Oktoberfest in Germany began on September 21 and if you haven't been celebrating yet, then you have some catching up to do.
So get to it. If you still have vacation days at work, then spend them prancing around in stereotypical German garb while tipping back several steins of brau. Whether it's mingling with the frauleins (or herren) in the biergarten or having a nice German dinner, Miami has an Oktoberfest event for you.
First Annual Bricktoberfest at Fado Irish Pub, September 28
Fado Irish Pub is hosting the very first Bricktoberfest Beer Festival this Saturday. From 2-11 p.m., there will be live bands, beer, wine, spirits, food and DJs along 10th Street in Mary Brickell Village. There are three separate admission rates: $95, which gets you early access to the milfs in the VIP tent starting at 1 p.m.; $65 for unlimited tasting of over 75 beers and VIP access starting at 2 p.m.; and $25 for admission after 6 p.m. and complimentary din-din from local restaurants.
Second Annual BrickellFest Sam Adams Oktoberfest, October 5
The second annual BrickellFest Oktoberfest will be held at Grand Central Park in downtown Miami. There will be Sam Adams Utopias, the non-carbonated, 27 percent alcohol beer made by the Boston Brewing Company that can fetch for as much as $500 a bottle in some markets.
Nikki Beach Oktoberfest, October 6-7
Nikki Beach Miami is throwing an Oktoberfest Sunday brunch that will include authentic German food, live music and lots of beer. Brunch costs $49.95 per person, drinks not included but they offer fresh mimosas, house champagne and gourmet Bloody Mary's for $7. The fest starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday the 6th and 5 p.m. on Monday the 7th.
WOBtoberfest in Miami, October 5, 12, 19
There are three World of Beer locations in Miami and they are all throwing their annual WOBtoberfest parties each on separate days: WOB Dadeland on 10/5, WOB Midtown on 10/12 and WOB Kendall on 10/19. What's happening on those Saturday nights? Other than a huge selection of beers from all over the world, there will be lots of seasonal Oktoberfest brew, beer stein specials, live music and giveaways.
Coral Gables Oktoberfest, October 3-13
The Coral Gables Oktoberfest is a 10-day beer, food and music festival held in front of the Fritz & Franz Bierhaus. It's free to attend and the celebration starts at 5 pm on October 3 with a keg tapping ceremony performed by Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason. The party runs from 11 a.m. to midnight every day except on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
German International Parent Association Oktoberfest, October 12
A little bit of an Oktoberfest for the whole family, this one will have authentic German food and beverages, live music, rides, a raffle, games, student performances and silent auction. The event runs from noon to 7 p.m. at the German American Social Club.
The Abbey Brewing Company Oktoberfest Party, October 13
The only brewer in Miami throwing an Oktoberfest party this year, Abbey Brewing Company also happens to be the only one taking Jagermeister seriously too. It's five-dollar-everything: $5 craft beer taps, $5 Jager shots and $5 well drinks. No admission, of course, but bring an appetite because the Abbey's serving up free German pub grub too. Goes from 1-5 p.m.
German American Social Club of Miami Oktoberfest, October 18-20, 25-27
Want some authentic German Oktoberfest this year? The German American Social Club of Miami is getting down for the 56th consecutive year, the longest running Oktoberfest in Miami. You can't mess with that. Adult day passes are $10, festival passes are $30 and under-21 passes are only $1.
Hofbraü Beerhall Miami Oktoberfest
If Germany is celebrating Oktoberfest right now, then it stands to reason that so is the staff at the Hofbraü Beerhhall in Miami Beach. Hofbraü imports it's beer directly from the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in Munich, a brewery that's owned by the German state of Bavaria. This is the place for genuine German beer with six different varieties on tap: the original, Oktoberfest, maibock, hefeweizen, dunkel and hefeweizen dunkel.
Oktoberfest at The Federal Food Drink and Provisions
Going by their cuisine this time of year and when they started, The Federal seems to be completely in sync with the German harvest. From September 21 to October 6, chef Caesar Zapata and his Federales will be going sauerkraut on your asses with a craft biergarten and a signature Oktoberfest menu that includes a choice of items like potato-wrapped knockwursts and apple strudel. Price for dinner: $33; beer flight: $12; bucket of five Oktoberfest beers: $15. Just the spot to hit before a festival binge.
Oktoberfest at the Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
The Schnitzel Haus is straight-up German cuisine all year-round, but chef Alex Richter is preparing a fine Oktoberfest menu for the occasion that includes plates like crispy roasted duck, red cabbage and bread dumpling ($24 for one, $47 for two); and Spaten Oktoberfest bier on tap, $12 for one liter and $23 for two-liter boots.
Grovertoberfest, October 19
The truest Miami beer festival this time of year would go to Grovetoberfest in Coconut Grove. For the third straight year, Peacock Park will be inundated with over 250 beers from across the world, including several local ones. Ticket prices range from $40 for general admission, to $90 for a VIP package. All ticket levels include unlimited beer.
Oak Tavern Oaktoberfest Beer Dinner, October 23
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Oak Tavern chef and owner is teaming up with Esquire and Miami Herald beer writer Evan Benn to throw an Oktoberfest beer dinner. The four-course dinner will include plates like brined pork shoulder with caramelized kraut and Semmelknodel (bread dumplings), house pretzels and pumpkin cheesecake paired with the beers from across the world. Festivities start 7 p.m. with a beer aperitif and appetizers. Price is $50 not including tax and gratuity. Call 786-391-1818 for more information or to make a reservation.