While the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany might be winding down, here in San Diego it’s Oktoberfest season. You don’t have to look too hard to find an Oktoberfest celebration, but we’d like to point out a few celebrations at some of the best beer bars in town.
All happening this weekend, first up is O’Brien’s Pub. Starting Friday, October 8th, they’ll be tapping Oktoberfest beers from Craftsman Brewing Co., Mahr’s, Spaten and Kostritzer. They’ll also have beer brauts, beer cheese and beer and bratwurst soup. They’ll be celebrating all weekend long.
Hamilton’s Tavern, Small Bar and Eleven will be celebrating Saturday, October 9th. They’ll have a shuttle running between each of the bars and have different food and beer specials at each.
At Hamilton’s is dubbed SpatenHaus for the evening, for $5 you get a half liter Spaten glass with $3.50 refills. They’ll have Spaten Optimator, Pils, and Oktoberfest on draft in addition to Franziskaner Hefe and Kostritzer Oktoberfest. Sudwerk Fest Marzen will be on cask. Food will be complimentary Weisswurst, beer mustard and german cheese.
Small Bar will be WeheinstephanerHaus with $5 half liter glasses Weheinstephaner glasses and $3.50 refills. On draft will be Weheinstephan Lager, Vitus, Festbier, Hefeweizen and Hefedunkel in addition to HackerPschor Festbier. For food they’ll have Traditional Veal Schnitzel and cheesey Spaetzle plates for $6.
Eleven is HofbrauHaus for the night with Hofbrau Dunkel, Original, Hefeweizen and Oktoberfest in addition to Erdinger Oktoberfest. Same as above, $5 Hofbrau glasses with $3.50 refills. They’ll have complimentary beer brauts with apple/onion kraut.
Last but certainly not least of the Oktoberfest celebrations is Blind Lady Ale House. They’ll have those sweet shirts you see above in addition to what we’re pretty sure are the biggest beer glasses in town. $18 gets you a 1-liter (that’s big!) BLAH stein full of Fest Bier with $7 refills all weekend. If you prefer your own stein they’ll fill it for $9 up to 1 liter. They’ll have Craftsman Oktoberfest, Firestone OAKtoberfest, Kostritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager, Victory FestBier, and New Belgium HOPtoberfest on tap, and maybe a few more. Food-wise they’ll have house made German sausages, schnitzel, spaetzle and if all goes well pretzels. See more about their Steinfest here.