When New Orleanians think of Oktoberfest, the first thing that comes to mind is the Deutsches Haus. Founded in 1928, the German heritage club has been hosting traditional Oktoberfest celebrations for decades. When its original location on S. Galvez Street in Mid-City was lost due to construction on the new LSU/VA hospital complex, the Haus relocated to Metairie while organizers raised funds to rebuild in New Orleans.
Deutsches Haus’ huge Oktoberfest will run for three weekends in Kenner's Rivertown at 415 Williams Blvd. Friday night festivities on Oct. 11, 18 and 25 will begin at 4 p.m., and Saturday sessions on October 12, 19 and 26 start at 1 p.m. The celebration ends at 11 p.m. each night. Each day will feature German food, a wide selection of traditional German beer, oompah music and other special events. Visit the link for more details and ticket sales.
“We’re all trying to fill the void” left by Deutsches Haus moving out of the city, says local butcher Seth Hamstead. Cleaver & Co., the company Hamstead founded, is teaming up with beer expert Dan Stein to offer an Oktoberfest beer pairing dinner with housemade sausage and charcuterie at their Uptown location Oct. 6.
Another local business known for sausages, Dat Dog, will be hosting an Oktoberfest-themed dinner with not only traditional German beers, but American beers that are brewed in German and harvest styles. The dinner will be during the third week of October at Dat Dog’s Magazine Street location; call 504-324-2226 for more information. And Crescent City Brewhouse is offering a three-course Oktoberfest menu, changing weekly, throughout October. For $32, guests will enjoy an appetizer, entree, and dessert. While beer pairings are not included in the prix fixe, the Brewhouse will recommend the best beer to pair with each course. Crescent City Brewhouse’s Oktoberfest beer is a filtered copper lager, lightly hopped, with a hint of smokiness.
- Nora McGunnigle is a freelance writer and blogger. Follow her beer writing at www.nolabeerblog.com.