Get Beered Up and (Hopefully) Slightly More Literate with Booktoberfest

October may be synonymous with Halloween, Oktoberfest and diabetic comas from all the candy and beer drinking that happens throughout the month. So you may not know that October is also Literacy Month. That's probably because of all the comas and beer.

Maybe it's because of all the drunken revelry that someone has yet to come up with a way to combine these two awesome gifts that mankind always takes for granted: beer and books. Granted, when you're hoisting a few beers with your friends, topics like why hasn't society learned the harsh lessons about poverty from the works of John Steinbeck don't usually come up in conversation, but that hasn't stopped the literacy charity Room to Read and the Lakewood Brewing Co. from joining forces to prevent the spread of illiteracy and thirstiness. They've combined "Oktoberfest" and "book" to create something even more awesome: "Booktoberfest."

The brewing company's Garland headquarters will open its doors from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tonight for a special Oktoberfest celebration to raise money and awareness for Room to Read's DFW chapter. Each ticket includes a tour of the facility, a massive German meal and, of course, a chance to taste some of Lakewood's special blends. The festivities will also include a silent auction and raffle to raise more proceeds for Room to Read and a live performance by the Dallas country group Four Left Turns.

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