jive perform at Sonoma County’s Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by Tim Vallery)
The Dixie Giants entertain the crowd at the FunkenDank music and beer festival at Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center in Rohnert Park on Saturday, October 22, 2016. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)
The Dixie Giants entertain the crowd at the Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by John Burgess)

Later, the crowd was gettin’ down to the funky sound of Royal Jelly Jive, The Pimps of Joytime, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Some were so into the music they never stopped groovin’. Others relaxed on their blankets, beer in hand, while waiting for the grand finale: Galactic.

People relaxing at Sonoma County's Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by Tim Vallery)
People relaxing at Sonoma County’s Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by Tim Vallery)
Restauranteur Mark Stark, right, touts his smoked beet salad for foodies at the Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by Tim Vallery)

The event was popular with beer and music lovers alike.

“I’m never going to another beer festival that has music. Everything Joe puts on seems to be the best” expressed Jimmy Madden of Santa Rosa, as he sipped on Cooperage Brewery‘s “Danky Leg”.

“The event was a big success. About 2,000 people came to the event and we had a great time. While we had some challenges, we got a lot of rave reviews; we learned a lot and will be back next year with more beer and music,” said Joe Tucker from Ratebeer, one of the organizers of Funkendank Octoberfest. 

Joe and Jennifer Tucker of Ratebeer.com at the Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by Tim Vallery)
Joe and Jennifer Tucker of Ratebeer.com at the Funkendank Oktoberfest. (Photo by Tim Vallery)

Stay tuned for updates on the next Funkendank Oktoberfest.

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