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5th Annual Mountain View Oktoberfest

My favorite local Oktoberfest celebration is set to take place this weekend – the fifth annual Mountain View Oktoberfest presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be held on Saturday (Sep. 30) and Sunday (Oct. 1) from 11am to 7pm each day in the open-air parking lot located directly behind Steins at Bryant and Dana Streets, one block west of Castro St. The weather looks to be picture perfect.

Mountain View Oktoberfest will feature traditional German food, German beers and live entertainment, including music by Big Lou’s Accordion, The SF German Band and Alpiners USA. Check the MV Oktoberfest website for the entertainment schedule.

There’ll also be an expansive Oktoberfest tent, traditional Oktoberfest wood tables and benches for communal sitting, pretzel eating and stein holding contests, traditional songs and dance, as well as bouncy houses and face painting for kids.

Steins owner Ted Kim shares: “We’re happy to be celebrating our fifth year hosting the Mountain View Oktoberfest! Since its inception, the festival has grown to become a city staple and one of the most anticipated events of the year.

“This year at the Mountain View Oktoberfest guests will be able to choose from seven different beer offerings: six authentic styles from German beer houses and a special local brew combining sweet Munich malts and west coast hops.

“Additionally, there will be plenty of eats as Teske’s Germania and others serve up delicious German cuisine.

“Come out and join us for another fun-filled Oktoberfest! All ages welcome!”

Food & Beer

A variety of food will be available for purchase from four different vendors, including traditional German dishes from German restaurant Teske’s Germania.

German (and German-style) beers include:

  • Doppelbock Dunkel – Andechs
  • Pilsner – Paulaner
  • Helles Lager – Weltenburger
  • Oktoberfest – Hofbräuhaus
  • Grapefruit Radler – Steigl
  • Hefeweizen – Weihenstephaner
  • Hoptoberfest – South Bay 

Prices and Ticket Information

  • $11 for 0.5-liter commemorative stein; requires 1 drink ticket to fill
  • $16 for 1-liter commemorative stein; requires 2 drink tickets to fill
  • $25 for 1-liter boot (limited quantities); requires 2 drink tickets to fill

Drink tickets: $9 for 1 drink ticket and $35 for 4 tickets.

Food: $6-$15 (depending on the dish).

Charity

A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit SOAR – Student Outreach Award Resource – a partner charity with the Chamber of Commerce. SOAR is known throughout the community for its financial help and scholarship awards for high school and community college students looking to advance their education.

2017 Oktoberfest Celebrations in and around San Jose

Yours truly at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, July 2016

I’m sure there are many like me who wish they were going to the official Oktoberfest in Munich.

The Hofbräuhaus in Munich, July 2016

Fortunately, local Oktoberfest-inspired events and celebrations are set to take place throughout San Jose and nearby, providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy German and German-style beer and food in a festive atmosphere. Many of the Oktoberfest celebrations are family friendly and will feature live entertainment.

Below is a roundup of this year’s local Oktoberfest events listed by date. I’ll add to it as new ones come to my attention. Prost!

Sat., Sep. 9: Gourmet Haus Staudt

What: It’s their annual outdoor Oktoberfest celebration, taking place from 12pm to 7:30pm. Six German beers on tap, lots of bratwurst and live music featuring The Internationals (starting at 2pm). $7 entry fee.

Where: 2615 Broadway St., Redwood City

More Info.: Facebook event page

Wed., Sep 13: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

What: Gordon Biersch in downtown San Jose celebrates Oktoberfest with the tapping of their seasonal Festbier accompanied by games and live music.

Where: 33 E. San Fernando St., San Jose

More Info.: FB event page

Fri., Sep. 15: Golden State Brewery

What: Folks are invited to don their Lederhosen and Dirndl as Golden State Brewery releases their new Ein Prosit Oktoberfest beer. There’ll be music, decorations, sausages courtesy of Arlington Brothers and a limited supply of 32-oz. Das Boots good for a fill of Ein Prosit for $16. Festivities take place from 5pm to 9pm.

Where: 1252 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara

More Info: goldenstate.beer

Fri., Sep. 15 – Sat., Oct. 28: Teske’s Germania

What: German fare and beers with music from The Internationals on select Friday and Saturday evenings from Sep. 15 to Oct. 29.

Where: 255 N. 1st St., San Jose

More Info.: Teske’s Entertainment page

Sat., Sep. 16 & Sat., Sep. 23: Ludwig’s German Table

What: Join Ludwig’s for Oktoberfest on Sep. 16 and Sep. 23 from 12pm to 8pm. There’ll be live music, plenty of German beers and a Schmankerl plate. $28.

Where: 261 N. 2nd St., San Jose

More Info.: ludwigssj.com

Mon., Sep. 18 – Sat., Oct. 21: Faultline Oktoberfest

What: Faultline Brewing Company pays homage to Oktoberfest with a month-long special German-inspired menu available lunch and dinner, plus Oktoberfest specialty beers.

Where: 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale

More Info.: FB event page

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sat., Sep. 23: Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

Update: Gordon Biersch announced on Sep. 15 that this event has been cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

What: The ongoing Taylor Street Night Market outdoor summer series continues to take place Thursday evenings at the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company brewing and packaging facility in Japantown. To celebrate Oktoberfest, the Night Market folks – Gordon Biersch and Moveable Feast – are throwing a three-day, family friendly bash featuring German-inspired food truck dishes and beers along with live music, games for kids and SJMADE artisans.

