For more than 200 years, Oktoberfest has been the world's largest beer event. The festival runs from mid-September through the first Sunday in October, heralding the start of autumn and harvest season. In America, Oktoberfest celebrations often run throughout October.
Deutches Haus' Oktoberfest runs for three weekends (Oct. 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24). The first keg tapped is the official festival beer, 40 Arpent Brewing Company's Oktober- fest Marzen, a traditional style that was popular among festival-goers last year. Visit www.oktoberfestnola.com for Oktoberfest information.
The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com) continues its tradition of serving unfiltered and unpasteurized Bavarian and Franconian anstich lagers, starting Saturday, Oct. 3, when four casks will be tapped. Two more casks will be tapped on subsequent Fridays through October. A variety of traditional styles will be offered, including kellerbier, festbier/Marzen and dopplebock. Several of the lagers also will be available on draft, along with contemporary versions of the styles from German brewers.
World of Beer (300 Julia St., 504-299-3599; www.worldofbeer.com/locations/warehousedistrict) highlights old and new world beers during the week of Sept. 21.
Great Raft Brewing's third iteration of its "Provisions and Traditions" series collaboration with the John Besh Foundation is an oak-aged Marzen/Oktoberfest-style brewed with Luke's chef Drake Leonards. It will be released at Luke (333 St. Charles Ave., 504-378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com) on Sept. 23.
Establishments that serve traditional German beers year-round include Aline Street Beer Garden (3445 Prytania St, 504-891-5774; www.facebook.com/alinestreetbeergarden) and Crescent City Brewhouse (527 Decatur St., 504-522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com).