Fort Worth’s own Oktoberfest (September 25th-27th)

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If you can’t go to Oktoberfest, then bring Oktoberfest to you! That’s what Fort Worth, along with many other Texas cities, has done this Oktoberfest season. The 181st Oktoberfest, held in Munich, Germany, started September 20th and runs through October 5th. Most of us won’t be going to the real deal, but there are plenty of opportunities to check out Texas’ own taste of Germany.

Fort Worth’s Oktoberfest provided a good time with a wide range of activities.  It kicked off Thursday with the ceremonial tapping of the kegs and led into bier barrel races, stein hoisting, dachshund races, beer wench stein carrying, Alpine Dancers, Tubameisters, and music by Texas’ very own AlpenMusikanten and The German Band of North Texas.

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At Oktoberfest you really have the chance to explore and learn more about the German culture- all while widening out your German beer palate. Who wouldn’t want to drink like a German with a 32oz stein full of beer in the Oktoberfest’s test of endurance called “Masskrugstemmen” —

You may not have liked gardens before, but you’ll fall in love with them after visiting one of the many indoor/outdoor traditional German Biergartens, especially made just for the drinking!  Traditional German eats were served such as bratwursts, sauerkraut, hot German potato salad, Swabian onion pie, Bavarian pretzels, and crepes.

Local Texas breweries Franconia and Saint Arnold had representation throughout the festival weekend offering their Texas take on “Oktoberfest” brews. Here’s a complete list of all beers offered:

German Oktoberfest:

Spaten Lager

Spaten Oktoberfest

Franziskaner Weissbier 

American Oktoberfest / Autmn:

Franconia Octoberfest

Ace Pumpkin Cider

Shock Top Pumpkin 

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest

Real Ale Coffee Porter

Additional Info:

Don’t forget to check out the upcoming Oktoberfest in your area –

Austin:
http://nxnwbrew.com/events/oktoberfest

Frederiksburg:
http://www.oktoberfestinfbg.com

Houston:
http://www.texrenfest.com/themed-weekends/oktoberfest

Muenster:
http://www.muensterchamber.com/#!wwwmuensteroktoberfestcom/c1w0e

Prost Y’all.

Danielle Marquardt

Texas' own home-brew, I've lived here all my life. Beer advocate and enthusiast- I'm always looking for the next new brew. Keeping it funky in Funky Town, Texas

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