Feels Like Bavaria

Come late September, Munich, a mecca for beer lovers, is at its animated best for the nearly three weeks of hedonistic festivities comprising Oktoberfest. Millions flock to Germany every year to partake in the world’s largest brew festival, but for those who can’t swing a trip to Europe in the name of uninterrupted steins and biergartens, New York has a few events planned that will perfectly capture the rollicking Bavarian spirit. Presented by Watermark, OktoberFest New York (September 15-17, September 22-24, and September 29-October 2) unfolds on downtown Manhattan’s Pier 15 with plenty of Hofbrau, Radeberger, and brats. Get your pretzel fix perched at one of the picnic tables offering views of the Brooklyn skyline. Further uptown, meanwhile, beloved bierhaus Zum Schneider presents Munich on the East River (September 29-October 8), a tent kitted out with real Bavarian décor and an oompah band stage to savor alongside the copious amounts of Andrechser Festbier and weisswurst served by dirndl- and lederhosen-clad staff. Further afield is Brooklyn Oktoberfest (October 20-22), hosted by Philadelphia bierhall Brauhaus Schmitz at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse. Capturing the borough’s indie vibes, instead of pouring the typical Weihenstephan, this event will put five German, family-owned craft breweries from the Reinheits Boten portfolio in the spotlight, accompanied by pork chops and sauerkraut whipped up by chef Jeremy Nolen, author of New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited. Live music performances from Alex Meixner Band, the Heimatklange Band, and the Bratwurst Boys keep the celebration going.

post-1-2Photo credit: Courtesy of Zum Schneider