Where: 357 E. Taylor St., San Jose

More Info.: FB event page

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sat., Sep. 23: Park Station Hashery

What: Caltobrefest! Enjoy local and German beers with classic Bavarian fare done California style. Live music and DJ sets on the patio. 5pm to closing.

Where: 1701 Park Ave., San Jose

More Info.: Instagram post

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sun., Sep. 24: Redwood City Oktoberfest

What: The 4th annual Oktoberfest in downtown Redwood City takes place over four days on the Courthouse Square and encompasses a whole lot of everything one can ask for to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Where: 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

More Info.: Website

Thurs., Sep. 28: Geektoberfest

What: The Tech Museum of Innovation presents the 3rd annual Geektoberfest. Explore the biology of beer, with talks, demos and tastings. 7pm to 10:30pm. $25.

Where: 201 S. Market St., San Jose

More Info.: thetech.org/geektoberfest

Sat., Sep. 30 – Sun., Oct. 1: Mountain View Oktoberfest

What: The 5th Annual Oktoberfest takes place the weekend of Sep. 30 and Oct. 1 (11am to 7pm both days) and is presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. There’ll be plenty of German beer, good food and family friendly entertainment.

Where: Parking lot at Dana St. and Bryant St., Mountain View

More Info.: FB event page

Sat., Oct. 14: Peninsula Oktoberfest

What: Enjoy the annual Peninsula Oktoberfest at Hiller Aviation Museum, held for the first time at night from 5pm to 10pm. There’ll be live music as well as German beers and food available for purchase.

Where: 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos

More Info.: hiller.org/event/oktoberfest

Sat., Oct. 21 to Sun., Oct. 22: Campbell Oktoberfest

What: Downtown Campbell hosts an entire weekend of live music, tasty food, arts and crafts, a kids zone and – of course – beer. Sponsored by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company.

Where: E. Campbell Ave., Campbell

More Info.: FB event page



4th Annual Mountain View Oktoberfest

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Mountain View Oktoberfest steins, courtesy of Mountain View Oktoberfest

The 4th annual Mountain View Oktoberfest celebration is set for this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday (October 1st and 2nd). It’ll take place both days from 11am-7pm in the open-air parking lot located at Bryant Street at Dana Street, directly behind Steins and one block west of Castro Street. Each day will kick off with a ceremonial cask ale tapping at 11am.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – the Mountain View Oktoberfest – in my humble opinion – is the biggest and best of the local Oktoberfest-themed celebrations.

Presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, Tied House Brewery & Cafe and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, attendance at this popular event is expected to be close to 7,000 for the weekend.

The celebration is Steins Beer Garden’s take on the traditional German beer festival, with a 7,000 sq. ft. beer tent, traditional German fare, live entertainment and plenty of German beer.

Steins owner Ted Kim says about this year’s festival:

“This year at the Mountain View Oktoberfest, guests will be able to choose from 8 different beer offerings: five authentic styles from German beer houses and three special brews from local breweries.

“Unlike years past, this year each beer house will be pouring from its own tent with proper signage. This way guests won’t be confused as to which line to stand in, and it will help speed up the lines. Come out and join us for another fun-filled Oktoberfest!”

Tied House director of marketing Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez adds:

“Mountain View Oktoberfest encompasses the true spirit of German Oktoberfest festivities with traditional German bands, food, beer and people from all walks of life enjoying the raucous celebration.

“We are proud to partner with Steins Beer Garden and Restaurant and the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View to bring this celebration to Silicon Valley for a fourth year.”

Beer and Food

The following beers will be on tap:

  • Andechs Doppelbock
  • Fruh Kolsch
  • Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfest
  • Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen
  • Steigl Grapefruit Radler
  • South Bay Church Lemon Basil Hef
  • South Bay Church Apricot Hef
  • Tied House Oktoberfest Lager

A variety of food options will be available for purchase from different vendors, including Aroma Concessions, Gourmet Faire and traditional German dishes from Teske’s Germania.

Prices

Commemorative steins with Mountain View Oktoberfest logo

  • $10 for 0.5-liter stein
  • $15 for 1-liter stein

Drink tickets:

  • $8 for 1 ticket
  • $30 for 4 tickets

1 ticket fills a 0.5-liter stein. 2 tickets fill a 1-liter stein. Attendees can bring their steins from past Mountain View Oktoberfest celebrations.

Food:

  • $6-$15 (depending on the dish)

Entertainment and Family Fun

There will be plenty of fun, family-friendly entertainment. Throughout the weekend, there will be live German music with performances by Big Lou’s Accordion, The SF German Band and Alpiners USA. There will also be kid-friendly activities, including bounce houses, face painting and games, pretzel eating contest, chicken dance and more.

For a look at the entertainment schedule, visit the Mountain View Oktoberfest website.

Charity

A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Community Services Agency, located in Mountain View, and SOAR, a partner charity with Chamber of Commerce Mountain View. Student Outreach Award Resource (SOAR) is known throughout the community for its financial help and scholarship awards for high school and community college students looking to advance their education. Community Services Agency is a non-profit serving low income individuals and families.

About Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant is the vision of Bay Area native Ted Kim. Kim has more than 20 years of small business experience, including his tremendous success with Northern California’s Paris Baguette stores. Steins is a salute to the traditional European beer hall and garden, infusing rustic elements of nature with brilliant contemporary architecture. The Beer Garden will offer the perfect escape for guests to drink and socialize, and the Beer Hall will offer an ideal environment for guests to “eat, drink, and be merry.” Steins is open every day, Sundays 11am-10pm, Monday-Thursdays 11am-11pm (patio closes at 10pm), Friday-Saturdays 11am-11:30pm (patio closes at 11pm). Steins is located at 895 Villa St., Mountain View, CA 94041. For more information, visit www.steinsbeergarden.com and visit the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.

