Eno’s Pizza Tavern TEXtoberfest

Eno’s Pizza Tavern is hosting its first TEXtoberfest to celebrate the Oktoberfest season in true Texas style. Eno’s will transform its back lot into a festive biergarten with local breweries, food, and live music. The event will also feature a best boots competition, as well as stein-hoisting and pretzel-eating contests. Attendees will receive a commemorative … [ Read more]

Fair State’s Co-Optoberfest 2017

It’s time for the biggest party of the year at Fair State Co-op. Following their annual member-owner meeting, they’ll open to the public at 2pm to celebrate their third birthday, Oktoberfest-style, and turn the beer garden into a mini-Munich with brats, pretzels, polka, and beer. MUSIC The World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band (7-10 pm) FOOD … [ Read more]

Oktoberfest Celebration at OMNI Brewing Co.

OMNI Brewing Co. is celebrating with an Oktoberfest release and a day of activities. The celebration is open to the public and will include a German band, a food truck, and pretzels. We encourage the public to dress up in traditional Oktoberfest costumes. A limited $20 special includes a 20-ounce traditional dimpled beer stein that … [ Read more]

O’zapft is: Tapping into all the Oktoberfest events this fall in Minnesota

The official Oktoberfest may kick off next weekend in Munich, Germany, for its 184th year, but here in the Midwest we’re getting a jumpstart on the festivities. Starting Friday, September 8 and running through mid-October, breweries, restaurants, and event organizers are inviting you to dust off your lederhosen and dirndls, order up some brats mit kraut, … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Oktoberfests are coming! Plus, State Fair specialty beers are announced

With well over 100 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up-to-date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries. Visit growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly … [ Read more]

The Taste Test: Blind-tasting 26 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Much was learned at The Growler and Northern Brewer’s first blind tasting of a formidable field of 53 Minnesota-made American IPAs. Our first blind tasting earlier this year gave us a snapshot of the state of brewing in Minnesota through the lens of a ubiquitous style. We sampled IPAs that fell short of expectations and … [ Read more]

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Beer, brats, & Bavarian culture: Your guide to Oktoberfest 2016

Minnesota is approximately 4,500 miles from Munich, Germany—home of the original Oktoberfest that began over 200 years ago—but that doesn’t stop us from breaking out our lederhosen and strapping on our dancing shoes for some traditional polka music, all to the sound of the clinking of steins and shouts of “Prost!” Here’s how you can celebrate Oktoberfest … [ Read more]

Third Street Brewhouse introduces a new Oktoberfest

Even though it’s only August, Third Street Brewhouse is ready for Oktoberfest. The Cold Spring, Minnesota brewery has crafted its latest seasonal beer, Oktoberfest Session Marzen, done in the traditional style of the deep amber, full-bodied Austrian and German märzen. With an ABV at 4.6%, it was about “balancing the maltiness,” according to Karl Schmitz, Third … [ Read more]

Sierra Nevada collaborates with Mahrs Bräu for 2016 Oktoberfest

Germans know their beer—especially when it comes to the Oktoberfest style. So it made sense last year when Sierra Nevada announced it would collaborate with a different German brewer each year on a special Oktoberfest beer to explore the history and the various interpretations of the style. For 2016, Sierra Nevada is working alongside Mahrs Bräu, a family-owned … [ Read more]

Your guide to Oktoberfest 2015

When Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig organized a series of horse races to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese in 1810, he probably had no idea he was starting what would become the world’s biggest annual beer festival. Oktoberfest is a German tradition that has—not surprisingly—established solid roots here in Minnesota. Today, it’s not hard to find … [ Read more]

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Sierra Nevada releases its own Oktoberfest game

Move over Mario! Sierra Nevada created an interactive game to celebrate the release of its new German-American collaboration Oktoberfest beer. According to Sierra Nevada’s website, the brewery is on a mission to explore the roots of Germany’s festival styles of beer. This year’s Oktoberfest collaboration beer was brewed in partnership with Brauhaus Riegele in Augsburg, Germany, located 30 minutes … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Märzenbier

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. If you’ll indulge me in a bit of autobiography: Oktoberfest (the lager style, not the party) was one of the reasons I started brewing. Its clarity in the glass and the bright purity of … [ Read more]

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The Mill: Boarfest, a Beer Pipeline, and more

The Mill is gaining momentum into the fourth quarter. The Great American Beer Fest is back in Denver this weekend, new breweries and taprooms are opening at a record pace, and fresh hops and Oktoberfests are filling our weekends. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: This Thursday, October 2nd, stop … [ Read more]

The Mill: Pour For Parks, Fall Drinking, Ingredient Issues and more

The Mill says bring on Indian summer. A nice bout of unseasonable warmth is just what we need for the spate of Oktoberfests and autumn events happening in the next few weeks. What’s on your radar in The Mill these days? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: We’re not done with autumn beer festivals quite yet. One … [ Read more]

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. 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 … [ Read more]