A buzz is developing over Quincy's upcoming Oktoberfest.
After taking a break in 2012 when the German Village Society of Quincy disbanded, The Rotary Club is bringing the celebration back to the downtown area between 9th and 10th on York Street on October 12.
The Rotary Club originated Strassenfest in 1970 when it was held in the State and 8th streets and the event became part of an annual tradition fostered by German Village Society which renamed the event Germanfest.
Members of the Rotary Club of Quincy voted to revive the tradition and inject it with new events, a homebrew component and new location that celebrates Quincy's German heritage.
Rotary event chairwoman Tracy Orne looks forward to bringing attention to the great architecture inside Dick & Brother's Brewery. The brewery originally opened in 1857 at 9th and York in Quincy's Historic German District.
"We wanted to continue the Rotary tradition of celebrating Quincy's German heritage with some new twists," Orne said. "It's an opportunity to check out the inside of Dick Brother's brewery, try some new beers, taste what our local private brewers are making, hear great German and popular music and have some delicious food."
Nine home brewers will exhibit their craft at the event and there will be a demonstration on how to brew beer. Tastings from private brewers will be available for only $1 and don't miss the tours of the tunnels below Dick & Brother's Brewery.
The event runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 12 and admission is free. All proceeds from the event will benefit Rotary Club community projects.