About Tied House Microbrewery

Tied House was founded in 1987, and poured its first pint in January of 1988. Nearly 30 years later, Tied House continues its loyalty to the community and provides a dynamic, fun space where guests continue to enjoy their favorite Tied House beer, and a handcrafted, laidback menu. Since 2010, Tied House acquired over fifteen awards for their beer, including back-to-back Gold Medals for Ironwood Dark from the California State Commercial Craft Brewers Competition. In 2015, Tied House earned a prestigious Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal for its Alpine Gold Ale.

Additional photos below courtesy of Mountain View Oktoberfest:

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2016 Oktoberfest Events in and around San Jose and Silicon Valley

2015 Mountain View Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Munich takes place from September 17 to October 3 this year, and I’m sure there are many like me who wish they were going but won’t be.

Fortunately, there are a number of local, Oktoberfest-inspired events and celebrations taking place throughout San Jose and nearby, providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy German and German-style beer and food in a festive atmosphere. Many of the Oktoberfest celebrations will also feature live entertainment and family-friendly activities.

Below is a roundup of this year’s local Oktoberfest events listed by date. I’ll add to it as new ones come to my attention. Please let me know if I’m missing any. Prost!

Fri., Sep. 9 – Sun., Sep. 11: Redwood City Oktoberfest

What: For 3 days, downtown Redwood City will celebrate their 3rd annual Oktoberfest. There’ll be a huge tent with lots of seating, music (AlpinersUSA), dancing, contests and lots of beer, beverages, food and more. An entrance fee ($18-$20 and $10-$12 for kids & designated drivers) includes a commemorative stein and 1 drink ticket.

Where: Courthouse Square, Redwood City

More info.: www.redwoodcity.org

Fri., Sep. 9 – Sat., Oct. 29: Teske’s Germania

What: German fare and special Oktoberfest evening celebrations on Fridays and select Saturdays from Sep. 9 to Oct. 29 featuring music from The Family Gruber Band and The Internationals.

Where: 255 N. 1st St., San Jose

More info.: http://teskes-germania.com/

Sat., Sep. 10: Jack Rose Libation House

What: 4th annual Oktoberfest from 4pm-9pm with live music from The Family Gruber Band plus German food and German beer. Admission to the beer garden is $10 for ages 21 and over, $5 for ages 13-20 and free for 12 and under. Feel free to come dressed in your best Lederhosen or Dirndl.

Where: 18840 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd., Los Gatos

More info.: http://jackrosebar.com/

Sat., Sep. 10: Gourmet Haus Staudt

What: Annual Oktoberfest celebration. Doors open at 11:30am. $5.00 entry fee. The Internationals start playing at 3pm.

Where: 2615 Broadway, Redwood City

More info.: http://www.gourmethausstaudt.com/

Fri., Sep. 16 – Sun, Sep. 18: Naglee Park Garage

What: Annual Oktoberfest from Sep. 16-18. They’ll be serving German beers plus a special German menu and be hosting  musical guests all weekend. Come casual or dressed in your most authentic German outfits and celebrate.

Where: 505 E. San Carlos St., San Jose

More info.: http://nagleeparkgarage.com/

Sat., Sep. 17 and Sat., Sep. 24: Ludwig’s German Table

What: Get out your Lederhosen and Dirndl and join Ludwig’s for Oktoberfest on Sep. 17 and Sep. 24 from 2pm-10pm. They’ll be turning their restaurant into a traditional Munich style festival ground with live music and special Beer Garden & Restaurant ($28) and Hall ($35) tickets.

Where: 261 N. 2nd St., San Jose

More info.: http://www.ludwigssj.com/

Mon., Sep. 26 – Sat., Oct. 29: Faultline Oktoberfest

What: Oktoberfest festivities at Faultline Brewing Company kick off Mon., Sep. 26. This year, Fautline will feature an Oktoberfest beer release, a German-inspired menu and more to be announced.

Where: 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale

More info.: http://www.faultlinebrewing.com/

Thurs., Sep. 29: Geektoberfest

What: The Tech Museum of Innovation presents Geektoberfest 2016, an annual event where brewers and scientists will explore the biology of beer with talks, demos and tastings. In conjuction with Geektoberfest, Content Magazine will host a Beer LAB event on The Tech’s private rooftop terrace, featuring music, food and beer tastings available only to Beer LAB guests. Ticket prices vary from $18 to $100. Local participating brewers include DasBrew, FireHouse Grill & Brewery, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

Where: 201 S. Market St., San Jose

More info.: http://www.thetech.org/geektoberfest

Sat., Oct. 1 – Sun., Oct. 2: Mountain View Oktoberfest

What: 4th Annual Oktoberfest – taking place Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 – presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, Tied House and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. They’ll be taking over a part of Mountain View’s Dana St. and Bryant St. with the parking lot, promising to be bigger and better than the previous years. There’ll be German beer, good food and family friendly entertainment.

Where: Parking lot at Dana St. and Bryant St., Mountain View

More info.: TBA

Sun., Oct. 2: OktoBRAfest

What: The 3rd Annual OktoBrafest takes places at the San Jose Woman’s Club from 3-6 pm. $25 tickets include a buffet of sausage, potato salad, sauerkraut, bread, dessert and one beer, cider or wine. Additional beverages are available for a suggested donation of $5.

