We all love das Getränk: It's Oktoberfest season, let's get betrunken!!

There are more than a few things we dig about Bavarian culture. A lot of them sound like bad words (or nasty venereal diseases,) sure, but man are they delicious. Schweinshaxe, Steckerlfisch, any kind of würstl.....we love it all. So, though we're surely bummed to bid summer adieu for another long-ass winter, we can't help but be a little pleased that October is just around the corner. Because it's time once again for Oktoberfest! If there's one thing we like more than a nice, fat würstl, it's a frosty stein of German brew. Or, you know, ten. As do the rest of the drunkards who come together each year to toast German heritage (in our Irish-dominated town) because, hey, any excuse for a pint, are we right? Thus, we've compiled the beer-soaked, sausage fests coming up that are worthy of your fanciest lederhosen. O' zapft is! ("It's tapped!")

1. Oktoberfest at Lansdowne Pub

Six four-ounce samples of locally crafted fall brews, including Long Trail, Narragansett, Otter Creek, Paulaner, Sam Adams & Wolavers, and live music all night. more

2. Oktoberfest History and Hops Craft Beer Sampling

Sample local brews from Ipswich Ale, Cape Ann, Smuttynose and more, with food from Karl's Sausage Kitchen and music from Neurological Damage and Fiddlehead at the Lynn Museum. more

3. Quincy Oktoberfest

Stuff your gullet with traditional German foods, beers, and wines. Play bar pong and enter raffles, with proceeds going to Interfaith Social Services. more

4. Cape Cod Oktoberfest

If you feel like trekking out to the Cape, the Chatham VFW has got German food, Cape Cod beer, and music from the Cape Cod Bavarian Band. more

5. Davis Square Oktoberfest

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday Funday....Outdoor beer garden and food from Redbones, Joshua Tree, Foundary on Elm, The Burren, and Mike's Restaurant. Plus live music, stein holding and keg rolling competitions. more

6. Harvard Square Oktoberfest Fest

Sure, the name is redundant. But who doesn't like festing? This one's got six stages of music, 200 food and crafts stalls, plus the Honk! Festival Parade rolling through. more

7. Oktoberfest Der Beehive

Harpoon provides the beer for the Beehive's German-fest, withtraditional Bavarian fare prepared by chef Rebecca Newell and live music. more

8. Oktoberfest in Foxboro

Bit of a hike, yeah, but Christina's Fireside Grille in Foxboro has got both American and Bavarian food tastings, 20 beer samples, giveaways, and more. more

9. Oktoberfest for a Cure

At this fest, you can actually feel good about getting nice and soused on stout German ales. All the samplings at Harpoon today go to Pints for Prostates. Light snacks provided to keep you from rolling on home. Hopefully. more

10. Corktoberfest

Cork's in Mansfield has got beer tastings from over 10 companies, food, and prize giveaways this afternoon. more

11. Witchtoberfest

Wouldn't be in Salem if it didn't have "witch" in the name. This Oktoberfest has samples from over 16 breweries, food from local restaurants, and live music. Plus...witches? more

12. Wormtown Brewery O-fest

The Wormtown brewery out in Worcester is hosting a beer celebration featuring home cooked German food and local musicians all night. more


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