Fall is here, it must be Oktoberfest time

Oktoberfest Weinerschnitzel from Milwaukee's Schwabenhauf

The turning of the leaves not only signal the arrival of fall, but also the coming of the Oktoberfest celebrations. Oktoberfest, the traditional German fall festival often consists of German brass bands, seasonal beers, and traditional German food. I also consider Oktoberfest to be a family event and many of the bigger Oktoberfest celebrations cater to the entire family with activities for all ages.

Locally in Wausau, the Red Eye Brewery released their Fest Bier this week. An authentic German bier, it went through a lengthy lagering process for a clean fresh taste. Look for a review on this beer this weekend.

The Bull Falls Brewing Company is no stranger to Oktoberfest and has consistently released excellent German Style beers. This year’s seasonal is their own Marzen styled Oktoberfest brew. They will also have an Oktoberfest celebration this Saturday, September 18 from noon to 6:00pm in their beer garden adjacent to the brewery at 901 E Thomas St in Wausau. Enjoy the music of the 20-Piece Blasmusikanten & Sid Kyler Dixieland.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal highlights Oktoberfests found in Milwaukee and around the state this weekend, such as:

Oktoberfest in La Crosse

This is the 50th anniversary of the celebration, which runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 2. Features the Maple Leaf Parade on Sept. 25, Lederhosen Luncheon on Sept. 27, a performance by Bret Michaels on Sept. 28, a Craft Beer Night on Sept. 29 and a Torchlight Parade on Sept. 30. A new Teen Tent will offer entertainment for the under-21 crowd. Visit www.bavarianinnmilw.com.

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