That subtle drop in the mercury and the sudden reapparance of your favorite cardigan can mean only one thing: it's time for Oktoberfest. Or should I say Oktoberfests?
I should, because this year, there are more O'fests (and Harvest fests, Pumpkin parties, etc) than you can shake a stein at. Check out our handy synopsis for all things autumnal. And feel free to add anything we missed in the comments.
- The guys will be pouring special fall releases from the brewery taps.
- Redwood takes over Bethesda row, showcasing 15 breweries, local restaurants, and a pie-eating contest.
- Chamber collective APW will perform German music while you sip on German brews in the castle of a German-American brewer. Very German.
Bar Dupont – Oktoberfest – 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW – Saturday 9/22 – Sunday 9/30, noon til close; music 9/23 2-7, 9/27 6-9; 9/28 6-10
- Paulaner & Sam Adams O'fest will flow, wurst & pretzels will abound, and polka music will be shredded on the patio-cum-biergarten.
- Mad Fox looks out for hopheads with an IPA-heavy O'fest: 25 beers from top regional breweries, German food, live music, and plenty of sunshine.
- Barman extraordinaire Eric pours appropriate offerings from Avery, Port City, Great Lakes, Bell's, Schlafly, and Hofbrau (by pint or liter!). Brats & kraut too.
- O'fests and seasonals grace the taps/fridge while the kitchen cranks out schnitzel, spaetzle, and other German goodies; menu runs for about 2 weeks.
- Six courses will be paired with six craft cans, curated by Josef Fritz of Hop & Wine and drunk by you.
- Pizza P is doing it all this year: all 3 venues are dedicating their lines to Oktoberfests, pumpkin beers, ciders, and harvest ales.
- Cap City hosts 50 breweries at the Village at Shirlington for a raucous, rain-or-shine affair.
- Food, music, family activities, and of course beer: O'fests, harvests, rarities, casks, Franconian kegs, and even beers brewed for the event.