If you can't make it to Oktoberfest in Munich this September, there's a slew of beer festivals happening in Brooklyn this season. From annual Oktoberfest events at popular beer gardens to long happy hours, there are numerous ways you can enjoy a cold brew (and we’re not talking about artisanal coffee) around Brooklyn. Toast the fall with a drink at one of these beer halls and events.
Brooklyn has an extensive beer history. In fact, Brooklyn’s now hyper trendy neighborhood Bushwick used to be a major producer of the country’s beer. Although all of those breweries have shuttered, in recent years a brewery opened in Bushwick. Brooklyn is also home to many other breweries and beer gardens and is a great spot to sample unique tasty brews. If you’d like to create a DIY beer event, you can craft a day of drinking around brewery tours or an afternoon soaking in the rays on the last few warm weather days of fall on the deck at some of these local favorite beer gardens. If you like to... drink the hard stuff, Brooklyn is also home to notable distilleries.
This summer, a new brewery opened in Downtown Brooklyn, Circa Brewing Company is a 6000 sq foot brewery and pizza restaurant. You can spend the fall at a beer event or drinking a pint at one of these beer halls and brewery as you toast the start of fall.
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Everyday is Oktoberfest at this newish popular Park Slop Bavarian style Biergarten that opened in 2015. Head to the scenic outdoor garden with a waterfall, on Wednesdays through Fridays from 4pm-6pm for happy hour. Order a pint of German or local Craft Beer and dine on Bavarian style pretzels, Bratwurst, German Wurst Sausages, and other favorites. The garden is housed at Grand Prospect Hall, an opulent catering hall, which adds to the old world charm. Events at the Brooklyn Bavarian Biegarten include an annual Oktoberfest party, a Stein Hoist competition, and many others. However you don't need an event or a happy hour as an excuse to head to this atmospheric biergarten, just come thirsty. With a bunch of German beers on tap including Krombacher Dark, Hofbrau Oktoberfest, and local drafts including Brooklyn American Ale, this is a must-visit for every beer lover.
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Bushwick was once a vital part of America's beer history and was home to numerous breweries. By the 1970s, all of the breweries in Bushwick had closed. In 2016, Bushwick became home to its first brewery in forty years. Kings County Brewers Collective opened its spacious taproom this summer. Order one of their smartly named brews including Short Term Goals, Sandcastles, Secret Smoke, Flying Canoe and others. Check out their website for upcoming beer events at Kings County Brewers Collective. This brewery is a great addition to Bushwick, reviving long gone beer scene.
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This South Slope/Greenwood Heights beer garden housed in a former gas station and auto repair shop on 7th Avenue has a seriously long happy hour, running weekdays (yes, that includes Friday) from noon until seven pm, where you get two bucks off various draft beers and bottles. For wine and liquor drinkers, they also offer two bucks off of sangria, wine and cocktails. If you're in the good during Halloween, you must stop in for their annual day long Halloween party, which is also family friendly. In fact, if you have kids in tow, this is a great casual place for families. Kids love their menu of mac n cheese, warm pretzels and other comfort food favorites, while beer loving parents will be pleased with their extensive selection of sixty beers on tap. Greenwood Park also has bocce courts and corn hole. Grab a picnic table in their large outdoor patio and enjoy a beer in the autumn sun.
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This Fort Greene beer garden and restaurant hosts an annual Oktoberfest part with live music from a Balkan Brass band, a keg-tapping ceremony, a costume contest, and a mug-holding competition. If you can't make it to this fun annual celebration, you should still visit this authentic German beer garden for one of their brews and the incredible menu of German eats, which include Flammkuchen, Hauptgerichte, and other hard to pronounce German foods that are incredibly tasty. They are also opening a new location on Smith Street in Boerum Hill this fall.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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This Boerum Hill Brewery, which also doubles as a performance space, is the ultimate stop for beer lovers. Snag a table in their garden before it gets too cold, and order one of their clever named beers including I Hate Myself, Chronic Myopia, Constant Disappointment, Never-Not. False Witness, Was it Good For You?, What's the Point?, Everything was Forever Until It was No More, Positive Selection, Unreliable Narrator, Walking in Place, etc. Yes, the beer's names might be slightly depressing and the beverage menu might sound like song titles from a Wilco album, but the atmosphere at Threes Brewing is anything but melancholy. If you're not a drinker or you need to sober up, they also have a coffee shop.
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DUMBO is having their second annual Oktoberfest beneath the Manhattan Bridge Archway (across from the Pearl Street Triangle) from October 6th to October 7th. This unique outdoor space will be transformed into a traditional beer hall, and they have an incredible lineup of events for this celebration. It all starts on Friday October 6th at 5:30pm with a performance by the Polka Brothers. On Saturday October 7th from 1pm-6pm, there is a DJ spinning some beats as you drink brews and on SATURDAY October 8th, families can enjoy arts & crafts with Creatively Wild from 1-4pm. If you don’t have kids in tow, head to the Oktoberfest at 5pm to see Melina and the Oompahs. Don’t forget to take pics while you’re there and upload them with the hashtag #sprechensieDUMBO for the chance to win prizes. at their social media contest. There will also be a menu served by the Lighthouse and other local restaurants, and beer served in “limited edition DUMBO Oktoberfest beer steins by lederhosen-wearing... bartenders.”