[image-1] Here in America, we do some things a little differently. We don’t use the metric system. We call it soccer instead of football. And we celebrate Oktoberfest in October rather than September. So while the Munich beer halls are packing up shop, we’re just getting started on our German fare indulgences. Check out our round-up of all things Oktoberfest-y.
Holy City Oktoberfest Party
Tues. Oct. 1
117 S. Main St.
Summerville’s Homegrown Brewhouse isn’t wasting anytime by hosting the Holy City Oktoberfest Party on Oct. 1 from 6-9 p.m. Nine beers will be on tap, and patrons can sign up for the free giveaways. And they’ll help spread some October cheer by giving out a free shaker glass with every 12-oz beer purchase (and while supplies last). Chris Brown, head of the Holy City Brewery will be there, too.
Oktoberfest at Closed for Business
Sat. Oct. 5
Closed for Business
453 King St.
If you conjure up your most convincing German accent, the crew at Closed for Business may give you a free liter at their Oktoberfest. Probably not but with no cover charge, it’s a wash. CFB’s already has an extensive beer list, but we think you should order a boot to commemorate the day. And if you’re going to try and chug it, remember the air bubble is dangerous. They’ll be serving up German inspired-fare like bratwursts, deviled eggs with pickled chilies, pork rinds, and jelly doughnuts (an ode to JFK’s infamous Ich bin ein Berliner?). Lederhosen suggested but not required.
Oktoberfest at Blackbaud Stadium
Sun. Oct. 6 12-5 p.m.
1990 Daniel Island Drive
Have an extra fiver laying around? Then plan your weekend in advance and pick up a ticket to the 10th annual Oktoberfest at Blackbaud Stadium. (You can also buy tickets at the door for $8). Plus, the first 1,000 guests get a free Oktoberfest beer stein. From 12 to 5 p.m., you can drink beer, participate in a bratwurst eating contest, and stuff your ears with sauerkraut as the Gootman Sauerkraut band plays some German jams. They’ll also have some activities that may be somewhat challenging after alcohol consumption (and could produce some America’s Funniest Home Videos-worthy spills) such as the three legged race, a tug o’ war, and barrel race. The event is kid friendly too. There’ll also be a non-German corn hole tournament.
Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk
Thurs. Oct. 10
$30, $20/party only
Waterfront Memorial Park
Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd.
This 5k will give you a taste of Bavaria as you run or walk through Mt. P taking in views of the Ravenel, the Yorktown, and ending in Oktoberfest heaven. The $25 entry fee gets you a spot in the race and in to the post race Oktoberfest with music, brats, and beer. Running in lederhosen seems totally doable, especially since there is a prize for the best dressed Oktoberfest inspired costume.
Sun. Oct. 13
817 Savannah Hwy.
What kind of German bar would Gene’s Haufbrau be if it didn’t host an Oktoberfest party? With over 118 choices of beer, tunes from Plow Ground and Hans Schmidt German band, and a sausage eating contest, we doubt you’ll run out of things to do. Plus, you can enjoy the cool, fall weather on Gene’s new patio.