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This year our Boston Octoberfest is going to be extra special. We’re celebrating our 25th Anniversary! So to honor this special occasion, we took a look back at some special moments with the Mayor of Harpoon himself, Mr. Fitz Granger. He’s been organizing the festivals since what feels like the beginning of time. Take a trip down memory lane with us and get an inside look at what the festivals used to be like…(*spoiler alert* they’re pretty much the same, just a little smaller and without Tinder!)
Fresh off the racker, the first keg of Harpoon Octoberfest rolls off the line. Can you spot our current Head Brewer and CFO? I’d tell you which one is which, but I would probably get fired!
Harpoon Octoberfest packaging re-vamp in 1995. The blue diamond pattern is our nod to Bavaria, while the leaves pay tribute to fall in New England. Our Octoberfest is spelled with a “c” as opposed to a “k” because it’s our American interpretation of the German style.
Fun and games at Harpoon Octoberfest! Here’s the winner of the legendary Chocolate Cake Easting Contest. Think it’s easy? You try eating pound cake smothered in chocolate frosting with no hands! #winning
First year of the plastic pint cup! Glass can be dangerous - and those cases were HEAVY. Yes, we were sad to say goodbye to the pint glass, but happy to be able to continue the Octoberfest tradition!
Where are they now?!?! Who knows, but at least they had a blast at Octoberfest 1998. I wonder what that shirt looks like today!
Cheers to the tapping of the Frist Keg of Octoberfest 1999. The faces may have changed, but you can still find the Jolly Kopperschmitz entertaining the crowd to this day.
It only took us a few years to introduce keg bowling at Octoberfest . If you’ve been to a Harpoon festival, you know this is a festival favorite. Plus, the money raised goes to charity!
Who remembers Clutch Grabwell!? Harpoon Octoberfest is not just German Oompah music; we supply a little Rock and Roll as well! P.S. Our stages are much better now…
The Mad Bavarian Brass Band always had the crowd going. This crazy band would parade around and refused to stop playing at the end of the night. Encores were their specialty.
Fast forward 11 years...
You all came out to see us in record numbers last year with almost 20,000 of you coming to celebrate over the two days. We sure did feel special! If you’re up for it, we were thinking we could break that record again this year…thoughts?
Learn more about this year’s festival and come celebrate 25 years of Boston Octoberfest with us October 3rd and 4th!
By: Julia Falk, Digital Marketing Published:
I have a few friends that have a “sweatshirt policy” when it comes to fall beer – they don’t even think about having their first sip until it’s sweatshirt weather. I, on the other hand, may or may not have enjoyed my first Harpoon Pumpkin Cider in August. Fall (and sweatshirt weather) is officially here, so if you’ve been holding out on all things fall, dive in head first with Harpoon Pumpkin Cider and these (easy to eat 100) pumpkin cider donut holes. (Amen for sweatshirts, am I right!?)
Harpoon Pumpkin Cider Donut Holes
Loosely adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Makes about 2 dozen donut holes
- 1/2 cup Harpoon Pumpkin Cider
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. apple spice
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- 1/ 2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- Toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, apple spice, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until smooth. Whisk in the buttermilk, vanilla, pumpkin puree and Harpoon Pumpkin Cider.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and very gently mix together - don’t over mix! Whisk until all ingredients are just combined. Some small lumps may remain.
- Pour the batter into the mini muffin pan, filling 3/4 of the way full. You'll only need a couple teaspoons of batter for each. Bake the donut holes for 9-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Make the topping by mixing the granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Dip the top of the donut holes lightly into the melted butter. Generously coat all of the donut holes in cinnamon sugar.
- Donut holes taste best on the same day, with friends, and plenty of Harpoon Pumpkin Cider! Sweatshirts optional.