Beers, Beats, and Buds at Becktoberfest

Holly and Ben Robertson, owners of The Dig Inn, dawn her in her dirndl dress and his lederhosen suspenders in celebration of Becktoberfest. Photo by Vanessa Roudabush.

The Dig Inn hosted Becktoberfest on Saturday, October 8th, for the community to enjoy beers and live music in downtown Reinbeck.

Ben and Holly Robertson took over Becktoberfest after the local brewery closed,

“We used to come out here from Chicago when Trevor and Tinny Shellhorn had the brewery, and they would do Becktober Fest. We just knew how much fun it was, and we thought, ‘you know what? We’re going to do it also.’ It’s a fun way for the community to get together.” Ben said.

The Robertsons hosted Becktoberfest for the second year in a row and their third year of owning The Dig Inn.

“[We have] polka this year for the first time. [We’re] super excited about it. Shout out to Jerry and Mert.” Ben said.

(L to R) Friends Sue Baker, (unnamed), Tracy Hawkins, Debbie Frankel, and Sandy Weddel enjoyed laughs and beers inside The Dig Inn. Photo by Vanessa Roudabush.

Ben talked about why he and his wife opened The Dig Inn in Reinbeck, “We knew people missed the brewery, and we love music. So we thought, let’s try to combine the two. On the side, we run a business making record holders called flipbin.com. We both love music, make something for records, and like beer. Truthfully, we thought if no one shows up, we’ll have music to listen to and beer to drink.”

Ben talked about the future of Becktoberfest, “We’re going to [update] the patio, [add] more new bands and more food options. [Also,] we’re going to work on reaching out to local breweries for tap takeovers. Iowa makes great beers.”

Local faves, The Deeves, kicked it up a notch, playing original rock and roll for festival goers. Photo by Vanessa Roudabush.

Holly Robertson doses an Iowa Eagle American Lager to patrons. Photo by Vanessa Roudabush