Local beer brewery hosts Oktoberfest, helps Lubbock economy

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 10/20/2013 12:30 am
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Wicked Beaver Brewery opened its doors to thirsty customers on Saturday for Oktoberfest.

Michael Adams is the Brewery's President and co-founder. He said, "Today we're doing kind of our take on Oktoberfest. It gives the brewery an opportunity to open up the doors to the public, let them come in and see what we're going here, sample some of our beers and sample some beers that aren't in stores yet."

Adams starting brewing beer at his house while he was in college.

"They're not your main stream beers," Adams said. "Every beer is unique. Every batch we do is unique. Each batch is a little different."

Beer lovers sampled all of their brews, and were able to see how they are made.

Cary Franklin is the brew master for Wicked Beaver. He said, "the big thing is just getting people out, getting them involved in trying the beers and growing the brand."

Wicked Beaver brews five beers. Their newest one, Blood Eagle, comes out in November. It is fermented in Llano Estacado's red wine barrels.

Long time customer Thomas Young's favorite beer is the Midnight Ale. Young says buying Wicked Beaver Beer is a benefit for the entire Lubbock community.

"Any business that supports local economy should be something that you should, at least, try. You may like it, you may not. But at least you reinvest in the local economy and try new things," Young said.

"We're distributed  state-wide," Adams said. "But, we want to have a big presence here in Lubbock. We want Lubbock and West Texas to be able to call us their local brewery."

That really hits home for Franklin. He said, "As a lifetime citizen of Lubbock, I'm very happy to be doing this. I hope we can get the support of Lubbock and grow the business. And be the brand that's recognized as "the" Lubbock beer."

The Lubbock beer: bringing a little taste of West Texas right to your taste buds.

Visit Wicked Beaver's website here.
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