Monday, September 20, 2010

Das Oktoberfest? Ja.

The official Oktoberfest is underway. Short of going to Deutschland, there isn't much better way of experiencing the annual German tradition celebrating the arriving fall season and the marriage of King Ludwig to Princess Therese of Bavaria. Here in the States, everyone seems to want a piece of it. A few of you have asked about Oktoberfest and what's going on a little closer to home. From special dinners, to weekend-long affairs, to a full two weeks of stein-clinking gemuchlichkeit, here are just a few of the events across the mid-Atlantic region that have crossed my, e-mail. And, just remember, even if a date below is in the past, doesn't mean that they still don't have some of those great German beers and American interpretations on tap. Prost! Fri. 9/17-Sun. 10/3 @all 8 Iron Hill locations--- Oktoberfest Celebration (PAYG for German Fare and German Beers in celebration of the world's largest festival) Sat. 9/18 @Devil's Den in Philadelphia, PA--- Devil’s Den Oktoberfest Sat. 9/18 from 1:00pm-5:00pm @High Street Grill in Mt. Holly, NJ--- Oktoberfest Party in the Tent $45 for a schedule that includes German Beers and Wines, US "German Inspired" Beers, Oktoberfest Buffet, OmmPahPah Live Music Sat. 9/18 to Sun 9/19 all day and night at Standard Tap--- Sausage Fest! Oktoberfest beers and $5 sausage plates Mon. 9/13 to Sat. 9/18--- Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest – Daily events throughout the week and capped on Saturday with the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration where they take over part of South street to set up tents and have a 7 hour festival. Fri. 9/24 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Bell Beverage--- German/German Oktoberfest Sampling – Taste free samples of German beers with Joe Sixpack. Sat. 9/25 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at Frontier Saloon in Folsom, PA--- First Annual Octoberfest Roughly 50 different bottles, quite a few expensive ones too. $20/$25. Sat. 9/25 to Sun. 9/26 at National Harbor in National Harbor, MD--- 3rd Annual Das Best Oktoberfest at National Harbor $20/$25/$30/$45/$55/$80– The show features over 200 International Beers and Wines, Oompah bands, live music, German food, German performers including cultural dancing, accordion sing-alongs and carnival games. The show has hundreds of arts, crafts and other exhibits. Sat. 9/25 to Sun. 9/26 all day at Stoudt's Brewery in Adamstown, PA - Oktoberfest Opening Weekend PAYG Thu. 9/30 to Sun. 10/3 at McKenzie Brew House in Malvern, PA--- McKenzie-fest Capped with a $39 dinner on 9/30, otherwise PAYG all weekend long Thu. 9/30 from 6:30pm-9:00pm at The Ship Inn in Exton, PA--- Ocktoberbest Beer and Wine Festival $30 Fri. 10/1 to Fri. 10/8 at Iron Abbey in Horsham, PA--- 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Performing on October 1st: "Heimat Klange Orchestra" and performing on October 8th: Wooden Wire. Come and Enjoy bavarian pretzel, the Abbey beer maids and traditional german food and drink. Beer on tap during Oktoberfest: Spaten Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, Ayinger Oktoberfest, Sly Fox Oktoberfest, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Harpoon Oktoberfest, Twin Lakes Oktoberfest, Saranac Oktoberfest, Heavy Seas Imperial Oktoberfest, Victory Festbier, Erdinger Oktoberfest, Rogue Maierfest Sat. 10/2 at The Headliner in Neptune, NJ--- Jersey Shore Oktoberfest, Lots of beer, food, and entertainment for $35/$45. Seasonal beers from Spaten, Jever, Schlenkerla Marzen, Einbecker, Sam Adams, Dogfish Head, River Horse, Weyerbacher, Flying Fish, Brooklyn, and East Coast Brewing. Sat. 10/2 from 12:00pm-7:00pm at The Village at Shirlington in Arlington, VA--- Shirlington Oktoberfest – Beer, food, music, fun, lederhosen. Noon to 7pm a the Village at Shirlington in Arlington. $25. Sun. 10/3 at Dock Street in Philadelphia, PA--- DOCKtoberfest PAYG as they celebrate live music and artisanal craft beer Sat. 10/9 from 11:00am-6:00pm at Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD--- 9th Annual Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest, Timonium Fairgrounds – The best of Maryland brews and lots of Oompah bands $15/$20/$25/$35. Mon. 10/11 from 4:00pm-10:00pm at ChurchKey in Washington, DC--- Franconian "Oktoberfest" Anstich Draft Night – Featuring 10 different rare and delicious German lagers from 10 different small Franconian breweries, all dispensed on the bar from gravity poured kegs.

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