Where: 75 S. 11th St., San Jose

More info.: http://www.sjwomansclub.org/

Sun., Oct. 9: San Pedro Square Market

What: Their 4th annual Oktoberfest celebration – their longest running event – returns with a new name – Oktober Beer & Music Fest – and promises to take things to a new level, featuring 3 bands this year and activating the entire Market instead of only the Sidewalk Cafe. The event will have games in different areas throughout the Market. Early bird tickets are $30 and will score you 3 beers instead of 2, but tickets do go up the longer you wait. From 2pm-8pm.

Where: 87 N. San Pedro St., San Jose

More info.: http://www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com/

Sat., Oct. 15: Peninsula Oktoberfest

What: From 11am-4pm, enjoy the annual Peninsula Oktoberfest at Hiller Aviation Museum. There’ll be music (San Mateo Elks Band and Bayern Maiden), German beer and food trucks. There’ll also be beers from Devil’s Canyon, Voodoo Brewing and Anchor Steam.

Where: 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos

More info.: http://www.hiller.org/event/oktoberfest-2016/

Sat., Oct. 15 – Sun., Oct. 16: Campbell Oktoberfest

What: Campbell Oktoberfest is hosted by the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, and it’s an entire weekend of live music, tasty food, arts & crafts, a kids zone and – of course – beer. Featuring 4 stages of live music and dozens of food vendors. Oktoberfest dress encouraged.

Where: Downtown Campbell

More info.: http://campbellchamber.net/Oktoberfest/



Inaugural Gordon Biersch Oktoberfest in San Jose

Photo from 25th anniversary celebration at Gordon Biersch Brewery in San Jose
Photo from 25th anniversary celebration at Gordon Biersch Brewery in San Jose

Gordon Biersch will celebrate its inaugural Oktoberfest this Sat., Oct. 10 directly outside its brewing facilities in San Jose’s Japantown (357 E. Taylor St.). The event takes place from 12pm to 9pm and includes a selection of the brewery’s signature German-style beers, traditional and contemporary food options, live music, stein-holding contest, free brewery tours and a five-story tall Ferris wheel.

Gordon Biersch will feature three of its traditional, unfiltered German-style beers – Märzen, Czech Style Pilsner and Festbier. Märzen, Gordon Biersch’s original Oktoberfest beer, highlights the flavors of imported German, dark-roasted Munich and caramelized Munich malts. The Czech-style Pilsner utilizes Bavarian Hallertau and Tettnang aroma hops to produce fine bitterness and a floral aroma. The unique flavor and bouquet combine for a crisp, highly drinkable beer. Festbier emphasizes rich malty undertones with a moderately hoppy finish. The maltiness is created via a combination of dark-roasted Munich style malt, Pilsner malt and both light-roasted and dark-roasted caramel malt.

Look for WildCide Hard Cider – the first offering from Gordon Biersch’s new cider venture – to make its public debut after the stealthily creative “No Name Cider” social media marketing campaign held earlier this year.

Gordon Biersch’s signature garlic fries will be available in addition to offerings from Capelo’s Barbecue, German-style soft pretzels from Wolfgang’s Bavarian Pretzels, Bratwurst, other sausages and roasted pig and chicken. Seating will be housed under a sperry tent with hall-style seating for 500.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is scheduled to make a special appearance at 2pm to take part in the traditional tapping of the keg with Gordon Biersch brewmaster Dan Gordon.

Free brewery tours will be held at intervals throughout the day. Live music will include Santa Cruz soul band Pawn Shop Soul and San Francisco collective Jazz Mafia. Both groups focus on contemporary funk, soul and jazz.

Ticket Information

Tickets are available at gboktoberfest.brownpapertickets.com.

Price:

12 and under free
$15 13+ or designated driver
$20 entrance and 1 drink ticket
$25 entrance, 1 drink ticket, and .4 Litre (13oz) Gordon Biersch Willibecher glass
$30 entrance, 2 drink tickets, and 1 Litre (33oz) Gordon Biersch stein mug
$50 entrance, 4 drink tickets, and Gordon Biersch stein mug

Drink Tickets:

1 ticket fills a Willibecher or half a Stein
2 tickets fills a Stein
Additional drink tickets = $5

Given the past Gordon Biersch events I’ve been to, I expect this one to quickly become a local favorite. More information is below for those unfamiliar with the history of Gordon Biersch.

Beers from Gordon Biersch

All of Gordon Biersch’s beer is brewed in strict adherence to the German Purity Law, a traditional German brewing philosophy that dates to 1487. In the declaration issued by Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria, it was stated that the only ingredients used in the production of beer should be water, barley, and hops. This traditional approach has been a cornerstone of Gordon Biersch’s brewing philosophy since brewmaster Dan Gordon established the company’s first brewery restaurant with restauranteur Dean Biersch in Palo Alto in 1988. Gordon was the first American in 40 years to graduate from the five-year brewing program at Technical University of Munich, the most prestigious brewing program in the world.

About Gordon Biersch

Dan Gordon first met Dean Biersch in 1987 through a mutual friend. Gordon was one of the most sought-after brewers in the country, while restaurateur and beer lover Biersch was looking for a partner to open a brewery restaurant.

Their mutual vision was clear from the start: a monument to beer, where people could come drink freshly-brewed beer and have a great meal. They would serve authentic, German-style beers in the tradition of the blends Gordon brewed while attending the Technical University of Munich, considered the world’s most renowned brewing school. Their beer has always been brewed according to the age-old German Purity Law of beer known as Reinheitsgebot, utilizing only the finest ingredients: Hallertauer hops, two-row malted barley, and a special yeast strain imported directly from Germany.

