Lederhosen, Dirndls Optional

Two days of cool craft beers, food, fun, and dancing mark the 10th anniversary of Oaktoberfest in the Dimond.


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Any backpacker crossing Germany knows that the annual Octoberfest is the country’s biggest party, a raucous affair of drinking, dancing, and dirndls. But for all the fun, Germany takes its beer deadly seriously, insisting that every batch brewed within its borders meet the stringent requirements of the Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law forbidding the use of inferior ingredients.

In the East Bay, all the deadly serious beer drinkers will be gathering for the biggest beer celebration this side of Munich: Oaktoberfest in the Dimond. Oaktoberfest brings a taste of the old country’s beer legacy to Oakland with traditional German music and food, but also celebrates the uniquely East Bay contributions to this sudsy pastime with appearances by local Oakland microbrews, regional wines, and area bands. Over 200 beers—some brewed here in the Bay Area, some all the way from the hopfields of Bavaria—will be on tap.

This year, Oaktoberfest celebrates its 10th anniversary by adding a second day of festivities as well as new attractions, like the Sour Section showcasing rare, barrel-aged sour beers; Sunday Brewer’s Brunch with the breakfast of champions: black porter and crystal wheat pancakes; Evening Concert After Dark; and an adult play space.

The Oakland mayor herself will declare the festivities open with a keg tap, and from the moment on, it’s two days of nonstop alpenhorn, oom-pah-pah, sausages, and soft pretzels. Lederhosen are optional. Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, intersection of Fruitvale Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, Dimond district, Oakland, Oaktoberfest.org.

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