Say “Prost!” this year by picking up Oktoberfest-inspired brews, visiting festive beer gardens, savoring German fare and more. Keep reading for a roundup of offerings from Alexandria, VA businesses.
Please remember to drink responsibly.
1. Try Port City Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest-Themed Brew
Port City Brewing Company’s Hefeweizen brew is a Bavarian-style wheat hale pouring hazy golden with fluffy white foam, tinged with aromas of clove and spice with a softer note of ripe banana. Pick up a four-pack via curbside pickup or Port City On Demand, or sip at an outdoor table at the West End headquarters.
2. Experience Oktoberfest-Themed Village Brauhaus
Come join Village Brauhaus as they tap imported Bavarian Fest Kegs featuring the best and most original lineup you can drink this side of the Atlantic—Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Paulaner Wies’n and Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Weihenstephan Festbier, Ayinger and many more will be featured throughout the Wies’n season. Match those liters with traditional Munich fare like half-roasted chickens, smoked turkey legs, schnitzels and sausages. So don those dirndls and lederhosen as you schuhplattler along with Oompah bands visiting from all over the country.
3. Sit Down to a Four-Course Oktoberfest Feast at Trademark Eat & Drink
Grab your ticket for Trademark’s curated German menu selected by Chef Matthew Miller, served alongside local Alexandria beer on October 1, 2021. From pretzel bites to Black Forest cake, enjoy the Oktoberfest flavors while sipping a sample of six local brews, perfectly paired with each course.
4. Savor Oktoberfest at Lena’s Beer Garden
Looking to make Oktoberfest last a bit longer? Lena’s kicks off their festivities in Lena’s Beer Garden on October 1, 2021, and continues the party all month long. They’ll be tapping a local Oktoberfest brew each week and will offer mini bratwursts and beer cheese and pretzels. Experience live music every Thursday and enter beer mug giveaways, or take the celebration home with growlers to-go.
5. Order Authentic Fare at Old House Cosmopolitan Grill
German and Bosnian bites abound at Old House Cosmopolitan Grill on N. Cameron Street. Order a wurst platter, packed with currywurst, pretzel and obatzda cheese, and on a mild autumn day, sit out on the balcony and savor apfelstrudel (apple strudel).
6. Visit Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden
Though better known for their Belgian beers and cuisine than Bavarian fare, Augie’s is the perfect spot to raise a toast during Oktoberfest. Enjoy the fall air in the string light-lit alley and pair your ale with one of ten mouth-watering mussel flavors.
7. Take Your Pup to Dogtoberfest in Old Town North
Throughout the month of October, Old Town North is going to the dogs with events sure to please four-legged friends and their two-legged companions. From Paw and Palm reading at the Thursday Farmers Market, puppy pub crawls and trick-or-treating at the Thursday Market, there is much spooky fun to be had.
Header Image Credits, left to right: Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap; Village Brauhaus; Chris Cruz for Visit Alexandria