I suspect you won’t read about this royal wedding in the tabloids because no one in attendance was Instagramming photos. That, or it’s been over 200 years since the Prince Ludwig tied the pretzel knot with Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

While you weren’t invited to the wedding, the anniversary is better known today as Oktoberfest. Some six million people will fill the tents and bierhalls of Munich between September 19 and October 4. (And to wash down all that Schweinshaxe, they’ll consume around 7 million liters of beer.) But presuming flights and the coolest Airbnbs in Munich are already booked, there are also festive Oktoberfests much closer.

Naturally, the main way to celebrate Oktoberfest is with German (or German-style) Festbiers—Märzen-style lagers marked by toasty maltiness with lingering Nobel hops—but anywhere you celebrate will have some tasty local biers. After enjoying a few liters you’ll be doing the chicken dance with gusto, or very possibly with someone named Gustav.

Today, September 9: Lompoc Brewing
From now to close, Lompoc’s 5th Quadrant turns into little Bavaria for the return of Oktoberfest Marzen Lager. And lots o’ brats.

September 18-20: Stammtisch Oktoberfest
The German gastropub brings back its rumpus, closing down Flanders at NE 28th for a weekend street festival with a massive biergarten featuring 10 festbiers. In true German style, there’ll be tons of live music and family friendly fun.

September 20: Hop Valley Brewing's Hoptoberfest in Springfield
From 5-8 p.m., Hop Valley’s original pub—not the new, flashier production facility and beer garden across I-5 in Eugene, hosts its 2nd annual Hoptoberfest beer release along with traditional Oom Pah Pah music, Germanic grub, and family festivities.

September 17-20: Mt. Angel Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel.
Established in 1965, the largest such festival this side of the Mississippi attracts some 350,000 people. Those Von Trapp kids (no longer kids) will sing unto us the sounds of music on Saturday and Sunday. The Biergarten, however, is open the whole time and will feature a dozen beers both local and from the Old Country, including a commemorative dry-hopped festbier from Ninkasi using Mt. Angel grown hops.


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