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4 Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest This Weekend

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Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM

click to enlarge Munich's Augustiner Beer Hall during Oktoberfest - TIM SHEERMAN-CHASE
  • Tim Sheerman-Chase
  • Munich's Augustiner Beer Hall during Oktoberfest

With just over a week left of Oktoberfest, it's time to don the lederhosen, bust out the bierkrug, and hop on a redeye to München (Lufthansa will fly you there and back this weekend for $2,079.22). Or if that's not an option, why not celebrate Oktoberfest right here in L.A.? We found plenty of events throughout the area. But rather than bore you with a lange liste (that's "long list" in German. Thank you, Google), we'll give you four disparate options -- at least one of which is sure to stir your inner Teuton. Ein bier, bitte.

click to enlarge Beer maids, Torrance-style - ALPINE VILLAGE
  • Alpine Village
  • Beer maids, Torrance-style

4. The Big:

Where: Alpine Village, 833 W Torrance Blvd, Torrance, (310) 327-4384

When: Every Friday and Saturday between 6 p.m. and midnight, and every Sunday between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., from September 9 through October 23

What: The oldest and largest L.A.-area Oktoberfest celebration, Alpine Village offers German and American craft beer on fifteen rotating taps. Friday and Saturday is 21 and over. Sunday is family-friendly. Purchase your tickets in advance online, or buy them at the door. (Caution: they do sell out.)

Cost: $10 General Admission this Friday and Saturday; $5 General Admission this Sunday, with kids ages 12 and under admitted for free; $11 per 32 oz. beer, and $6 per 16 oz. beer

Upside: If you're looking to get blitzed in a large crowd, then this is the place for you on Friday and Saturday nights. You'll also save some dough if you go this weekend, as the cost of admission will double next week. If you're looking for something G-rated, Sunday afternoon offers kitschy German fun for the whole family.

Downside: Friday and Saturday nights tend to be rowdy drunkfests; Alpine Village only features one traditional Oktoberfest (Märzen) beer on tap, though four others -- one Pilsener, one Hefeweizen, and two Munich Helles -- are also brewed in Munich.

click to enlarge The TableTender interactive LCD beer gauge - STEVEN ARMSTRONG
  • Steven Armstrong
  • The TableTender interactive LCD beer gauge

3. The Small:

Where: City Tavern, 9739 Culver Blvd, Culver City, (310) 838-9739

When: Friday, September 16 through Sunday, October 2

What: Enjoy easy access to Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest, and Hofbrau Oktoberfest at one of three City Tavern TableTender booths. The TableTender system allows patrons to pour their own beer, charging them by the ounce. Call ahead for a reservation. Or walk in and choose from one of three California-style Oktoberfest beers being poured behind the bar.

Cost: $.50 per ounce at the TableTender; $6 per 16 oz. pour at the bar

Upside: City Tavern offers a tasty lunch (weekdays only) and dinner menu, and it boasts one of the best beer selections in town.

Downside: TableTender reservations can be hard to get.

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