It's that special time of year again when cities all over America transform into tiny Bavaria and braided bartenders serve craft beer to thirsty patrons wearing Lederhosen from Party City. This is Oktoberfest. So grab your alpenhorn and head to these parties sure to make Munich proud.

A very Bavarian Tahoe

Oktoberfest returns to Squaw Valley during the first weekend of fall from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 24 when the Village will feature authentic German beer and food, Bavarian music and performances and competitive Oktoberfest games. Supporting the local community, all proceeds from beer sales at Oktoberfest benefit the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports student athletes. Last year’s festival raised over $14,000 for High Sierra Lacrosse. Entry into the event is free. Lederhosen and dirndls are encouraged. 

Popular German craft beers at the festival include Bitburger Premium Pils, Köstritzer Schwarzbier, and König Pilsener from Bitburger brewery plus Benediktiner Weissbier and Benediktiner Octoberfest from The Benediktiner Brewing Tradition. Other participating breweries include Out of Bounds Brewing, Yolo Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Drakes Brewing Co., Auburn Alehouse, Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. and WILDCIDE Hard Cider, among others.

$10 includes a festival half liter mug and one beer. Additional beers are available for $5 each. Complementing craft brews will be a variety of bratwurst sausages, schnitzels and pretzels from local restaurants and vendors. 

In the OktoberGames guests of all ages are invited to participate.

  • 3 p.m. – Keg Rolling Race: Roll an empty keg through a challenging course. The player with the fasted time wins.
  • 4 p.m. – Brat Toss: Toss a bratwurst onto a keg, with each round adding difficulty. The last person standing wins. 
  • 5 p.m. – Stein Holding Competition: Two full 1-liter steins are held at shoulder height. The last person standing wins.

Drink like a German, in Reno

The spirit of Munich comes to the Brewer’s Cabinet in Reno bringing Bavarian fun during the celebration of beer, music and autumn.

The first annual Oktoberfest at The Brewer’s Cabinet is a family affair, with events and activities for both adults and kids. It's free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 24. Guests can indulge in a seasonally released Oktoberfest craft brew by Brewers Cabinet in traditional steins and authentic Bavarian food including bratwursts, pretzels and more from local purveyor and award-winning chef Mark Estee with Liberty Food & Wine Exchange.

Expect live traditional music, participate in Bavarian style dancing demonstrations, see traditional alpenhorn blowing, hear yodeling and more.

The Brewer’s Cabinet focuses on spreading awareness of the local brewing community and the heritage of craft beer, and this event is a perfect example of that. A portion of the daily sales throughout the month from the Brewer’s Cabinet will benefit The Reno Rebuild Project, a small business community scholarship fund founded by local business owners.


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