You can toast to this: If you’re ready to strap on your lederhosen or dirndls and hoist a pint of beer to celebrate Oktoberfest, you don’t have to hop a flight to the world’s Oktoberfest capital: Munich, Germany. Every year, communities across the U.S. put on Oktoberfest celebrations that just might put a smile on the often stern face of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Perhaps the biggest smile on Merkel’s face would be present if she attended Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, held each September in Cincinnati, OH, Munich’s sister city. This year’s Oktoberfest Zinzinnati drew more than 650,000 revelers, setting an attendance record.
Lance Barry, a spokesman for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, which produces Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, said 75 varieties of beer were served during this year’s festivities. The 1,700 barrels of beer, all from local distributors, were stored in refrigerated trailers throughout downtown Cincinnati.
Patrick Sheeran, vice president of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, said: “Cincinnati doesn’t take for granted being the home of America’s Oktoberfest, and we again put on an event that is befitting of that title.”
Here’s our list of eight of the best big-city Oktoberfests in the U.S. Who knows: Perhaps you’ll be enticed to move to one of these places so you can be sure to soak up the Oktoberfest atmosphere every year.
Edit: Looking for other great beer festivals across the country? Then be sure to check out our friends at BeerFests.com!