Oktoberfest, originally known as “die Wiesn,” is a two-week festival, deeply rooted in German culture, celebrating beer and traditional German food. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 in what is now the Bavarian state of Germany. Today, the festival enjoys worldwide notoriety and across the state, the Arizona local food scene is geared up to make this, the 203rd Oktoberfest, one to remember! Don’t miss out on the Oktoberfest specials and events put out by some of our Member Businesses (listed by area below): Phoenix Metro Area
Brat Haüs Brat Haüs kicked off its celebration this Saturday by giving away 100 beers after their ceremonial keg tapping by Scottsdale mayor, Jim Lane. The Old Town Scottsdale Restaurant is hosting four more festive events over the duration of Oktoberfest, including the Longest Bratwurst on September 26th and the Weiner Dog Fashion Show September 29th. For the first week in October, don’t miss the German Beer Dinner on October 2nd and the Bratwurst Eating Contest on the last day of Oktoberfest, October 6th. For more information, including their full “Haüs-made” menu, visit Brat Haüs online at www.brathausaz.com.
Tonto Bar & Grill German food aficionados will not want to miss out on Tonto Bar & Grill’s rotating three-course German menus! In fact, this Cave Creek-based restaurant couldn’t even fit their extensive German menu into the traditional two-week window that is Oktoberfest—no, no, Tonto Bar & Grill will be celebrating Oktoberfest 2013 for six whole weeks! The folks at Tonto Bar & Grill will also be importing several hand-selected German brews, each selected specifically to pair with their featured Old World menus. Check out Tonto Bar & Grill online at www.tontobarandgrill.com, where you can find each week’s unique Oktoberfest menu and recommended beer pairings.
Four Peaks Brewing Company This year, Four Peaks will be the official sponsor of the annual Oktoberfest celebration at Tempe Town Lake, from October 11th-13th, serving their full lineup of local brews along with their new debut brew, Four Peaks Oktoberfest Vienna Lager! It’s a smooth, full-flavored lager that pairs well with traditional German foods (check out recommended pairings at all Four Peaks Scottsdale & Tempe locations). The Annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake, which attracts crowds of over 150,000 patrons, will officially kick off with a ceremonial tap by Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell! Admission to the event is free to the public! Find more info about the event, as well as menus and locations online at www.fourpeaks.com.
SanTan Brewing Company SanTan Brewing Copmany’s 6th Annual Oktoberfest celebration will kick off on Sunday, October 5th at 4:00 PM. This year’s festival features an all night live music lineup, culminating in headliners: The Expendables! Of course, all your favorite SanTan classics are available in the beer garden, but the brewers will also feature their debut Oktoberfest Lager! Boasting a toasty strong malt profile, with a clean and crisp lager flavor, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to give this special brew a try! Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Joseph the Worker, which helps disadvantaged individuals become self-sufficient through quality employment. Find more information about the event online at www.santanoktoberfest.com and find more info about the brewery at: www.santanbrewing.com.
THAT Brewery & Pub THAT Brewery & Pub in beautiful Pine, Arizona will be celebrating their 10th Oktoberfest this year by serving a full fare of German foods all festival long! And if you make it down on Saturday the 28th from 4:00 PM to close, you will be in for quite a treat, as the pub is hosting live music, dancing, stein racing, brat eating contests, raffles and more! Also, the festive folk at THAT Brewery & Pub will tap their special Oktoberfest brew, “Doppelsticke Altbier.” Now, THAT will be one party to remember! Visit THAT Brewery & Pub online at www.thatbrewery.com, for their Oktoberfest menu, including the dishes’ full German names and descriptions.
Borderlands Brewing Company Located in the Tucson Warehouse Arts District, Borderlands Brewing Company runs a rustic taproom out of a renovated early 1900s produce processing facility. To celebrate Oktoberfest this year, Borderlands is releasing a special seasonal brew at the end of this month. Characterized as a rich, dark amber, Borderlands’ owners insist this is the perfect beer for a fall afternoon. Borderlands Brewing Company will be participating in five additional beerfests around the state this month! Check them out, meet the brewers, and find their full list of distributors and retailers online at www.borderlandsbrewing.com.
Tea and More Head to Many Hands Artist Cooperative in Tucson on October 5th from 4 to 10 p.m. for authentic German food from food truck Haus of Brats. Savory bratwurst and currywurst are just some of the delicious items that will be featured. Stop by the beer tent to pick up a mug of Paulaner Oktoberfest beer accompanied with a giant soft pretzel. Contact Petra Williams, owner of Tea & More at (520) 360-0092 or [email protected].
Oktoberfest 2013 runs from September 21st to October 6th. Several cities around the state are hosting festivals, with (of course) beer gardens, food, and fun! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share some great food and drinks with your friends and family. And, of course, don’t forget to keep it local!