While traditional Oktoberfest in Germany takes place mainly in September, metro Detroit is just getting warmed up with numerous beer-inspired events filling growlers.
Here are just a few of this month's opportunities to taste autumn brews:
Sixth Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival: This two-day event hosted by the Michigan Brewers Guild at Eastern Market will give you a broad Mitten State experience with tastings of more than 450 craft beers from 60 Michigan breweries. Pick up 15 drink tokens with your admission $40 admission fee. More of a soda drinker? Designated drivers are admitted for $5.
Zombie Pub Crawl: Those looking to reinvent the bar scene from Shaun of the Dead will get their opportunity on October 18 in Ferndale, when the walking dead invade more than 15 downtown Ferndale bars. Yes, there will be "killer beer." Tickets are $20 or $35 if you want a shirt and admission to the afterparty.
Four-Course Seinfeld Beer Dinner: Grand Trunk Pub is hosting a dinner with a Seinfeld theme. The experience includes four courses paired with different Bell's Brewery beers. It's probably the only chance to wear that puffy shirt that's been hiding in the closet since 1998.
Royal Oak Oktoberfest: Strap on your dirndl or lederhosen and head to Royal Oak Farmers Market on Saturday fro the city's rendition of Oktoberfest. Enjoy a pint of grog from 50 breweries from around the world.
Motor City Gears and Beers: Get to know the city and some of Detroit's best bars and breweries this Saturday by bike. Choose from three different self-guided tours for $70. An after party with food and— of course— beer is provided. Fixie bicycle is not included.