In 1988, they opened their first brewery restaurant in Palo Alto. Since then, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants have opened across the United States and world to include locations from California to Florida and even Taiwan.

The organization took its next major step in 1997 when it opened a state-of-the-art brewery and bottling facility in San Jose’s Japantown neighborhood.

Since 1998, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company has more than doubled its production, increasing its capacity to 3.1 million gallons of beer annually, making the company the largest brewery in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Mountain View Welcomes Third Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

Revelers at the inaugural Mountain View Oktoberfest
Revelers at the inaugural Mountain View Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is upon us, and there are still plenty of opportunities throughout Silicon Valley to bust out your Lederhosen or Dirndl. Many of the celebrations will feature large, happy crowds, German fare and, of course, plenty of German and German-style beers. The biggest and best of the bunch – in my humble opinion – takes place annually in Mountain View and comes closest to replicating the festive revelry of the real one.

The third annual Mountain View Oktoberfest – a collaboration between Steins Beer Garden and Restaurant, Tied House Microbrewery and the city’s Chamber of Commerce – will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, from 11am-7pm in the open-air parking lot located directly behind Steins at Bryant St. and Dana St., one block west of Castro St. The weather forecast looks to be picture perfect for the 12,000 or so expected to attend over the two days.

Since even before the opening of Steins back in early 2013, owner Ted Kim envisioned a big, family-friendly Oktoberfest in Mountain View. Of the third iteration, Ted says: “We’ve spent months planning and preparing to bring the city of Mountain View yet another fun-filled Oktoberfest with an even larger selection of beer, more food options and a robust entertainment line-up.”

German and German-inspired beers to be poured under the festival beer tent include Andechs Doppelbock, Franziskaner Dunkel-Weisse, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Spaten Premium Lager, Spaten Oktoberfest, Weihenstephaner Pilsner, Stiegl Radler and South Bay specialty beers Sunny Pale, Apricot Hefeweizen and Lemon Basil Hefeweizen. Tied House will pour their Helles Lager.

Ted will kick off the celebrations with a ceremonial tapping of cask ales provided by Tied House’s sister brewery Hermitage Brewing Company. The tappings take place at 11am on both days. Saturday’s cask ale is Fruit Crate Pumpkin Ale (dry hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops). Sunday’s cask ale is Peach Saison (with four pounds of fresh peaches).

Traditional German dishes will be available from Teske’s Germania, along with a number of beer-friendly food trucks provided by Moveable Feast, including Cluck It Up, Takoz Mod Mex and H. Butler’s BBQ. Look for food dishes to cost between $6 and $12.

Admission to Oktoberfest is free, but purchasing a large 1-liter stein ($15) or smaller 0.5-liter stein ($10) plus drink tickets are required to drink beer. One beer ticket is $8, and four tickets can purchased for $30. One ticket fills a 0.5-liter stein, while two tickets fill a 1-liter stein. The steins have a Mountain View Oktoberfest logo. Pre-purchasing via EventBrite will allow you to skip to the front of the ticket line without the wait.

Family-friendly entertainment includes live German music with performances by Big Lou’s Accordion (Saturday at 11am), The SF German Band (Sunday at 11:30am) and The Alpiners USA (Saturday and Sunday afternoon, 3:30pm). Kid-friendly activities include two bouncy houses, carnival games, a pretzel eating contest, face painting and more.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to non-profits Can Do MS, Community Services Agency and the SOAR (Student Outreach Award Resource) scholarship program.

Ted shares, “Big thanks to our fantastic community for the outpouring of support and for making this the best Oktoberfest in the Bay! Dust off your lederhosen, bring the family, and we’ll see you at the 3rd Annual Mountain View Oktoberfest!”

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2015 Oktoberfest Celebrations in Silicon Valley

Revelers at the inaugural Mountain View Oktoberfest
Revelers at the inaugural Mountain View Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is back in Silicon Valley with numerous opportunities to enjoy quality German-style beers paired with German culture and cuisine. Beyond the much-celebrated tradition of having a drink or two to commemorate the holiday, many of the Oktoberfest celebrations in Silicon Valley will also feature live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Prost!

Daily Until Oct. 30: Teske’s Germania

255 N 1st St, San Jose

Teske’s Germania in downtown San Jose is known for its distinct German cuisine and setting. Throughout Oktoberfest, the Internationals and the Gruber Family Band will perform on select Friday and Saturday evenings, starting at 6:30pm.

Sept. 17: Oktoberfest at Gordon Biersch

33 East Fernando Street, San Jose

Downtown San Jose’s Gordon Biersch celebrates Oktoberfest with a tapping party at 5pm for its latest seasonal offering, Festbier amber lager. Look for special menu items from Sept. 16 to Oct. 18, including a German sausage plate and platter, a Märzen Bratwurst sandwich, chicken Schnitzel and more.

Sept. 21-Oct. 23: Faultline Brewing Co.

1235 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale’s Faultline Brewing Company will offer a special Oktoberfest menu with items like beer-braised sausages and Schnitzel, as well as live music, with in-house brewed Germany-style beers on tap.

Sept. 25-27: Oktoberfest at Naglee Park Garage

505 East San Carlos Street, San Jose

Naglee Park Garage celebrates its 9th Annual Oktoberfest this year with a special menu created by Chef Louis Silva, German beers and live music on the patio. Oktoberfest at Naglee Park Garage was a precursor to the San Jose KraftBrew festival, a local semi-annual celebration of craft beer.

