LIBeerGuide Brewsletter -- September 2021
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Hoppy Oktoberfest Season!
Fall is here and thankfully we are beginning to see a return to normal activities, including in-person beer festivals.  Beerfest fans around the world were saddened by the cancellation of the Munich Oktoberfest for the second year in a row, but here on Long Island there are many in-person Oktoberfest events to help celebrate this season highlighting German beer, food and culture.

Wherever you celebrate this Oktoberfest season, we hope you stay safe, and we encourage anyone who has not gotten the vaccine to #GetVaccinated #StaySafe -- free shots are available across Long Island!  Prost!
Long Island Oktoberfest Celebrations
Oktoberfest season traditionally kicks off with the opening of the world's largest beerfest in Munich on the third Saturday of September. This year, several pubs and breweries on Long Island held Oktoberfest events on Sept. 18, including Blue Point Brewpub in Patchogue. Blue Point is celebrating Oktoberfest on the traditional dates of the Munich fest, from Sept. 18 through Oct. 3, with German food specials, live music including polka bands, stein holding competitions, and of course German-style beers on tap.

Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square, Long Island’s premier German biergarten, held its annual Ompahfest on Sept. 19 and will celebrate Oktoberfest through the end of October with German music from bands including The Bratwurst Boys, Die Spitzbaum and accordion rocker Alex Meixner on Oct. 3.  A special Oktoberfest menu is being served along with German beers and Barrier Frisch, a Kölsch made specially for the Plattduetsche by Barrier Brewing in Oceanside.

Barrier Brewing kicked off its own Oktoberfest celebration on Sept. 19 with live music and a special Oktoberfest menu from its 3rd Rail at Barrier food truck.  Barrier will have six German-style beers on tap and available in cans through October, including Frau Blucher Rauchbier, Schwarzbier black lager, Mars Zen lager and the brewery’s first ever Hefeweizen.

Destination Unknown Beer Co. (DUBCO) in Bay Shore held its 3rd annual Dubtoberfest on Sept. 18, featuring German-style beers and pumpkin beers from over 15 Long Island craft breweries.  DUBCO brewed five German-inspired beers that will remain on tap in October, including Hanziskaner, a Kristallweizen-style ale similar in flavor to a Hefeweizen but with the yeast and sediment filtered out to produce a crisp body; Don’t Call Me Honey, Boy, a modern spin on a Kölsch brewed with honey, lemon and Lemon Drop black tea; and Gilgo Gose, brewed with Himalayan pink sale, guava and passion fruit. 

HopWin’s Brewery in Bay Shore will hold its long-delayed Grand Opening celebration on Sept. 25, which in honor of the season has been named Hopwins Hoptoberfest.  The event starting at noon will feature German-style beers from HopWin’s including Hefeweizen, Helles, Dunkel and Radler, along with German food, live music, stein holding contests and axe throwing. 

TJ Finley’s in Bay Shore is holding its 14th Annual Oktoberfest celebration on Sept. 25.  The fest at the pub and its outdoor biergarten will run from 3-9 pm and will feature German food, live music, German-style beers and a stein-holding competition.

Greenport Harbor Brewing will hold an Oompahfest on Oct. 2 at the brewery in Peconic featuring the release of its FestBier, an Oktoberfest menu in its restaurant, live oompah music and a stein holding competition.

Long Ireland Beer Co. will hold its 8th annual Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 9 at the brewery in Riverhead.  Food trucks will provide German food to pair with the brewery’s Oktoberfest Munich-style Marzen and other brews. Long Ireland will hold its annual Stein Holding Contest and other fun contests including keg tossing and sausage eating. The festivities will run from noon-9 pm and the perennial movie favorite BeerFest will be shown on the big screen at the end of the night. 


Tanger Outlets in Deer Park will host an Oktoberfest craft brew fest on Oct. 16 featuring tastings of locally brewed beer and cider.  Running from 1-5 pm, the fest will have live music and food will be available for purchase, including German specialties. 

Garden of Eve Farm Brewery in Riverhead will hold an Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 16 with craft-brewed beers, live music, pumpkin picking and a special Oktoberfest menu. Fun Fields tickets include hayrides, farm animals, a Bounce House, Pedal Kart track and other activities for the family.

South Shore Craft Brewery in Oceanside will hold Zactoberfest on Oct. 16 with live music from a Zac Brown tribute band, German-style beers and food trucks.

Although their number is shrinking, there are several great German restaurants on Long Island where you can celebrate Oktoberfest season all year round with traditional German beer and food, including Oak Chalet in Bellmore, Prost Grill in Garden City, Pumpernickels in Northport and Village Lanterne in Lindenhurst.

Long Island Beer Festivals Calendar

The Long Island Craft Classic, typically held annually in August at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, will be held this year at Belmont Park on Oct. 2, with tastings of craft beer, wine and cider along with live horse racing.  

Other popular beerfests that are currently selling tickets are:

Oct. 2 - Whales, Ales & Salty Tales Festival at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum - VIP sold out, General Admission 2-5 pm

Oct. 16 - The Brewers Collective Indie Cask Fest at the brewery in Bay Shore - 1-5 pm

Nov. 6 - Blue Point Cask Ales Festival at the brewery in Patchogue - 2-6 pm

Check back regularly to LIBeerGuide's Beer Festivals page to get updates as more fall and winter brewfests get scheduled. 





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