Your Guide To Oktoberfest In NYC

New York, prepare to loosen your lederhosen and dig out your dirndls for another Oktoberfest, the belly-busting German celebration of beer, brats and bretzels (also known to some as the Holy Trifecta of Satisfied Bloat). From Bowery brew parties to star-studded affairs in Astoria, there's a whole slew of hoppy hours to attend. Here are the nine best.
 

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Fun's on tap at Paulaner NYC.

Paulaner

This Bowery bar and restaurant started festivities Sept. 20, with an Oktoberfest Kick-Off Party, a live band and the premiere of Master Brewer Andreas Heidenreich’s Oktoberfest beer, brewed on site and will stay on draft through Oct. 31. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 31, Paulaner will host live bands. A special menu will run with Bavarian specialties, including large-format dinners (call in advance to order) like whole sucking pig and veal shank. 265 Bowery. Go to paulanernyc.com.

Local brews battle German classics for Oktoberfest. Who will win?

TIME to dust off your giant steins, strap on the lederhosen and march merrily to the nearest boisterous beer hall. This weekend marks the start of Oktoberfest — Munich’s traditional monthlong celebration of sausage, beer and bravado — and on Saturday afternoon, the New York City Brewers Guild will convene its own version, Blocktoberfest, with a party in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, complete with a barbecue smoker, live jazz music and, of course, plenty of refreshing, local suds from 19 NYC breweries.

“Blocktoberfest is a chance for New York City’s breweries to come together and prove that NYC is a great city for beer,” says Guild president Kelly Taylor, owner of Brooklyn’s KelSo Beer Co. and brewmaster for Manhattan’s Heartland Brewery.

While most breweries will be serving their usual flagship beers and fall seasonals, some, including Taylor’s own KelSo, Staten Island’s Flagship and Queens’ Rockaway Brewing, have commissioned brand new German- and Oktoberfest-inspired lagers and ales brewed especially for the event. (Brooklyn Brewery’s venerable Oktoberfest Märzen, first introduced 14 years ago, will also be poured.)

We wanted to see how these fresh-faced local suds compared to their centuries-old Bavarian progenitors, so we pitted the NYC vanguard head-to-head against time-honored German styles. How did the newbies fare? Here’s what we found.

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