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Posted at 1:18 PM ET, 09/21/2010

Lift a glass for Oktoberfest

By Fritz Hahn

The Biergarten Haus will feature German musicians and dancers, including the Alt Washingtonia group (above), every weekend through October. (Evy Mages for The Washington Post)

Oktoberfest is one of my favorite times of year. The taps started flowing in Munich last Saturday, and already I'm seeing German fest beers showing up on draft across the city: Brooklyn Oktoberfest at Room 11, Great Lakes Oktoberfest at the Big Hunt, Victory Festbier and Great Lakes Oktoberfest at Meridian Pint, Bell's Oktoberfest at ChurchKey, Harpoon Oktoberfest at Rustico, Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen at the Reef, the traditional Hofbrau at Cafe Mozart and a full lineup of taps -- including some very limited selections -- at Biergarten Haus, where the beer goes perfectly with the German bands and dancers performing in the rear garden Friday through Sunday.

This is the season for beer events, but for serious beer drinkers, I'd be inclined to pay attention to Pizzeria Paradiso's punningly named OktoBEERfest. Beginning Oct. 1, beer director Greg Jasgur is switching every draft line at both the Georgetown and Dupont Circle locations to seasonal beers -- mostly Oktoberfest, but with a selection of pumpkin beers thrown in. As with his hop-minded JulyPA event, none of the taps will be duplicates, so you may have to visit both bars to try the beers you're looking for.

Of course, it's more than just beer gardens. Click here for our Best Bets list of Oktoberfest events, which range from family-friendly celebrations to beer-heavy street festivals. We'll be adding events as we get more details, so keep checking back. And feel free to tell us where you're sipping your favorite Oktoberfest beers in the comments.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Fritz Hahn  | September 21, 2010; 1:18 PM ET
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Also, at least the College Park Hard Times, and I would assume the others in the are as well, has Flying Dog Dogstoberfest on tap.

Posted by: EricS2 | September 21, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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