Saturday, January 31, 2015

For Better or Wurst

October means...Oktoberfest


It takes a lot to get us to dress up in lederhosen and do the Chicken Dance. 

Well, not really. Just beer. 

And a bunch of people who won't judge because they're doing the same — you'll find them at this week's Oktoberfest events

The Beehive
It's amazing what a little roasted pork knuckle, some traditional German band music, and a whole lot of beer can do to a normally low-key jazz club. You'll witness the transformation first hand on Wednesday, in between bites of sausage, potatoes, and sauerkraut. 
Wed 5p-2a. 541 Tremont St., South End (617-423-0069). Free.

Brasserie 28
Normally, we wouldn't send you to something called Sausagefest, but hear us out — this one has Jack's Abbey Brewing pairing eight of their lagers with homemade sausages from six chefs (and yes, they're all bros), one of which you'll be voting to take the Oktoberfest crown. Just do everyone a favor and bring a date. 
Sun 2-6p. 2 Elm Square, Andover (978-470-2228). Free here. Donations suggested.

Olde Magoun's Saloon
Some bars tap a special keg or two for their Oktoberfest celebrations — some tap a whole truck. Make your way to the biergarten at Olde Magoun's to find a massive 18-wheeler parked courtesy of Paulaner. You'll have two days to tap their six different beers including two Oktoberfest originals, so bring friends and pace yourself. Well, somewhat. 
Sat-Sun Noon-6p. 518 Medford St., Magoun Square. Free.

As much as your Uncle Hans loves his German polka, we know your holiday spirit revolves around eating and drinking amazing food and beer. Book a spot at Bergamot's five-course and beer-paired Oktoberfest dinner of beef ravioli, pork sauerbraten, and black forest cake. You can dance it off to polka afterwards.
Wed 7p. 118 Beacon St., Somerville (617-576-7700). $65. Call for reservations.

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