Sept. 26: Oktoberfest at Jack Rose Libation House

18840 Saratoga Los Gatos Road, Los Gatos

Jack Rose Libation House in Los Gatos hosts its third annual Oktoberfest from 4pm to 9pm. Enjoy sausages, pretzels, potato salad and German beers on tap in the outdoor beer garden. The Gruber Family Band will perform from 5pm to 9pm.

Oct. 3: Peninsula Oktoberfest

601 Skyway Road, San Carlos

Taking place from 11am to 4pm at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, there will be plenty of indoor and outdoor space to enjoy food, entertainment and German beers, as well as offerings from local breweries. The museum’s exhibit of historical planes and other artifacts will also be open.

Oct. 3-4: Mountain View Oktoberfest

895 Villa Street, Mountain View

Mountain View Oktoberfest is arguably home to the biggest and best of Silicon Valley Oktoberfest celebrations. Hosted by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant with partners Tied House and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, the third annual celebration takes place from 11am to 7pm for two days in the large parking lot directly behind Steins. It features food from Teske’s Germania and Moveable Feast food trucks, a 7,000-square-foot beer tent, a variety of German beers, live music and a large kids zone.

Oct. 5-6: Oktoberfest at Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life

310 W. St. John, San Jose

Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life is having an Oktoberfest parking lot party in parking lot. Weltenburger Klosterbrauerei Dunkel, Hells and Frans beers and Lagunitas Doppelsticky will be on tap, along with with Henry’s everyday selection of 16 draft beers. Henry’s will be serving grilled brats, sauerkraut, peppers and onions, signature warm potato salad, garlic bread and fried chicken.

Oct. 6: Oktoberfest Face Off

25 N. San Pedro St., San Jose

O’Flaherty’s will pour more than 20 German and German-inspired beers throughout the month of October. A Germany vs. America face off takes place on Oct. 6 where customers can try lagers, hefeweizens and Oktoberfest beers made from German and American breweries and determine the winner. Last year, Germany won.

Oct. 10: Oktoberfest at San Pedro Square Market

87 N. San Pedro, San Jose

Oktoberfest returns to San Pedro Square Market for its third year from noon to 7:30pm. Look for a dozen German beers on tap, special German-inspired dishes and plenty of entertainment, including the Showcase Band, a brat’ toss, stein hoisting, water pong and more.

Oct. 10: Oktoberfest at Gordon Biersch Brewery

357 East Taylor Street, San Jose

Gordon Biersch Brewery will host its inaugural Oktoberfest from 12pm to 9pm outside the brewery. The celebration includes traditional German food, roasted pig and chicken, the debut of WildCide Hard Cider, brewery tours, Gordon Biersch beers, garlic fries and more. Mayor Sam Liccardo will open the event with a ceremonial tapping of the first keg with brewmaster Dan Gordon. Look for this one to quickly become a local favorite.

Oct. 17-18: Campbell Oktoberfest

Downtown Campbell

Campbell’s annual Oktoberfest takes place over two days in downtown and promises a little something for everyone—German food, beer and wine, live music, and more than 100 arts and crafts booths.

Oct. 18: oktoBRAfest at San Jose Woman’s Club

75 S. 11th Street

OktoBRAfest takes place from 3pm to 5pm and will be emceed by KBAY Morning Show host Lissa Kreisler. Hosted by Be A Dear and Donate a Brassiere Section in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, expect fun contests and raffle prizes, music and dancing, a buffet of German classics and beers from Gordon Biersch.

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Fall 2015 Happenings at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

The fall looks to be an especially busy time at popular coastside brewery Half Moon Bay Brewing Company (390 Capistrano Rd.). The jam-packed calendar consists of a number of events and seasonal specials in the coming weeks.

Fall 2015 Brews and Views

First up is the return of Brews and Views, a speaker series – created in Nov. 2009 by Half Moon Bay Brewing co-owner Lenny Mendonca – that invites the community to enjoy a beer and a fresh view on American politics and social issues. Each series event takes place on site at the neighboring Mavericks Event Center and typically runs from 6pm-8pm. Admission is complimentary unless noted otherwise. From the brewery:

“The fall 2015 lineup welcomes distinguished guests including Peter Sims, best-selling author, co-founder and managing director of The Silicon Guild; Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California and proponent of marijuana legalization, on September 17; Dave Burstein, Founder and CEO of Run for America, on October 1; Malka Kopell , Co-Founder of Civity, on October 17; Assemblymember Rich Gordon and San Mateo County District 1 Supervisor Dave Pine to speak on the rising sea level on November 5; Molly Sullivan, Chief of Strategy and Innovation for the US Department of the Navy on November 19; and a special screening of “The Mask You Live In,” the new documentary by filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom on December 3.”

Fall Beers

Ever since joining Half Moon Bay Brewing in 2013, brewmaster James Costa has been crafting successful beers one after the next. His fall releases include the seasonal Pumpkin Harvest Ale (6.3%), an amber ale made with 120 pounds of local grown, roasted and spiced sugar pie pumpkins added to the brew kettle; Imperial Pumpkin Ale (10.2%) brewed with 35 lbs. of local sugar pie pumpkins and 35 lbs. of pumpkin puree; Papa Juice Barley Wine (11.6%) brewed with Crystal and Munich malts with American hops and aged for two months in a George Dickel Whiskey barrel; and Damage, Inc. (10%), a stout with hop character from Columbus, Chinook and Ahtanum hops.

