Miami Oktoberfest Roundup: Grovetoberfest, The Federal, Fritz and Franz Bierhaus

Don some lederhosen and fill your stein, Oktoberfest 2012 is here. The Bavarian autumn holiday began several days ago but the fever is rising like the head of a freshly poured beer. And lucky for Miami, we all get to take the proverbial first chug at several locations around town in the following weeks.

Oktoberfest is the fall harvest festival of Germany. The original Oktoberfest was held when the citizens of Munich celebrated the marriage between King Ludwig and Therese of Sax-Hildburghausen. Two hundred years later, the festival is celebrated all over the world. Oktoberfest is not just about beer. What's a German holiday without German food? Sauerkraut, pretzels, fancy mustard and wurst of all kinds will most likely pass through your Deutsche-stive tract this time of year.

One recommendation: Brickellfest. Sponsored by New Times and a dozen other groups, the event will include eight hours of SamAdams beer sampling, six bands, and food from 10 restaurants. The VIP cost is $45 and you can get $5 off with a New Times promotion code. The even will be held at 1001 South Miami Ave. For more details head on over to the group's website

There are several events and locations around town for this year's upcoming Oktoberfest. We managed to dig up six places to show off your trachtenblausen.

Hofbräu München via Facebook
Hofbräu München Beer Hall
We have to start with the obvious. Hofbräu is as good as any place to celebrate Oktoberfest,  even though there is no celebration here per se. Opened in 2007, Hofbräu München is a German specialty restaurant that is modeled on the Hofbräuhaus, one of Munich's oldest beer halls. Hofbräu is perhaps best known for the most its two liter "boot size" mugs of beer priced at $26.50. The proper way to celebrate Oktoberfest is chugging one of these monsters.

The Federal via Facebook
The Federal Food Drink & Provisions
Until this past Sunday, The Federal turned its front deck into a bier garden, where all taps are German-style craft beers. To finish out this year's Miami Spice, the place will be doing an Oktoberfest-inspired menu based on lots of pork and lots of beer. The price for the dinner is $33 plus tax and gratuity and $12 for a beer flight of four German-style beers.

Location Info


Fritz & Franz Bierhaus

60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Music

The Federal Food Drink & Provisions

5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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