Munich’s traditional Oktoberfest celebrations take place during the last two of weeks in September and the first weekend of October. The U.S., however, puts the “October” in Oktoberfest by planning celebrations throughout the month, and Oktoberfest celebrations have already begun.
on Magazine Street kicked off the season with a pig roast Sept. 21 and is serving German-inspired food paired with German and American beers such as Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen on tap and Stoudts Pils. The Oktoberfest menu will be available through Oct. 6 (prix fixe or a la carte).
At Aline Street Beer Garden
, every day is Oktoberfest with a year-round bier garden featuring traditional orange picnic tables and more than 50 German beer offerings. Owner Jason Comboy’s collaboration with local hot dog purveyor Dat Dog means that brats are available as well. Aline Street Beer Garden is kicking off Oktoberfest Sept. 26 by unveiling the bar’s new weekly Thursday cask night program with a special cask of Covington Brewhouse’s Kolsch. Half-liter mugs of all cask ales will cost $2.50 throughout October.
For the fifth year, Avenue Pub
owner Polly Watts will be providing traditional Franconian lagers as her Oktoberfest tradition. Beginning the weekend of Oct. 5, four cask lagers and three beers on tap will be presented as “unpasteurized German lager in the traditional small ‘anstich’ type that are served in Bavaria as part of the Oktoberfest celebration,” Watts says. She adds, “These beers are always a real treat but what I love about the whole thing is the effort to preserve the traditional way of brewing and the culture that surrounds it.”
Local brewpubs are getting in on the action as well, with the Old Rail Brewing Company
offering its first Oktoberfest style beer with complementary food pairings and Gordon Biersch
tapping its traditional Festbier accompanied by a German-inspired meu through Oct. 20.
Next week’s column will feature more Oktoberfest events. Prost!
— Nora McGunnigle is a New Orleans writer and beer blogger. Read more from her at www.nolabeerblog.com.