Oktoberfest Menu (Sep. 15-30)

In addition to Half Moon Bay Brewing’s coastal cuisine, Executive Chef Federico Godinez will offer the following menu items: Beer Bratwurst Pretzel made with grilled beer Bratwurst served on a house-made pretzel bun with house-made beer mustard and sauerkraut; German-style sausages featuring grilled, house-made sausages basted in house beers; and classic German sides that can be selected with every entrée, including potato pancakes with fresh applesauce and sauerkraut. These items are available from Sep. 15-30.

Pumpkin Menu (Oct. 1-Oct. 31)

Made in particular to pair with Pumpkin Harvest Ale and Imperial Pumpkin Ale are Chef Godinez’ butternut squash and leek soup, Brussels sprouts salad with pumpkin vinaigrette and desserts, including homemade gingersnap crust butternut squash ricotta cheesecake; all available during the month of October.

Harvest Pumpkin Dinner (Oct. 6)

A three-course dinner prepared by Chef Godinez takes place at 6pm on Tues., Oct. 6 at Mavericks Event Center, featuring local Cozzolino pumpkins paired with the brewery’s pumpkin beers. Menu items include sweet and spicy braised Cozzolino Farms sugar pumpkin and arugula salad with crispy pancetta bits and roasted green garlic vinaigrette, and pan roasted wild king salmon served with slow roasted spaghetti squash and local Swiss chard. Pumpkin Harvest Ale and Imperial Pumpkin Ale will be on the menu as well as a special cider tasting – made from local apples – with the appetizer course from Reef Points Barrel Aged Hard Cider. Farmers Tony and Stephanie Cozzolino will be in attendance to share some of their pumpkin growing and decorating ideas, as well as have some of their unusual squashes, pumpkins and gourds for purchase.

The dinner is $65 per person, including tax and tip. Reservations are required as space is limited to 40 people. Tickets are available for purchase at www.hmbbrewingco.com. Vegetarian options are available. Those with questions may call 650-728-2739, ext. 204.

Coastside Brewfest (Oct. 24)

Half Moon Bay Brewing hosts the second annual Coastside Brewfest on Sat., Oct. 24 from 1pm-5pm at their waterfront parking lot. Look for mostly local breweries, including sister brewery Mavericks, Hop Dogma, Cellarmaker, Devil’s Canyon, Deschutes, Epidemic, Fieldwork, Fort Point, Green Flash, Magnolia, Marin, Moylan’s, Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz Ale Works, Sudwerk and others. Off the Grid food trucks will participate and look a special free tasting of Mavericks Grey Water Tunnel Vision Ale brewed with 100% NASA recycled grey water. A portion of the brewfest’s proceeds will be donated to Coastside Hope.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $45 at the door, and are available at www.hmbbrewingco.com.

Halloween (Sat., Oct. 31)

Live music courtesy of Bay Area rock band Bone Drivers starts at 7pm, and the annual costume contest begins at 8pm. Guests of all ages are welcome to enter the costume contest, which awards prizes for a variety of categories, including Most Original Costume, Best Group Costume and the Costume Most Likely to be Imitated Next Year.

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Upcoming San Jose, South Bay Beer Events: Oct. 15 – Oct. 31

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The following is a roundup of many of the local beer-centric events taking place throughout the rest of this month in the South Bay.

Wed., Oct. 15 – Fri., Oct. 17

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant is having a tap takeover with Drake’s Brewing from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 5pm-9pm each day. Drake’s Hausfest Lager will be one of the featured beers.

Thurs., Oct. 16

Market Beer Company (inside the San Pedro Square Market – the building on the corner of St. John and Almaden) will host their first “Locals Only” tap takeover event showcasing select draft beers from four local breweries, all from San Jose – Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing, Strike Brewing, and Clandestine Brewing. The event starts at 5pm.

This week’s edition of Thursday Beer Night at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose features the South Bay debut of Golden Road Brewing out of Los Angeles. The tap list promises to be stellar, with opportunities to meet a brewery representative and take home glassware. Beer Night starts at 6pm.

Join Campbell Brewing Company for a special evening as guests will toast brewmaster Jim Turturici at 7pm for his recent medals from the Great American Beer Festival, including a silver medal from this year’s GABF for his Mastiff Barleywine in the Barley Wine-Style Ale category and a gold medal from last year’s GABF for his Scottish Ale in the Scottish-Style Ale category.

These medals complement a silver medal from this year’s World Beer Cup for his Romanov Imperial Stout in the British-Style Imperial Stout category.

There will be opportunities to sample his winning beers in the brewery as well as enjoy the latest seasonal beer – Weizenbock.

Fri., Oct. 17

Good Karma Vegan Café celebrates their 8th anniversary with a celebration featuring a number of offerings from owner and beer aficionado Ryan Summers’ personal beer collection. The party starts at 6pm and on tap will be rare, specialty and cellared kegs from the following breweries:

  • Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
  • Cellarmaker
  • Crooked Stave
  • Almanac Beer Co.
  • The Bruery
  • Lagunitas Brewing
  • Firestone Walker
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Jolly Pumpkin
  • Port / Lost Abbey
  • Avery Brewing
  • North Coast
  • Dogfish Head Beer
  • Stone Brewing
  • Struise
  • Goose Island
  • Plus a surprise or two to be announced

Sat., Oct. 18

The next quarterly installment of “Pints for Non Profits” takes place at Original Gravity Public House starting at 1pm. Three local non-profit organizations will be paired with three California breweries, and a percentage of proceeds from beer sales this day will be donated to the respective non-profit.

  • Veggielution paired with Lagunitas Brewing
  • UNAREP paired with Firestone Walker
  • Aspiranet paired with Ballast Point Brewing

Sat., Oct. 18 – Sun., Oct. 19

Downtown Campbell celebrates Oktoberfest featuring German food, beer and wine, live music and arts and crafts.

