Bottoms Up! 7 Hoppin' (Get It?) Dates For Beer Lovers

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Oktoberfest starts this month, and you know what that means: beer! Can't make it to Germany? Grab your significant other and get your brew on at one of these awesome venues around the country. Cheers!

1. Polka Band Happy Hour-Fest

Check out Pilsener Haus Biergarten in Hoboken, NJ every Friday and Saturday night throughout the month of October. The venue has a beer and bratwurst happy hour special, and features the best polka bands on the scene.

Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, Pilsner Haus prides itself on being "the only authentic beer garden in New Jersey." Polka attire not included.
2. Fun For The Whole Family-Fest

The Great Northwest Oktoberfest located in the heart of downtown Whitefish, Montana offers fun and games for all ages.

With competitions like log sawing, keg throwing, and a kid's chicken dance contest, there's sure to be a little something for everyone (in addition to the abundant local and imported beer specials). The festival spans two weekends.
3. Brew Your Own-Fest

Who said anything about traveling? Create your own Mini-Oktoberfest right in your own kitchen! The Brooklyn Brewshop is famous for its beer making kits, all available online for just $40.

With flavors ranging from Summer Wheat to Chocolate Maple, you're sure to find a draft you love. And if you want to spice things up with a sexy German Beer Maiden ensemble, we won't judge you. After all, 'tis the season.
4. So-Cal Sunny-Fest

Alpine Village hosts the largest annual Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California and is held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night up through October 31.

In addition to providing patrons with thirteen different brews to choose from and almost twenty different shops to browse, this Oktoberfest is known for its charitable donations and raised $40,000 in 2014. Plus, if you're looking to bring the family, the celebration offers family days every Sunday.
5. Beer AND Wine-Fest

Take a trip to Southwest Harbor, Maine to experience the 20th annual Acadia Oktoberfest. Traditional German beers will be served on October 10th and 11th, preceded by the 4th annual Wine and Cheese Festival on the 9th.

At the cost of $27 a couple, wine and cheese night is accompanied by jazz entertainment and local refreshments, while the beer festival full admission ticket includes all-day access to the brew tent, 10 sampling tickets, and a souvenir beer mug. The best part? This venue offers a shuttle bus to take you to and from the event safely. Sounds good to us!
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6. International Beer Fest

Check out International Oktoberfest in Providence, Rhode Island for the weekend of October 17th to 18th.

This festival offers beer selections from all over the world, and also features a stein hoisting event (complete with cool prizes and bragging rights), Bavarian folk dancers, and traditional German dishes. Sounds like a great way to spend your weekend.
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7. Rock-tober Fest

If you're looking for some more polka entertainment to wash down with your beer, check out the Rocktober German Festival located in Rock City, atop Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

The festival runs every Saturday and Sunday throughout October, offering traditional German dishes, beer sampling, their very own winery, and live German music all day! If you're looking for some weekend fun, strap on your lederhosen because this is the place to be.