The weather is changing and so is the beer. Starting mid-to-late September brewers begin to feature Oktoberfest style beer. The beer is native to the traditional Bavarian festival held in Munich. Over the 17-day festival more than 6 million people visit and over 7 million liters of beer is served. Talk about a party.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to travel all the way to Munich to enjoy the seasonal beer and celebration. There are plenty of festivals throughout October across Metro-Detroit for you to experience the brew in a festive way.
You won’t have to skimp on quality either. Michigan is 4th top state in the U.S. when it come to craft beer. So, stop by any of these festivals to enjoy the copper-red style ale, full of maltiness and a dash of spice.
Local Oktoberfest Celebrations
Oct 5th-7th- OktoBEER Festival Ferndale will transform the corner of East 9 mile and Woodward Avenue into a Bavarian-style party. For the third year in-a-row the festival will feature: Oktoberfest style beer, German cuisine, BBQ, live music & entertainment, Oktoberfest games and family fun.
Festival times are: Friday, Oct 5th 4pm-12am. Saturday, Oct 6th Noon-Midnight. & Sunday Noon-9pm. Entry to the festival is $3, of which will benefit local charities. Veterans & Active duty member with military ID get in free, as well as children under 12 years of age.
Oct 6th- Oktoberfest at Detroit Fleat. The food truck and boozery collective will be hosting an Oktoberfest celebration. There will be numerous popular breweries featured, as well as the Bavarian Inn Cluck Truck. The event is free to attend, but drink tickets are $3 a piece or $20 for eight tickets. You can also buy a VIP ticket for $40 that includes 10 Drink Tickets, Food Sample ticket to Mac Shack, Delectabowl & Pita Post, Brewery Swag and a Detroit Fleat Sample Glass. Buy VIP tickets HERE!
Oct 6th- Oktoberfest in The Park- Atwater in the Park hosts a FREE Oktoberfest celebration. There will be live-music, Bavarian hair braiding, men’s & women’s beer stein challenges and a lederhosen competition. There will also be corn hole, fowling and giant Jenga to be played all day long. The event starts at noon and ends at midnight.
Oct 13th- Axle Brewing Co.’s Livernois Tap Oktoberfest: Axle Brewing Co. in Ferndale will hot a German style Oktoberfest from noon to 11pm. The even will feature beer, music and a German-influenced menu. Early-bird tickets are $35 and regular entry is $40. Admission include unlimited food, a beer, snacks and an Axle Brewing beer stein. Tickets can be purchased HERE!
Oct 26-27th- MI Brewers Guild 10th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival: Fans of Craft beer meet at Eastern Market for one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings in the state. The event will feature live entertainment and a selection of food from Detroit-are brewpubs and restaurants available for purchase. Tickets are $40 each day and include 15 tasting tokens which can be exchanged for 3 oz. samples of over 800 locally crafted beers. Purchase tickets HERE!
Whether you make it to the festivals or not, here is a list of some of my favorite places to enjoy a beer over during the fall months!
The Dakota Inn Rathskeller- For more than 80 years, the Dakota Inn has been serving up German-style cuisine and a long list of German beers. Head to the cavernous beer hall to enjoy live music from the 80 year old piano, sing-a-longs and Oktoberfest themed events.
Green Dot Stables- Snuggled in Corktown, Green Dot Stables is the coziest place to enjoy an inexpensive meal with friends. The restaurant specializes in sliders of all assortments and under a $3 price point. If you’re really brave, check out the mystery meat.
M-Brew- This house turned pizzeria, brewery and arcade space is one of my favorite places to hang in the early fall. Head here to sip a beer on the front porch, all while getting toasty by the fire.
xoxo, lately with lo