The Best of Oktoberfest Minnesota 2014

It’s just about Oktoberfest time, so break out your lederhosen and dirndls and get ready for these local events. Any other Oktoberfest events we should add to the list? Tweet us @growlermag.

Oktoberfest Duluth 2013 // Photo by Maxwell McGruder, Dapperman Studios

Oktoberfest Duluth 2013 // Photo by Maxwell McGruder, Dapperman Studios

Friday, September 19

The new Lowry Hill Dunn Brothers in Uptown will be tapping a firkin with Lift Bridge at 6pm. $10 gets you a commemorative half-Liter mug you can fill up until the keg is gone, plus you can bring it back anytime through October 5th to receive happy hour pricing any time. Or you could just check out their new fall beer cocktail menu instead. We recently sipped on the Mayflower—Bell’s Two Hearted with cranberry-ginger and a touch of maple—and got real excited for autumn to arrive.

Oktoberfest Duluth will rage in the Zenith City on Friday and Saturday between Fitger’s Brewhouse, Endion Station, Red Star and Tycoon’s Alehouse. Food, games, music, the works. Will someone please send us back pictures of the team boot chug?

Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter in Stillwater is hosting Oktoberfest celebrations all weekend long. Fri. & Sat from 5–11pm ($5.00, 21+ only) enjoy music, dancing, brats and chops, giant pretzels, cinnamon roasted almonds, and hammerschlagen! Sunday is family day ($3, all ages) with face painting and balloon twister.

The first day of weekend celebrations at Gastof Zur Gemutlichkeit, held Fridays and Saturdays through October 11th.

Saturday, September 20

The 14th annual St. Paul Oktoberfest will be held from noon–10pm at The Klub Haus on Rice St. It’s a family-friendly event, with dachshund races, bed races, food and live music. ($5 for 21+, under 21 free).

Or get your day-drink on at Uptown Tavern, with polka music, hammerschlagen, hot pumpkin, das boot, shot ski flights, German food, and over 30 Oktoberfest beers. Admission is free, but a $40 ticket gets you a commemorative mug and all you care to drink Oktoberfest beers all day long. Open at 11am.

And Oktoberfest celebrations at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival that day include games and traditional music, sauerkraut eating contest, and Schell’s beer tastings.

Surly‘s annual SurlyFest release party is in it’s 7th year. This Saturday from 2pm to an inexplicable 6:17pm end time, you can party at the Brooklyn Center brewery, have your first SurlyFest of the season, enjoy live music and DJs, and food from NatedogsAZ CanteenAsian InvasionAki’s BreadHausChef Shack and Gastrotruck. General Admission tickets are $40 and include a commemorative half-Liter SurlyFest stein and four beer tickets.

Wednesday, September 24

Grandma’s Saloon in Canal Park kicks of a week of Okto celebration.

Friday, September 26

An evening of beer and encouragement, it’s “Prost! Night” to kick off Black Forest Inn’s ten-day extravaganza. Prepare some some kind words about your company now – prizes will be awarded for exceptional toasts.

Next Friday is also the first of day of a weekend-long Oktoberfest at New Bohemia Bierhaus. (Friday 6pm–midnight, Saturday noon–midnight, unlimited beer tasting pass $40)

Saturday, September 27

Party at 612Brew from 12–7pm. They’ll have eight beers on tap, live music out on their amphitheater, food from Natedogs and Red River Kitchen, hammerschlagen, commemorative steins, and free rides from Uber. (No cover).

The inaugural Oktoberfest on Lyndale is also set for that Saturday. The first of the festivities been announced by The Herkimer (5pm, no cover, polka band, biergarten in the parking lot) and keep up to date with more announcements on their twitter feed @OktLyn.

Harriet Brewing‘s 4th Annual RAUCHFEST. Harriet will brew up a single batch of the Rauchfest smoked Oktoberfest Lager, among seven other beers, with Tollefson’s, Butcher & Salt, and Moral Omnivore slinging food. It wouldn’t be Harriet without local art and music, so stay for a lineup of ten bands on two stages. (noon–10pm, no cover)

Friday, October 3

The massive Twin Cities Oktoberfest will take over the MN State Fairgrounds from 4pm–11pm, and Saturday the 4th from noon–11pm. A $25 ticket gets you admission, a beer stein and a 24oz beer voucher. ($5 for kids 13–20, kids under 12, free)

Saturday, October 4

Bauhaus Brew Labs will hold Schwandtoberfest beginning at noon. Get your tickets and receive a twenty-ounce keeper stein, and three fills of said stein, plus all the Gerhard’s Brats and Aki’s Breadhaus pretzels you can handle. ($30, or $10 designated driver)

And party like a real German at New Ulm Oktoberfest. Catch the German-American Day Parade at 11am and stay for live music outdoors, food and Schell’s beer from 11am–5pm.

Saturday, October 11

Schell’s Brewing will host its own Oktoberfest at their New Ulm Brewery in conjunction with New Ulm Oktoberfest from 11:30pm to 4pm, where you can munch on a wurst and try your feet at some German dancing. ($5 general admission, kids under 12, free)

Schell's Oktoberfest 2013 // Photo courtesy of Schell's Brewery

Schell’s Oktoberfest 2013 // Photo courtesy of Schell’s Brewery

Update [08/06/2014]:

Saturday, October 18

Fair State Brewing Cooperative will be celebrating the election of their first fully member-elected Board of Directors by hosting their grand opening and first annual Co-Optoberfest. They will also be releasing their seasonal Festbier, a traditional German Märzen in the Oktoberfest tradition. The festival will be open to all who are 21+ and take place from 2–10pm on Saturday, October 18th, immediately after the co-op’s first member meeting and board election.

About John Garland

John Garland is the Deputy Editor at the Growler Magazine. Find him on twitter (@johnpgarland) or in every coffee shop on West 7th Street.

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