Oktoberfest at Offshore Ale Co.

The Villanovans played last Saturday, Oct. 23 at Offshore Ale Co., and have been playing together since the 1950s. — Photo by Susan Safford

Last Saturday afternoon, Offshore Ale Co. celebrated their version of Oktoberfest with freshly brewed beer, German food, and live brass Dixieland jazz with The Villanovans. Getting their start at Villanova University in the early 1950s, the group played at colleges, clubs, and pubs in and around Philadelphia. A number of the musicians (one being Jay McAndrews, father of Offshore owner Phil McAndrews) decided to continue, and have played in various places for the past 50 years. For this performance, Islander Ed Rogers joined the group and played the trumpet.

The special menu included German Potato Soup, Bavarian Pretzel Spears, Brewhouse Bratwurst, Pork Tenderloin, German Chocolate Cake, and Stout Cake.