The biggest festival of the world of German tradition kicks off every year in Munich, Germany. The festival is all about folk and beer with hearty Bavarian cuisine but it also has a huge number of crowds dressed in the traditional style. To be a part of this festival you don’t have to be in Germany only, as it’s celebrated all around the globe. However, to be a part of this celebration you have to follow some traditions-beer is one and lederhosen & dirndl is the second. Check out the lederhosen for sale as this festival will need your preparation way in advance for everything. Meanwhile, if you think Germany is not where you will be flying for Oktoberfest this year, try our selection of best beer gardens of America for Oktoberfest celebration: From a brewery in Seattle to a waterfront bar in New York City, here’s a list of the top places in the country to celebrate Oktoberfest the American way.
Lakefront Breweries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – This is very Bavarian styled brewery located on the Milwaukee River-not huge but serves the purpose wonderfully. It serves its very own, Munich salt creation, traditionally in Marzen style: its own Oktoberfest beer.
Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan – Founders Brewing Co. is one of the top rated breweries and offers perfect atmosphere and beer. They have been standing their ground and repute for a while now and this year, they are celebrating their 12th annual harvest party.
Lagunitas Brewing Company in Pataluma, California – This brewing company at Petaluma location is heart favorite of everyone. One of the branches is also located in Chicago. The brewery has a huge outdoor space where you can get as Bavarian as possible on Oktoberfest. You will enjoy dozen of craft brews and music that plays live every night of the week.
Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, Texas – Not just for the Oktoberfest celebration but otherwise-the beer garden that gives free brats on Saturdays is perfect place for entire fall afternoons. It is known for its German Hefeweizen brews and 70 beers on tap, making it the best beer bar choice.
Freemont Brewing Company in Seattle, Washington – Washington State is the second largest hop growing regions of the world and this is where Freemont Brewing Company is located. They very deserve celebrations and this is why they celebrate the amazing Oktoberfest Festival in a rocking way. It includes beer garden, tasting garden, 5k run, stein hoisting competition, and annual German “Miss Buxom” beauty contest as well. This huge celebration at Fremont Brewing takes place from 18th September to 20th September.
Frankford Hall in Philadelphia – Frankford Hall is impressive in celebrating in Oktoberfest festival. It has schnitzel to strudel-German beer, and even a block party lasting the entire day on Sept 19 along with drinks, food, and music.
Cisco Brewers in Nantucket, Massachusetts – It’s one the top rated brewery on Foursquare. Cisco Brewers has a very unique set up for Oktoberfest celebration and otherwise- it serves the purpose of winery, distillery, and brewery as well. The courtyard is huge and plays live music and dozens of Cisco brews.
Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Brooklyn, New York City – This hall is a very Herman styled bar which is unusually different to New Yorkers. It brings surprise and excitement for being Bavarian and on top of that is three week Oktoberfest celebration. The festival celebration includes beer tastings, pig roasting, and mug holding contest, keg tappings, and traditional German fare.
Bearden Beer Market in Knoxville, Tennessee – On every September 19, Bearden Beer Market kicks off the Oktoberfest celebration in a very traditional way at 6 a.m. with keg tapping. The festival celebrated here is potluck styled where the fest-goers are asked to bring their favorite German dishes and share the taste with the Hammerschlagens (A contest where the participants are asked to compete in driving nails into a log).
VBGB Beer Hall & Garden in Charlotte, California – The largest outdoor patio of Charlotte is featured by VBGB. A choice of 30 beers on tap is available in order to enjoy the Oktoberfest celebration. German snacks such as Bavarian pretzels and sausages with beer cheese are also available.
Just So You Know…
- Oktoberfest is a 204-year-old tradition that wasn’t originally a beer festival. It was held first, in 1810, to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
- It wasn’t until 1892 that beer was served in glass mugs. Traditional beer steins were made of stone, then metal, and while some of those are still used, they’re far outnumbered by their modern glass cousins.
- Oktoberfest has become an important and popular landmark not out of mere hedonism, but a necessity. Southern Bavaria was once notorious for its awful fresh water supply, so to avoid cholera, the plague and other such nasty ailments, locals would wet their whistles with the safer, arguably tastier alternative of beer.