But it is September, and with that brings plenty of German beer! And even though the original Oktoberfest is in Munich, Germany, and doesn’t start until September 20 … Boston has some awesome events coming up for you to quaff down some German brew, learn more about beer and get into the festive spirit! Ja!
Anam Cara Publick House kicks things off throughout the entire month of September. Join them as they raise the pint to Oktoberfest and dedicate four draught lines to German beers, including Ayinger Octoberfest, Julius Echter Hefe Weiss, Spaten Lager and Burgerbrau Dunkel. Also highlighted are 12 bottles, including Burgerbrau Roggenbier, Ayinger Weiss, Ayinger Dunkel, Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock, Schneider Weisse, Schneider Edel-Weisse, Schneider Aventinus, Einbecker Schwarzbier, Berliner Kindl-weiss, Reissdorf Koelsch, Paulaner Dunkel Weiss and Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss. Enjoy these phenomenal beers with German-influenced dishes during special pairings that are planned to occur each day.
On September 12, starting at 6pm, Anam Cara will be hosting the Art of Beer Festival: Stammtisch pre-party. Join us and other BeerAdvocates from around the US as we celebrate German beer at this premier beer and food haunt. You might even win something. And stay tuned, because in October, BeerAdvocate.com and Anam Cara team up to host monthly beer dinners featuring incredible beer and food pairings with local brewers. Anam Cara is located at 1648 Beacon St. in Brookline, 617.277.2880.
On September 13, from noon to 11pm, Art of Beer Festival: Stammtisch brings to Boston one of the nation’s largest and exclusive selections of German beer – ever. Enjoy over 60 different brands of German beer, from Pilsners to Weissbiers to Kellerbiers to Altbiers to Oktoberfestbiers to Schwarzbiers to Rauchbiers to Bocks! Nowhere else will you find more of a selection or dedication to bringing you the best quality beers! This is THE festival in Boston for German beer.
AOBF: Stammtisch will be held at The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont St. in the South End). Tickets are only $20 and entitle you to all-day access, your first two beers and free food from Boston’s own The Sausage Guy; including bratwursts/knockwursts with sauerkraut, big-ass pretzels and much more! Additional beers are only $3. And the infamous DJ Lederhosen will also be in the haus spinning atmosphere. Tickets can be purchased at ticketweb.com or by calling 866.468.7619. For more info, go to beeradvocate.com/aobf/
In honor of the festive day, the BeerAdvocate.com Oktoberfest Crawl on September 20 will begin at Boston Beer Works (112 Canal St., North Station) at 1pm, then continue to Jacob Wirth’s, Rock Bottom Brewery and onward (i.e. – you’ll have to come to find out). Not a BeerAdvocate? Sign up today at beeradvocate.com and join us as we support the local brewery and beer bar scene!
And don’t miss Boston’s favorite and one of New England’s largest fall celebrations … the 14th Annual Harpoon Octoberfest! The event is being held October 3-4 at The Harpoon Brewery (360 Northern Ave.), with free shuttle buses available at the South Station T stop. If you want your share of fresh Harpoon beer, three stages of music, German-style food, chicken dancing, keg bowling and more, get your asses down to the brewery as early as possible! Ten dollars at the door and $4 per beer. The Harpoon Octoberfest is damn tasty this year! For more info and event times, visit www.harpoonbrewery.com or call 617.574.9551, ext. 3. Support your local brewery. See you there!
Oktoberfestbier in Boston
Interested in trying Oktoberfest-style beers? Then drink local beer! Many of the following are available now, at AOBF: Stammtisch, on the shelves, on-tap or coming very soon. Seek them out. Travel a bit if you must. Keep the beer scene alive!