Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hopped Up

Oktoberfest kicks off for an entire month at Loreley LES


Photo credit: Michael Tulipan / Loreley.

September means a lot of things to a lot of people: NFL season, apple harvests, the return of your ragweed allergy.
It also signals an excuse to drink copious amounts of beer for the entire country of Germany.
But, alas, we are not in Germany. So Loreley's LES location is bringing Bavaria to our shores in the most (semi-) authentic way possible. In short, it's the biggest Oktoberfest celebration in NYC.
First off, this one kicks off tomorrow like everywhere else, but lasts until Halloween. As you'd expect, it's serving up some rare and nigh-unpronounceable Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Weihenstephan Oktoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest, and Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse, on special for the duration.
And then there are the parties, like the keg tapping tomorrow. You'll get a free beer from the ceremonial keg, and knock back sausages, schnitzel fingers, meatballs, and pretzels. That one's a freebie.
Then there are the beer-tasting three-course dinners, and Loreley's 10-year anniversary party, where there will be a pig on a spit and 2,000 liters of beer. If that's not enough, there's a week-long event drolly entitled The Sausage Fest, and a Halloween party that earns you free beer if you dress in lederhosen.
Hey, we didn't see nothin'.

Loreley's 10th Annual Oktoberfest Season
Saturday, September 21-Thursday, October 31
Loreley, 7 Rivington St. (Bowery), Lower East Side

Tickets: Most events free, others $55; full listing and tickets here

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