Germany is a land of contradictions — is there an explanation for how the same country produced lederhosen and Rammstein?But they all managed to agree that beer was good and have been throwing annual Oktoberfests since 1810 to celebrate it (the 15-day fest actually begins Saturday.) But all you really need to know is what to say when you clink steins: Prost!
This Saturday, drink beer to raise money so there can be even more beer. Sound good? All 20 New York City Brewers Guild members will turn out to serve rare craft brews and new releases, with food truck fare and live music, during their annual fundraiser at KelSo Beer Company’s massiveBrooklym beer garden.$10-$30, Sept. 20, 12:30 p.m. VIP, 1:30 GA; 525 Waverly Ave., Clinton Hill
Munich on the East River
For two weekends in October, the East Village’s Zum Schneider restaurant gets as authentic as you can on the other side of the ocean from the real Oktoberfest. The party moves outdoors for the first time with about 1,000 of your fellow beer lovers gathering under a big tent, where German-speaking staff (in lederhosen, of course) will press a commemorative liter stein into your hand on entry to fill with three Oktoberfest brews (including, exclusively, HB Traunstein Festbier) alongside live music, food stands as well as table service, and a strongman competition.$25 GA, $100 VIP, Oct. 3-5, 10-12; East River and East 23rd Street
If you’ve got the tolerance, there’s no better place to get a comprehensive map of the beer world than Mohegan Sun’s annual festival, which brings together 200 brews, one 2-ounce sample at a time. Your souvenir mini pilsner glass will be the only compass you need to lead you to the best microbrews, imports, craft beers and ciders. Stick around for
Sunday’s BrewBrunch, too. $25-$100, $599 overnight packages; Oct. 4-5,Uncasville, Connecticut www.sunbrewfest.com
NYC Wine & Food Festival Oktoberfest
Andrew Zimmern sets aside his “Bizarre Foods” hosting duties for some elevated German fare at this second annual tribute event. And with top NYC chefs (Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Ban, Alex Stupak and more) doing the cooking, you won’t have tasted brats, kraut, schnitzel and strudel like this before. Expect a lively event at the indoor-outdoor beer garden, with a selection of beers, live music and drinking games. (With the chefs?) $99, Oct. 19, Studio Square, 35-33 36th St., Queens
The metropolitan area’s largest beer garden kicks off Oktoberfest on Sept. 26 with a keg-tapping ceremony and live music. Four festival-approved brews as well as 50 European and domestic craft beers will be available throughout the monthlong festival to wash down dishes like schweinshaxe, goulash with spaetzle, and regional sausages and pretzels imported from Munich. Expect live German music late on the weekends. Sept. 26-Oct. 25, 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City
For a less beer-focused event that celebrates the food of Oktoberfest, head to Edible Brooklyn’s casual affair, where Peck’s and Backyard Cooking Company will serve up a family-style meal of bratwurst, pork belly, pickles and more, alongside seasonal desserts and Brooklyn Brewery brews. Admission includes all food and beer. $40, 21+, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.