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Oaktoberfest: German Beer Festival & Tasting

I’ve heard great reports about this event, but haven’t had the opportunity to attend. If you’re in the east bay, or anywhere in the Bay Area, come out and join me for a couple of hours.

Oakland’s Oaktoberfest has become a local tradition, and celebrates the history, flavors, and the people of the Bay Area. Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival, welcoming thousands with craft beer & food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. The event continues a tradition that began in the early 1900’s, when the Dimond District was an entertainment destination, where Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard.

The Beer
20 breweries from around the Bay Area will be pouring German styles and Craft Beer classics. Oakland’s own Linden Street Brewery, Oakland Brewing Company, Pacific Coast Brewing and nearby Drakes Brewing Company will be alongside breweries from Santa Cruz to Sonoma and San Francisco to Sacramento. The Beer Hall will also host local wineries offering excellent regional varieties.

Homebrew Competition & Homebrewers’ Alley
Homebrewers, fire up your kettle and excite some tasters, this year’s event will showcase a BJCP/AHA sanctioned all German style homebrew competition. Hosted by the Bay Area’s own Mad Zymurgists homebrew club.

Micro Breweries Under the Biergarten Tent
20+ micro breweries will be at Oaktoberfest. The following sample packages are available:
Standard Beer Package – Festival Stein + 4 Beers – $20
New This Year! Unlimited 4oz Tastes - $40

You can pre-order your drink tickets here:

BABS will meet in the Biergarten from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM.

The Food
German delicacies from Bratwurst to Strudel will be found next to other regional cuisines and street fare. Sample dishes from a host of vendors or fill your plate with your favorite. It’s dining in the Beer Hall!

Location: Oaktoberfest is centered at the intersection of Fruitvale Ave
and MacArthur Blvd in Oakland, CA

Parking: Free parking underneath 580

Self Service Bicycle Parking on Fruitvale at Sloan/Bienati Way

BART: Take BART to the Fruitvale station - then jump on ACTransit Bus 53 to get off at the Dimond District. Bus runs to and from the station every 15 minutes.

Volunteers needed: The festival is still looking for volunteers, especially in the pm. All volunteers will receive a free event stein and a free beer. For more information, please review our volunteer info here;

Come out and join me for a German styled celebration.


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  • Ed G.

    Had a great time and meet some new friends.

    October 7, 2012

  • Cass

    Great local Oakland event, great community.

    October 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't forget to grab a pie, say hi at Fist of Flour! We'll be slightly west of fruitvale and macarthur. Just look for the guy with the swiss horn. See ya there folks

    October 6, 2012

  • Jeremy A.

    Cliff, I'm not sure there is an AC Transit line 53. I know that the 20 runs every half hour from Fruitvale BART. Is the 53 special for the festival today?

    October 6, 2012

  • Ed G.

    Thanks Cliff, hope to see you there and others.

    October 4, 2012

  • Cliff

    You can take the AC Transit - Bus 53 to the festival, which runs every 15 minutes. It's a 2 miles walk - but easy to do.

    October 3, 2012

  • Ed G.

    just how far of a walk is it from the Bart station?

    October 2, 2012

  • Cliff

    This is a public event - so I will do my best to reserve a couple of tables for the group. Arriving ontime is helpful. Also - I'm combining Oakland Happy Hour with BABS - so there will be a good sized group to interact with. Cheers!

    October 1, 2012

  • Cliff

    This is a walk-around festival... so it's free. The biergarten is providing a series of sampler sets which I have list.

    September 30, 2012

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