Oktoberfest kicks off this weekend and runs through October 6. And a variety of local celebrations appeal to everyone from serious beer aficionados to domestic lager-chugging college students. The city's newest German beer hall, the forthcoming Altstadt in Pioneer Square, isn’t quite open. But here are five places to find yourself a stein of beer and perhaps a hot pretzel. And, most likely, a sausage or two.
The impressively large German inspired beer hall on 12th Ave will be hosting Oktoberfest events for the next two weeks, including a tented outdoor beer garden that's open until 10pm (regular hours are happening inside). More than 14 Oktoberfest beers and The Bavarian Village Band (expect lederhosen) are on the menu. The beer garden kicks off Saturday, September 21 at noon, and at 4pm Juergen Knoller, master brewer at Missoula’s Germanic Bayern Brewing, will be tapping barrels of the brewery's Oktoberfest creation, Bavarian Dark Maven. There's an insane roster of Oktoberfest events in the works; you can find more details right here.
Over in Fremont the three-day Oktoberfest, aka the big one, starts Friday, September 20. The festival will host over 100 craft beers, live music, and even a 5K run. The tasting garden is open all three days with tickets available here. Or check out the the village part of the festival, which is free and all ages.
Maria Hines's newest restaurant in Fremont has embraced the neighborhood, even incorporating some German spirit onto the Italian menu this Friday through Sunday, September 20 to 22. You can order a spicy pork sausage with polenta and peppers, along with a beer from Pike Brewing, for $15. Fuel up before heading to the Fremont Oktoberfest beer garden; the special is available all day long in the dining room and bar, and on the patio.
The star of Pike Brewing Company’s celebration (which happens Sunday, September 29, from 5 to 8) is its seasonal Pike Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale. It’s brewed with most of the ingredients you would find in a pumpkin pie. Piketoberfest will also be pouring a variety of harvest-style beers to accompany a special, sausage-heavy menu. The event will also help raise money for the Pike Place Market Foundation. Tickets are available here.
Oktoberfest of the Austria Club of Washington
Closing out Oktoberfest in West Seattle, The Austrian Club of Washington will be celebrating Saturday October 5 at the Alki Masonic Temple with roast pork and saurkraut, polka, and a beer tent-type atmosphere. In the way of the old country, $30 tickets for the night are only available by mail… postal mail. A ticket gets you into the event where you can enjoy traditional Bavarian music and food. Beer and wine costs are extra but at a reasonable price. A mailing address and more information can be found here.