Just like you replace your sandals and swimsuits with flannel and sweaters once fall comes back around, you’ll also want to switch up your beer of choice. Instead of lime-topped Mexican brews or a refreshing summer shandy, autumn is all about dark, rich German beers, and no event does them better than Oktoberfest at The Independent Brewing Company.

This Squirrel Hill brewery is known within Pittsburgh’s beer scene for its all-local craft beer list, but during this seasonal event, the offerings will expand to include only authentic German brews sourced from Germany. While many Oktoberfest-style events offer American beers influenced by German brewing techniques, The Independent Brewing Company’s beers are the real deal, from a Maibock to a Berliner weisse and much more.

Here are the beers you can expect to find at Oktoberfest at the Independent Brewing Company:

  • x 1809 Berliner.  A tough-to-find, traditional, dual-culture Berliner weisse brewed by legendary Bavarian brewmeister Dr. Fritz Breim at Weihenstephaner brewery
  • x Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock.  A traditional Maibock brewed in the original home of bock beer
  • x Uerige Doppelsticke. A stronger take on the classic Dusseldorf altbier
  • x Schlenkerla Märzen. A big, bad smoked märzen from Bamburg that transports you immediately to a campfire on a crisp autumn evening
  • x Weihenstephaner Krystalweiss. Very similar to Weihenstephaner’s acclaimed Hefeweizen, but filtered for startling clarity
  • x Schneider Weisse. A unique, amber-hued hefeweizen that lends caramel from its middle malts to add to the traditional clove and banana tastes and aromas from the yeast.
  • x Ayinger Oktoberfest. A perfectly-executed traditional Märzen
  • x Reissdorf Kölsch. The gold standard of Kölsch, the cold-fermented ale that defines a night out in Cologne


During the event, attendees will drink from custom dimpled Independent Brewing Company stein mugs, and the kitchen will be slinging some traditional German fare to go along with your beer. Sample currywurst, pork schnitzel, and sauerbraten while drinking your way through Germany’s best beer offerings at this can’t-miss beer-lover event.

Oktoberfest will take place from  Tuesday, September 19 through Saturday, September 30.