Where to Drink Beer During Oktoberfest in Metro Detroit – Eater Detroit (blog)

Fall is very nearly here and with it a whole lineup of seasonal beers are in the cusp of being released. With that in mind many metro Detroit organizations and a handful of the city’s best breweries are hosting Bavarian Oktoberfest events complete with ceremonial keg tappings, stein lifting contests, and German-inspired food. So strap on those lederhosen and dust off that chicken hat. Here’s a guide to the area’s biggest Oktoberfest bashes.

Dakota Inn Rathskeller: German restaurant institution the Dakota Inn is known for its raucous Oktoberfest parties held from mid-September through October every year. This season’s festivities kick off on September 15 with a ceremonial keg tapping at 8 p.m. Live music, german Oktoberfest beers, and traditional German food are always part of the package. Events continue every weekend for seven weeks. Details: Call 313-867-9722 for reservations; admission is $3 for live entertainment. Bloktoberfest: Local brewery Atwater will host its 20th Anniversary Celebration concurrently with its annual Blocktoberfest on September 16. The event features beer, live bands and DJs, Bavarian hair braiding, keg and stein hoist competitions, German-style food, and Atwater’s seasonal Bloktoberfest beer. Details: Noon to 11:30 p.m. at Atwater Brewery (237 Joseph Campau); no tickets required. Batch Brauerei: For the past three years, Batch Brewing Company has transformed into a Oktoberfest beerhall in honor of the September celebration. Expect German-style food and beer from September 15 through September 17. Details: Tickets are $40-$70 per person and include a 1⁄2 chicken meal, a 1 liter bier stein, and one stein fill (a la carte options are available); 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Barktoberfest: Dog owners can bring their pooch to Royal Oak’s Barktoberfest beer festival hosted from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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