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Oklahomans celebrate Oktoberfest early in Choctaw

Mike Turek, who owns Old German Restaurant in Choctaw, OK, has been hosting the beer festival for 22 years. He said it just keeps growing.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Published: September 4, 2012

“Prost,” said Mike Turek, raising a glass of Paulaner Wiesen Blonde, a German beer only available during the three weeks of Oktoberfest in Munich.

“Prost,” responded one of the 300 volunteers that help make the nine days of Oktoberfest in Choctaw Creek Park a reality.

The traditional German word for “cheers” was passed around frequently Monday at the festival, as were more than 43 different kinds of beers on tap and a healthy helping of ham hock and knackwurst.

Turek, who owns Old German Restaurant in Choctaw, has been hosting the beer festival for 22 years and he said it just keeps growing.

This year Turek added a few extra days to the festival that ends at midnight Saturday.

Dona and Tommy Pirtle, microbrew enthusiasts from north Oklahoma City, said they came out for the diverse beer selection, particularly local craft brews.

“We love this beer selection,” said Dona Pirtle, 23. “We like to try a lot of local beers.”

Dona had a COOP Oktoberfest in her hand, a strong malt brewed by the Oklahoma City microbrewery.

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