With the crisp, familiar, fall air settling in, we’re looking all things autumn, including our favorite celebration—Oktoberfest! And to celebrate accordingly, we’ve rounded up our favorite biergartens and breweries across the country. Grab your favorite stein, order a brat or two, and head to these must-try biergartens for a frothy taste of Germany in your own backyard.
This family owned and operated brewpub opened its doors in 2001, and has since made thousands of craft beers, ranging from ales to stouts. Located on the line of the Laurelhurst and Hollywood neighborhoods in Portland – hence the name – Laurelwood is home to the Megafauna Imperial IPA, winner of the National Imperial IPA Challenge Championship in 2013.
Quickly becoming the go-to for outdoor drinking in DC, Dacha delivers good beers in a good atmosphere, and earns extra points for letting you bring in snacks and dogs to complete that perfect Oktoberfest biergarten experience. Sip a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel or any one of their daily beer cocktails, and be sure to snack on a house made brat when the munchies set in.
Fremont Brewing Company
Located in the hip Fremont neighborhood of Seattle and just steps away from the famous Fremont Troll, this family-owned microbrewery has been brewing small batch beers since 2009. All of Freemont’s beers are made from local ingredients using sustainable brewing practices, like conserving water and electricity. Stop by their urban beer garden to taste ales, wheats, stouts and seasonal beers.
Cigar City Brewing
Known for some of the most delicious pints in the Tampa Bay area, we were eager to taste their raved about brews. When choosing ingredients, Cigar City plays off of Tampa Bay’s Latin culture and history of tobacco manufacturing, which shows up in the flavor profile of their seasonal brews. In an attempt to add a bit of our own flavor to the mix, we opted for a beer float—because who says you can’t get creative with Oktoberfest?
Bottle Logic Brewing
Orange County, CA
If you’re into microbreweries, Bottle Logic Brewing should be on your radar. This Orange County hot spot opened up this past year and has been tantalizing taste buds ever since. Make no mistake, Bottle Logic isn’t your average brewery. Their brewers favor the ‘break all the rules’ approach, and focus on discovering the best tastes, ingredients, and processes needed to make mind-blowing beer. Stop by their tasting room Thursday through Monday for a flight of their unique offerings of the autumnal variety.
While their annual Octoberfest celebration has already passed this month, you can still pull on your lederhosen and kick back with one of their Octoberfest brews for a celebration that honestly lasts all month long. Stop in on a weekday for a pint and one of their famed pretzels.
Okay, okay, we know this isn’t exactly a biergarten, but if you’re gluten intolerant, or just really love cider, this is one cider house in Portland you can’t miss. Bushwhacker is the United States’ first cider pub, and serves up a wide variety of ciders—both local and global, making it your one-stop-shop for cider nirvana. We like the “Smoke-A-Trois” and the “Forgotten Trail.”
Sip a harvest brew (the Ommegang comes highly recommended) on the rooftop deck, boasting comfy seating and great views of the Gold Coast skyline. If you’re hungry, grab yourself some pad thai tacos or house smoked baby back ribs for a snack.
Oregon Public House
We couldn’t make a list of bars to sip at without including the world’s first nonprofit pub. Although not an actual beer garden, from the wall of the currently-supported charities (the pub supports as many as ten at a time), the Stein-designed ‘Giveometer’ (their take on a tip jar), and the ever-impressive “aletruism” sign noting the over $26,000 that’s already been donated to charity since its opening, you can’t help but feel like you’re a part of something bigger. Though it sounds too good to be true, we assure you, it isn’t.