OKTOBERFEST ROUNDUP: HERE’S WHERE TO SIP SEASONAL BEERS ALL OVER THE CITY
Fall isn’t quite in the air yet, what with the 80-degree days and leftover summer storms, but we’re more than ready to welcome the changing seasons with some Oktoberfest celebrations at our favorite beer-centric locales. Whether you’re looking for a traditional German celebration or something a bit more modern, here are all of our favorite Oktoberfest events in Pittsburgh.
Lorelei / The Independent Brewing Company
Our new favorite German-influenced beer bar and its Squirrel Hill sister spot are hosting their own Oktoberfest celebrations from September 14 through September 29. In addition to the already delicious German fare that Lorelei serves daily, such as house-made pretzels and beer cheese, you’ll get to enjoy special Oktoberfest offerings like Spaetzle with Kielbasa & Sauerkraut and Executive Chef Jamilka Borges’ Black Forest Cake. Oh, and the beer — there will be lots of that.
It’s not your traditional Oktoberfest celebration, but Wigle Whiskey‘s is shaping up to be one of our favorites. Head over to the Northside Barrelhouse from September 21 through September 23 and September 28 through September 30 to taste their brand new O’Zapst, a type of Scotch-like spirit made with Penn Brewery Oktoberfest beer. You can also support local dog rescue Biggies Bullies at their Barktoberfest, a dog-friendly Oktoberfest celebration at the Barrelhouse.
You have two weekends to celebrate at one of Pittsburgh’s resident Oktoberfest hotspots. Penn Brewery is hosting its annual celebration from September 21 through September 23 and again from September 28 through September 30, and the party takes place inside the brewery and outside in the Biergarten. With traditional offerings like live Bavarian music and cold German bier, this is the closest you’ll get to hopping a plane to Munich. And if the crowds are crazy, there is always Max’s Allegheny Tavern just a short stroll away.
On September 24, secure a spot at Cinderlands’ Beer Dinner, a five-course meal featuring German favorites like Boar Schnitzel and Pretzel Bread Pudding, plus German-inspired beers. Tickets are $60 and they’re fairly limited, so plan in advance if you don’t want to miss out.
Enjoy Oktoberfest with sweeping views of the city at Sienna Mercato’s rooftop garden party on October 6. They’re teaming up with Samuel Adams Octoberfest for a night of Bavarian foods, a Stein Hoist Contest and lots of giveaways throughout the night.
Want to turn your Oktoberfest celebrations into a weekend getaway? For all of the alpine ski lodge vibes, head to Seven Springs for Autumnfest, a two-month-long celebration that features Oktoberfest Circus on September 29 and 30 or the more traditional Oktoberfest weekend on October 6 and 7. This fall celebration includes live music, an artist market, and delicious food and drinks all over the resort’s grounds, plus views of the changing leaves from the mountaintop.
The National Aviary
On October 18, the Aviary is hosting its own Oktoberfest celebration with live music from Mädel Jäger and German beers from Straub. The party is open to guests 21+ only, so this is a great chance to see the Aviary when the crowds are a bit thinner — and with a beer in hand. Tickets are $34 for members and $39 for non-members.
And an Oktoberfest to Avoid: Hofbrauhaus.
Yes, it’s traditional down to the heavy stein but the crowds of overserved 20-somethings packed into every corner of this massive hall make this pretty riverfront view not super appealing especially when you liter of beer comes to your table in a hot recently washed glass. That’s a pass for us.