16 Days of Oktoberfest at the Brat Haus
Published: Friday, September 21, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012 13:09
Scottsdale’s German restaurant Brat Haus is playing host to the annual beer-guzzling celebration of Oktoberfest that includes socializing, lively folk music, an array of German food to please the most voracious appetite, and, of course, beer.
Oktoberfest originated in Munich centuries ago when, according to History.com, “Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The Bavarian royalty invited the citizens of Munich to attend the festivities, held on the fields in front of the city gates.”
Eventually, the party in Munich became an annual tradition that we now know as Oktoberfest. It traditionally starts toward the end of September and ends on the first Sunday of October.
Beer, and alcohol in general, is definitely one of the things that makes Oktoberfest so great, and so popular. History.com estimates that “more than 1 million gallons of beer are consumed annually at Oktoberfest.”
At this year’s festival in Scottsdale, there will definitely be no shortage at all of the stuff. Throughout the entire 16-day non-stop party of German culture and culinary delight, two main beers will be at the forefront for all festival-goers to taste.
The first is Krombacher, a genuine German brew that was first seen in the history books around the year 1300. Yes, it’s really been known for over 700 years. A very popular beer, with outstanding reviews, the Krombacher Brewery is known for its attention to detail in the brewing process especially when it comes to the four main ingredients in beer – water, yeast, hops and malt.
The other beer that will get its spotlight at Brat Haus is San Tan Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest, which the Chandler company makes especially for this time of year.
And what’s good beer without some good food to accompany it? Spatzle, Wiener schnitzel, and other German grub are on the menu at Brat Haus for Oktoberfest.
To tie in with the city of Scottsdale, the celebration will be kicked off with a keg tapping by Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane. The first beers from the keg will be free, compliments of Brat Haus.
Every Saturday and Sunday night during 16 Days of Oktoberfest, the Brat Haus will be filled with the sounds of German musical groups, including a special performance by Jack Dermody and the Phoenix Symphony.
Extra incentive to attend all of the Haus events includes giveaways of Oktoberfest-related merchandise.
Brat Haus, 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale,480.947.4006, brathausaz.com, September 22 to October 7, Kickoff on September 22, Noon, Music Saturdays and Sundays, 6 to 9 p.m., $5 to $15