Labor Day is barely in our rearview mirrors, but that just means it’s getting to be that time of year when Detroiters trade in their shorts, sun dresses, and frozen cocktails for layers, warm comfort food, and Oktoberfest. The two-week, carbohydrate-filled festival of beer and merriment held each year in Munich since the early 19th century has a presence here in the Motor City. This year, Oktoberfest runs from Sept. 16 to Oct. 3.
Expect beer tents, Bavarian music, warm pretzels, filling spaetzle, bratwurst, lederhosen, stein hoisting competitions, and big ol’ frothy, liter-sized steins of märzen. Märzen is a lager that originated in Bavaria. The medium-to-full-bodied Bavarian lager is traditionally served at the Munich Oktoberfest, and plenty of breweries around metro Detroit craft the special brew just for the occasion.
Several events taking place this year are in collaboration with DeutschTroit, a regional German-themed food pop-up and catering company. Here are 18 breweries, bars, and restaurants that are hosting Oktoberfest celebrations and serving beer and food menus highlighting German fare in metro Detroit. Prost.Read More