Only four more days until the start of Oktoberfest 2011. Are you going to Munich this year? Tell us what you’re most looking forward to at this year’s festival in the comments below, and “like” us on Facebook to stay updated on all the Oktoberfest happenings. If you need any last minute items for your impending trip we can ship any in-stock item for next day delivery to anywhere in the continental United States. We suggest these lederhosen. They’ve been selling faster than you can say, “sauerkraut.”
Today is September 12th, which means there are only five days left until the start of Oktoberfest Munchen 2011! If you live in the United States but like to celebrate Oktoberfest as if you were in Germany there’s still time to order any Oktoberfest item on OktoberfestHaus.com and have it shipped anywhere in the country in time for the start of Oktoberfest on the 17th. Get great party items like the Official 2011 Oktoberfest Beer Stein, which just came in stock this morning. Personalize your Oktoberfest with one of our large selection of Alpine hats, Oktoberfest wall tiles, or just get all-in-one Oktoberfest Party Kit.
With so many options to choose from you’re sure to find everything for your Oktoberfest party needs!
The official 2011 Oktoberfest stein is here! This ceramic beauty fits a full one liter of beer and comes directly from the home of Oktoberfest: Germany. The design on the front of the stein features a traditional German couple dancing. On the border of the design are beer steins and pretzels, the only things you need to survive in Munich while at Oktoberfest! These collectors items are sure to go fast, so make sure you get your order in today before they’re gone.
With just over a week until Oktoberfest, we figure you will be planning your parties… sourcing good German beer, ordering Oktoberfest party decorations, and prepping your menu. With that last point in mind, here are a few resources for planning your menu:
1. GermanFoods.org has an excellent list of Oktoberfest recipes.
2. For a list of food served at Oktoberfest in Munich, see right side bar of this page on German Food Guide.
3. Here are some more great German recipes from the internet’s largest seller of German food. Conveniently, you can order most of all the food you’ll need for the recipes from their site.
4. Wisconsinmade.com is best website for authentic Bratwurst sausage – they even have Weisswurst, not easy to find in the U.S.
5. A small operation out of Seattle, this guy will ship you authentic soft Bavarian pretzels by mail.
Any more thoughts on Oktoberfest food? What’s your favorite thing to eat while drinking your favorite German beer?
The staff tends to start frequenting local stores like France 44 and Surdyk’s this time of year in search of the Oktoberfest brews. Now that September is here, most breweries have released our favorite seasonal. Our favorite (in terms of presentation) this year is from Paulaner. Whoever thought of the new 1 liter can should be thanked!
The Paulaner 1 liter can was as delicious as it looks
The photo does not do justice to the size of the can. It fits perfectly into a Paulaner 1 liter dimpled Isar stein and is sold as a kit at select stores (more on the can, stein combo to come).
Get your liver ready for the trip to Munich this year for Oktoberfest 2011 and pick up the Paulaner can at your local store.
The 2011 Hofbrauhaus stein is now in stock! HB Munich releases a new edition every year. This year’s glass model is made by SAHM of Germany and features a decorative Oktoberfest badge on the front. Get ‘em while you can!
Show the path to the Oktoberfest! New for 2011, these Biergarten signs with right or left pointing arrows make an excellent accessory decoration for your next Oktoberfest party. Show guests exactly which way to the biergarten!
For those of you who may be interested, here is a list of American Oktoberfest beers. If your favorite German Oktoberfest beer isn’t available in your area, maybe one of these local beers will be.
*August Schell’s Oktoberfest – Minnesota
*Bayern Brewing Inc. Oktoberfest Märzen – Montana
*Bear Republic Brewery Late Harvest Lager – California
*Beaver Street Brewery – Märzen – Arizona
*Bell’s Octoberfest – Michigan
*Christian Moerlein Fifth & Vine Oktoberfest – Ohio
*Diamond Bear Brewing Company Rocktoberfest – Arkansas
*Dogfish Head AltOberfest – Delaware
*Duck-Rabbit Märzen – North Carolina
*Dundee Brewing Company Oktoberfest – New York
*Durango Brewing Company Durango Colorfest – Colorado
*Epic Brewing Märzen Oktoberfest – Utah
*Flying Dog Brewery Dogtoberfest – Maryland
*Glacier Brewhouse Octoberfest – Alaska
*Gordon Biersch Brewing Company Märzen – Arizona
*Great Lakes Oktoberfest – Ohio
*Heiner Brau Festbier Oktoberfest – Louisiana
*Herkimer Pub & Brewery Oktoberfest – Minnesota
*Hog Haus Brewing Company Oktoberfest – Arkansas
*Homer Brewing Company Oktoberfest – Alaska
*Huntington Beach Beer Company Marzen – California
*Kodiak Island Brewing Company Oktoberfest – Alaska
*Lakefront Brewery Oktoberfest – Wisconsin
*Lake Superior Brewing Oktoberfest – Minnesota
*Leinenkugel Brewing Company Oktoberfest – Wisconsin
*Left Hand Brewing Company Oktoberfest – Colorado
*Lengthwise Brewing Company Oktoberfest – California
*Narragansett Brewing Company Fest Lager – Rhode Island
*New Glarus Brewing Company Staghorn Octoberfest – Wisconsin
*Real Ale Oktoberfest – Texas
*Saint Arnold Brewing Company Oktoberfest – Texas
*Saint Louis Brewery Schlafly Oktoberfest – Missouri
*SanTan Brewing Company Oktoberfest – Arizona
*Samuel Adams Octoberfest – Massachusetts
*Shiner Oktoberfest – Texas
*Snowshoe Brewing Company Oktoberfest – California
*Summit Oktoberfest – Minnesota
*Sun King Brewing Oktoberfest – Indiana
*Surly Surlyfest – Minnesota
*Thomas Hooker Octoberfest – Connecticut
*Point Oktoberfest – Wisconsin
If you know of any Oktoberfest beers that should be on this list, please feel free to let us know!
Happy International Beer Day everybody! Grab some friends and enjoy your favorite beer (or try something new) in a beer boot or beer stein.
If you’re celebrating International Beer Day, let us know. We’d love to hear how you celebrated.
In North America, the autumn festival best known for the consumption of beer has often been spelled as Octoberfest, after the English spelling of the month October. However, the spelling of Octoberfest as it relates to the German festival is incorrect.
When referencing the festival, be it the official celebration in Munich, Bavaria, Germany or the hundreds of smaller celebrations across the world, the correct spelling is Oktoberfest – “Oh Kay” not “Oh See”. OK, get it?
In the German language, the correct spelling for the “ach” sound is “Ok” instead of the English spelling of “Oc”. So the next time you see Oktoberfest spelled as Octoberfest, you can politely educate people on the correct spelling of the Oktoberfest festival.