LISTICLE!!!! Oktoberfest celebrations and beer
So Jason posted a great article yesterday about Oktoberfest and little bit about its history. I decided to do a follow up piece with a double whammy listicle! Listicles are articles that are primarily just a top five, ten, or gazillion of something. I am taking a bunt today and hoping to round the bases by serving up a double dose with my top ten Oktoberfest beers and U.S. Oktoberfest celebrations.
Let us start with the beers. Now I am no expert on beers, I only enjoy consuming them and I don’t make it a point to hunt down Oktoberfest style beers in their offseason. So this list is purely opinion based and with no rankings. I mean I could give you rankings based off of what some other sites say but you want authenticity right? Awesome.
1. Sam Adams Oktoberfest-Classic, easily accessible, and full-bodied
2. Weihensthapner Winter Festbier-Quite pale, and yeastly
3. Upland Oktoberfest Lager-Light, citrusy, with some bite
4. Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen-Surprisingly sweet, but tasty with flavorful foods
5. Great Lakes Oktoberfest– I live in Ohio, I drink Ohio beer.
6. Lakefront Oktoberfest-Light, smooth, caramel undertones
7. Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen– Traditional
8. Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen– A little bit floral but it doesn’t push any boundaries.
9. Hofbrau Oktoberfest-A great compliment to some ‘wurst.
10. Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzan– One of the official beers served in Germany during Oktoberfest.
Celebrations. Everyone goes to them looking to get something different out of the experience. Some want beer selection, some authenticity. Others go to chow down on food like it’s going to be their last cheat day for 5 years.
Personally I just love to go and experience the entire spectrum. I love to see how people in the crowds interact. All the different smells as they dance into my nostrils. The sound of the live music being augmented by the crowds. Even all the jostling as I make my way through the mass of people to order another beer. I just love the whole experience.
I have NOT attended 90% of these events so yes this is a compliation of different Oktoberfests throughout the United States that seemed interesting or signifigant to me at the time.
1. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati(Cincinnati)– The largest Oktoberfest in America and quite possibly the best.
2. Frakenmuth, MI– The first Oktoberfest outside of Munich to be officially sanctioned.
3. Pennsylvania– With its large population of Dutch just about anywhere in this state will have a ‘Fest.
4. Chicago, IL– The city host 25 individual Oktoberfests through out the months of Sept and Oct.
5. Helen, GA– The whole town is Bavarian themed and primed for Oktoberfest.
6. New Braunfels, TX– Actually called Wurstfest this festival is the ticket if you like authentic sausages.
7. Denver, CO– This city knows how to party and Oktoberfest is no exception.
8. San Francisco, CA– Oktoberfest by the Bay for those of you who like to enjoy the ocean with your beer.
9. Covington, KY– I have attended this nearby sister of Zinzinnati and it packs the same amount fun into a smaller package.
10. Plane ticket to Munich– I know I said a list of U.S. celebrations but nothing is going to beat the real thing. So if you
are going to travel to party, might as well go all out!
So with our little primer you should at least have a foothold on where you want to go, what you are going to drink, and the history behind it all. So drink up, be safe, and wienerschnitzel on!