It’s that time of year again – Oktoberfest! This is where tradition mixes with debauchery to welcome autumn’s arrival. Discover festive ways to celebrate German culture and beer by attending one of the many Oktoberfest events in the area. Find international varieties and local favorites (some brewed especially for the occasion) and celebrate like a true German, with a beer stein in one hand and a bratwurst in the other. Prost!
Michigan Brewers Guild 6th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival
2934 Russell St.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 833-9300
www.mibeer.com

Date: Oct. 24-25, 2014

Head over to the Michigan Brewers Guild Detroit Fall Festival and let the festivities begin. This is Oktoberfest done right. Beer tastings reign supreme at this celebratory event; everyone can try different varieties to find their favorite. With over 450 craft beers from more than 60 Michigan breweries, there may many top contenders. Musicians will be offering up some fine reverb while local restaurants will be slinging their delectable wares. Fall doesn’t get any better than this.

Atwater in the Park
237 Joseph Campau St.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 877-9205
www.atwaterbeer.com

Atwater in the Park is a church that has been transformed into a German beer garden. It does not get better than this. Beer and brats reign supreme at this brew pub with the community feel. Conversation flows at this spot. Long benches can handle a crowd and in a minute, you’ll be sharing a beer (or two) with newfound friends. Step outside onto the garden patio and don’t worry about the cold because the outdoor heaters will take care of that. Atwater serves special limited batches brewed on site, so settle in with a microbrew and a giant pretzel. Oh, and definitely bring out the lederhosen for this one, because there will be bands – can you say “Oompa!”

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Detroit Yacht Club
1 Riverbank Drive
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 824-1200
www.dyc.com

To celebrate Oktoberfest, the Detroit Yacht Club is hosting a special menu featuring tons of German classics, and, of course, beer. The all-you-can-eat annual event includes traditional German delights like potato salad, royladen, cucumber salad and black forest cake. The musical entertainment is fit for a Bavarian bash, and could possibly knock your socken off! In years past there has been a vote for your favorite beer stein. And since we’re talking’ steins, bring your own and get it filled to the brim for only a few bucks.  

Richter’s Chalet
23920 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 565-0484
www.richterschaletrestaurant.com

Richter’s Chalet is exactly how someone would imagine a Bavarian chalet tucked into the European wilderness. The charming facade is decorated like a mountaintop getaway, with rustic beams and colorful flower details. This well-known establishment serves true German food, and beer to match. Selections include goulash, knackwurst and weiner schnitzel, plus imported German beer. The atmosphere is exactly like one would expect a small chalet to be, cozy and inviting, made even cozier by the vast amounts of beer that you will likely consume before the day is done.

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After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.

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