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With a variety of home brews on tap Saturday night, an estimated 1,500 people attended the Second-Annual Oktoberfest, hosted by Northwest firefighters.
The Northwest Firefighters are expecting about 80 varieties between home-brewed beers and those provided by microbreweries during the Second Annual Oktoberfest, set for this Saturday.
The Northwest Firefighters are gearing up for their second annual “Home Brew Challenge,” with firefighters from Oro Valley, Tucson, Marana and as far away as Sedona preparing their own special concoctions for competition.
Northwest firefighters, from left, Sean Dibbern, Jason Garzon and Brian Sturgeon go through the steps of making home-brewed beer at the Thunder Canyon Brewery on Friday. The firefighters will be competing in the Second Annual Oktoberfest, complete with a beer-making challenge, on Oct. 22. Dibbern is looking to win for a second consecutive year with his chocolate-raspberry brew.
Northwest firefighter Jason Garzon, at right, works with Brian Sturgeon to funnel a beer brew into another container, during a short presentation Friday at the Thunder Canyon Brewery on how to get a home-brewed beer started. Oktoberfest will be held in the Foothills Mall parking lot, just outside of Thunder Canyon Brewery on Oct. 22. Tickets are available online at www.brew.nwfirefighters.org.
Last Saturday, the parking lot on the east side of Foothills Mall was roped off for bands, booths and most importantly, beer, all brought together to raise money for charity.