St. Paul Oktoberfest

Just like the Munich original, St. Paul Oktoberfest is held mid-September. Our kegs of Paulaner beer are imported directly from Munich and include Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn (brewed once a year for Oktoberfest), Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, and Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Dunkel (dark).

Saturday activities include Dachshund races and musical entertainment, from traditional polka music to Minnesota Opera singing German arias. Strong men and women can compete in Steinheben (stone lifting), the only competition of its kind in the U.S.

Admission is free. ID and $5 wristband is required for alcohol purchases. Produced by the Germanic-American Institute (GAI), proceeds support the GAI’s mission to connect people to a broader world through German language and culture.

St. Paul Oktoberfest

Just like the Munich original, St. Paul Oktoberfest is held mid-September. Our kegs of Paulaner beer are imported directly from Munich and include Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn (brewed once a year for Oktoberfest), Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, and Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Dunkel (dark).

Saturday activities include Dachshund races and musical entertainment, from traditional polka music to Minnesota Opera singing German arias. Strong men and women can compete in Steinheben (stone lifting), the only competition of its kind in the U.S.

Admission is free. ID and $5 wristband is required for alcohol purchases. Produced by the Germanic-American Institute (GAI), proceeds support the GAI’s mission to connect people to a broader world through German language and culture.

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.

The Best of Oktoberfest Minnesota 2013



Grab your favorite stein, Oktoberfest is upon us!

By Joseph Alton

Haupteingang_Oktoberfest_2012

Oktoberfest began as a wedding feast for Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The royalty invited the citizens of Munich to celebrate the new Princess on the now famous fields Theresienwiese—”Therese’s fields” outside of the city gates and horse races held in the presence of the royal family concluded the festivities. The celebration was so popular that it was repeated the next year giving rise to the annual tradition now known as Oktoberfest.

Related Story: “Style Profile: Oktoberfest/Märzen” by Michael Agnew

By 1860 in Minnesota, German immigrants outnumbered all other immigrants nationalities and brought with them a taste of German culture which has persisted to this day, including the great celebration of Oktoberfest. Thanks to our ancestors settling in Minnesota we’ve got plenty of Oktoberfest beers and celebrations to choose from.

Listen to The Growler’s Joe Alton talk with Jill Riley and Steve Seel about this year’s Oktoberfest celebrations on The Current’s Morning Show.

2013 Oktoberfest Events in Minnesota

Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter Oktoberfest

September 13–15 & 20–22, 2013

Fridays & Saturdays 5:00-11:00 pm and Sundays noon-6:00 pm

Huge festival tent, German food, beer and music. The Artie Schaefer band Fri. and Sat.- must be 21. Sundays are family days with live music. Noon-6:00 pm – all ages welcome.

Oktoberfest Duluth 2013 at Tycoons Alehouse

Friday, September 20, 2013

A 3-story party celebrating Oktoberfest 2013 including games like Hammerschlagen, a Masskrugstemmen stein holding competition, Bier pong, Sauerkraut Eating race, and a Boot Chug contest. Live music featuring the famous Chmielewski Fun Time Band — dishing out authentic polka music.

Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit Oktoberfest

Weekends; September 20–October 12, 2013

Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Live Polka Music & German Food. Bring your own mug ($6 for every 1/2 Litre of Beer) or Buy one of our 1/2 Litre Mugs for $6 (plus beer).

SurlyFest

Saturday, September 21, 2013

SurlyFest is back, Sept. 21, from 2:00 – 6:17 p.m. A regular ticket gets you a commemorative half-liter SurlyFest stein and 4 beer tickets, and a designated driver ticket gets you 2 soda tickets. There’ll be live music, food vendors, and of course, beer, including SurlyFest, our German style Oktoberfest bier.

Grandma’s Oktoberfest

September 25 through October

Starting on Wednesday, September 25, Grandma’s Saloon & Grill will bring out the Spaten Kegs, a specially brewed German beer served in 4 flavors (Lager, Optimator, Weiss, and Oktoberfest), some with original recipes over 400 years old. Literally, you are drinking a pint of history. There will also be a number of regional Oktoberfest brews including Great Lakes Brewing Oktoberfest Beer which rated a perfect 100 by Beer Advocate. If you don’t know which ones to taste, try an Oktoberfest flight of beer!

St. Paul Oktoberfest

September 20–21, 2013

A family-friendly event celebrating the Germanic heritage. At The Klub Haus on 1079 Rice Street in St. Paul. Friday’s entertainment will be in the tent, and Saturdays festivities will take place both under the tent, across the street and inside the Klub Haus. Download the Dachshund Race Registration form and Bed Race Registration form.

New Bomemia Oktoberfest

September 20 – 22, 2013

The Lord Mayor of New Bohemia will be voted on and chosen September 13th via New Bohemia’s Facebook Page and will receive the honor of tapping the first keg on Friday September 20th at 5pm. In addition, the winner will receive a “Prize Pak” (see the Facebook Page for details), which includes Full Access passes for 4 people for all three days. Also; A tent setup that mimics the tents of Munich, beer from 10 different breweries, live music, German grub & festival games. $3 beers or all day tasters pass for $40 (includes Oktoberfest mug, t-shirt and beer.)

Oktoberfest – Renaissance Festival

September 21 & 22, 2013

Celebrate Oktoberfest by strolling through German vendors, artisans, restaurants and more in their new Bavarian Village. Learn about German culture from local clubs and organizations. Take try your hand at a Stein Holding Competition, a Keg Toss, a round of Hammerschlagen, a Sauerkraut Eating Contest, Best Beard Competition, or even Polka Lessons.

Harriet Rauchfest

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The 3rd Annual RAUCHFEST is a one day Oktoberfest celebration featuringbeer, food, art, and music. Harriet Brewing Company will brew a single batch of Rauchfest, a smoked Oktoberfest Lager for this festival. 8 total Harriet beers on tap, food and non- alcoholic beverages from Tollefson’s Family Pork, AZ Canteen & Potter’s Pasties and live music from Boys ‘N The Barrels, Useful Jenkins, Dérobé Dance Band, and much more.

Twin Cities Oktoberfest

October 4–5th, 2013

Two days of  live music, and of course, beer. Throw on your lederhosen, grab your favorite beer stein and make your way to the Minnesota State Fair Grounds for this all ages event. In between sips of Summit Oktoberfest, snack on traditional German foods and watch performances from traditional dance entertainers.

New Ulm Oktoberfest

October 4–5 & October 11–12, 2013

This traditional festival is modeled after one of the world’s largest celebrations, held each year for several centuries in Munich, Germany. New Ulm’s version takes place during the first two weekends in October each year. The festival is held at the Holiday Inn New Ulm, Downtown New Ulm, Schell’s Brewery and Morgan Creek Vineyards.

Schell’s Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Enjoy German food, music and dancing! And best of all, plenty of Schell’s Oktoberfest beer in the large fest tent at the August Schell’s Brewing Company. Ticket cost is $5.00. Kids 12 and under free. Tours ($3.00) are first-come, first-served.