Ein Prosit kicks off Oktoberfest in the Vail Valley this weekend | VailDaily.com

Ein Prosit kicks off Oktoberfest in the Vail Valley this weekend

Oktoberfest-goers participate in a Stein holding competition at Ein Prosit in Avon.
Casey Russell | crussell@vaildaily.com

Ein Prosit, Avon’s favorite German beer hall, will host Oktoberfest celebrations starting today, Aug. 23. Since the Colorado Classic is the main attraction in town today, most festivities will get underway starting Saturday, but the bar is still open for everyone who wants to get a head start on their Bavarian weekend.

There will be a tent set up in the parking lot, live authentic German music, Stein and hammer-schlaggen holding competitions all day. Sip on some imported German and Belgian beer while munching on a brat – Prosit has a wide selection of traditional and exotic sausages.

Since both Eagle and Summit Counties have extensive Oktoberfest celebrations throughout September, Prosit wanted to be the first to start the festivities. After all, every day is Oktoberfest there; they always have traditional German beer from some of the oldest breweries in the world on tap.

They also have Those Austrian Guys playing on Saturday, the well-known folk band based out of Summit County. Those Austrian Guys – yes, that’s the band name, and yes, all the members are from Austria – play at most of the other Oktoberfests, so guests will see the same acts and drink the same beer at Prosit’s event as they would at resort events.

“This is our first official kick-off to Oktoberfest,” said Kerri Thelen, who works at the beer hall. “It’s kind of what we are. We have such a draw from Europe. When the Birds of Prey are here, people come in and they go nuts like, “you have Stiegl?” Because it’s what they drink at home.”

Neighbor Gallery 8 Arts will have works from Colorado artists on view and sale as well.

If you go …

What: Ein Prosit Oktoberfest

When: Friday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-night

Where: Ein Prosit in Avon

Cost: Free to attend, food and drink on sale at the event.

More information: Visit https://einprosit.net/ or check out the Facebook event.