The Oktoberfest season begins today, September 17, with the official return of Oktoberfest Munich after a two-year absence due to the pandemic. The 16 days of festivities will begin with the ceremonial tapping of the first keg of beer by the Mayor of Munich, who opens the party with the Bavarian exclamation “O’zapft is!” (“It’s bugged”).
The six breweries helped produce the traditional Oktoberfest beer served at the start of the festival, with the beer made with the same ingredients and recipes used every year. The strict German Purity Law of 1487 (Reinheitsgebot) applies, producing the famous marzen beer with a rich golden yellow color.
Beer lovers on Long Island also have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the festival with authentic German marzens, food and music, and traditional contests that have really caught on here, including mug-inducing holding contests. voltage.
Oktoberfest Events on Long Island
Destination Unknown Beer Co. (DUBCO) in Bay Shore will hold its 4th annual Dubtoberfest on September 17 with German-style beers and pumpkin ales from DUBCO and 14 breweries from the Long Island Brewers Guild.
Other member breweries include Bay Shore neighbors Great South Bay, Ghost Brewing and The Brewers Collective. The festivities will include a mug-holding contest and food from the Geenas Weenas food truck.
Das Biergarten in the West End of Long Beach will host its 8th anniversary celebration of Oktoberfest on September 17 with live music in its tent and German beer and food. The festivities will continue for the next two weekends with live music under the tent.
Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square, Long Island’s first German beer garden, will hold its Ompahfest on September 18 with live music from German bands parading in the Steuben Day Parade in Manhattan on September 17. There will be plenty of German beer and food, as well as dancing and lots of activities for the kids.
Oktoberfest celebrations will continue at the Plattduetsche Biergarten for the first three weekends of October with live music from German bands such as Die Spitzbaum, Die Schlauberger and Alex Meixmer.
TJ Finley’s at Bay Shore will host its 15th annual Oktoberfest celebration on September 24 with live music, German food and beer, and a mug-holding contest.
Barrier Brewing in Oceanside will hold its first annual Barrier Oktoberfest celebration on September 25 with music from the Bratwurst Boys, dancing and traditional Oktoberfest competitions including tankard holding and hammer strike.
Barrier will offer 10 German-style beers, including Frau Blucher rauchbier, schwarzbier black lager, Oktoberfest marzen, hefeweizen. kolsch and gose. Barrier’s 3rd Rail food truck will also offer a special Bavarian menu.
Tanger Outlets in Deer Park will host its second annual Oktoberfest craft beer festival on October 1, with tastings of locally brewed beer and cider. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the festival will have live music and food will be available for purchase, including German specialties.
Garvies Point Brewery will hold its second annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 9 at its newly expanded brewery and restaurant on the waterfront at Glen Cove. The celebration will include an all-you-can-eat Oktoberfest buffet, cold German-style beers, and mug and costume holding contests.
Greenport Harbor Brewing will hold its Oompahfest on October 16 at the Peconic Brewery with its FestBier, a special menu in its restaurant, a stein-holding contest and live music from Die Spitzbaum.
German restaurants on Long Island are also a great place to celebrate the season with traditional Oktoberfest food and beer. Oak Chalet in Bellmore will have live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays from September 22 through October 27.
Other restaurants include Prost Grill in Garden City, Village Lanterne in Lindenhurst, Pumpernickels in Northport and Shippy’s Pumpernickel in Southampton.
A complete list of Long Island Oktoberfest events is available online at LIBeerGuide.com/li-oktoberfest. Prost!
Bernie Kilkelly is the editor and publisher of LIBeerGuide.com.