To explain: The Rensselaer Land Trust’s 3rd annual Oktoberfest Benefit for the Tomhannock Reservoir will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. next Saturday, October 9, in the riverside parking lot behind Brown’s Brewing in downtown Troy.
Brown’s Chef Paul Brett will be cooking up beer pretzels using pale ale honey mustard, along with bratwurst with braised cabbage and spicy porter whole grain mustard, and potato pancakes in a basket with fresh applesauce. Inside Brown’s Brewing Co. Taproom, those dishes will be available along with Oktoberfest bean and bacon soup, sauerbraten, German potato salad, and pork chops with onion and mustard. The menu will be complemented by Brown’s own brews, featuring Oktoberfest Maerzen Lager, Pumpkin Ale and Tomhannock Pilsner.
Live music will be provided by the Flood Road Bluegrass Band, Albany Pipes & Drums, and Jericho Joe.
Proceeds from the sale of beer at the event will go to the the Rensselaer Land Trust to support its efforts to preserve the purity local waterways, including the Tomhannock Reservoir which is the source of all water for Brown’s brewing operations. The Rensselaer Land Trust is accredited by the national Land Trust Alliance, and is dedicated to preserving open space in Rensselaer County, especially land that serves as natural habitat for wildlife, has prime agricultural soils and is a buffer to sources of drinking water, including the City of Troy’s water source, the Tomhannock Reservoir.
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