Happy Beer Week, party kittens!
While some members of our group are busy exercising their culinary prowess, some of us are bringing you home with us for the day.
While it’s no secret that Oktoberfest in Munich is an unrivaled celebration, we in the Twin Cities make our pilgrimage to Gasthof’s in NE Minneapolis. I don’t even know how long they’ve been observing Oktoberfest for, but it’s somewhat of an institution ’round these parts.
If you were here in the fall, I’d definitely call you up on a Saturday afternoon so that we could figure out what time we would be meeting that night. Because while I love a good Oktoberfest celebration, for Marcus it’s non-negotiable.
Late September rolls around and the tents go up.
Go in the afternoon and you’ll see families and strollers. Head over past 8:00 PM and you’ll find a lot packed shoulder to shoulder with twenty and thirty somethings.
How fun for everyone.
Let’s not forget the polka band. What is Oktoberfest for, if not to dance the dances of our ancestors? Or to keep it folksy.
Bring your cash, exchange it for tokens, purchase a mug (or bring your own!) and fill it. Because an empty mug is about as useful as a train with square wheels.
What’s on tap: All manner of German beer. Oktoberfests, Dunkels, Hefeweizens and Pilsners. Outsiders aren’t welcome here. Some may consider mixed drinks, but if your mug is filled with a cocktail, I probably don’t know you.
And just like that, all the mugs are full.
Drink, chat, repeat.
It’s the easiest way to ease into the cooler weather. Those Germans, they were onto something.
Do you have any Oktoberfest celebrations in your city?
What else to look for: Madeline’s Pumpkin Beer Bread, Kirsten’s 5 Minutes with a Home Brewer and Jeanne’s Dark Chocolate Espresso Stout Cake with Caramel & Kahlua Whipped Cream.