Believe it or not, the weather is finally cooling down, and Oktoberfest seasonal beers are starting to fill up the coolers in local stores.
Over the next few weeks, local breweries will be hosting Oktoberfest parties, so it’s time to dust off your lederhosen and get ready to raise your glass.
Here’s a rundown, in chronological order, of all the Oktoberfest celebrations and events that have been announced at Memphis breweries:
Soul & Spirits’ Oktoberfest, Sept. 16
In Germany, Oktoberfest officially starts this weekend. So if you prefer to start your celebration when they do in Munich, then Soul & Spirits Brewery is the place to be.
Soul & Spirits will host its second annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 1-10 p.m., where the brewery will be releasing its fall seasonal Oktoberfest beer, Danke.
Soul & Spirits, 845 N. Main, will also host stein holding competitions, a dog costume contest and a Brewery vs. Brewery crosscut saw competition. Food trucks will include Albees and Hot n’ Heavy Dogs.
Wiseacre’s Oktoberfest brewery tour, Sept. 16
Wiseacre Brewing Co.’s Fabian Beller, who oversees all quality and cellar functions, including the onsite laboratory, will be giving a special Oktoberfest-themed tour of Wiseacre’s Downtown production brewery, 398 S B.B. King Blvd. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m.
Beller, who hails from Germany, will discuss the production processes for Wiseacre’s lagers, with a focus on the brewery’s top-selling seasonal, Oktoberfest. He will also delve into the history of Oktoberfest.
The tour includes two tasters of Wiseacre lagers, plus a full pint of Oktoberfest. There will be a sampling of Little Bettie pretzel nugs and mustard/beer cheese to midway through the tour. Non-beer drinkers will receive a complimentary soda or cold brew coffee.
Tickets are $25 (plus fees) for beer-drinking guests, $5 for those not drinking, and can be purchased online.
Wiseacre’s Oktoberfest, Sept. 23
Wiseacre’s Oktoberfest celebration will take place Saturday, Sept. 23, at Wiseacre’s original location, 2783 Broad Ave., from 1 to 7 p.m.
There will be plenty of Wiseacre’s Oktoberfest Gemütlichkeit beer, a stein holding competition, music from the Mighty Souls Brass Band, food trucks and more.
Cooper House Project’s Oktoberfest, Sept. 30
Cooper House Project is throwing its inaugural Oktoberfest event on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cooper House Project, 906 S. Cooper, will be taking over the parking lot next door to host games, food vendors, live music, special beer releases and more. There will be prizes for best dressed and game competition winners.
Grind City’s Oktoberfest, Oct. 7
Grind City Brewing Co.’s third annual Oktoberfest party is happening Saturday, Oct. 7, from noon to 10 p.m., and the day will be packed with activities.
Competitions will include the annual Bratwurst Toss, Keg Carry Competition, Beer Sliding Competition, and a Stein Holding Contest.
There will be live music from Mighty Souls Brass Band, Max Kaplan & The Magics, and Benton Parker & The Royal Reds. Food trucks will include Albee’s, which will be serving bratwurst, along with Pok-Chas Egg Rolls and Camp’s Barbecue Food Trucks.
Grind City is located at 76 Waterworks Ave.
Hook Point’s Hooktoberfest, Oct. 7
The inaugural Hooktoberfest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Hook Point Brewing’s Ready Room taproom, 715 W. Brookhaven Circle.
The event will feature Hook Point’s Octoberfest beer release, stein holding competition, food and live music.
Crosstown’s Crosstoberfest, Oct. 14
Crosstown Brewing Co.’s annual Crosstoberfest celebration will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 8 p.m. The event, at 1264 Concourse Avenue, will feature plenty of Crosstoberfest Festbier Lager, music and more.
Meddlesome’s Ska-Tober Fest, Oct. 14
Meddlesome Brewing Co. takes a unique approach to Oktoberfest each year. The Cordova brewery’s annual Ska-Tober Fest, featuring a day of ska music and beer, is set for Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 11 p.m.