Mon., Oct. 20

Wine Affairs weekly beer tasting event features a Germany vs. USA tap takeover on all 12 taps. The event takes place from 4pm-10pm.

Tues., Oct. 21

Bay Area Beer Socials has teamed up with Stone Brewing for a pre-Halloween pub crawl in downtown San Jose.

Approximate beer schedule:

5:30pm – Market Beer Company

6:30pm – The Farmer’s Union – a cool new place with fantastic food!

7:30pm – Good Karma – More fantastic food and cool ambiance!

8:30pm – TBD

Thurs., Oct. 23

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose presents a number of beers from Shipyard Brewing, including Monkey Fest IPA, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Barrel-Aged Double Old Thumper and Barrel-Aged Pumpkinhead. The event starts at 6pm as usual.

Scott’s Seafood San Jose hosts a rooftop beer dinner starting at 6pm featuring select beers from Lagunitas.

  • Check-in: Daytime with Smoked Salmon Crostini and Calamari
  • Getting Started: Hop Stoopid with Dates Stuffed Marscapone
  • Round 2: Copper Ale with Spinach, Mandarin Oranges, Toasted Almonds, & Goat Cheese tossed with a Poppyseed dressing
  • Main Course: Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ with Mahi Mahi and Pineapple relish served with Coconut rice & Bok Choy
  • Sweet Finale: Imperial Red with Pumpkin Cheesecake

Tickets are $45 and available via Eventbrite.

Sat., Oct. 25

The latest installment of Beerwalk takes place in Willow Glen from 2pm-6pm, and it’s the Halloween edition.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 online at www.thebeerwalk.com. In the case the event does not sell out, tickets can be purchased day of for $35.

There will be a costume contest, an after party at the soon-to-open 20twenty Cheese Bar and prize raffles.

The current list of breweries includes:

  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • Strike Brewing
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Faultline Brewing Company
  • FireHouse Grill & Brewery
  • Lagunitas Brewing
  • Drake’s Brewing
  • Almanac Beer
  • 21st Amendment Brewery
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • Anchor Brewing Company
  • Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Hangar 24
  • Headlands Brewing Company
  • Stone Brewing
  • Six Rivers Brewery
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Green Flash Brewing Co.
  • Legit Lager
  • Uncommon Brewers

Thurs., Oct. 30

Fans of Heretic Brewing Company are in luck as Market Beer Company hosts a Heretic Brewing Tap Takeover event starting at 5pm.

Fri., Oct. 31

Original Gravity hosts their annual Halloween costume contest starting at 7:30pm. Three categories (Scariest, Funniest and Most Original) will be judged by the staff, and the winner of each will receive a meal (Sausage/Grilled Cheese and Duck Fat Fries) and a beer of choice on draft for one cent.

Participants must bring valid ID and a before-and-after photo with makeup or have a removable mask. The contest kicks off at 7:30pm with the results revealed at 9pm.

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San Pedro Square Market Celebrates Oktoberfest 2013

Oktoberfest 2013 at San Pedro Square Market

Oktoberfest in Munich officially ended this past Sunday, but there are still celebrations set to take place in the South Bay, providing additional opportunities to bond over, among other facets, traditional German beer.

Downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square Market pays tribute to Oktoberfest all afternoon and evening this Saturday, October 12 from 12 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free, and kids are welcome.

There will be German beers on tap and in bottles to go along with German-inspired menu items from participating restaurants. There will also be contests and activities, including best-dressed in Oktoberfest style, stein hoisting, and Dachshund Wiener dog races.

Event curator Mariah Giunta shares that this Oktoberfest event represents the vision of San Pedro Square Market co-founder John McEnery IV and partners Martin Menne and Tom McEnery. “John was inspired when he attended Oktoberfest in Munich and experienced the large community coming together in celebration and revelry.”

The following provides more of some of the particulars:

German Beer Menu

  • Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest, Hefe, Original Lager and Pilsner on tap
  • Erdinger Oktoberfest and Dunkel Weisse on tap
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest and Premium Pilsner on tap
  • A variety of bottled German beer from Market Beer Company

To purchase tickets good for liter steins branded with the Market Oktoberfest logo to include a one-liter pour of a German beer from the beer garden ($30 for a single ticket and $25 if purchased in a pack of six), please visit the Eventbrite page for this event.

German-Inspired Food Menu

  • Calidog will be serving hot Brat & Sauerkraut dogs
  • Robee’s Falafel will be serving sausage skewers with German potato salad
  • Treatbot will be serving handcrafted German chocolate ice cream
  • Vino Vino will be serving Gugelhupf cake with whip cream and fresh strawberries
  • Chocatoo will be serving Black Forest cupcakes and Kirsche chocolate truffles
  • Bray Butcher Block & Bistro will be serving pork Schnitzel and Spaetzle
  • Sama Zama will be serving handcrafted warm pretzels
  • Pizza Bocca Lupo will be serving sizzling sausage, Pancetta and Sauerkraut pizza drizzled with brown spicy mustard
  • Little Chef will be serving German potato pancakes with green Brussels sprouts
  • On A Roll will be serving German meatballs on a stick
  • Loteria Taco Bar will be serving Gemuse Gebraten also known as deep fried pickles or frickles
  • Phonomenal will be serving Oktoberfest sausage rolls
  • Konjoe will be serving juicy Currywurst burgers

According to Mariah, look for this inaugural Oktoberfest event at San Pedro Square Market to become an annual festival.

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