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 mrolland@opubco.com Published: September 4, 2012

“It's really refreshing,” she said.

Turek said while beer is the reason for the celebration, it's an incredibly family friendly event with a kid's tent full of crafts and face painting and inflatable jump and playground toys.

“It's all family oriented,” said Barbara Giles, 58, with a sober driver sticker on her shoulder. “The children have such a great time.”

Her husband, Leon Giles, 65, was having a Spaten Optimater, a dark German beer, and listening to the band.

“A lot of this beer you can't get around here,” Leon Giles said. “I like this one.”

“Is there any beer you dislike?” Barbara Giles asked.

“No,” he responded, both laughing.

Turek's second favorite beer at the event — to the Paulaner Wiesen — is the Weihenstephan beers, which is one of the oldest still operating breweries in the world having been founded by Benedictine Monks in 1040 AD, he said.

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