Tom Finkelmeier pours a cup of Old Vienna-style lager Thursday at the Summer Moon Festival. The beerâ€™s recipe is similar to one that was brewed in Wapakoneta in the 19th century. (Staff photo/John Bush)
The 2014 Summer Moon Festival kicked off Thursday with chicken dinners and a toast using a lager similar to one brewed in Wapakoneta in the 1800s.
This year’s festival chairman Brian Schlosser raised a cup of Old Vienna-style beer, known in the past as “Lunar Lager,” and welcomed everyone to the festival.
“Good evening ladies and gentleman, thank you all for coming down here this evening and I hope you all enjoy yourself as we have a wide array of events this year,” Schlosser said. “I’d like you all to raise your glasses and join me in a toast. Cheers.”
The vienna-style lager used in the toast was brewed by Akron-based Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, who makes it exclusively for the Summer Moon Festival. Schlosser said as far as he knows, the company only brews this type of beer to be used as samples at its brewery and for the summer moon festival.
For the full story, see the Friday, July 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.