This year, to celebrate the annual harvest, ring in the fall season, and promote the new Mash Tun Journal, Maria’s Community Bar held the Mash Tun Oktoberfest at the Bridgeport Art Center. It was a celebration of great food and America’s finest microbreweries. The event was held inside the Atrium area, which closely resembles a large factory garage.
Well over a dozen microbreweries brought in over two dozen of their rarest beers. Each attendee was given a free glass and the 2nd edition of the Mash Tun Journal. For only $30, the guests received free pours from all the microbreweries throughout the night.
Throughout the evening, many live performers and poets took the stage. Poetry readings from the days of prohibition were read, which spoke out against the regulation of alcohol.
Guests also received free pulled pork from the hog roast. The meat was absolutely delicious. It took an hour before I was able to finally reach the butcher. He asked what kind of pork I wanted, so I replied with “I don’t give a shit, I just want lots of pork”. He shouted out “He doesn’t give a shit,” as he picked up his butcher knife and hacked a giant piece of bone off for me. The pork was incredible. It was tender, juicy and smokey.
Aside from the pig roast, a variety of food trucks also showed up. Duck n’ Roll, Brand BBQ, and Pleasant House Bakery were among those trucks. Me being a huge fan of royal pies, I just had to get a mushroom and kale pie. They also had a cevapcici stand as well. It was a great evening of celebration and community.