It's Oktoberfest time! Beer and festivities abound in local breweries




It’s lederhosen and oompah time, as Oktoberfest hits Pittsburgh this weekend and next.

The North Side’s historically Germanic Penn Brewery kicks off the seasonal celebration this weekend and then does it again next weekend. Its party runs from 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays (when, after 8 p.m., guests must be 21 or older) and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

In addition to the traditional brews, foods and live music, there are a few new touches, including, on the tent menu, Munich-style Fried Chicken with spicy honey, and Porchetta, or chopped roast pork served with hot German potato salad and sauerkraut.

In addition to Oktoberfest and other Penn production beers, festivalgoers can try some small-batch ones — Three Sisters Saison, Oats N’ At Oatmeal Stout and a new session IPA.

There’s no cover, but there are some VIP packages available.

As the brewpub’s website notes, “We encourage you to dress in your finest lederhosen, dirndls and alpine hats!” Read more at pennbrew.com/Restaurant/Events/OFest2017.aspx

Over on the South Side, Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh also holds its O-fest this Friday and Saturday. Find more at hofbrauhauspittsburgh.com/events

Lawrenceville’s Church Brew Works gets the party started this Thursday night, when they’ll tap the first of 60 kegs of Oktoberfest beer, which will continue to pour, along with German food specials, all month. There’s live Oktoberfest music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (churchbrew.com). 

You can find other Oktoberfest fun all over. Canonsburg’s 18th annual replica of the German festivals, the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest, takes over the streets of that Washington County town this Friday through Sunday:  canonchamber.com/pa-bavarian-oktoberfest. Green Tree’s is this Saturday and Sunday: greentreeboro.com/octoberfest.php

Oktoberfests are among the brews that will be served at Mad Mex Robinson’s Harvest Brew Fiesta from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 23. Advance ticket price is $35 and includes a tasting glass for the three hours of sampling and a Gobblerito Wrap (madmex.com/fiesta).

Pittsburgh Cares is bringing in Full Pint beer, Maggie’s Farm rum, Blue Diamond vodka, J&D Cellars wine and Red Star kombucha and mixing them with celebrity bartenders, food trucks and other fun for its second Help or High Water volunteer fair. It’s from 6 to 10 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave.. The group organizes volunteer activities and connects volunteers of all ages to area non-profits, many of which will be represented at this event. Admission is by a $5 donation that benefits Pittsburgh Cares. One of the bartenders is PG columnist Brian O’Neill. More on Facebook.   

Bob Batz Jr.: bbatz@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.





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