Old Chicago – a division of Rock Bottom Restaurants, Inc. and the pizza and beer authority known for its "World Beer Tour" and 110 unique beers – launched its annual Oktoberfest Mini Beer Tour on Sept. 8, just in time for the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest.ã
As a special part of this year's tour, Old Chicago is introducing Paulaner Wiesn Blonde, an official beer of Oktoberfest in Germany, to U.S. beer lovers for the very first time. Old Chicago is the only restaurant chain to offer this beer, and the Oktoberfest Mini Tour marks the first time Paulaner Wiesn Blonde has been available in the U.S.
The Oktoberfest Mini Tour runs through Sunday, Oct. 3 and features eight Oktoberfest-themed beers – different beers are highlighted each week throughout the four-week tour – including the exclusive Paulaner. This Mini Tour makes it possible for guests to authentically celebrate the festival in German style.ã
"We know our loyal guests and World Beer Tour members come to Old Chicago to find the best variety in beer," said Tracy Finklang, mixologist and corporate beverage manager who sources all Mini Tour beers for Old Chicago. "We are honored to be the first and only chain in the U.S. to offer the Paulaner Wiesn Blonde of Oktoberfest in celebration of the festival’s 200th anniversary, and we’re excited to bring that authentic experience to our guests." ã
Each Old Chicago location will feature the Paulaner Wiesn Blonde as part of the Oktoberfest Mini Tour, as well as seven other beers that vary by location. Guests can contact their local restaurant for news about tapping parties and specific tour beers.
Old Chicago’s World Beer Tour members who ultimately complete the Oktoberfest Mini Tour by sampling all eight beers will receive a Mini Tour T-shirt with a specially designed Oktoberfest graphic on the front. Anyone can sign up to become a World Beer Tour member at Old Chicago.ãã