ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Oktoberfest season is upon on us, which means lederhosen, pretzels and celebrating good beer in and around Ann Arbor.
While it might not be October, it is Oktoberfest. Here are four ways to observe the beloved, or beer-loved, German celebration in and around Ann Arbor.
Arbor Brewing Company,
Oct. 18 -- 5 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 19 -- noon to midnight
Join Arbor Brewing Company for its annual Oktoberfest Street Party. Celebrating all things Oktoberfest, the street party will have live music and offer two timely ABC beers, Oktoberfest and Festbier, as well as live games and traditional food.
The ABC Brewpub is at 114 E. Washington Street.
Cultivate Coffee & Tap House
Sept. 28 -- 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Prepare for a pretzel eating content! Get in the Oktoberfest spirit by playing games, listening to music and trying out a featured flight of Oktoberfest beer. Pints of Oktoberfest beers will also be discounted to $3. Food like bratwurst and Bavarian pretzels will be available, and there will be a beer stein holding contest as well as a costume contest.
Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse is at 307 N. River Street, Ypsilanti.
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Make your own Oktoberfest beer crawl
Stop by Ann Arbor’s many breweries and beer hot spots to taste their Oktoberfest beers. HOMES Brewery has its Oktoberfest lager, New Munich, on tap. Wolverine State Brewing Co. also has a traditional Oktoberfest lager as well as Grizzly Peak Brewing Co, which has an English October Ale and a pale GP Festbier lager. If that’s not enough, Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery has a BT Oktoberfest on tap, too!
Try some fun food
While a big part of Oktoberfest is trying traditional German beers and lagers, for those who prefer alcohol-free fun, Ann Arbor also offers a few restaurant options chock-full of traditional German delights.
Having served Ann Arbor for almost 90 years, Metzger’s German Restaurant is a go-to spot for German foodie fare and fun. Try a serving of its housemade German Saurbaten, Kassler Rippchen or Jägerbraten. Or, hit up the Heidelberg for its "Neue deutsche Küche" dishes with new takes on traditional favorites. If you do feel like a beer, head downstairs to Rathskellar to try conquering the $50, 2-liter Das Boot.
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