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Prost to Oktoberfest!

Published: September 29, 2021

 

Craft your own Oktoberfest experience this fall! With Eugene's amazing local beers and the valley's farm-to-table abundance, this is a fun, easy thing to do.

First select the perfect German-style experience for your celebration. From tented beer gardens with heat lamps, to spacious inside beer halls with distanced seating, to take-home dinners and growlers-to-go, there are lots of options to choose from. Who needs to travel to Germany this year? Local brewers are pouring plenty of distinctive wheat beer, Kölsch and German-style pilsners, stouts and ales for a satisfying and local taste tour. Go ahead, enjoy the season!

1. Covered Bridge Brewing Group

Cottage Grove's Covered Bridge Brewing Group has a large patio with plenty of space for live music, food trucks and good times. While they had their official Oktoberfest celebration in September, all October long enjoy one of their German-style beers. 

2. The Bier Stein Pub & Bottleshop

If you have a hankering for a specific German beer, The Bier Stein Bottle Shop and Pub is your best bet for finding it amongst their huge selection of bottled beers. Dip a Bavarian soft pretzel in The Bier Stein's signature cheese soup and two-mustard dipping sauce. Enjoy a German-style, beer braised bratwurst served with sauerkraut and a kosher pickle. The beer garden experience is complete with physically-distant outdoor tent seating now set up in the parking lot outside their beer hall.

3. Pig & Turnip at PublicHouse

A converted Springfield church just off Main Street, now serves as a large beer hall with a spacious beer garden. Open for limited dine-in, patio dining and take-out from multiple food vendors, PublicHouse is reminiscent of the friendly, German beer hall experience (now physically distanced!). It's long tables and soaring ceilings create the perfect vibe. Order a frothy mug and pair it with Pig & Turnip's delightful German menu. We recommend the hand twisted Bavarian pretzels, traditional schnitzel and the käsepätzle. Check the PublicHouse entertainment calendar for live music.

4. Falling Sky Delicatessen

Falling Sky typically pairs growlers of their great craft beer with Octoberfest favorites. A farm-to-table gastropub, Falling Sky is known for their housemade meats and breads. Imagine how good an Octoberfest picnic at home will be when you order their homemade sauerkraut, hot German potato salad, Bavarian "Laugenbrezel" pretzels and a curry wurst sandwich. Complete your meal with a Biensenstich (Bee Sting Cake) filled with Bavarian cream and topped with honey glazed almonds. It's likely to inspire a few food photos, along with "bravo!" in your social media. 

5. beergarden.

Gather outside to enjoy live music on the beergarden.'s tented and physically distanced patio. Select your favorite German beer from their diverse selection of 42 taps and hundreds of bottled beers. It's all contactless-ordering through a mobile app. A variety of food trucks ring the beer garden, but for the month of October the Bounty Cheese & Meat Food Truck is a logical thematic choice. Relax in the casual atmosphere and enjoy the hum of fellow beer aficionados sampling their favorite beverages. Check their entertainment calendar for current shows.

7. First National Taphouse

Smack in the middle of downtown Eugene, the First National Taphouse dishes up an extensive German menu full of comfort foods from mushroom stroganoff to stout braised reubens. First National Taphouse is also participating in the Broadway Streatery — a festive outdoor solution for safe dining. With streets closed to traffic, downtown Eugene restaurants have set up tables on the sidewalks and in the streets to accommodate more diners. Open air eating fits in well with the "Oktoberfest" spirit, so pull up a chair and raise your glass to the season.

6. Ninkasi Better Living Room 

You can't have a brewery list without highlighting Ninkasi, Eugene's most well known brewery. For October they have two excellent German-style beers — the Ninkasi Pislner and their special Oktoberfest Märzen which you can pick up in a growler, six-pack or by the case. 

Pretzel Pairings

Stash some of your favorite bottled German-style beers, toss a few local pretzels in the freezer and you can re-create Octoberfest anytime of year. Imagine after a long hike, an exhilarating dune buggy ride or a thrilling river rafting trip, coming home to this delicious comfort! Here are a few more places to pick up really, really, good pretzels.

Creswell Bakery

A road trip must-stop, Creswell Bakery has ham and Oregon Tillamook cheddar-stuffed pretzels. Their provisions also often include meat pies, housemade bratwursts and sauerkraut. Creswell Bakery is a family-owned, farm-to-table bakery just twenty minutes south of Eugene. Fill that freezer!

Reality Kitchen Pretzel Wagon

A grassroots effort to help all people on the path to employment, the Reality Kitchen provides jobs and really good pretzels! Order them to-go for a home-centered Octoberfest celebration and feel good about every bite you take. Please note: retail sales have been temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. Please check back.

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.