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7 New Additions To Your Hangover Calendar: Oktoberfest Continues To Oompah The Southland

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Photo by Never Cool in School via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr


Photo by Never Cool in School via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
The 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest is but a distant hangover in Munich, Germany, but in Los Angeles, it's still chugging along. LA Beer Week continues through the weekend and so do many Oktoberfest celebrations and special events. Here are a few of the tastiest...

  • Pourtal in Santa Monica isn't wasting time wine-ing about Oktoberfest being about beer, they're hiking up their lederhosen and offering a special wine tasting event on October 14 with unique offerings from Germany and Austria.
  • Downtown Culver City is planning their first Oktoberfest for October 20 with seasonal, artisanal and limited-time beers and Oktoberfest-inspired treats from Downtown Culver City restaurants and bars. Drink, shop and check out some galleries to the swinging sounds of The Petrojvic Blasting Company, an instrumental ensemble described as "a blend of New Orleans Dixie and Balkan folk."
  • Bigfoot West is pitching a tent, so to speak, over their first RockToberFest! Bands, brats, and Oktoberfest beer (Beck's Oktoberfest, Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale, Hoffbrau Munchen, Spaten Oktoberfest and a few more I can't spell correctly. Ok fine, Hacker-Pschorr, Weihenstephaner) can be found in a tented beer garden behind the bar on Saturday, October 17 between 12 noon and 8 PM.
  • For the true patriot, "Oaktoberfest" at 55 Degree Wine offers a celebration of oak-influenced brewing in America (with, "hot off the grill bratwurst," for good measure). Create your own flight of 4 oaky craft beers on October 14.
  • The 40th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is a convention center-sized destination of Bavarian proportions. Food, music, beer, mountains, nature, beauty, bears, hangover. Only a tank of gas away.
  • Two words: Alpine Village. Alpine Village in Torrence holds an Oktoberfest hoedown every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 23 in their giant 32,000 square foot Bavarian-themed tent. Listen to Oom Pah bands, devour German foods and Prost! Prost! Prost! the night away. Grown-up fun on Friday and Saturday evenings (6 p.m. - 1 a.m.), family fun on Sundays (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.).
  • Long Beach Oktoberfest takes place October 22-24 and October 28-31 at El Dorado Park in Long Beach with free parking, unlimited free carnival rides (with admission), polka dance floor, German feasts, biergarten, and a DIRECTV®-sponsored, live-sports tent so you don't miss the game. Any game.

Also, local German-fare restaurants Chalet Edelweiss, Swiss Chef and Maximilians are extending Oktoberfest menus through the end of the month, and every day is Oktoberfest at the Red Lion Tavern, Wurstkuche and Brats Brothers.