Dunedin Brewery OktoBEERfest Starts Thursday!

There are lots of Oktoberfests, but in these here parts there is only ONE OktoBEERfest, and that’s the four-day explosion of food, beer, and music at Dunedin Brewery October 3-6. We know that BEER is right there in the title, but be assured that there will be plenty of food and music to complement the beer.

Photo credit: Nymania Productions

OktoBEERfest is always the first full weekend in October at Florida’s oldest microbrewery. On tap will be both seasonal and specialty beers, an exclusive German food menu, and music galore. As always, the celebration begins with Dunedin Brewery’s annual Literstein Heritage Night (7 p.m. on Thursday), a once-a-year opportunity for patrons to purchase a limited-edition mug that can be redeemed for discounted fills throughout the year.

Seasonal beers include Oktoberfest Lager, a new spiced Pumpkin Lager, and many more delicious options. On the German cuisine menu: homemade rouladen, bratwurst, potato salad, pickled red cabbage, sauerkraut, brewery-made pickles, giant pretzels, warm beer cheese, and beer-infused mustards.

OktoBEERfest always brings a great variety of musical sounds to the brewery, but this year’s selection are delightfully edgier than ever before, in keeping with curator Michael Lyn Bryant’s affinity for those sounds, as evidenced by his annual birthday improv bash, his bands Skallop and Follow the Monarchs, and his Brain Emoji project.


Literstein sales begin at 7 p.m. Outstanding rockers Row Jomah have the night to themselves starting at 8 after returning home from Dr. Bacon’s The Smokedown and playing a show at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater!

Hoist those Litersteins!
Row Jomah – Photo credit: John Strojny


Four important events happen fill the night, beginning with the Ceremonial Oktobeerfest Keg-Tapping with the City of Dunedin Commission and Pipe Band. That’s followed at 9 with the much-anticipated release the new eponymous album from Gulfport jam masters Ajeva.

Here is a clip of the song “No Holding Back” from the new self titled album. Super stoked for the release at @dunedinbrewery October 4th. @sweetwinegroup #new #album #original #music #progressive #funk #funky #livemusic #for #the #people #musiclovers #instamusic #this #will #be #epic

Posted by Ajeva on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Then Jon Ditty & Stick Martin are Cat Box in what will certainly be a superb match-up at 11, followed by more craziness with rickoLus & Bleubird as Hurricane Party at midnight.


Tradition rules the early part of the day, as the DeLeon Family Oktoberfest Band opens the afternoon at 3 p.m. The hardest-working man on turntables, DJ 45Revolver, does his remarkable thing at 6.

DeLeon Family Oktoberfest Band – Nymania Productions
DJ 45Revolver – Nymania Productions

And then it’s really on. Brain Emoji is the collaboration of Bryant and Joe Marcinek for some improvisational madness at 9 with Austin Llewelyn, Vinny Svoboda, Tucker Sody, and Dave Gerulat. Then fasten your seatbelts for a mind-blowing set by the Vibraphone Destroyer, Mike Dillon, and his band closing out the night, starting at 11. He is an astounding mallets player and percussionist, wild man, punk rapper, and genius, and his band rocks!

Mike Dillon – Mandi Nulph / Snow Bear Studios


A tremendous solo talent, Mountain Holler, jumpstarts the final day with his great stylings on guitar and vocals at 3 p.m. Then it’s time for some down-and-dirty soulful country with Swampland Symphony at 5.

Mountain Holler
Swampland Symphony

And if you haven’t encountered Eric McFadden — yet — just you wait. He’s an incredible six-string slinger whose self-description includes “rock, alternative, desert-rock, dirty blues, and punk-funk.” McFadden’s resume is deep, and when he’s done, you’ll know why he was part of the P-Funk thing and with Stockholm Syndrome in addition to his own projects. Desert-rock? Damn right we’re gonna find out!

Eric McFadden



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