September 19th, 2015 marked the first day of the 182nd Oktoberfest in Munchen (Munich). That’s right – Oktoberfest starts in September in Germany. The Mayor of Munich tapped the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at noon, Munchen time, concluding with the words, “O’zapft is!” – “It’s tapped!” Although most places in America wait until October to celebrate, the Lagerhaus in Palm Harbor, FL, under the direction of Braumeister (Brewmaster) Franz Rothschadl, didn’t see any reason to wait. Last night German music soared through the Lagerhaus Biergarten as they celebrated their 8th annual Oktoberfest.
About 7 miles away, on the other side of Lake Tarpon, Local Brewing Company (L.B.C.) was kicking off a different kind of beer festival. At last night’s Pumpkinpalooza, L.B.C. celebrated an American beer tradition – pumpkin beer – with music from the Greg Billings Band and three different pumpkin beers on tap: Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, and Southern Tier “Pumking” Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
L.B.C and Lagerhaus are two of my favorite bar/restaurants in Palm Harbor. Lagerhaus is good for German beer and food (they make their own bratwurst in house), and L.B.C. is a popular gastropub with excellent food and live music every weekend. The fall beer season is just getting started, so there is plenty of time left to get a Oktoberfest beer at Lagerhaus and a pumpkin ale at L.B.C. Cheers!