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THE BREWHOLDER: Prost and Gemütlichkeit — Oktoberfests in the region!

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STORY WRITTEN BY MATT BRASCH
For Digital First Media

Oktoberfest in Germany officially runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3 this year, but if you can’t get to the Theresienwiese in Munich, don’t worry — the greater Philadelphia region has plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations planned. So Prost (Cheers) and Gemütlichkeit (Good health) — here’s a list of Oktoberfests this year!

Members of the Auerhahn German Dancers during the Lansdale Oktoberfest at Whites Road Park on Saturday October 4,2014. Photo by Mark C Psoras/The Reporter

Members of the Auerhahn German Dancers during the Lansdale Oktoberfest at Whites Road Park on Saturday October 4,2014. DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA FILE PHOTO – MARK C PSORAS

Sept. 16 — Philadelphia German Brass Band, Otto’s Brauhaus
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Address: 233 Easton Road, Horsham, PA 19044
Specials: Try several varieties of authentic German Oktoberfest style beer in the outdoor beer garden while enjoying the traditional sounds of the Philadelphia region’s oldest continually performing German band.
Tickets: Free admission, pay as you go.
Source: www.ottosbrauhauspa.com/#!events/chch; www.philadelphiagermanbrassband.com.

Sept. 17 — Stable 12 Brewing Oktoberfest
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Address: 368 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
Specials: Four course beer and sausage pairing in the beer garden.
Tickets: $35.
Source: www.eventbrite.com/e/stable-12-oktoberfest-2016-tickets-27242472970.

Sept. 17 — Brauhaus Schmitz Eighth Annual Oktoberfest Street Festival
Time: Noon – 8 p.m.
Address: 700 block of South Street, Philadelphia.
Specials: Food, beer and the liter.
Tickets: Free admission, pay as you go — or purchase the VIP package ($115) that includes “no wait bathrooms.”
Source: www.brauhausschmitz.com/south-street-oktoberfest-week-of-events.

Sept. 24 — Levante Brewing Oktoberfest
Time: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Address: 208 Carter Drive, Suite 2, West Chester.
Specials: Releasing “Drahenstadt Oktoberfest Festbier Lager” and “Wasserbombe Hefeweizen,” Brats, Sausages, Beer Pretzels and music all day.
Tickets: Free admission, pay as you go.
Source: Facebook page

Sept. 28 – Oct. 2 — Reading Liederkranz Oktoberfest
Time: See full schedule for daily times and events.
Address: 143 Spook Lane, Reading, PA 19606.
Specials: Rated the best Oktoberfest in the U.S. by USA Today; five days of traditional German beer, food and music under tents.
Tickets: $8 admission, then pay as you go.
Source: www.readingliederkranz.com.

Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7 & 8 — Oktoberfest Brewers Village presented by The Brewers of Pennsylvania
Time: Several two-hour sessions over four days.
Address: Steelstacks, Bethlehem, PA.
Specials: Sample more than 25 different beers including Oktoberfest brews and seasonal offerings by some of the state’s finest breweries. Four separate dates between Sept. 30 and Oct. 8.
Tickets: $25.
Source: www.steelstacks.org/festivals/oktoberfest/oktoberfest-brewers-village/

Oct. 1 — Ambler Oktoberfest
Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Address: Butler Avenue, Ambler.
Specials: More than 90 vendors and 10 food trucks lining Butler Avenue and the side streets, kids rides, a beer garden, musical performances on two stages all day — and a short walk to Forest & Main Brewing Company who will be celebrating in their front yard.
Tickets: Free admission, pay as you go.
Source: boroughofambler.com/event/oktoberfest-2016.

Oct. 7 – 9 — Armory Oktoberfest, presented by Brauhaus Schmitz
Time: Between Friday and Sunday there will be five sessions; see full schedule for specific times.
Address: 22 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Specials: Brauhaus Schmitz will transform the 23rd Street Armory into an authentic Munich festival tent. The 16,000 square foot space will be decked out with Bavarian blue & white ceilings, authentic festival tables and benches imported from Germany, as well as a lofted stage area for musical acts. Traditional Oktoberfest food will be served and beer will be provided by the famous Hofbräuhaus.
Tickets: VIP tickets are $65; General Admission tickets are $45.
Source: brauhausschmitz.ticketleap.com/armory-oktoberfest/details.

Oct. 8 — Victory Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest at Parkesburg
Time: Noon – close.
Address: 3127 Lower Valley Road, Parkesburg, PA 19365.
Specials: A family friendly Oktoberfest celebration at the Victory’s Parkesburg brewery, with Victory’s Festbier, plus the best of the best Oktoberfest fare including pretzels, currywurst, Döner kebabs and more.
Tickets: Free admission, pay as you go.
Source: www.victorybeer.com/ai1ec_event/oktoberfest-13/?instance_id=9329.

Oct. 8 — Oktoberfest Live! Craft Beer and Music Festival at Xfinity Live!
Time: 2 – 7 p.m.
Address: 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Specials: This festival comes complete with indoor, outdoor, and covered beer gardens, German Oktoberfest-style beer tents, seven spectacular areas, food trucks, multiple musical acts, and more than 250 beers from over 125 breweries. Tickets: General Admision: $45; VIP: $60.
Source: www.upcomingevents.com/e/oktoberfest-live-2016-philadelphia-craft-beer-music-festival-26489.

Oct. 15 — River Horse Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Address: 2 Graphics Drive, Ewing, NJ.
Specials: A new Marzen beer, six special casks, and live music.
Tickets: $15; purchase online at Eventbrite.
Source: www.riverhorse.com/events/river-horse-oktoberfest.php.

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