Tanktoberfest combines historic military vehicles and beer


Updated August 22: We have added the list of participating breweries, along with the list of vehicles that we be on parade and on display. See below.

Original Post: When I was a kid, tanks were cool. Of course, I possessed no real concept of war when I was young, so the tank represented something else to my young mind. I don’t know what, exactly. indestructible bad-assedness, I suppose. Like the superhero of vehicles. Truth is, I still think tanks are pretty cool. Somehow I’m able to irrationally disconnect my distaste for war from my fascination with the machinery of war. I’m not perfect, but I’m probably not alone.

Tanktoberfest is a beer festival with tanks and other historic military vehicles. Hosted by the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum in Everett, the event takes place on Saturday, September 22nd. Sip tasty beers while you watch military history come to life as tanks and other historic military vehicles parade for your viewing pleasure.

M4A1 Sherman Medium Tank. Photo courtesy flyingheritage.org.
M4A1 Sherman Medium Tank. Photo courtesy flyingheritage.org.

According to event organizers, “This action packed day takes the fun of Germany’s Oktoberfest and adds tanks! As you enjoy an ice-cold beer, watch history come to life as tanks and rare vehicles take to the arena for your viewing pleasure.”

M55 8-inch Self-Propelled Howitzer. Photo courtesy flyingheritage.org.
M55 8-inch Self-Propelled Howitzer. Photo courtesy flyingheritage.org.

Want to get a taste of the kind of vehicles you can expect to see at this event? Visit the museum’s website at https://flyingheritage.org/.  Here are the basic details about the event. For more info and to get tickets, visit the event website.

Event Name: Tanktoberfest

Event Date: September 22 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Event Location:

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum
Paine Field
3407 109th Street SW
Everett, WA 098204


This is an adults only event. No one under the age of 21 is permitted.

Each attendee will get eight tokens and a commemorative tasting glass. Each token is good for a 5-ounce pour. A discounted designated (DD) driver ticket can be purchased for this event as well. This DD ticket will get guests a non-alcoholic beverage. Designated drivers must also be 21 years or older to get into this event.

Only 2,000 tickets will be sold to Tanktoberfest so get yours quick before they are gone!

All tickets must be purchased online prior to the event. No tickets will be sold or refunded at the museum. FHCAM members do not get in free/discounted to this event.


Beer Tasting Admission: $40

Designated Driver Admission: $20

Remember: ID’s will be checked upon entrance. You must be age 21 or over to attend. No ID, no entrance.

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/195719877711456/


  • Dystopian State Brewing
  • Lake Stevens Brewery
  • Illuminati Brewing
  • Elemental Hard Cider (cider)
  • Gordon Biersch Seattle
  • Wicked Teuton
  • Diamond Knot Brewery
  • Fremont Brewery
  • Brewbakers Brewery

Operating Vehicles:

  • 88 mm Flak 37 Anti-Aircraft Gun
  • M4A1 Sherman Medium Tank
  • Jagdpanzer 38(t) (Hetzer)
  • M5A1 Stuart Light Tank

Static Display:

  •  M2 155mm “Long Tom” Field Gun
  • White M3A1 “Half-Track” Personnel Carrier
  • M5A4 High-Speed Tractor
  • KMDB (Main Design Bureau) T-34/85
  • M60A1 Patton Main Battle Tank
  • 8-Ton Half-Track Sd. Kfz. 7