By thesanfranciscoegotist / /
Earlier this summer, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. set out to find Craft Beer’s Royal Couple, and apparently they now have. Andrew and Katie have been selected to partake in an all-expenses-paid Royal Wedding at this year’s Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Celebration in Chico, California. The contest pays tribute to the first-ever Oktoberfest, which was held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.
More than 20,000 fans voted on social media to narrow the entrants down to the top finalists. An expert judging panel that included Mike Pomranz from Food and Wine, Kimmie Smith from Athleisure Magazine,Janet McCracken from Rachel Ray Every Day Magazine, John Holl, co-host of Steal This Beer and author of “Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint,” and Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman selected the winner from the final couples.
“Andrew and Katie clearly exemplified their passion for craft beer and the storied tradition of Oktoberfest,” said Robin Gregory, a spokesperson for Sierra Nevada. “And knowing that Andrew’s 102-year-old grandmother will be able to attend his wedding made the selection particularly special and meaningful.”
The ceremony will be held during the opening night of the festival before thousands of people on September 27, 2019, at Sierra Nevada’s brewery in Chico, CA. More than 3,500 festivalgoers will raise a glass to the happy couple as they are wed live onstage.
The couple first bonded over Sierra Nevada beers. “I knew it was her when she ordered a Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest on our first date,” said Andrew. “And I had a Pale Ale in my hand when I asked her to marry me,” he adds.
“Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how we feel right now. This is a dream come true for us. We get to stand in front of our friends and family, steins in hand, and share our vows with 3,500 other hopheads.”