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Dozens of breweries gather for Oktoberfest

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Event-goer Jill Tyler discusses a new beer she tried. Event-goer Jill Tyler discusses a new beer she tried.
These three Abita taps were among the many outside vendors used to show off their beers. These three Abita taps were among the many outside vendors used to show off their beers.

By: Karamie Sullivan

Beer enthusiasts had a chance to taste hand-crafted beers from breweries across the country when River Rat Brewery held its first Oktoberfest on Saturday.  There were 55 vendors and 148 taps located in and around River Rat's Shop Road Brewery.  Beer lovers spent $65 each to get to sample all the brews.

Anderson Valley Brewery's Tim Hammrick was excited to bring two of his brewery's products to the event. 

"Our beer travels to 29 states and we're in a few different countries.  We've had a good time growing the brand here in South Carolina," said Hammrick.  The Anderson Valley Brewery is based out of California near San Francisco.

People could pay to become a VIP event member which gave them access inside River Rat for an additional $30.  VIP members got a full meal, and additional beer options that were available exclusively inside. 

Other outdoor activities like corn hole were available to everyone. 

Some people came to the Oktoberfest just so they could try something new.

"I have the Victory Dirtwolf... it's a double IPA!  It's really good," said event-goer Jill Tyler.

Organizers estimated a couple hundred people attended the event. 

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